September 5, 2011

Passion by Lauren Kate

excerpt here
Series: Fallen 3
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon

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 thislifetime...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.

On Passion, the third book on Lauren Kate's Fallen Series, we follow Luce's journey in trying to figure out what the curse exactly is so she can break it and finally be with Daniel without turning into a 4th of July attraction.

By stepping through numerous Announcers we travel back in time in Luce's past lives through the Victorian Era, Louis XV court, William Shakespeare's Globe even glimpses of Luce's incarnations during the Mayan era, Zhou Dynasty and far as the first dynasty of Egypt. But to no avail, Luce still spontaneously combusts. The answer lies during the Fall, when Lucifer turned to Satan and the great battle between heaven and hell, good versus evil started.

I love Bill, and Kate sure made an apt comparison with Dante Alghieri's Virgil, being Luce's guide through this self discovery of hers. He's candid and points Luce in the right direction. The only hitch was that he turned out to be Satan and he needs Luce to turn Daniel so the balance can be tipped with him ending up the ultimate victor. I find this part very fanciful because it turned out that Daniel loved Luce all that time and it was Lucifer and God who cursed their relationship. The punishment doesn't fit the crime if you ask me.

Anyway, the whole book as all about Luce and her incarnations. I understand why an entire book has to be dedicated to this but I wish that there was more to the story than the repetitive theme of Luce and Daniel, meeting and she lighting up, it's a little bit redundant on some aspects. Clues could've been given in every incarnation, the major one happened mid way, during her Louis XV incarnation where she felt herself "split" before dying but before that it's pretty much the same.

What I liked was a snippet of Cam's history, the day he turned evil was the day that he failed to give in to Lilith's wish of them marrying in the church. He didn't tell her that he can't since any consecrated ground is forbidden among the Fallen. He left it to Lilith to curse him for eternity, never making the effort to correct her, leaving both of them broken hearted. Which doesn't make sense, if Cam loves Lilith as he say he does then I can't wrap my head around the fact that he didn't do something, ANYTHING to keep her, he should've given Lilith the choice whether or not Cam is worth fighting for. But instead he chose to be a martyr about the whole thing and decided that sulking and getting cursed for all eternity is better than setting the record straight and givng his best shot to a happy ever after. I like Cam but the events that surround his Fall to the dark side is bland, and I'm exaggerating when I say that.

Like the two previous books, the pace is a bit slow for my taste but I must say that in every novel  the story gets better albeit on a snail pace. In my opinion, you can get away with reading the last 100 pages since that's where all the explanation and major events happen as always. And Bill's big reveal as Evil himself could've been better, after all he's the most feared personality bar none. Who can trump Satan in terms of being evil, he practically invented the thing!

So this series has a really promising plot, I mean who doesn't get sucked into a story of love gone wrong, messed up destinies and the promise of love conquering all? And Fallen Angels! Man who doesn't want to get it on with these creatures? Pure, beautiful and absolutely powerful. It's just disappointing that the drama in the story didn't match the fantastic book covers. The writing gets better as you go along but it's too slow a pace for my taste. I keep on reading, or rather skimming most of it to convince myself that the story is exciting and breathtakingly fast, because I'm hoping that I'll finally understand why the series is so popular and such a hit. I end up second guessing myself that I might have missed something which ends up with me rereading some chapters just to make sure that I got it right the first time.

But the real reason is, it's like a 10 car pile up that you just can't take your eyes off from.


  1. So it is a little better huh? Sucks that it is still a bit slow. I am happy that this goes into the characters more, that was one of my complaints with the first one. But at least this plot sounds interesting. Will finish Torment soon, seems we are in accordance again hon LOL! Great review hon, thanks again :)

  2. take your time, i promise you don't have to rush this :D


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