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Rapture (Fallen #4)

 

 

by Lauren Kate

Published June 12th 2012

Summary:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Review:

I wanted to like this book, I wanted to love this book, I really did, but, I was extremely disappointed in this ending.  Really, I found very few redeeming qualities to this story, the only two I can think of is that there was a huge plot twist, one I never saw coming and well, that this series, that I kept wanting to get better, but never did, is finally over.

This book makes Daniel look like an even bigger jerk/misogynist/overprotective guy than any of the previous books did.  Luce is the worst female role model I have seen in a YA book in quite a while.  She is weak, whinny, annoying, and indecisive, doesn’t get much worse for a female lead that we are supposed to love and care about than Luce. Good characters, characters that we had grown to love, die to protect this special and sacred “love” that Luce and Daniel reportedly have, in my opinion, for no good reason.  I don’t see any reason or proof that they love each other, maybe lust, or maybe interest, but Luce just jumped from one bad relationship right into another, this relationship is far from an example of a healthy relationship.

Lastly, and in some ways the most annoying this about this book for me, was that God was a woman.  As those of you who have followed my reviews or have read my profile on my blog will know, I am a Christian, my husband is actually a priest, and I feel very strongly that God wants us to recognize Him as a male.  I am not sure why writers feel the need to make God a woman, like it somehow makes their story better or more revolutionary.  Well it doesn’t, it actually annoys me and makes me strongly dislike their works.  I did not expect this book to follow any Christian doctrine, but come on; this is an important fact in my book.

In conclusion, if you have read the previous books, you kind of need to read this one for the closure factor, but be warned, it really isn’t all that good.  It is violent, but I don’t recall any sex in it.  It is appropriate for teenagers, as far as I can remember.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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by Suzanne Joinson

Published June 4th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA (first published May 22nd 2012)

 

 

Summary:

 It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva’s motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.

In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer.

 

 

Review:

Honestly, this was not my favorite book, but it was worth the listen.  I was given this book as an audiobook ARC.  This is the second audiobook ARC I was given to review, but the first one I am going to review.  (The other was so terrible, I felt bad reviewing it, so I declined the review after only listening to about 15 minutes of it, if that.)  Since this is an audiobook, and the written version has been reviewed a number of times, I will focus mainly on the audio part.

I thought the reader, Susan Duerden, had a nice voice to listen too, she has a nice accent.  She didn’t mess up reading at all and left long enough pauses between the different time periods that after you caught on, you were not lost.  FYI- you do need to pay a lot of attention to this book as it is being read to you since sometimes it can be confusing when time periods are switched.  I do not listen to an audiobook straight through, I listen while cleaning, cooking, getting dressed, exercising, so I stop periodically and on a couple of occasions, I had to rewind to figure out what voice was speaking at the time.  It was a very good recording otherwise and I am very well versed in audiobooks having listened to well over 400 over the last several years.

As with all of my reviews, I must inform you that this book has some tough scenes, including but not limited to a death scene and a lesbian scene.  There is quite a bit of talk about and reference to gay sex.  Sex in general is a common theme in this book, the modern day woman having had a long time affair with a married man w/ kids and she doesn’t seem to care about the fact that he has a family at all.

There are quite a few parts of this book that were quite disturbing.  I would not recommend this book for teenagers at all, even though the cover looks fun.  Some adults would enjoy this book, but not all.  It is not a romance and it is not really chick lit either.  It is most definitely not a mindless, fun, beach read.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

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by J.R. Wagner
Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Live Oak Book Company (first published May 5th 2012)

 

 

Summary:

James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

 

 

Review:

I was very excited about reading this book because I really like books with magic in them, but this book left something to be desired. The story started out strong and had me hooked, but then it just went downhill. First, there was the switching between time periods and points of view, which we really confusing, especially since the time periods were jumping all over the place back and forth and not in any sort of order. I kept loosing track of when the different events occurred and in what order.

There were also issues with the time and how it passed in the Never. I am just reading along and all of a sudden a whole year has passed and there is nothing said about it, except that it is a year later. Frankly, I have no clue how long James has been in the Never when the story ended.

There is also the issue of jumping between characters and time periods, all at once, as is the case with the jumping back to the parts about Ankil. Then, the book just ends. This is by far the worst cliff hanger ending I have ever read. I didn’t even know the book was done, I actually thought that the download wasn’t complete so I went and re-downloaded it just to check. Nope that was the ending.

I am not sure I will read the next one in the series, maybe, but it won’t be high on my list of books to review. I would definitely not purchase the next in the series. I would recommend only getting it from the library, if your library has it. I was not impressed and I really enjoy reading and tend to give books, especially the first in a series, the benefit of the doubt. I would not recommend this book, there are other books with magic that I have enjoyed much more, but this is one of the only books that I have read that has a strong male character and that is a positive in my book.

This book does not contain any sex and very little violence. It is appropriate for kids 6th grade and up. Both boys and girls would like this book, since the main character is a boy and he has special powers. There is almost no romance, definitely no kissing, so that should make boys more likely to read this book too. The magic and action scenes would also appeal to a boy.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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