author: Lauren Kate
series: Fallen #2
published: 28 September 2010
publisher: Delacorte Press
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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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?
Torment is the second in the new Fallen series by Lauren Kate, and, so far, my favorite. My biggest criticism of the previous novel was that at times the plot became somewhat tangled and confusing. I absolutely didn’t have that problem with this novel. There are definately some places where it is difficult to clearly draw the line between sides, but it worked in this story and was purposeful. This book answered many of the questions from the last novel, and made some of the “muddiness” of the first novel clear again. New characters were introduced and their differences from the heroes and villians of the first novel truly added texture to the story. One of the things I loved the most about this book was the development of Luce’s personality. Too many times, the female lead in a YA novel seems to be overly submissive to the male lead. If the guy is gorgeous and beefy, it doesn’t matter that he can be somewhat controlling or less than nice, which I think sends the wrong message. I saw a little of that submissiveness for Luce in the first novel and I hoped it wasn’t going to be an overpowering element of her character. I was delighted to see her character move beyond that, take control of her own life, ask questions, stand up to herself. I enjoyed seeing a strong Luce emerge amid the confusion of what her life had become. The other thing I truly enjoyed was the cliffhanger Kate left the reader with at the end of the novel. This time, the ending was a perfect blend of questions answered and questions to be answered, with no feeling of muddiness. And once again, the covert art is simply stunning! I truly enjoyed this installment of the Fallen series, more than the first!
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