REVIEW: Passion (Fallen Series #3) by Lauren Kate (@LaurenKateBooks)

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.

Another solid entry in the Fallen series from Lauren Kate!! This series just keeps getting better and better. In Passion, Luce is leap-frogging through time witnessing her love with Daniel in all of their in all of their incarnations. This is my absolute favorite part of this book! You get to see all the lifestyle differences between the different generations and times. It’s a fantastic way to show that no matter who they are (or when they are), their soles are linked and the love between their soles is what draws them together year after year and life after life.
I know, I know. This is NOT my typical read. It sounds like it’s all rainbows and tweety birds. Not so much! Much like Torment (Fallen Series #2), Passion is like being stuffed head first into an emotional vice grip. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. You spend almost the entire book being held right on the brink of tears, just hoping and praying that this couple will finally get a break.
Passion has the same cast of characters with a few new ones. A “few” meaning as long as your dont include the countless “versions” of Luce and Daniel. For the most part, we now know who Luce’s friends are and who the people are that she can count on. Although it doesn’t absolve him of his past behavior, we also get a glimpse into the reasons why Cam is the way he is. Passion gives you that glimpse and although he’s a demon, you are left with a little bit of closure and understanding.
As for closure, you’re not going to find any of that with Passion. Just as with Fallen and Torment, Passion leaves us off with a massive cliffhanger. There is no closure, only a great big fat TO BE CONTINUED sign. This series is definitely one whose installments can not be read as stand alone stories. However, I don’t exactly find that to be a bad thing.
Being aimed at a young adult audience, the total of four books that make up this series probably would have made a very intimidating tome to a teenager picking it up in a book store. Breaking it up into four parts was definitely a good thing to do. On that same note, I like there to be some sort of feeling of closure at the end of an installment in a series and you do not get that with the Fallen series. Everything is left so wide open that it’s almost frustrating. Having bought all of the audiobooks ahead of time, it wasn’t terribly frustrating for me…..until now.
Now that I am done with Passion, I am all caught up. That means I am officially in Literary Limbo with the Fallen series. The good news?? I love this series enough that I am greatly anticipating the fourth and final installment, Rapture. I think that this series is going to wrap up with one hell of a bang and I will be one of the first in line to get my copy of June 12th.
A great big Kudos to Ms. Kate for taking a very mediocre first installment and spinning it into a series that has me 100% hooked. I give Passion an enthusiastic 4 stars!
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