Saturday, August 6, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

Torment (Fallen, #2)Torment by Lauren Kate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacket Description:

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

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.

When I read the first novel in the Fallen series, I couldn't put it down. It was amazing. So when I heard this one was coming out I was exteremely excited. When I got Torment I flew through it, unable to put it down. I absolutely loved it! I thought that the twists in the plot and development of the characters were amazing. I really felt that Luce matured in this novel. As for the story itself...Luce, after learning that she has had many past lives and finding her fallen angel love, Daniel, now has to leave Daniel for eighteen agonizing days while Daniel and their enemy, Cam must work together to protect Luce from The Outcasts, a group of reject fallen angels that neither Heaven nor Hell will accept.

To keep Luce safe while Daniel and Cam are out, Luce goes to a Californian bording school, Shoreline. Here Luce makes two new close friends, Shelby and Miles, who both are Nephilium, or a mix between angels and humans (most commonly angel dad, human mother). Now that Luce is at Shoreline she learns more about her past lives, how to view them, and more about secrets that have been hidden from her. During all of this, Luce seems to constantly be thrown into harm's way, and is constantly dodging danger. She also seems to feel confusion as to whether or not Daniel is on the side of good or on the side of evil. But honestly, from the way Luce acts, talks and thinks about Daniel, I don't think she really cares. That's blind love for you. True love, but still blind love. These small things aren't the worst of Luce and Daniel's worries, not by far. The Outcasts are gathering an army, and they seemed dead set on getting Luce, even if that means stealing her right out of Daniel's protective embrace. All in all, this is a great novel that I'd recommend to anyone, and also, fair warning, this novel ends in a cliffhanger, so you might want to have the next book, Passion, nearby so you can begin it right away!

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