Passion by Lauren Kate

Friday, June 15, 2012

Passion by Lauren Kate

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Pages: 420
Source: bought
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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. --Goodreads
Daniel and Luce have been star-crossed lovers since almost the beginning of time.  Ever since the Fall, Daniel has been pining over Luce.  The present-Luce needs to discover how the thread of their love and curse entwine together.  She goes on a quest, traveling through time, experiencing a number of her previous lives with Daniel.  She discovers not only his strong love for her, but she finds out more about herself than she could have ever guessed.  But is this enough to save the couple from their destiny that has been decided so long ago?

I love this series.  It is filled with action that never lets me catch a breath.  I couldn’t put it down.  Passion leaves the reader breathless and amazed, feeling the love of these two characters that we have been following since Fallen.

Time travel is fantastic and I loved how Kate put her own twist on how Luce went back in time through the Announcers.  However, it was a bit confusing having to get used to the fact that each new chapter is a new place and may be a new view, whether the reader is seeing life through Luce or Daniel’s view.  Still, time traveling was a lot fun.  I felt like I had been all over the world in just a few hours by reading this novel.  Every new place was like a new discovery for Luce and it was amazing how it transported you to a new era every chapter. 

There were not many new characters, but as Luce traveled, she met different versions herself and Daniel that kept the plot moving. However, there was a Bill, a new character that Luce finds in an Announcer.  He was her tour guide that helped her on this journey, but it wasn’t too surprising when a new twist unfolds at the end with him.  Every new version of the main characters was so interesting to take in.  In England, Lucinda was a brat and Daniel was an artist.  In France, Luce was a princess and Daniel was a stable boy.  In Italy, Luce met Daniel, a wounded soldier, in the hospital while she was working as a nurse.  Some of the storylines in the different Announcers were a bit cliché.  France seemed a bit like The Luxe.  Italy reminded me a lot of Farewell to Arms.  However, I loved the raw passion of the characters and no matter how cliché the story gets, I will always come back for more because the main story of Luce and Daniel that had started in Fallen just keeps revealing new obstacles to overcome as the series progresses.

Lauren Kate always knows how to tell it well.  I know this series is optioned for film, and I can’t help but notice that this whole series would translate so well to film.  It would translate so well because Kate is a genius with her descriptions, tone, and plot. 

Everyone knows how I hate cliffhangers.  This series is definitely not a stranger to cliffhangers and I should have anticipated something like this at the end.  It seemed like a trick because when Daniel was in her arms again, I hoped that they would be together forever but then BAM!  Nothing ever goes as I think it is going to go.

Passion has definitely put a fresh spin on things and I can’t even figure out what is going to happen next.  It was fantastic and I cannot wait until Rapture releases.

First Sentence:
“A shot rang out.”
-Passion by Lauren Kate, p. 1

Rated PG-13 for violence and action awesome-ness.

Cover: 4
Characters: 5
Plot: 4
Writing Style: 5
Ending: 4


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