16 June 2011


by Lauren Kate

Random House. Young Adult, Fantasy. Paperback RRP $24.95

Reviewer - Barbara Brown

This was a highly anticipated third book about Luce and Daniel. However I was a little disappointed as the whole book is about Luce travelling backwards to find out why she has to die every time she kisses Daniel. Daniel is also travelling back in time to try and find Luce and to stop her from getting trapped. The last 13 pages of this 420 page novel are when the two finally get together! And of course it was worth it but just a little bit frustrating.

Passion is about Luce, a human, and her angelic soul mate Daniel, a fallen angel. Luce must solve why her past lives have always ended up in a flaming death, usually after a very passionate embrace with Daniel. So why does Luce not die when she kisses Daniel in this lifetime?
Both Daniel and Luce are battling their feelings for each other and working out why Luce doesn’t combust every time they are together. Is it because Luce has no faith and has never been baptized? Or does it go back to how Daniel became a fallen angel?

While Luce has help from a gargoyle named Bill, Daniel is on his own. When Satan manifests himself and decides to start meddling then things are set for a great battle in the last book.

Fallen and Torment are the first two books in this wonderful story of love, right and wrong, good and evil, heaven, earth and hell. And I would definitely recommend them. Rapture, the final tome will be out later this year. Can’t wait!

The Reading Stack reviewed Fallen and Torment in February 2010 and February 2011 respectively.


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