Torment by Lauren Kate

Details: Hardcover, 464 pgs.
Published: September 28, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

isbn: 0385739141 (ISBN13: 9780385739146)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from:  Won in a contest

Series: Fallen #2

This is the second book in a series.  If you haven’t read the first book then don’t read the description and review of this one! 
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?
My Thoughts:
I’m going to start with the negative first.  And this is just something I’ve been noticing more and more and it bothers me more and more, but what is up with teenagers and their lack of communication?!  Why can’t they just talk things out?!  Now, I know that that is probably how teenagers are to a certain extent, but I really felt like Luce spent the little amount of time she had with Daniel fighting with him.  She didn’t just trust him.  Now I realize that it was hard to see things from her point of view solely because we know more then she does, but I still got irritated a few times and I very nearly skipped to the back to make sure everything worked out.  I didn’t though.  I struggled through those few rough spots and tried to keep in mind that she doesn’t know everything so she’s going to make rash decisions.
Other then that I really enjoyed this book.  Luce ended up in a different school this time, and different it is!  It gave us an opportunity to learn more about Angels and Demons, Good and Evil, and all that.  But there are still a lot of unanswered questions that we’ll find out in the future.  
We also met some fabulous new characters and even a new hot guy.  Of course I wasn’t cheering for him because Luce and Daniel are meant to be together, but I still liked this new guy a lot and I hope we’ll see a lot more of him in the future.  
Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing where the author takes it.
 I give it 4/5 moons.
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  1. I’ve been looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the review. Yeah I hate it too when the conflict of a story seems to be just lack of communication.

  2. I read this book and then Crescendo right after and I couldn’t help but notice that almost all conflict in both novels could have been avoided if the characters had actually talked to one another. I get why the authors do it (for plot and such and to maintain a sense of secrecy etc) but as a reader, I just couldn’t justify why no one talks things out!

    So I get 100% where you’re coming from with that one. 😉

  3. I have this book waiting for me but I’m a bit reluctant to read it only because I have been hearing that Luce & Daniel spend most of their time together arguing and I can really see that grating on my nerves!

    I will eventually get to it because I’m curious to see where the story goes!

    PS: If you want, check out my current review of SUCCUBUS BLUES by Richelle Mead.

  4. I actually got to meet Lauren Kate tonight…she is sooo sweet!
    She talks about some answers to questions in the next book called Passion.
    I loved Torment and thought it was better than Fallen.
    Also…”new hot dude”…it was easy to root for him too. But yes I love Daniel!!!

  5. I haven’t read Fallen but I didn’t see a lot of spoilers so it’s all good! I do get your thing of teens and lack of communication. I can tell you that’s it’s really just in the books! anyways, I enjoyed reading your review!

    Came from Saturday Situation

  6. Lack of communication between teenagers is probably just a convenient plot device. I agree with you, though, that after a while it’s getting old and slightly annoying.

    I’ve read just a chapter from this book. I liked Fallen very much, the first part at least (apart from the fact that we already know practically from the beginning about the fallen angel thing and Luce takes ages to figure it out). Hopefully I’m going to like this one, too.

  7. I’m currently reading Torment so I kinda know what you mean. Luce’s lack of trust in Daniel annoys me :(( and her DEMENTIA annoys me! I dunno know if she has dementia or she’s just stubborn. I want to finish it but I can’t find the strength to do so… :((

    And btw, here’s my review Firelight by Sophie Jordan.. just in case 8D

  8. I still haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my wishlist.
    I’ve seen an entry on for Fallen, so maybe this series will be made into movies soon.

    (came from Sunday Situation)

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