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Passion (Fallen) Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE
“Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers.”
—The Daily Beast
“This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!”
“This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death.”
“Readers will pine right alongside Luce.”
“This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending.”
“Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga.”
“Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce’s story.”
“The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings.”
“A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up.”
—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
About the Author
LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the Teardrop series, the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Visit her online at LaurenKateBooks.net.
Top Customer Reviews
Here, virtually all the characters we got to know in the first two books were non-existant. The promise of a "team Cam vs team Daniel" - shattered. Primarily by the fact that Cam was in all of like 3 chapters and he was peripheral. And expendable. And he didn't really influence the plot or the characters in any way. The only characters that really mattered in this installment were Daniel, Luce (both, in all their incarnations) and the new Bill character. And while this is a petty, nit-pickey, tiny little annoyance - was it really necessary for ever version of Luce to be named some version of Luce? Really? Before we get to the Mayan civilization or Chinese one, we couldn't get a different name? With Bill as the guide, it wasn't really necessary for that to happen. But anyway... onto bigger complaints.
First, the entire plot annoyed me. Luce needed proof that their love was real? This book felt like an unnecessary detour through time just so the author could try writing about time travel. Bill could have gone all "3D" Luce with the first step back and Luce would have felt it right away. But that would have cut out at least half the book. Because Luce gets a hint that "choice" is important, but there really isn't any context to help the reader guess why and the time traveling got old. Fast. And there were still all these rules around the curse, but even after learning what the curse was and where it came from, where'd the rules come from? The little we learn about the characters all happens in the last 30 pages. And there isn't enough meat to the rest of the pages before that to keep a reader really engaged. I constantly felt like "get on with it, where'd the curse come from?" and was relieved when a chapter was over because it meant I was getting closer to the end to figuring out what the end game of this installment was.
The characters were flat. Everything about them came from the first two books and the prose, which was decent in the first book, was just as bad as it was in the last. There are plot holes, unnecessary time traveling, changes to time lines with out any consequences (even though they are all about making sure nothing too drastic changes, but they need to create the loophole in the first place - so, it's like an oxymoron in a way), and the descriptions of the scenery and setting are bloated and felt like a way for the author just to show off some historical research. The time frames really didn't do anything other then play window dressing and after a little while, it got annoying having to read 3 or 4 pages of setting description before really having any clue why those particular lifetimes were chosen.
I am ready for this series to end. All the romance has been sucked out of the series for me, the way Luce's doubt came about in Torment and the way it was "resolved" here didn't do anything to bring that romance back. And, I don't even really want to think about the theology that must be coming in the last book.... This book was really more of a transition from love story in the first two books to what ever battle of good vs evil is coming in the last one (at least that's what it seems to be setting up for). The first books weren't really ever about saving the world, but about Luce and Daniel's love story. Now, all of a sudden we are shifting to the need to save the world. I don't know why it took that (mis)direction, but it spoiled the story. We had to get through the anti-climax of where the curse came from so we can get to the angels battling satan so we can get to the end of the series. We learn nothing about the annoying Announcers. We get introduced to "the Scale" but what a waste of words that was. There was no real action here. No real depth to the plot. No real romance between the characters. No real elegance to the dialogue. That leave no real hope for the last, except for the fact that it will be the last!
It was a nice change of pace to have the chapters alternate between Luce and Daniel and get his perspective on different situations, considering we didn't know very much about him for the first two books. We finally get more of his personality and his feelings for Luce.
One of the things I was a bit disappointed about is that there wasn't much room for any of the supporting characters that I know many of us have come to love: Arianne, Shelby, Steven/Francesca, etc. However, considering that this is Luce's journey through her past lives, there isn't really much room for others beyond her and Daniel and some cameos from the others.
The ending perfectly sets up the final installment, Rapture, and leaves you rather frustrated that we have to wait until NEXT YEAR to get the last book. Passion is definitely a great read and a natural progression of Luce's story and never feels forced or as if the author was just looking to stretch out the series. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first two books!
The pace of Passion is very slow with little action or tension which posed a problem for me since it's hard to maintain my attention. This installment was snapshots in a travel log of the many different settings where Luce and Daniel have fallen in love across the ages. It is their story over and over exactly as it states in the book summary. You'll get a short snippet of each new world and person involved. The interesting part for me was the actual setting and history behind each city where the announcers take Luce. Readers get a taste of Moscow, Milan, England, Prussia, Tibet, China, Egypt, South America and life in the prehistoric pre-civilized world. Lauren Kate takes you through the tunnels of time according to Luce's heart's desire and eventually, bent by the powers of her travel companion Bill.
Bill's a newly introduced secondary character that I also struggled with. In my heart of hearts I missed all of the other characters from the first two books that I had grown to love. They are constantly lost in Passion, trying to catch up to Luce but never interacting in the storyline or given much face time. To me it seemed there was a lack of development of secondary characters. And I missed the competition Daniel faced in Simon and Cam. There's no real force pulling Luce and Daniel apart other than Luce's internal battle. Their story here seems repetitive. Does he truly love me or is his attraction to me simply an automatic response as a result of the curse?
Passion is told from two different points of view-Luce's and Daniel's, so if you are team Daniel you'll be pleased to see things from his perspective. Ultimately, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions about who Luce really is, how the curse is overcome, what role the nephilim will play in re-writing history and how the star shots really work. Passion is great supplementary material, a companion novel, but not a star player for me in the grand scheme of things. I'm hoping book four brings us up to speed with the action and progression of plot I'm searching for. I can't wait to find out more about Cam's origin.
So when all is said and done, one question remains....will I keep reading the books? You bet! I'm hooked. I will be picking up Rapture when it comes out in 2012 with high hopes.
Be sure to visit Lauren Kate's website for more on the Fallen series. And there is a play list folks. Click here to have a listen. Thumbs up on the book trailer, it is excellent.