Torment by Lauren Kate
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, yet now he tells her he must go
away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—
immortals who want to kill Luce. He hides her 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 on her previous lives. Yet the more Luce
learns, the more she realizes 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?
Plot and Characters
Torment by Lauren Kate has to be one of the most awaited books of the year. Fallen was popular for a lot of reasons, including the awesome cover, and some people compared it with Twilight and some even gave the verdict that it was better than Twilight. Somehow I could never get into Fallen, totally. I found Luce infinitely boring, and hated Daniel for the way he treated her. Cam and Arriane were the only characters I even liked. Somehow I managed to get through that book, and couldn’t find anything that special about it. So picking up Torment was sort of a half-hearted thing.I have to admit that this book was way better than I expected. The author finally brings out the sizzle and superpowers of the fallen angels, not to mention a dash of history. Torment, at least, isn’t all about Daniel and Luce and gives some amount of character to Luce, to make us like her at least a bit. Daniel, sadly, is still too irritating according to me. At least Luce has a brain in this book.Again, it’s nice knowing she can do things- she’s not just sitting around waiting for her immortal boyfriend to get rid of all the (legions of) bad guys. She’s not blindly following all the rules (?!) that Daniel set her, and she’s even admitting to herself that she may (and I do) like the sweet new guy Miles. We learn more about Luce’s past lives with Daniel, and there’s some impressive and original kind of supernatural stuff in the book. Written elegantly, the book satisfies the hardcore Fallen fans and gets a vote of passability from those who really couldn’t get into Fallen. But it just doesn’t make sense that we should like the sweet new dude and not the scary, cold and super-secretive Daniel. He simply annoyed me, and I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just stop treating her like a child. Shelby and Miles are both very interesting characters and Arriane, Gabbe and Cam keeps being impressive in Torment as well. Luce finally starts asking questions, a common and frightening enemy is discovered and there’s plenty more fantasy elements than we ever saw in Fallen. The ending is pretty great too, Miles playing a curiously big part in saving the day (go, Miles!) and the last part through Daniel’s eyes (perhaps to prove he’s a great guy, I don’t know) is very interesting. All in all, much better than its prequel, although it really does nothing to improve my iciness to Daniel. Let’s hope the next installment gives him some tenet to really turn my opinion of him.Verdict? I’ll be picking up the next installment, which is more than what I would have said after reading Fallen.
absolutely rocking. Not as great as Fallen’s, but still eerie and captivating. Full marks!
First Line (s):
Daniel stared out at the bay.
His eyes were as gray as the
thick fog enveloping the Sausalito shoreline, as the choppy
water lapping the pebble beach beneath his feet. There was
no violet to them at all; he could feel it. She was too far
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