Sunday, April 8, 2012

Torment by Lauren Kate

Jacque's Review:

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. (Goodreads Overview)

I wasn't planning on reading Torment this soon, but I had an unplanned 16 hour drive to Florida due to the cancellation of my flight.  I decided I needed something to listen to for the drive.  I'm not usually one for audio books, but I listened to Fallen while on a road trip and really enjoyed the narration.  I was nervous about this selection since Flo was lukewarm on the book, but I actually enjoyed it even more than Fallen. 

Torment starts out pretty much where Fallen left off.  Daniel and Cam made a truce and decide to hide Luce at a protected school for Nephilim children in California.  This is actually a HUGE improvement from her last school.  Luce's teachers are angels and demons and the classes are related to their LONG history, which Luce has been trying to learn on her own.  She learns how to manipulate the shadows and can even see glimpses into scenes from her past lives.  The more she learns, the more she becomes confused about her feelings for Daniel and how their love has effected so many of her past families. 

There was a lot more action in this book and we learned considerably more about the history of the war and how all of the characters fit into the equation.  The love story is still verging on non existent since Daniel and Cam are off fighting the majority of the book.  This leaves Luce to consider what a relationship with a "normal boy" would be like....all be it a Nephilim boy named Miles.  She enjoys the every day interactions they have along with the fact that a relationship with him would not hurt her family and friends like her relationship with Daniel has done for ages.

I am excited to read Passion, the third installment in the series.  I have another 12 hours in the car planned  for next I downloaded the audio book.  I am going to be one highly productive Book Nerd next weekend.  I can finish a book while I drive to and from the RT convention,  I get to hang out with my FAVORITE book nerds (with one very sad excetion), and I will meet several authors that I absolutely love.  What could be better than this?


  1. Love your review. I've the Fallen series over winter break and absolutely loved all of them. I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the third one. Currently on my website, I am discussion the first one in the series in a 12 week book discussion and giving away some awesome signed books, come check it out:

    Happy holiday!

  2. I actually think Passion will be better than Torment, so I do want to read that one! It sounds like you may get to it before me, though, so let me know how you like it!