August 15, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

audio excerpt here
Series: Fallen
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon
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?
In the heels of Luce and Daniel's reunion are the Outcasts, a group of immortals hunting Luce. To keep her safe, Daniel arranged for Luce to transfer to Shoreline, California, a school for Nephilims. When Luce got to Shoreline, she discovers more about her past and her ability to summon Announcers, shadow messengers, and other details that Daniel has kept from her. She also discovers that she and her love story with Daniel is some sort of urban legend in the Nephilim circle. This tickles her curiosity because there are a lot of significant things about her past that she still needs to discover and she has this nagging feeling that Daniel kept crucial details from her that can give additional insight to her life and their relationship.

Torment is two levels better than Fallen. Although I still have misgivings about the characters, the plot is more palatable this time. Now that Luce and Daniel are reunited once more, we see the story of their tragic love unfold and their curse relived again. I can only imagine how weirded out Luce must be due to her new found popularity among the Nephilims and everyone seems to know her past lives, except for her, to the point that some versions of it are bedtime stories. This prompted Luce, with the help of Shelby, to do some investigating and found a past life or two. The surreal experience raised more questions for Luce and what Daniel's intentions are. It didn't help that Shelby used to have an in-between thing with Daniel, which is awkward to say the least, I agree that sucks on so many levels. This one Lauren Kate nailed in terms of the mix of emotions a teenager must feel when caught up in a situation like this and it's good to know that Luce is finally using her smarticles and start doing something for herself instead of just following Daniel around like a puppy.

However one would expect that after numerous lifetimes of unrequited love and being cheated of bliss should toughen her up a bit. Under the premise of the "soul remembers things" she's immediately drawn to Daniel at first sight because of their intense feelings for each other and under this same premise Luce should be more resilient and a fighter unfortunately she remains naive and inept for an old soul.

The real action is in the last 40 pages of the book where the Outcasts tried to abduct Luce post Thanksgiving dinner and here she finds out that Daniel indeed kept a lot of things from her, oh nothing major, just the fact that she's their key to go back to heaven! Daniel is supposed to be a high ranking angel that can tip the balance between good and evil and he stubbornly prefers to go after a girl who dies everytime they get together one way or the other instead of focusing on the bigger and more important side of things. If you really love someone, how can you let that person's soul suffer countless deaths and the possibility of a beautiful and fulfilling future for your own selfish reasons? I hope Luce gets enlightened after this and realize that she's better off with someone else.

I still maintain that Luce is better of with someone else, anyone but Daniel, and that might finally stop her curse and finally let her live a full life. Or she can also go with Miles who is also inlove with her, even her Dad thinks Miles is a good match for Luce. I don't see Daniel as an Edward Cullen, Patch Cipriano or even a Jace Wayland. He just comes off as this unromantic and shady character. That scene where they were dancing at the beach almost felt like a date until Daniel had to ruin the moment and started ordering Luce around.

Anyway, I hope Lauren Kate does an adult series with Francesca and Steven. They are an angel-demon couple and that alone provides a wealth of intrigue and forbidden on so many levels.


  1. So book 2 was better, but not by much. I agree, I said the same thing about book 1. Why Daniel? Compared to other guys, I just don't find him all that interesting. I agree, maybe that is the way for Luce to get out of this, for her to see that maybe she isn't actually destined to be with him as they both seem to believe?

    But that raises another question. If she is the key, why has he been dragging this out? Did it start with him using her and then he fell for her or is he as shady as I believed him to be in the first place? Ok now we are getting somewhere LOL!

    The action still takes place close to the end again?! Ahhhh, that drove me nuts the first time around :( Great review hon, still waiting for my copy from the library, but it seems my thoughts probably won't be that different from yours LOL!

  2. Maybe Lauren Kate will blacklist me if she gets wind of my reviews. LOL

    I don't know, it feels like Daniel's character is not as complete as it's supposed to be. He's always in the shadown and a lot of things are left for us to assume.

    I hope Passion will finally get it right.


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