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Review: Torment by Lauren Kate

Friday, May 13, 2011

5 Stars: An Awesome Read
Series: Fallen #2
Hardcover: 452 Pages
Publication: September 28, 2010 by Delacorte Press for Young Readers

Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never die.

Lauren Kate continues to develop the relationship between angels and demons in Torment. Here, we learn a little more about the weight that Daniel carries, about the fallen angels and Nephilim, and about what’s at stake. The title itself tells us of the emotional anguish that Luce will go through in this book. Despite having just been reunited with her angel lover Daniel, Luce must part with him while he protects her from those who week to end her life for good.

I missed Arriane and her wicked sense of humor, but I have to say that Shelby is a brilliant character. She is one of the few people who doesn’t idolize Luce because of her relationship with Daniel —in fact, she starts off not liking Luce at all— and she is not afraid to be blunt and say what Luce needs to hear. Overall, she's a cool girl with a don't mess with me attitude.

While intentional, Daniel has been severely missing from this book. He'll do anything to protect Luce, but the way he handles the situation continuously hurts Luce and causes her to doubt their relationship. He tells her that they can't see each other, he sneaks into Shoreline because he misses her so much, and then he won't tell her what's going on except that it's for her own good. We know that he still loves her, that he sacrifices so much to keep her, but she doesn't remember anything outside of this lifetime.

Luce doesn't know for sure that Daniel has not tired of her. He's absent, gone somewhere she can't follow. Consequently, it's no surprise that she starts to develop feelings for Miles, the nice kid who's always there for her. Honestly, Daniel brought this on himself, and I hope he respects Luce more in the next book (such as considering her feelings more) because I do like him.

Luce learns more about the Announcers, the shadows that have followed her throughout her life, and how to manipulate them into windows that open her to her past lives. At the same time, certain events that she spies cause her to doubt Daniel's intentions and whether her true destiny lies with him. Without Daniel there to take care of everything for her, she has more time to contemplate her feelings and to look into her past. The most touching scene for me is when she meets Vera and realizes that she and Daniel aren’t the only ones affected by her many deaths. That is when she realizes the immensity of the conflict revolving around the love she shares with Daniel.

Luce makes a bold decision at the end of the book to step into the past. This journey will continue to test her love with Daniel and possibly answer this nagging question I’ve had throughout the book. What secret is Daniel afraid of Luce uncovering? And will they learn to trust in each other’s strength?

The first book Fallen was about Luce learning how they fell.
The second book Torment was about Luce’s self-doubts.
The third book Passion… I’m expecting to see their love rekindled.

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3 comments on "Review: Torment by Lauren Kate"
  1. I think the possibilities of her stepping into the past are limitless!

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  2. I loved this book, I want to know so bad what happened in Luce's past, can't wait for the next book to be out.

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  3. Great review! I really love this series. I can't wait for passion.

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