Tuesday, February 4, 2014



by Lauren Kate


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.

My thoughts:

My reason for choosing Passion by Lauren Kate  is very simple; it is the third in a series. I enjoyed the first and the second, but I can honestly say that it was very difficult to get through this one. It is well written but slow going. The protagonist, Luce, goes back in time throughout her past lives in order to find out how the curse bestowed upon her and her love interest, Daniel, began. Luce encounters a little stone angel named Bill who helps her go back in time to find how the curse started, but her angel is not what he seems. In her haste to break the curse and get back to Daniel, Luce misses some key hints that could show her that Bill is not in fact trying to help her but has his own agenda to attend to. Luce goes throughout her lives learning that the pull and love she feels towards Daniel is real and not just an effect of the curse.She always learns the same thing; Daniel loves her; she has to find him; the love she feels is real. Every life Luce has ever lived, she dies before she can turn eighteen. While going back in time, Luce realizes that every time she dies, Daniel’s suffering is indeed greater than her own. Daniel chases Luce back in time to stop her from altering history to much. His fear is that she will alter her own history and cease to exist. He is always too late, usually only by a day or two. He always winds up talking to someone. Sometimes he even talks to himself in the past, that’s when things get interesting. 

There were many times that I was tempted to skip a couple chapters due to how slow paced the story was, but decided against it in fear of missing something crucial to the story. Normally it would take me three days to read a book the length of Passion, but it instead took me four weeks. I always look forward to reading. I didn’t look forward to reading Passion, I looked forward to finishing it. Knowing that the next chapter was going to be the same as the one before it was a dull feeling and I just wanted to get it over with.

The story was written from two different perspectives, both limited omniscient, Daniel’s and Luce’s. Until the end, when Luce finally stopped going through her lives, the only interesting parts were from Daniel’s perspective...especially when he wound up talking to himself.

Even though I said that this book is slow going and dull, it is well worth the time when I got to the last few chapters. Luce finds out things that shouldn’t be possible and Daniel realizes he may have made a mistake. I strongly suggest reading the series. The first book is called Fallen, the second book is called Torment, and the fourth books is called Rapture. There is also a novella called Fallen In Love, but it is not essential to the story line. I would give Passion a seven out of ten and suggest it to readers twelve and up who enjoy supernatural novels and/or stories.

reviewed by P. M., Grade 10 Scona student

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