Tag Archives: fallen angels

Rapture, Review

8 Apr

Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen, Book 4)

Plot: When I started reading this book I didn’t realize it was the last book in the
series.  You can sense though that something has changed just from the cover.
On all the other books the girl on the cover is wearing a black dress, but this
time she is in white.  Many changes are at hand.  Luce and Daniel have returned
through the Announcer but now they and the other six fallen angels and demons
only have nine days to find the three relics and the site of the fall to rescue
all the angels who were sucked into an announcer when Lucifer went back to the
fall and caught them in the sky.  If they are allowed to complete their nine day
fall, history will be rewritten and they will no longer be who they are today
and where they are today.  Using the book Daniel wrote years ago that Gabbe had
published, which Luce found in the Sword and Cross Library in the first book and
showed her in another lifetime on the first page, the group breaks into three
groups going to the three places where they believe the relics are held.  Along
the way they meet up with the Outcasts and form an alliance with
them.

Luce and Daniel go to find the halo in Venice.  Arriane, Annabel
and Roland go to Vienna looking for the something called the desired thing which
no one is clear about only that it is in a library.  Meanwhile Cam, Gabbe and
Molly go to Avignon looking for a chalice.  Each of these items is said to be
inscribed with the history of the angels and their fall and, if put together in
the right place and the right circumstances, will tell them where they fell.
Along the way they appreciate the help of the Outcasts, have to fight off the
Scale who are angels who stayed with the Throne and think highly of themselves
while being ruthless in their pursuit of justice, and also run in with the trans
eternal elders again.  None of the missions go smoothly, help is needed from all
and great losses occur.

While on this journey  Luce keeps getting flashes from the past.  She can remember previous lifetimes unassisted and keeps circling closer and closer to the reason for the curse and the reason why the angels and demons are all there to help her and Daniel on this quest, but it stays out of reach for a very long time.  I was relieved when the truth came out, when she faced it and when the consequences and reactions to all that had happened played out in the present.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jill

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Finale, Review

21 Jan

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush Series: #4)

Plot: Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or not, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on?

Nora is now the leader of the Nephilim since her biological father, who was also the Black Hand’s, death.  She swore an oath to lead the Nephilim against the fallen angels to stop the angels possessing the bodies of the Nephilim every Chesvan.  If she breaks her oath, she and her mother die, but if she keeps it she and Patch can’t be together.  She is looking for a loop hole and also realizing how being a Nephilim has it’s drawbacks as well.  Her first lieutenant, Dante, starts training her for the upcoming confrontation.  Thrown in is her biological half-sister Marcie, who  has been her nemesis for years, her best friend Vee acting mysterious and keeping secrets, her mother believing that Hank is going to come back for her, Archangels, blackmail, and Patch’s ex-girlfriend.  A lot is going on leading up to the final showdown.  I was not expecting the way in which things ended, but I was satisfied with this book.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Jill

Passion, Review

7 Jan

Passion by Lauren Kate (Fallen, Book 3)

Plot: Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way.Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime, going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Daniel brings Luce home to her parents to celebrate Thanksgiving, but when her parents for their after dinner walk, and Luce, her angel friends, her demon friends, two of her Nephilim friends and her best friend from her first boarding school are trying to clean up, the blind Outcasts came to take her away. Instead of going with them or risking them killing any of her friends, she opens an Announcer and travels to her past to see all the details she can’t recall of the lives she and Daniel  have shared.
As she travels from Announcer to Announcer and goes further and further into her past she picks up a Gargoyle named Bill who says he is there to help her.  He never lets himself be seen by the angels in any of the lifetimes, but he pulls strings and makes it so she can safely live in each of the times for either a few moments or for days.  Something about him feels wrong, but she is so glad to have someone with her on this journey that she doesn’t always see or feel the discrepancy.  He tells her the way to solve her current problem is to kill her soul so she can go back to Daniel in her present and she will be safe.Daniel meanwhile is racing after her, always arriving just a little bit too late, but also seeing their shared past from a new perspective.The book seems to leave things all set up for book four, the final book in the series.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.
4 stars
–Jill

Torment, Review

31 Dec

Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen, Book 2)

Plot: Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous. What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
Thoughts: Daniel doesn’t elaborate on what Luce needs to stay safe from.  He visits a few times over the course of the few weeks she needs to be there, but things are always tense and she feels as though he is leaving her out of the loop, keeping details to himself. Luce befriends Shelby and Miles, two Nephilim students who help her learn more about her past and about her curse, which all the Nephilim are aware of as it is like a bedtime story for them, the story of the love Luce and Daniel have shared through the ages and their inability to stay together. Luce’s frustration with Daniel and her lack of knowledge of their history
together can be felt throughout the book.  Luce questions their union and whether they really are supposed to be together.  She thinks about  how much easier it would be to be with someone who leads a regular, everyday sort of life, instead of one who needs to fly off on his own wings to take care of secret missions.
Would you recommend this book? Yes.
4 stars
–Jill

Finale, Book Trailer

9 Nov

The conclusion to the bestselling Hush, Hush saga.

Silence, Review

27 Feb

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Plot: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

Part of my problem with this book was I was frustrated by the amnesia.  Nora wakes up in a cemetery by her fathers grave and she can’t remember the last five months of her life, three of which she has been missing.  Amnesia bothers me, the first half of the book is all Nora finding out about things she already knew but has lost.  I already remembered that stuff from the first two books and I was just waiting for the real story to start, where it was going to go after she knew who she was and everyone else around her really is.

Once the story got started on new territory I loved it. The twists and turns it took were not things I would have expected and it will be interesting to see how things play out in book four.

Would you recommend this book? Yes

4 stars

–Jill

Fallen, Review

12 Dec

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Plot: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce’s attention from the moment she sees him at the Sword and Cross boarding school. He’s the only bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce, she is drawn to him. She has to find out what he so desperately wants to keep secret…even if it kills her.

It is a definite page turner that I did not want to put down after I started reading. At some times Luce seemed a little too obsessed with finding out the secret, but it was fun to try to guess what the secret was. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel!

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jill