Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)
Passion by Lauren Kate
Reviewed by Dani
Dani’s Rating: 3 stars
Overall Rating: 3 stars

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 14th, 2011
Pages: 420

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.
Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Dani’s Review:

Passion really disappointed me. I was expecting this sequel to Torment, which I thoroughly enjoyed, to be really good. Instead, I found a boring, corny book. Basically all that happened is Luce traveling through time watching her previous love lives with Daniel. It’s relatively interesting, but it gets boring after reading 10 different scenarios with the exact same plot! It’s Luce meets Daniel, doesn’t know why she’s attracted to him, they fall in love, Luce erupts into flames, and Daniel’s heart is broken. Again. I do feel bad for the guy because he’s had to watch his soulmate die every seventeen years for an entire millennia! Or even more than a millennia!

    Part of the reason I didn’t like this book much was because all of my favorite characters weren’t really in it. Oh, they appeared in the plot here and there, but were not the main supporting characters that they were in the 2 previous books. No more of Shelby’s hilarious grumpiness, Miles’s cuteness, Arianne just being the carefree punk she is, Cam’s dark sexiness, or Roland’s soulfulness. Instead, we just got an anonymous being in gargoyle form who goes by the name Bill. And of course, Daniel. But the most cheesy part of this whole book has to be the fact that when Daniel is trying to follow Luce, HE DOES NOT CATCH UP WITH HER UNTIL THE VERY END. So essentially 400 pages were spent reading about Luce’s past lives, trying to understand WHY she dies. Most readers can already guess it by the first few lives, but still Luce is pondering it. The end is also pretty strange. I won’t tell you what happens, but know that you will be confused by the end. There’s not as much foreshadowing telling the reader what’s going to happen in Rapture. (4th books) Therefore, the reader will lose interest because there’s no cliffhanger. I’m not saying that I particularly like cliffhangers, but cliffhangers sometimes really motivate me and get me excited for the next book!

    Now let’s move on to some more positive reviewing! I did enjoy reading about Luce and Daniel’s various love stories, but I got tired of it after a while. I didn’t receive the same “I HAVE TO PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER TO FINISH READING THIS BOOK” feel that I had with Fallen and Torment. You will be shocked when you read about Luce’s previous personalities because some of them were nothing like her present personality! Who knew that Luce’s personalities could range from a quiet monk to a snobby English lady!

    All in all, Passion was okay. Not as good as Fallen and Torment, but still worth reading if you are an extreme Fallen fan. Now, as a result of Passion’s semi boring plot, Rapture (Fallen #4) is not on my must-read list anymore. It is on my books-to-read-when- I-have-nothing-else-to-read pile. So, if you are a huge Fallen fan, read Passion! If you are not but you have read Fallen and Torment, then put Passion on your books-to-read-later list.


  1. Yeah, I kinda felt the same way about this book.. I loved Fallen, took a few steps back with Torment, and completely fell off the bandwagon with Passion.. I felt like this was a "filler" novel ~ not a whole lot of answers.. just another step to get us to the end...

    And I totally get what you mean about the ending.. It happened WAY to fast and I found myself rereading it a million times (because it was only like three paragraphs long anyway) going WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Oy... such potential with this series... Like you, I haven't brought myself to read Rapture yet.. Just don't have the motivation...

    Here's to hoping your next read WOW's your socks off :)

    Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

    1. Yes Passion was definitely a filler novel! I'll read Rapture one day...after I read some other books ;)
      Hope your next read does too!

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