Book Review: Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion is the third book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Published by Random House, Passion has a release date of 23rd June and is 432 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC for review. 

Before Luce and Daniel had ever met at Sword and Cross school, before they had a massive showdown with the Immortals, they had shared so many previous lives with each other. Not knowing what their relationship is really all about, Luce is determined to figure it all out, by going back and witnessing these lives, and their love, for herself.

Desperate to unlock the secret that hold their relationship in a complicated curse, Luce is determined to find out what that secret is and how she goes about breaking the curse once and for all. Will delving into past lives she isn’t supposed to remember ruin what she has with Daniel, after seeing who he has been his whole life, with and without her. Surely over the span of centuries, Daniel couldn’t have always been a complete saint…could he?

What I thought
I have to start off by saying how much I HATE the cover for this book. If I hadn’t have already read the first two books in this series and gotten this one for review, I doubt I would have bought it after seeing it in a shop. The cover model is extremely underweight looking and really, looks quite ill because of it. As a YA book aimed at teens/ young adults, I don’t think the image that this book projects is very healthy for younger people to be looking at as a role model or something to aspire to. Many people don’t think that book covers really matter and it’s what the actual book is about that counts but here, I have to disagree there.

Thankfully, the story of this book does make up for the appalling cover. Due to the nature of the plot, each chapter explores a different era throughout time. As Luce travels through her past lives with Daniel, we get to see a whole range of different things and ways of life. The way each time period was described was wonderful which made it feel as though I was right there in the story with Luce, experiencing new and exciting things. Not all of the different times she visits are pleasant and actually, pretty much all of them do have bad things going on but this only added to the fact that they had been through so much together over the years, Daniel especially.

I loved hearing about the different ways in which Luce and Daniel fell in love over and over again. I am a hopeless romantic at heart so this was obviously my favourite aspect of the book. No matter what time these characters found themselves in, they would always find a way to each other and to figure out a way of being together, even if it was only for a short amount of time. I have been dying to know what past versions of Luce and the same old Daniel have been like before the present and this whole book gave me a lot of insight into the way that Daniel is and why.

While it seems as though the whole story is about Luce and Daniel’s relationship and the curse, it isn’t. There is so much more going on. Going back a long time, we finally get to see what the curse is all about and why Luce and Daniel are in the state they are in now. I have been dying for the answer to this for two books now so it was great to see this explored more. As well as questions being answered, a host of both new and existing characters are back, adding to the adventure. Bill, a guide to Luce, was my favourite of the new characters as he was so different. From his appearance, I was in two minds about him, not knowing whether or not to trust him. Bill is cheeky, mischievous and a little bit of a terror but he was also great fun to have around at times.

Passion is a fantastic third book in the series and one that was greatly needed. So much is explained and readers will get a great insight into the two main characters of the series, as well as a big chunk of back story. Of course, with a title like Passion, the book had to at least have some of that but I am glad to say, it has bucket loads. Highly recommended but only if you have read the previous books.


  1. Fabulous review Lyns - I do agree the girl on the cover is too thin :( But I love Lauren Kate oh so much for giving me the Fallen series = fangirl :D :D

  2. Great review. I need to get onto these books. x


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