My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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. (part of summary from book)
This book was as good as the first one and this book was not slow at all. Not anywhere. It captured my interest from the very first page. There is So much is happening in this book and you really can't put the book down. Kept me up late at night reading, thats for sure.
We have good vs evil, 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 me too. And is one of the things that makes Torment so compelling. There are definite mysteries to be solved and I love 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, 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 ;)
Then of course there's Daniel and his glorious wings. Lauren Kate 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 was pleased with the growth that Luce did in Torment. Although she does have the habit of doing exactly the opposite of what the people trying to protect her tell her to do, but really that is the most important part of her personality. She has free will, and she acts on it. There are situations she should avoid, but of course puts herself into them, but there is so much about her past that she doesn’t understand and she wants to know. You can’t blame her for that. I also like that, even though she has this great passion with Daniel, she also questions their relationship too. She gets that passion and attraction and history isn’t everything.
Bottom line...if you liked Fallen, I think you're going to love Torment! Make sure to read Fallen first, and then I made sure to have Passion already before i started (3rd book) so I could keep reading. :) Also she has a 3.5 book, called Fallen in Love, its great too.
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