I read Lauren Kate's first book in this series, "Fallen," and I was not very impressed with it. The mystery of the fallen angels was annoying to me, not mysterious and the love story seemed rushed and completely awkward. I know that characters fall in love in books upon first meeting, inexplicably, but this book made the love seem childish and naive.
But, despite the fact that I wasn't in love with the first book, I got the second book on CD to listen to in my car on the way to work. I figured that even though I didn't want to give the book my spare time, I could give it time that I was already wasting driving around. And the second book was a lot better than the first book. The second book had the time to develop the characters a little more, give motive to the main character, Luce, and to actually make me like some of the fallen angels.
So, that brings us to the third book, Passion. I also listened to this book while in my car.
Description: Luce is lost in time as she travels to her past lives. Luce is determined to find out why she loves Daniel, and why Daniel loves her. So, she has traveled back in time to see their past lives together and see her untimely death again and again. Every time Luce gets close to Daniel, in any of her lives, she dies a fiery death. Luce wants to discover why she and Daniel are cursed to fall in love in every life and why she dies in every life. And she will continue to travel back in time to the very beginning, their first life together and the time when the angels first fell.
Review: Is it just me, or is Lauren Kate's writing getting better the more books that she writes? I didn't really like the first book in this series, kinda liked the second, and actually enjoyed the third. Either she is getting better at writing or the actor on the CD is getting better at reading it.
It is a strange addition to the series as it takes Luce back in time to visit her past lives all the way back to the fall of the angels. At first, I didn't think that this book was going to work as it contained like 10 different vignettes of Luce's past lives and I had to be introduced to a new life multiple times. Luce would travel to an old life, the past Luce was introduced, the past Daniel was introduced, then just when I get a handle on the past life, the past Luce dies and then it starts all over again. But, Kate really handled it quite well. She was able to describe each past life well enough that I cared about the characters before she killed them.
Additionally, this book answers a lot of the questions that have been looming for Luce, and for me the reader, through these last few books. I like a mystery as much as the next person, but it is a little tortuous to make a reader wade through 3 books to get answers.
Now, the book ends in kind of a cliff hanger so I suppose that I will just have to check out the next book and see if Lauren Kate keeps it going.
Rating: 3 stars