Saturday, September 11, 2010

Torment by Lauren Kate

Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate.
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 464.
Release Date: September 28, 2010.
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

Torment, while definitely better than Fallen, still puts me on the fence about this series. After closing the book, I had no newfound admiration or love for any of the characters, except maybe Daniel a little. But my fondness for him had more to do with feeling sympathetic for the way Luce treats him.

Plain and simple, Luce is a bit of an idiot in this one. After Daniel places her in a new school for her protection and requests that she stays on school grounds where the Outcasts, a new enemy, can’t harm her, she takes any opportunity she can to do the exact opposite. To a certain extent, I get it. It has to be incredibly confusing to not know anything about who you were in your past lives, what happened to you or what kind of families you had. Luce finds answers in the Announcers. But even after her new teachers, an angel and demon, instruct her to leave them alone because they’re so dangerous, she still risks her safety. It’s warranted behavior, I guess, but it’s still a thousand kinds of frustrating.

Her relationship with Daniel is a bit rocky. I thought Luce was being reckless about her safety, but she’s somewhat callous of her romance. There are some gorgeous scenes between the two of them, one that will go down in swoon-worthy history for me. But it seems like after every good scene, there’s a bad one. And Luce tends to blame everything on Daniel. This is another one of those situations where I understand it, but I don’t like it.

Story-wise, I wasn’t disappointed. The plot seems to cruise along faster than Fallen. There’s a lot of subtle hinting and foreshadowing, but I actually loved it. It’s weird because that’s the sort of thing that usually frustrates me, but it worked with Torment.

Overall, I wasn’t entirely happy with the second book in the series. But looking past my own qualms, this was a good follow-up. New characters, new enemies, new action, new hotties and a new setting - it’s exciting, that’s for sure. Fans of Fallen will devour this one!


  1. Great review and thank for the heads-up! I'm not setting really high expectations for this book so hopefully it will lessen any disappointment... :)

  2. I could not be feeling any more differently than you right now haha. ;) If anything, I greatly disliked Daniel after this one and had a new found appreciation for Luce seeing as she was finally taking a stand and was looking for answers. Daniel bothers me because he tells Luce what to do all the time but other than that, keeps everything from her a secret. I felt frustrated for her. Luce is such a large part of what's going on yet Daniel keeps quiet.

    This series is kind of iffy for me too. It's fun to read but there haven't been many answers and I'm dying to find out what's going on. :/

  3. I still didn't read this series, but I have the books. I'm a bit weary now, lol. But great review!

  4. Nice review. Am still looking forward to reading this but hopefully wont be too disappointed if its rubbish thanks to your heads up...

    I saw on the author's website the other day that the third book is actually going to be a prequel set out over centuries of Daniel's and Luce's lives together...

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  6. I've been curious about this book. Great honest review. Thanks.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  7. Bummer! I thought Luce was a bit of an idiot in the first one, I was hoping she matured a little in book 2, but it doesn't sound like that's the case. Thanks for the honest opinion!

  8. i liked better than Fallen but is it just me or does not Luce realise she is also an angel???

  9. I enjoyed this book - I devoured it in days! Like you I wasn't entirely happy with it, but its a nice sequel. It definitely moved faster than Fallen, but I want answers!! If the 3rd book is a prequel maybe I'll get some!!