Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Source: purchased from Chapters
Warning: may contain spoilers from Fallen (book 1)
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)MY THOUGHTS:
In my opinion, sequels are rarely better than the first novel. There are some; I could easily name at least one from the top of my head. But although Torment didn't really exceed Fallen, it wasn't awful, either. I actually enjoyed both books equally! :)
I loved the world that Lauren Kate created in her novels! The setting was rich and gothic, with its disunited angels, shadowy Announcers, and mysterious Outcasts — except instead of in a reformatory like the first book, Torment took place in a boarding school for Nephilim, the children of humans and fallen angels.
Luce, who I came to have a love-hate relationship with in the first novel, had some character growth in this novel, which made me happy! It was easy to understand her frustration with Daniel and all the angels in general, since they all claimed to be protecting her yet still adamantly refused to tell her anything. It was just as irritating for me as the reader to be kept in the dark!
But since Cam (who was obviously one of the bad guys in the first novel) was actually somewhat good in this book, I allowed myself to fall for him a little bit more ;)
Overall, Torment was a good edition to a captivating series about angels divided by blurry lines and a girl caught right in the middle. After all the unanswered questions I got from reading this novel, I'm definitely going to pick up the third installment, Passion, very soon!
BUY or BORROW?: A beautiful cover, gothic story line, and continuously growing plot make this book one that fits nicely on my constantly growing bookshelf! :)