Monday, July 14, 2014

Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

























Summary:

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 Goodreads.com)

Pages: 452


Release Date: September 28th, 2010


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars


Review:

     One of my reading goals for this summer (my summer reading goals: http://www.littleredsreviews.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-reading-plans.html) 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 Fallenhttp://www.littleredsreviews.blogspot.com/2014/07/fallen-fallen-1-by-lauren-kate.html). 
     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.


Spoiler Section:

   
    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.
~Casey

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