Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

20 Jul

Torment (Fallen, #2)

Torment (Fallen #2)

452 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Random House Children’s Books (first published January 1st 2010)
0385739141 (ISBN13: 9780385739146)
rating: 5/5 stars
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.

I really liked Torment! If you’ve seen my review for Fallen (see HERE), you’ll know that I thought Fallen was a little dry. However, the end was what led my to give Torment a shot, and I’m thankful that it did.

Torment takes place right were Fallen left off (if you are like me and are going to read this book a long time after you read Fallen, I suggest you read spoilers, because I forgot a lot of what happened – which is assumed that you remember.) Luce and Daniel flee Sword & Cross, and Luce thinks this is her chance to spend more time with Daniel. However, that is not exactly what he has in mind… Luce is transported to a new boarding school, Shoreline, in sunny California. Although the school situation is better – not to mention shockingly different, the situation isn’t.

Daniel isn’t giving Luce any answers. She wants to know more, she needs to know more. What is going on? Who is Daniel really? And most importantly, who is she and why is she so important? No one wants to answer her questions, so she goes off to answer them herself – leaving her with many more questions, and in much, much more danger.

With a new book and a new school comes a whole new cast of characters. There are a range of Nephilim, including the charming Miles (who I kind of love…), and Luce’s spunky roommate Shelby (who reminds me greatly of Molly from the first novel only less… demonic). Then there are Francesca and Steven, Luce’s co-teachers, one angel, one demon. I loved the new characters, but I couldn’t help smiling a bit when old faces popped back up.

The second installment of the Fallen series is something you don’t want to miss. If you didn’t like Fallen, I can’t say that you’ll like this one, but I can say that I didn’t like Fallen that much, and I really enjoyed this book. Torment is much, much, much, much (need I go on?) better than Fallen. Although I didn’t get exactly what I was hoping for out of the Daniel/Luce relationship, I got an exciting plot with juicy twists. I, for one, cannot wait for Passion’s release next summer.


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