Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

Title: Torment
Series: Fallen #2
Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
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 dies.
Review:I wasn’t really impressed with Lauren Kate’s Fallen, the first book in this series and I waited A LONG time to read Torment. I was just so worried that I wouldn’t like Torment like I didn’t like Fallen. Sadly, this turned out to be the case.

Maybe it’s me but these plots seem so reparative. I understand that in a series, some things are obviously going to be similar but I couldn’t shake it! I will admit that the new revelations and the new things Luce can do DID stand out from Fallen and it was really the only reason I read on with this book. Finally something new and interesting!

Luce continues to annoy me with her damsel in distress way of acting BUT I was happy to see that she wasn’t that way throughout the entire book. She actually changes and becomes much stronger and independent and THAT was the Luce that I wanted to see more of! THAT Luce was who I could connect with. The introduction of Miles and Shelby DID interest me and I was happy to see such different characters in this book. They made reading it a lot of fun! Daniel and Cam are back in this book and I was happy to see that they were rather in the background throughout the middle of the book and let Luce stand on her own. Daniel and Cam’s interactions with Luce still seemed a little forced but they weren’t as bad as they were in Fallen.

Overall, I didn’t absolutely love this book. I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed reading it and I really want to read Passion. These books sound so steller and I keep telling myself that they will get better. Let’s hope they do!

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—I love these covers! The dress, the background, everything goes so well with the book.

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