Review: Rapture – J.R. Ward

Posted 31 July, 2015 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 6 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Rapture – J.R. WardRapture by J.R. Ward
Series: Fallen Angels #4
Published by NAL on 25 September 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 502
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
3 Stars

Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they're over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too ...As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover's memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you're trapped in a no-holds-barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels's heart at risk, what in heaven - or in hell - will it take to save them both?

After reporter Mels Carmichael hits a disheveled man with her car
outside the local cemetery, she pays a visit to the stranger in the hospital. The only thing he remembers of his past is seeing a name written on a headstone: that of Jim Heron—a fallen angel charged with rescuing souls from the seven deadly sins. Now, as Mels struggles to help this mysterious stranger rediscover himself, Heron himself returns to prepare for a battle between good and evil.

Rapture showed a different side of Jim Heron, and it had some interesting developments when it came to the sides of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, as well as a character I didn’t think we’d ever see again.

My Rapture review:

There are a lot of things happening in Rapture that I can’t really mention in my review for fear of spoiling things! There is a mystery soul Jim and Adrian need to try and save, and this is the main plot and story-line. There are two interesting sub-plots as well, on involving Devina and her vile ways of trying to distract Jim from finding the right soul and doing what is needed to get that soul for ‘the good side’. The other sub-plot, about all the missing people in Caldwell, may very well become a bigger plot in a future book, especially with the way that was left.

I enjoyed Mels quite a bit, a strong woman, hard worker and a little lost in her own life, she went through a lot over the span of the story in Rapture. And she had her eyes opened in more ways than one, too. Her new relationship was very instantaneous, though, and because the other character had amnesia, she really didn’t know that much about him… which made me think she was less smart than I had first thought.

The writing was very good, this is a Ward novel, after all. Written in third person, past tense, with a nearly omniscient narrator, I got a good knowledge of all of the characters, but I wasn’t as enthralled with Rapture as I have been with other books in the Fallen Angels series. Maybe I’ve stayed away for too long? I will continue with this series, though, mostly because I really enjoy both Jim and Devina, and the fight they have to ‘win’ souls to see if good or bad should take over the world.

Some of my favorite Rapture quotes:

They would be coming again for him. It was, after all, exactly what he’d earned.

So yeah, it didn’t take a genius to ascribe his inappropriateness to the ennui of a balding former coxswain, the bitterness from a lifetime of not-quite-there intersecting with the almost-out-of-time of a man about to hump sixty. Then again, maybe he was just a prick.

At the end of the day, playing Grim Reaper was fun to him, and this was the only legally sanctioned way to do it. Even the canniest serial killers got caught after a while. Working in this capacity for the U.S. government? His only rate limiter was his ability to stay alive. 

#COYER Scavenger Hunt item # 2: Read a book with a cover that is at least 51% blue (1 point)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,077 other subscribers

6 responses to “Review: Rapture – J.R. Ward

Thanks for commenting - chat soon!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.