Passion: Fallen, Book 3

Common Sense Media says

Tepid time-travel tome only fun for Fallen fans.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Luce goes back in time over and over in the book with just glimpses of time periods worth exploring -- from WWII in Moscow to 1600s London to ancient China and Egypt. A few historic figures have parts to play -- Shakespeare, Louis XV. There's also some explanation of how Lucifer and other angels fell from heaven.

Positive messages

Love conquers all again and again here, but at a heavy price.

Positive role models

Luce has determination and devotion, and she's pretty brave to see past versions of herself die over and over again. But it's hard to understand why she is putting herself through all this: Daniel is her soulmate -- why does she have to travel through time to conclude that he loves her?

Violence

Luce sees past versions of herself die over and over again in flames. She also ends up in war zones treating dying, bloodied patients; about to be made a sacrifice to the Mayan gods (with much discussion of severed heads everywhere); and ambushed in China by warriors, killing some with arrows and slitting a throat. An emperor commits suicide. Daniel throws himself off a cliff after one of Luce's deaths and wallows in the Bastille after another.

Sex

Passionate kisses, usually ending in death. Luce is spotted naked in a bath by her guide, plus some ladies joke about the small size of a duke's "scepter."

Language

"Bitch" a few times, plus "hell."

Consumerism

A couple mentions of Luce's Converse shoes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple mentions of drunken Globe Theatre patrons.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this third book in the angel fantasy romance series may be called Passion, but it sticks to just passionate kisses and lots of talk of soul mates. As the main character -- a mortal -- goes back in time she sees her past selves die after such kisses with her angel beloved. She also sees some bloody parts of history: Mayan sacrifices, bombings in the World Wars with up-close casualties, and a warrior ambush in ancient China. Readers will get glimpses of the past, but only brief ones, with a few historical characters -- Shakespeare, Louis XV -- making cameos.

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What's the story?

At the end of Book 2, Luce is determined to get in touch with her past selves to figure out what it all means. Why do both Daniel and she endure the curse every lifetime together? Does Daniel really care that much for her? Is there something she can change in her past that will change her future? As she travels through time, falling back centuries to see what leads up to and follows her death, the present-day Daniel always seems one step behind her. But she's not completely alone on her quest. After a few lifetimes, a strange gargoyle who calls himself Bill guides her from one past life to the next, often leading Luce to more questions than answers.

Is it any good?

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How is it that this time travel book goes nowhere? PASSION somehow manages it. The heroine stumbles back through history and that's it for hundreds of pages with no big realizations, no plot twists, no real plot. About halfway through she realizes Daniel really must love her a lot. Being soul mates and all, wasn't that already established? Die-hard fans may like a few moony moments. And sometimes it's fun to see where and when in the world Luce will end up next -- sure, a Mayan sacrifice will get your attention. Casual fans should skip to the last few pages where the series finale gets its big set-up. Now we're getting somewhere. Maybe.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of romances featuring mortal teen girls and gorgeous/perfect angels, vampires, werewolves, etc. What is appealing about this pairing? How come you don't see mortal boys meeting the perfect girl angel, vampire, etc?

  • This is the third installment in a series that began with Fallen. What is fun about reading a series? Why do you think publishers are interested in printing them for teen readers? How does this one compare to the other books in the seires?

Book details

Author:Lauren Kate
Genre:Romance
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication date:June 14, 2011
Number of pages:432
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Read aloud:12 - 17
Read alone:12 - 17

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLaur-Laur July 24, 2011
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12
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You should give it a try.

Passion was a fantastic book, even of it was a little anticlimactic. Everything builds and builds and builds.... Until it falls short. Maybe I didn't understand the end, or maybe it was a crappy end. But, it was pretty good. Original concept, and good details, events, etc. etc. If you are a Fallen fan, this is a must-read in order to understand the series.
ALSO: It is a little gory, but not so much as to not let your kids read it. Most of it has been in movies and pictures that your kids probably see in class lessons, so its not too much to worry about.

What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bynoveleater August 20, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Worst Book in the Fallen Series.

Passion is overall, a disappointing and story that falls flat, and is surprisingly worst than Torment, the second in this well written four part series. Although the writing is great, the poetic voice of Lauren Kate can't save it from its downfall. This book was what I expected to be the best, after the terrible Torment, which led us to ask some questions, that weren't answered. All you learned is the same thing you learned in Fallen. Fallen was beautiful. Part action story, part romance, well- layered characters, and a killer ending, Torment and Passion are two sequels that were needed, but unfortunate mistakes on the author's part ruined them. The sexual behavior is not always appropriate, including long kisses, some groping, and fake romance. The violence includes, stabbing, in one past story, Luce finds herself in the middle of a war. Luce encounters people's downfalls, and some details are gory. If you plan to read Rapture, this is a book to read so you can follow, and understand new characters, and plot devices. Overall the worst installment in the series, but still well written, enjoy.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byBecBee December 27, 2011
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I love this book! I have read Fallen, Torment and Passion so far and I can't wait for Rapture!

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