Monday, July 14, 2014

Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate


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

Pages: 452

Release Date: September 28th, 2010

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars


     One of my reading goals for this summer (my summer reading goals: is to finally complete the Fallen series. In order to do so, I have to re-read the first three books in the series (FallenTorment, and Passion). I also have to read the fourth book in the series (Rapture) and a short novella (Fallen In Love). I have already re-read Fallen (my review of Fallen 
     If you have already read my review of Fallen then you should know I enjoyed reading Fallen, but I thought there were some flaws with the book. I enjoyed Torment more than I did Fallen and a couple of the flaws I had with Fallen (too much romance, etc.) were resolved in Torment. If you read Fallen and were unsure whether or not to continue the series I would recommend to do so.

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    I loved that Luce became more independent in Torment. I understand Daniel was trying to protect Luce but he overstepped his boundaries by treating her like a dog and telling her to "sit and stay." Also, Luce deserved to know more about her past lives with Daniel. Daniel is the reason she is in this mess in the first place so he should at least explain it to her instead of saying, "It's too dangerous."
    I did not like that Lauren Kate tried to throw another love triangle into the mix. Miles is definitely more compatible for Luce than Cam wa,s but it is obvious that no matter what, Luce and Daniel will end up together. I thought that Miles would end up liking Shelby, not Luce. He should already know that Luce is spoken for. 
    Speaking of romance, I did not remember from previously reading Torment that Shelby and Daniel were together before. That was an unexpected twist to me. I really want to know what happened between them and when it happened. I am assuming that my questions will be answered in Fallen In Love, the novella from the Fallen series.
     I was glad that Torment did not end up like New Moon. The main reason for that was because Daniel showed up rather frequently, but I preferred him there over Luce complaining about his absence. But, even when Daniel was not around Luce did not think too much about him. She sometimes did but when someone you love is away, you do tend to think of them more and that is understandable.
     I would much rather attend Shoreline than Swords & Cross. Shoreline is right on the beach and it is not a reform school.
     The Nephilim's origin is never explained in Torment. The back cover states, "...Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans." That answers my question, but that is never actually stated in the book. All I found was, "I'm a Nephilim. N-E-P-H-I-L-I-M. That means anything with angel in its DNA. Mortals, immortals, transeternals. We try not to discriminate."~Shelby (pg 51). I was extremely confused by this, were any of you? Also, did any of you guys find anything about the Nephilim's origin actually in the book?
     Another question I still have is, what happened to the twenty-four Elders of Zhsmaelin? Cam and Daniel only seemed to be killing the Outcasts, while the twenty-four Elders of Zhsmaelin were their goal. Did Cam and Daniel end up killing any of them? 
     I remember the most about Passion, the next book in the Fallen series. I am excited to re-read Passion because it was my favorite out of the first three books when I originally read them.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (Via

Pages: 452

Release Date: December 8th, 2009

My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars


     One of my reading goals this summer (my summer reading goals: to finally finish the Fallen series. In order to complete that task I needed to re-read the first three books in the Fallen series (Fallen, Torment, and Passion) and read the last book (Rapture) and a novella (Fallen In Love). The main reason I decided to finish the Fallen series this summer was because sometime next year the book-to-movie adaptation for Fallen comes out and finishing the series would prepare me to see the movie. 
     I was a bit worried to read Fallen again because I loved Fallen when I read it last in 2012 and my taste in books has changed a lot over the last couple years. But, I ended up enjoying Fallen. If you enjoy paranormal romance books then you should consider reading this series. 

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     Fallen has such a beautiful cover. The color scheme makes the cover look dark and mysterious and I really like the dress the cover model is wearing. 
     It amazed me how many things I remembered from reading Fallen two years ago. For example, I remembered the secret lake that Luce and Daniel always swam,  Penn's death, and other things.
     I liked that Fallen was written in a third person perspective because most books are written in a first person perspective. But, the one thing I disliked was Fallen only followed Luce and it could have followed multiple people or given us a better insight on other characters since third person perspective can do that. I hope in the other books of the series the third person perspective is used more efficiently. 
     The one thing I felt Fallen had too much of was romance. I usually like books with a lot of romance, but I felt the love triangle was too forced and all Luce was ever thinking about was Daniel. I would have liked Luce to have spent more of her time being a better friend to Penn or using her weekly call to her parents or Callie instead of always blowing them off for Daniel or Cam. I would sometimes put down Fallen and do something else for a while because Luce would get on my nerves. Luce would annoy me because she constantly thinks about her love life and I believe that there are more important things in life than if a guy likes you or not. 
     One thing I still wonder is how all six fallen angels ended up at Sword & Cross. What bad things did they do to end up at a reform school? I would definitely not want to attend Sword & Cross because the school freaks me out and who would what to go to a reform school? I would like to see the church as the gym though, it sounds beautiful!
     My favorite character from Fallen has to be Penn. She is smart, kind, loyal, and can get you any information you want to know at Sword & Cross. I felt so bad for her that her father died and she is stuck at the school since his passing. She did not deserve to die at Miss. Sophia's hands, but, hopefully she is with her father now.
     One thing I was shocked about was that Roland is a demon. I can see Cam and Molly as demons but not Roland. He is a likeable and funny character. I wonder how he became a demon?
     I am excited to see Fallen adapted to film next year and to finish the Fallen series. The next book in the series, Torment, is what I will be reading next. Out of the three books I have read before in the series, I remember the least in Torment. l hope Torment will not be like New Moon and Luce will not just mope around the whole book since she and Daniel are at different places. Overall, Fallen was mysterious, funny, and romantic.