A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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.
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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?
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?
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