- Library Binding: 448 pages
- Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (8 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0606264108
- ISBN-13: 978-0606264105
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
- Customer Reviews: 612 customer ratings
Passion (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Library Binding – 8 May 2012
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Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, and the forthcoming Rapture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. You can visit her online at www.laurenkatebooks.net.
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New characters are introduced in just about every chapter in this enthralling tale, but they are by definition nothing but cameo appearances as their respective roles in the story can only be short lived.
One new character is called Bill the Gargoyle and he enters from stage left at around the thirty five percent mark of the book. His role is to provide life saving support for Lucinda as she traverses universe after universe seeking important clues to answer her ultimate riddle. But he does more than just support our heroine. He provides some much needed comic relief for book lovers everywhere and also balances and justifies the story as it goes along.
I found chapter eleven of the book a respective highlight. Some of the passages found in this section were bordering on the beautiful and really lifted the tone of the book from romantic stalkerism to mythical and classic but high quality fairy tale. I am now beginning to really anticipate the ending to this mad chase through these eternity of eternities and can see how much the book has improved from it’s relatively slow and repetitive beginning.
So I give this one four stars. If the ending is exceptional (in either a happy or sad way) I will let you know. But its still highly recommended. If you have got this far, I see no reason to stop now.
Book finshed October 17, 2015. In some respects the story is ended. We now know how the curse can be defeated but in stepped Bill the Gargoyle, and with one swift stroke he upset the plans of everyone concerned and the ultimate fight for survival is about to begin.
!!!!!BRING IT ON!!!!!
Fallen (Book #1), Torment (Book #2), Passion (Book #3), Fallen in Love (Book #3.5), Rapture (Book #4), and Unforgiven (Book #5) make up the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. They are Young Adult, paranormal stories- with fantasy, angels, good vs evil, drama, angst, fate, hidden agendas, danger, mystery, a love triangle, reincarnation, and more.
This is another book/series that has been sitting on my book has been on my TBR for far too long. Another series that had got lost amongst the thousands of books on/in my TBR. This year part of my reading challenge was to reduce my TBR- both in paperbacks and on my kindle, by reading some of the older backlog. So, here we are….
After reading the entire series now, I have to admit that although the premise and world building was quite good, there were parts that really frustrated me, and fell a little short. I was expecting to be blown away- but it just failed to deliver on my expectations. That’s not to say that I didn’t like the series, I didn’t mind it- but I fear my expectations were much higher than the books could deliver. I do recommend reading the books/series for yourself and making up your own mind though, as there are plenty of people who absolutely loved them.
The story/series follows Lucinda (Luce), Daniel, Cam, (and many other characters) as we discover a world of fallen Angels, Nephilim, curses, reincarnation, and even some time travel. There is much more to the characters and the situation than first appears, and there were a few twists thrown in that I didn’t see coming- but a lot of the story was a little predictable.
I would read more of Lauren Kate’s work just to get more of a fell of what she’s capable of.
Thank you, Lauren Kate!
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Passion was so cliché, endless mini romances that never did the time period or the situations any justice, we were under an illusion that Luce was learning things all the time but she didn't really learn anything that she couldn't have worked out in her own time. I gave the 2 stars because I was interested by the time travel at the beginning, but it could have been done so much better. The plot and all the characters that we have come to enjoy fade away and I had to force myself to finish it. I've read the reviews of the 4th book, and I give up. I will be reading no further, even the spoilers sound dreadful. (Plus has no one noticed that Luce's ability to set things on fire/pass out when shadows are around has mysteriously been forgotten with a half explanation?)
In summary: as soon as you think too hard about any aspect of this series you find yourself falling into a plot hole that could span Luce and Daniel's thousand year "love". Lauren Kate, try and do one thing well before you move on to the next idea that pops into your head. I have been known to read many a trashy book, but even I can't stomach this one.
In the prologue it is in the right time (2009) and Sophia, 2 of the 24 elders and a couple of outcasts are at the races waiting for instructions. Weather or not it was a secret, I guessed who it was right from the beginning so it didn't come as a surprise when it was revealed.
While Luce is jumping through time she comes across Bill. A guide to help Luce in her quest. Again I guessed who it was and made the connection. When it was revealed I wasn't shocked.
The whole book was seeing Luce at different times, meeting Daniel falling in love and then die. After a few chapters it did get kind of old but what made the difference was Luce learned something different in each lifetime which was the point. But as the reader I was way ahead of Luce and I had to wait for Luce to catch up.
I will try and not give away spoilers but, at the end of the book 2009 Daniel and 2009 Luce caught up with each other and went back to there own time.
Information was revealed to Luce that will happen in the very near future but will take place in the past so all of Luce and Daniel's past lives will cease to exist and all her during will be for nothing so all the fallen angels, no matter what side they are on need to put aside there differences to stop that from happening.
There are still unanswered questions, we still don't know why Luce is important other then Daniel and Luce are cursed because of there love, because Daniel had chosen love over God and Satan.
Lauren Kate wrote this book so very well. Because of the history of Luce past lives the accounts and the descriptions made for very good reading. Kate didn't make me feel like I was reading a history book, she kept the descriptions very real, very imaginative and creative. Because Luce was going back in history the creative way Kate had to come up with different ways to make clothes for Luce for each lifetime made good reading.
This book had to happen because in the 2 book I was getting
frustrated with Daniel telling Luce what to do, but by the end of Passion I understand more and more importantly so did Luce.
This is by far the better book in the series so far. I can't wait to read the last book now. It's worth reading the first 2 books, to get to the third book it's worth reading and very recommend you won't be disappointed.
The idea is a great one, re-visiting Luce and Daniel's past, getting to see all the times they loved and lost each other, but in reality it was really repetitive and boring. I knew we were going to get a big revel connected to the curse at the end, and that part was good, I also enjoyed finding out more about Cam's background (I think Cam is the best character in the whole series), but the rest of the book felt like filler to me.
I hope the final book in the series will be back on form.
I have to say that I was a little dissapointed with this instalment. Passion seemed to take a while to get interesting, with Luce travelling through some of her more recent past lives- as another review said, the first few lives she visits are forgettable and we don't really learn anything very interesting, surprising or important- you could skip the first portion of the book and wouldn't even know any different. The book does, however, improve around half way through with the more interesting 'Luces' and their lives, for example, we gain an insight to ancient China, the Mayan culture, Victorian England (Cornwall is in it!) and France etc.
Oh and one other thing- If angels don't die (okay, unless they're killed with a starshot) why does Daniel look different in each of Luce's past lives? I understand why Luce does, as she's mortal and dies and just gets reborn. But that doesn't happen to Daniel so that puzzled me. The only thing I can think of at the moment for this is that maybe Daniel can alter his appearance in order to fit in with the country/ place.
Also, why does Luce have black hair in every life? And a name (in most cases) beginning with L and being very similar sounding to her own present one? Surely it's just her soul that gets reincarnated and her parents in this life would dictate hair colour and choose her name? There maybe a good explaination for these things, and I'm probably just being picking, but it didn't really add up for me.
Overall, regretfully, I would rate this 2.5 stars if I could, as it seemed more of a pointless filler and contributed little to the overall ongoing story.
-we get to learn a little bit more about Cam (this was my favourite part in the book) and it was quite interesting.
-The book gets better as it goes on
-Some of Luce's past lives are interesting
-There's a nice twist
and the Bad:
-nowhere near enough of the other characters!! We hardly see Arriane for example
-It's quite slow paced and repetitive
-Much of it seems pointless and does little to add to the overall story etc
-The book didn't seem to flow from the others and seemed to me a bit disjointed from them rather than being part of a series
-(not so much to do with the actul story) The size of the book (height wise) is bigger/ taller than the others in the series and that annoys me :L
There is no plot line, the main character just bowls through this and that thread not really achieving or resolving anything, just repetition of a poor story thread over and over.
Anyway to sum it up, I'm only getting the next book because it is a series and I can't leave series unread if I have already started, it goes massively off topic all the time, ridiculous situations in the book which are totally inplausable and massively historically incorrect. A VERY big let down.