Book Signing Tour : Lauren Kate back in PH with Harrison Gilbertson


Lauren Kate Book Signing Event

Join bestselling author of the ‘Fallen’ series Lauren Kate (@laurenkatebooks) for a book signing event on November 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. in The Gallery, Greenbelt 5. Plus! Meet and greet Harrison Gilbertson who portrays Cam in the movie adaptation of ‘Fallen’.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Pioneer Films, Greenbelt, and Ayala Center.


When and where are the book signings?
November 6, 2:00 p.m., at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. on November 6 at The Gallery, Greenbelt. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed?
Each guest is allowed to have a total of three (3) books of any of the following titles:
Fallen – one (1) copy only
Torment – one (1) copy only
Passion – one (1) copy only
Rapture – one (1) copy only
Fallen in Love – one (1) copy only
Waterfall – one (1) copy only
Teardrop – one (1) copy only
Unforgiven – one (1) copy only

One copy will be personalized and the rest are signatures only.

Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
National Book Store will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, National Book Store reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
Fallen (Trade Paperback – P359)
Torment (Trade Paperback – P359)
Passion (Trade Paperback – P385)
Teardrop (Trade Paperback – P395)
Unforgiven (Trade Paperback – P399)

Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks will be accommodated.

Rapture (Fallen Book #4) by Lauren Kate

“Was their love worth the erasure of the world and all its stories?”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

I remember picking up the first Fallen book of this angel series by Lauren Kate few years ago. It all started with an intriguing and gorgeous art cover of the book that caught my attention. Then the author book tour went in my area which actually push me to wait and read the whole series. Now I’m on the fourth and final installment and I have to say the journey is quite worth it.

“Tell them it’s happening. That an endgame has been initiated”

Since this is the final book, I won’t discuss here anymore the characters. I think I pretty covered their development from my reviews for the first three books of this series. We all know how Luce, Daniel, Cam and the other angels, nephilim and mortals behaved and grow. I’m also pretty sure I already told my opinions for each of them, specially the major characters. So in here, let me discuss more about the plot and how the turn of events evolved throughout the story.

As every reader of this series know, the story focus on Luce and Daniel finding a way to end their curse. The unending curse of their love story that is meant to end tragically every lifetime. They are lovers since old days who happens to always find each others in every life. But in this present life everything has change because Luce and Daniel might only have one last chance to be together. In this life they need to end the curse before it ended them and the whole world or its history.

From the previous books we know that Daniel is an Angel and with all the hints we also know that he is one of the highest rank. We also get to know that his decision to choose love or Luce between Heaven and Hell is the start of their curse. But what we don’t know is what is Luce’s exact role in all these? That’s the major question always left hanging from the previous books. So now that we are on the final book, of course we all expect that it will finally revealed. We expect Lauren Kate to deliver us the whole story – how the curse started, how will it end and how Luce become part of it.

So in order to know all those things Lauren Kate put Luce, Daniel and all the other angels in a mission to stop Lucifer from erasing history. The strange alliance of angels have nine days to find three artifacts that will lead them to the exact place of the original fall. A place where Daniel and Luce can possibly end their curse.

During the quest, Lauren Kate introduced some nice crafted plot devices like the three relics and patinas. Personally, I like the concept of patina, I think it is a pretty clever little addition to the story. Lauren Kate also brings us to different beautiful places such as Italy, France, Austria and Egypt. Like in the third book, Passion, she creatively use each place and its history to merge in the story. She also introduced new characters like Dee and bring back some of the old and important one. There were the Fallen, the Elders, the Scales, the Outcast, the Throne and Lucifer which all played important roles in finding the relics and ending the curse.

Being the final book, I expected Rapture to answer all my questions from the previous books. Though it holds most of the answers there were few things that’s still left hanging. Some revelations were surprising, like the most important angel that can tip the scale between Heaven and hell. All along I assume that it is Daniel who holds that power but I am surprised when it was revealed in here. Though I see what Luce real identity ahead of time I didn’t expect what her true value is. I under-estimate her, because from the start of this series I am not really a fan of her. Rapture also finally reveals how and where Daniel and Luce first met as well as how their curse started and how important their choices will be.

I don’t necessary like everything portrayed in this book especially the religious part, but I think the way Lauren Kate crafted the soul mate story is beyond the usual. The choice between the Throne and Lucifer, and how mercy played in the story is neatly layout. The story also shows that sometimes the price for love and happiness is not simple. Daniel and Luce as well as the other characters faced Heaven and hell literally. It cost them too much but just like in any situations, sacrifices are necessary in order to get our happiness.

Rapture is a fitting finale for this angel series. I am glad that Lauren Kate didn’t push the story too long. Her writing grew incredibly well from the first book, Fallen. The only issue I got is the lack of development for the side characters. As much as I want the story to focus on Daniel and Luce, I also want to know what happened to the other characters specially Cam. I did expect that Cam will get a bigger role in this final installment. His tortured past from Passion seems a nice plot to follow. There are many possible character arc to be thrown in him but unfortunately this final book didn’t give much room to Cam’s story. I didn’t see enough of him in here. Either Lauren Kate don’t have much time to developed Cam’s character or she’s planning to create a spin-off story for Cam. Whatever the reason, I really think Cam deserves a proper closure.

More than the angels plot line, Fallen series is really a story about Love. A love that spans eons of years and countless lifetimes. No matter what it cost Daniel and Luce are bound to find each other and fall in love again and again. It is a love that is meant to be no matter what.

Passion (Fallen Book #3) by Lauren Kate

“Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

This is the third book of Fallen series and having read the first two books I wanted to know how the story will progress. Torment, the second book of the series left me with many unanswered questions about Luce and Daniel curse and what is Luce’s role between the battle of good and evil. So I hop on to Passion expecting few more explanations for those hanging questions. As well as my curiosity to know how Lauren Kate will deliver the time travel plot of Daniel and Luce unending love story.

I really enjoy reading the scenes from Luce travels. From Moscow, to Milan, Helston (England), Tahiti, Prussia, Tibet, Versailles, London, Greenland, Chichen Itza (Mesoamerica), Yin (China), Jerusalem, Memphis (Egypt), and back to Savannah, Georgia. These places and their distinct culture and people were capture precisely by Lauren Kate’s descriptions. She easily weaved the scenes and time vividly, which makes the historical aspect of the book breathtaking. Lauren Kate must have been done a tremendous research to execute all the past events perfectly.

I like that some chapters were told from Daniel’s point of view, in fact I like it more compare to Luce. While Luce point of view is necessary to show how much she is learning from her & Daniel past lives, I find Daniel narration much more interesting. Because he knows and understand more what is happening. Visiting their past lives reveals a lot of Daniel character and his love for Luce. And no other character from the book could ever describe the dept of how he feels every single lifetime of loving and losing.

If you’ve read my reviews for Fallen and Torment you know that I have issues with Luce for being the dependent girl most of the time. While I see a little growth in her character in Torment I expected more from her in this book. When she step to the announcer in the last part of Torment I almost cheer for her because I assumed she is trying to be independent for once. She step into unknown with a goal to discover her past and understand the future. What surprise me is, most of her past version is more daring and dependent than the present Luce. I find her past character much more interesting than the present Luce.

Daniel is as passionate as he is with Luce every lifetime. You will feel his love for Luce each past lives. Each lifetime reveals a different sides of Daniel and you will sympathize for him every time Luce dies in his hands. Painful is understatement to describes how he feels every time he loses Luce.

While I anticipated the time travel plot I didn’t expect that majority of the story will be set on the past. With Luce diving into their previous lives nothing is really happening in the present which makes the story stagnant. While the past scenes were important to discover the root of Daniel and Luce curse the overwhelming scenes of their past lives seems repetitive. Luce going back to the past, watch the past Daniel & past Luce meet, fall in love and die. The same tragic ending of their curse. And the worst part is, they are not even closer in breaking the curse.

Also, having set in past we don’t see much of the other characters from the previous books until few pages in the end. The villain and his real identity wasn’t surprising. It is easy to guess, but I must say that he is an interesting addition to the plot. He makes Luce’s travel more fun to read. There’s also a little glimpse of Cam past which gives arc to Cam’s character. I may not be fan of him in the first two books but with that little information about his past I understand more where he is coming from.

Overall, Passion is a nice ride to Daniel and Luce past lives. Lauren Kate pull of a thousand years of unending love story brilliantly. Each lifetime shows how creative and vivid her writing is. Though my expectation of more development in the story isn’t delivered, I still find Passion a nice addition to the series. A nice bridge between Torment and Rapture, the final book to Fallen series.

Giveaway: Passion – Signed!

I got  the chance to attend Lauren Kate‘s book signing last Saturday so I grab the opportunity to have an extra copy of Passion signed by the author.  The extra copy is intended to share so I’m giving it away to one lucky winner.

What’s up for Grabs?

A signed hardcover copy of Passion by Lauren Kate.

The Rules:

  • Only one entry per person.

  • Contest is open to everyone.
  • Ends Sunday, July 31st, 2011.
  • Winner will be chosen using and will be inform thru email.
  • Book will be sent via surface mail.

There are no ways to get extra entries, but I would appreciate it if you facebooked, blogged, or tweeted about this giveaway. And I’ll be thankful if you follow Blackplume via email subscription or FB Page.

To enter just fill out this FORM.

The contest is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who has entered. I will be running all the names through shortly. Stay tuned for the winner announcement.

Good luck!!!

Winner announcement here.

The Passion Tour

I had a blast last year with The Fallen Event where I first met Lauren Kate, author of  Fallen series. That was my first try attending a book signing event so everything were a huge experience. After few months I met Lauren again in person when Chai and I went to her Passion Tour here in Manila last Saturday at Glorietta 5. Thanks to National Book Store for bringing back Lauren here.

The event was as successful as last year. We encounter familiar faces from the last event and we also met new friends & fellow book lovers. Lauren is as sweet as always. She smiles a lot and always game to answer all the questions from her fans. I don’t get much time to chat with her unlike last year but the experience is as overwhelming as before.