Torment by Lauren Kate

November 26, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★½

Torment by Lauren KateTitle: Torment by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Published by: Delacorte BYR on September 28, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 452
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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?

Also in this series: Fallen
Also by this author: Fallen

I’ll admit, I liked this book better than the first, with its more appealing characters and the personal growth of Luce’s character; but its popularity and appeal to the masses is a mystery to me. While Kate is a good writer, detailing her environment and characters of the book, I found my mind constantly drifting off and losing focus. Nothing really drew me in. I kept waiting for the moment when Luce would have a revelation about her past lives, her fate, or anything about Daniel, but Kate failed to WOW me with what she put out there. When you get a glimpse, and I really mean a glimpse, of Luce’s past lives, there’s barely anything to it. And how she processes it all and her reactions to it really doesn’t add much to the story.

The new characters were refreshing and fun, definitely a change from the drab and confusing characters in the first book. I really liked Shelby and have a soft spot for Miles so I’ll give the book that. I guess what kept me really going were the few and far between intimate moments between Luce and Daniel. What can I say? I’m a sucker for love and romance. But, I didn’t enjoy how they would be so heated and passionate one minute, and then like clockwork, either one would do something to spoil the mood and you’d be left with a disappointing taste in your mouth.

Probably the only thing that even whispered action in this book was towards the end when the characters come face to face with some of those who are after Luce. That scene was pretty intense and about the only time I was even really focused on the story. I probably would have given up on this whole series after reading some ways through the first, but I’m a bit OCD and have to finish a book once I start it, even if I don’t like it. I tried reading this book to give it another shot, and since it did improve, I might take a gander at the next one, although it won’t be at the top of my list, I’ll tell you that.

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