Monday, June 25, 2012

Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)Passion by Lauren Kate

My rating:2.5 of 5 stars

Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts: To be fair, I feel the need for disclosure. I didn't "read" this book but skimmed it. I read the first and last 100 pages and skimmed the betweens. This is the continuation of the story of Luce, the mortal that burns up whenever Daniel, the fallen angel kisses her but then shows up reincarnated in a different time period. It's a curse they bear for whatever reason. In this book, we find out what the reason is. And it's disappointing and unbelievable.

First off, Luce is inside an Announcer and time travelling so she can witness her demise over and over again. What she wants to know is why the curse and if Daniel really loves HER or is simply drawn to her because of the curse. Good reasons to time travel and Luce begins alone and meets interesting characters, and gains understanding of the history she and Daniel share. Mostly, I enjoyed this part even though I skimmed it. Daniel and Luce go WAAAYYY back.

In the meantime, Daniel is chasing Luce but also taking time to really look at the relationship(s) and placing them into perspective. Good introspection but I still didn't understand why Daniel was so compelled to Luce. Aside from that, the author writes each experience with colorful detail so the reader *almost* doesn't care WHY. But not quite.

So in the beginning is the curse, brought on at about the time the angels fell. And this is where the interest of the story lost me. I wanted to know the answers to Luce's questions but the answers were vague and weird.

This book felt like an afterthought to me. It seemed to be a failed bridge between books that could have been included in book 2 or 4. That said, the explanation for the curse and the fallen angels left me thinking, "That makes absolutely NO sense."

Read it for the story, not for the explanation.

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