Saturday, January 22, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

Published: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Summary: 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.

My Review: This is the second installment of Fallen, and it too has a gorgeous cover. I think that Fallen and Torment have some of the most appealing covers I've seen in a while. They are so eerie, yet simple with the black and white and grey detials. Once again, the dress the girl is wearing is killer. Seriously, even if you don't like these books, they are worth having on your book shelf just to look at.
I read Fallen, and I did enjoy reading it (review here), so it was a given that I would read Torment. At first, I wasn't completely sold that this would be up to par with the first, but then, a little ways in, things got good. And then near the end, I didn't want to put the book down.
Luce went off to Shoreline, a school with unusually gifted children. Here we meet her roommate Shelby, and right away I liked her! Sure, she has attitude, and a huge chip on her shoulder, but we get to really meet her, and she's a great person, and a great friend. Miles is another character that pops into Luces' life and I couldn't help but like him too. He seems genuine and sincere and like the right friend for Luce. We didn't get to see Daniel as much as I would have liked (for obvious reasons) but when we did see him, Lauren Kate left mystery hanging in the air and had me wanting more!
Lauren Kate describes things in Torment with great detail. As I was reading, I was able to picture Shorline and it's gorgeous surroundings, and it was beautiful!
Torment is a good read, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the third book, Passion.

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