Passion: Fallen, Book 3

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Tepid time-travel tome only fun for Fallen fans.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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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 & Representations

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?


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.


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."


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


A couple mentions of Luce's Converse shoes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple mentions of drunken Globe Theatre patrons.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byPainted amy July 23, 2017

Must read for fallen lovers !!!

Some people will tell you that passion was the worst in the series, but I disagree. I loved this book. There is a juicy plot with one good twist. Passion will... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2012

My second favourlte in the series!

If you love love and Luce and Daniels Love than this is the book for you!It is positively a dreamy course through their many lives.It has kissing, some rude lan... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoPainNoGain March 11, 2012


This book, in my opinion, was frustrating to read. Throughout the book, I just wanted to slap some of the main characters for being either too selfish, stupid o... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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