Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book review: Passion

Note: This review was originally written for my blog, but first appeared on the women24 website (where I work as an online lifestyle journalist and write a monthly book newsletter), the (shortened version) of which you can find here.

Passion
Beautifully layered, complex and above all else, romantic, Lauren Kate's Passion manages to supersede both Fallen and Torment.

Passion by Lauren Kate (Doubleday)
Please note: This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the Fallen series.

Before they met, Luce and fallen angel Daniel have already lived thousands of lives. 

Luce has died for Daniel over and over again and Daniel has waited each and every time for a new cycle to start all over again; one that would mean her return and one that has ultimately, always ended in tragedy.

But this time, things are different, because Luce is still alive.

Determined to unlock and break the curse that dooms their love every time, she now finds herself visiting her past lives, in search of clues in order to try and understand why their love is so doomed, and to see if the love they have for each other is truly real.

As she journeys through different centuries and different times, she'll discover different clues in her different lives - each of which could bring her one step closer to the truth and mystery of just why Lucy is fated to die every time she gets too close to Daniel.

Unfortunately for her, stepping back in time doesn't come without its dangers and as the Outcasts, Luce's angel friends and a frantic Daniel desperately chase her through each century in order to prevent her from rewriting history, Luce will have to rely on her wits to not only find new answers, but to avoid being captured by the ever approaching evil threatening their very existence.

My thoughts:

What an incredible, exquisite read. 

I often find that book series don't necessarily get better with each new book that is released, but with Lauren Kate's Fallen series? 

I can honestly say that Passion is the best in the series so far.

I think one of Lauren Kate's key strengths is that she knows what kind of tone to set for each book that she writes. Fallen was a little slow to start with but the gloomy setting and descriptions certainly set the tone for a more angsty sequel in Torment.

With Passion, well, the title of the book really says it all. Both her writing and the book's tone are incredibly romantic, lush, evocative and beautifully descriptive.

If, by any chance you were disappointed with the previous books (I know a lot who were), Passion is the book that will change your entire opinion.

SPOILER ALERT
In Torment, we last saw Luce jumping into an Announcer, following a messy battle between the outcasts and the angels.

SPOILER ENDS


Her journey takes her to strange, exotic destinations that seem at once both foreign and familiar to her.

From war-torn, snow-blanketed Russia to gloomy Prussia, from London's famous Globe Theatre to Romantic Versailles (oh how magnificently she captures the panache of the fashion style of that era); Luce's journey takes her through a myriad of fantastic places.

Along the way, with the help of a strange little companion named Bill (who also has an important part to play), she views snapshots of each and every life that she's lived with Daniel, witnessing the joy, the terror and the tragedy of their union together.

What I loved about this book is that we get to see a real glimpse of the romantic and intense relationship between Daniel and Luce.

Their romance speaks of something ancient, precious, timeless and ageless; and what enhanced this even further, was the rich descriptions of the settings and the wonderfully detailed historical background relating to each place Luce visits.

If ever Luce needed to see proof of Daniel's love for her, each and every moment in her past life certainly surpasses her expectation, and for me, this was definitely one of my favourite aspects of reading Passion. 

I was swept up in a whirlwind of devotion, struck with wonder at the lengths Daniel would go to follow Lucy and left with the same sense of wonder that Lucy felt when she realised that Daniel really, really loves her.

It's clear that Lauren Kate knows her way around research, because all that effort showcases itself throughout the entire book and readers are especially in for a treat as we finally receive some major clues relating to the origin behind the curse.

The book sets itself up for an epic showdown, one of which I'm sure we'll get in Rapture, the final instalment in the series.

All in all, Passion is filled with all the ingredients a girl could want in a novel: Romance, History, Lyrical writing and characters who grow from strength-to-strength with each new book in the series.

Most of all, It's filled with the kind of grandeur that will have you sighing at every turn of the page.

4 comments:

terri-maree said...

I so have to put these on the top of my to buy list - wonderful review!

Lauren Kate said...

Thank you so much for this beautifully written, kind review. You've summed up what I wanted Passion to do--in my dreams.

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Wonderful review! Passion is my favourite of the series so far too! I can't wait to find out how it all ends in Rapture!

Shelagh said...

Hi Tammy. *waves*

Great review my friend! It seems I definitely need to read this series.

Shelagh
The Word Fiend