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Torment by Lauren Kate

Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Pages:  464
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Source: Purchased / Book It Forward Tours 
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. [via GoodReads]
I was not a huge fan of Fallen - I mean, yes, I liked it, but I was a bit apprehensive when I finally saw that Torment was coming out.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, but at the same time I did want to read it... yes, as you can tell, I was confused about the whole thing.  

In Torment, Daniel has Luce sequestered all cozy-like in a Nephilim school.  This way he doesn't have to worry so much for her safety (considering she has all these powerful Nephilim-type folk around) while he and Cam are off to fight bigger evils.  But Luce is not too happy about her situation.  For one, Daniel is not there with her.  She's at a new school, without a familiar face around, and her lack of knowledge of what is truly going on has her frustrated, annoyed and wanting to act out. 

I found the title of this novel to be right on the money.  I felt tormented the whole time I was reading it.  Between Luce's angst and pining for Daniel, the discovery of her past lives and the possibility that Daniel might not be the one for her... and then on top of all that, being left with so many unanswered questions, I was at the point where I wanted to pull out someone's hair (preferably not my own). 

I find that I am on the fence about this series.  I can't say that I love it, but I surely don't hate it.  It has its appeal - with a very intriguing premise - but I'm just not fully captivated by it (at least, not yet).  I wait the next in the series, Passion, to hopefully get me off the fence and into the winning team. 

My Rating:

10 comments:

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

I have this book at home and frankly, all the not-so-happy reviews out there have me feeling a bit reluctant to read it.

I've heard that this book does indeed torment it's readers with the angst and darker side of Luce's personality (kind of reminds me of Crescendo now that I think about it!).

One day, I'll suck it up and read it - but for now, it sure does look purdy on my shelf. A+ on the rockin' cover!
♥Isalys

Tina said...

LOL- Nely I think thats the funniest review Ive read from you!! Hopefully you didnt pull anyones hair out..:D

Jessica K. said...

I have been deciding if I want to read these books or not...every time I go into the store I always look at them and hold them, and pet them, and then sit them back down and get something else. Decisions, decisions...

The Book Vixen said...

Fallen was a slow read and I imagine that Torment will be as well. I'm not urber excited to read this book but I still would like to read it.

Thanks for the review!

Michelle said...

I feel exactly as you do about this book/series. I still have soooo many unanswered questions! Tormenting indeed. ;)

christina said...

I didn't really care for Fallen (but I did like how the cover felt). Based off of your review, I'll probably not pick up the second one in the series.

I did, however, enjoy the Beautiful Creatures sequel.

D.L. said...

Your review has put me on the fence about trying this series haha. As much as I love YA romance, the number one thing that turns me off to it is the overwhelming amount of angst- which it sounds like this book has tons of. Thanks for the review!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I couldn't agree with you more about this book and the entire series thus far being frustrating. I am tired of being told that big events are happening, the fate of the world is at stake, but not being told Luce's part in it and having her and the reader wandering through the novel completely clueless. Something needs to happen to pick this series up. Wonderful review! Thank you!

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...
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Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Hmmm.... you know I trust your reviews (as well as Isa's) above all others. You and I definitely share similar interests. I'm torn about reading this series. I haven't read Fallen b/c of the mixed reviews. Isalys LOVED it but so many others didn't. I'm confused as well. Especially after reading this review. I don't know... maybe one day I'll give it a chance. Probably not in the near future... although... the covers do appeal to my "book cover whorish ways" :P

♥ju!
Vane

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