Friday, September 17, 2010

ARC Review: Torment by Lauren Kate


By: Lauren Kate

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The awesome Amy from Reading Teen let me borrow her copy. Thanks Amy!!!

From Amazon...

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.

I liked Fallen.


First of all, one of my favorite themes to read is good vs. evil and even better when it's heaven vs. hell. And while most people are probably going to be more interested in the love story aspect of this series, for me it's really all about the battle between the angels and demons. Daniel, the good guy against Cam the bad guy....or are they?? The line in the sand is sometimes a little fuzzy in Torment. You'd think it would be easy to predict the behavior of either one, but sometimes they act in unexpected ways which leaves Luce confused and questioning. And is one of the things that makes Torment so compelling. There are definite mysteries to be solved and I am loving trying to figure them out!

Torment gives us a new setting...the gorgeous California coast. Shoreline is everything that Sword and Cross wasn't. Sunshine and beaches and a gorgeous building with decks and windows where classes are held. We are also introduced to some new characters at the school...Shelby, Luce's new roommate and Miles, a totally sweet guy who helps make Luce feel comfortable in her new school. And there are two teachers who...well, let's just say they're not your ordinary teachers *wink*

And then of course there's Daniel and his glorious wings. Lauren does an absolutely amazing job of describing them...not only can you picture his wings, she makes you hear and feel them too. As you would expect, Daniel's main goal is protecting Luce from the Outcasts, but he's also protecting her from her past. There are lots of unanswered questions and we are left wondering just what it is that he is hiding from her. I think there are going to be some amazing reveals in book three!
***I have some theories, if you've read this one and wanna discuss, email me!! (and Pam, you might be interested to know my ideas on this one even if you don't read it =)***

I was really happy with Luce's growth in Torment. Granted, she has a habit of doing the absolute opposite of what the people trying to protect her tell her to do, but I think ultimately that is an important part of her personality. She has free will and she acts on it. She puts herself in some situations she should avoid, but there is so much about her past she doesn't understand and she wants to know. You really can't hold it against her. I also really love the fact that while she has this great passion with Daniel, she questions their relationship. She gets that passion and attraction and history isn't everything. So many girls in YA fiction don't do this and I love that Luce is actually thinking.

Bottom line...if you liked Fallen, I think you're going to love Torment!


Jenny said...

OH! Lucky you! *turns green with envy* I can't wait to read this one! I'm glad you see some growth in Luce in book 2, she frustrated me a bit in Fallen but I still enjoyed it. And there's so much we didn't learn in Fallen about Daniel and Cam, I'm dying to know more. Thanks for the review, it gave me a little peek into Torment which should tide me over for the next week!

Misty Waters said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that this is better than Fallen b/c I LOVED Fallen. So I guess I'll be super duper loving Torment? Can't wait;-)

Juju at Tales of said...

O wow. Awesome review. The lines get fuzzy? ooooo that should be good. And thank goodness Luce does some growing up. I can't wait to read this. Awesome review.

Juju at Tales of said...

Good points about actually thinking!

Anonymous said...

I was not liking things when Fallen ended and thought about not reading Torment...hmmm I think after your review I may have to give it one more chance!!

Midnyte Reader said...

I still need to read the first one! I better get to it. And yeah, I love the whole angel/demon/theology thing too.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

So, so glad to hear Torment was better than Fallen! Yay!! I enjoyed Fallen but it wasn't to die for, IMO. Sounds like Torment is---thanks for the great review! :)

....Petty Witter said...

Hello I was introduced to you by Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, what a great blog title, I've enjoyed visiting.

Teresa (Read All Over Reviews) said...

Ah, so lucky! I am a huge fan of Fallen and I'm DYING to read this. Like you, I'm more interested in the good vs. evil aspects over the love story and I love that the lines are blurred even more in Torment.

I can't wait to get my hands on this!

Anonymous said...

I actually really liked both fallen and torment. The story is really good and, sorry to twilight fans..., but the charecters are less one dimensional. Def reccomend to people. One small point tho, its a little slow so you have to be patient with it. Defs worth the read

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