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Review: Passion by Lauren Kate

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
3.5 Stars: A Good Read
Series: Fallen #3
Hardback: 420 Pages
Publication: June 14, 2011 by Delacorte Press for Young Readers

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.

After the action in Fallen and (more so) in Torment, Passion is a bit of a let down. Luce explores her past lives in search of evidence of Daniel's love for her. We learn more about their shared past and see the various personas that Luce's soul took on in the past. Passion is about Luce exploring the past, settling her feelings, and realizing the truth. In fact, in addition to Luce rekindling her passion with Daniel, there is only one other major plot development.

Still, Passion is a necessary transition book in the series, and I enjoyed it in its own way. At first, I thought that I would get bored of watching Luce leap through her past lives, as she left the first couple pretty quickly. Once I adjusted to the pacing of the novel, however, I found myself just as mystified as Luce by her past lives, and as the novel progressed, I saw how they tied in together. The Announcers take Luce to certain lives for a purpose--there is something for her, for us, to learn.

I was annoyed by Luce's incessant desire to speak with her past lives and warn them--to tell them what she would have liked to know before starting her relationship with Daniel. It seemed obvious to me that if she changed one life, then her own life would be in jeopardy... though I can't blame her for wanting to try. If I knew as much as Luce did when she first started her journey into the past, I would  have hated to watch past me's die without understanding what they're getting into. Oddly enough, I was amused rather than confounded by Daniel's interference with the past despite his knowledge of what will happen if he interferes; this is probably because, unlike Luce, he knows what he's doing most of the time.

Everything leads back to Daniel's decision to live for love. In Passion, we learn the depth of Daniel's love for Luce, and we learn why the present Luce has a chance at life. With Luce finally understanding her relationship with Daniel, they only need to prove that it is worth fighting for (and take down the big bad guy). I cannot wait to read Rapture and find out how it all ends!

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