Author: Lauren Kate
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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?
(This is the second book in the Fallen series, after Fallen.)
After the first book, I feel like this one was a big improvement. A lot of my issues with Fallen were addressed to some degree in Torment, though not necessarily in the way that I might’ve liked.
For one, the issue of Luce not really knowing anything about Daniel in this lifetime is finally brought up, at least in Luce’s mind. She struggles with herself on this one, feeling drawn to him but not really being able to justify why that is from her current perspective. To be completely honest, the interactions between Luce and Daniel in this book just left me frustrated and unsure why they were supposed to be together, but at least it seemed that Luce felt the same way.
Some of the other things are really good in this book, though. The move to a school that specializes in teaching angel offspring is kind of cool, especially since it allows Luce to begin to understand a bit more about the world she’s been thrust into. The addition of new characters – particularly Shelby and Miles – is also really great, as it allows for some interaction between Luce and someone who isn’t trying to manipulate her future.
Torment still isn’t the best romance I’ve ever read, but it was soooo much better than how I felt about Fallen. It’s given me enough hope to want to continue reading the rest of the series.