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Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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Praise for J.R. Ward and the Fallen Angels novels:
"Everything J.R. Ward writes is a must read and she never disappoints."—Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author
“Fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood clear a shelf: your next series addiction has just begun.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.
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With that said, however, this was nothing (except in a few parts here and there) like it's predecessors. By this I mean, it wasn't full of what I've come to expect from the Warden; the body ripping action scenes, evil incarnate making me physically ill while reading what she's capable of, the trips upstairs where hilarious chats are carried on by those who 'rule' and make decisions. This one picks up where Envy #3 ended, of course. Matthias is dead, killed by Isaac Rothe and sent to Hell, which is exactly where he needed to be. Anyone who has lived the way he has and taken as many lives as he has, makes for a no-brainer. But, the war between good (Jim Heron) and evil (Devina) still forges on and will do so until such time as either side wins. We, of course, are all hoping that by the seventh book, it will be the Fallen Angels.
Sometimes, certain people get a second chance - one in which it's hoped the right choice is made. And what do you know? -Matthias wakes up naked on Jim Heron's grave. As if this wasn't confusing enough, he doesn't have a clue what the heck is going on, or even who he is. He has amnesia. He has headaches where flashbacks regarding his previous life occur and they are not pleasant in the least. He ends up 'meeting' Mels Carmichael (a tough cookie) who helps him. She's a kind soul and Matthias is appreciative. This somehow is strange for him - why doesn't it feel right? As she's a journalist, Matthias eventually asks Mels to dig around and find out what she can about him and the person on who's grave he woke up. Short of writing precisely what went down in this book, Adrian, Jim, Matthias and Mels all work towards a common goal. Jim and Ad weren't sure what the crossroads would be, but are now convinced that Mels is Matthias's key. It turns out differently of course. Where at one point everyone thought XOps members (Matthias used to be Jim's boss back in the day - when they were alive) were after Matthias, it turns out they were after someone else entirely. Mels and Matthias fall in love. Things are hindered by the fact that Matthias is impotent due to his attempt at suicide. One scene I absolutely loved was when Adrian did something that was completely against everything he practices in a personal sense. The story behind Matthias's life is revealed and Mels is left brokenhearted, but it all ends as it should, with one exception. Why oh why couldn't Eddie have come back? I hope he makes an appearance in future books, somehow. I know he's had his chance, but he needs to come back. My heart breaks for Adrian, honestly. And Dog? -too cute for words.
I'm rating this one as four stars, because although this was mild compared to what I'm used to in this series, I still loved reading it. I'm invested in these characters, heck, I was invested in them from #1, Covet. Once they become almost like family, it's really hard to shove them aside. For me at least. So, although Sissy is still stuck in the Well of Souls and Jim is still obsessing over her, Devina was nowhere near her usual disgusting, evil self, and I hate saying this but I felt a 'teeny' bit sorry for her because really, at the end of the day it's her job. I also can't help but laugh at how OCD she is. Ward manages to dish out a character who is completely rotten to the bone, has the ability to clothe herself in human skin with an end result of looking like a gorgeous brunette bombshell, yet in her true form - she's disgusting and slimy and you still end up kind of liking her. There, I said it. The chemistry between Devina and Jim is sick at best, but compelling. He doesn't want to, has been tortured by her and her minions, yet when the urge hits he is quick to fall prey to her. He hates it, but still it happens. Ward is cunning in a good way and the snarkiness she brings to the table had me laughing out loud numerous times throughout not only this book but all of them. What Ward also manages to do, is kind of force you to sympathise with those you really don't want to. It's tough to feel this way, but let me tell you, by the end of the book you just can't help it. I guess there's good and bad in (almost) everyone and most times (almost) everyone craves redemption.
Although Rapture was 'quiet', I do think it was needed. And now, because of Jim's decision, Devina is once again on an equal footing with him, so it will be interesting to see how their arrangement will be played out in the next installment.
Highlight, and those of us who are absolute fans of the BDB series will know, just know who this pertains to:
The six bastards were all dressed in black leather, which might have marked them as Goths--except the way they walked in formation behind their leader had a professional solider vibe.
This made me laugh...
One and only one thought went through his mind: "Do not tell me we're going for a round three with you."
As Matthias sat up and rubbed the back of his noggin, he shot a glare upward. "You dropped me on my head."
"Oh, and that's an excuse?"
Off in the distance, other mammoth houses could be dimly seen--none of which was in a decrepit condition.
"Does it have running water?"
"Yeah. And electricity."
"Will miracles never cease."
So much more really, but I can't put them all here.
The hero and other male characters are all very JRWard-esque strong and uber-male and urban/gangsta, but not in a sexy way and again none of them really grabbed me. I wasn't rooting for anyone and wasn't worried about anyone. Unlike her Black Dagger Brotherhood series where the team is all about saving a community and innocents, in this series the cause (a fight between angels and demons) seems pretty self-centered. There may be some innocent caught in Hell that one of the angels is trying to rescue (again, must have missed that backstory in another book) but overall it seems the protagonists and antagonists are just trying to win a contest set up by the Maker in order to save their own souls.
Anyway - maybe if you read all the books in the series in order, and don't have any expectation of a good romance or quickly paced action, you'd enjoy it. I'll be skipping the rest of this series and waiting for her next.
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>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 4th in the Fallen Angels series and ends in an HEA.Read more