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Kate, Lauren: Torment

Torment (2010)
Written by: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 452 (Hardcover)
Series: Book Two (ongoing)

The premise: ganked from 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?

My Rating

Fine a Cheaper Copy: I actually liked this book a lot better than the first, but fans of the Cam/Daniel/Luce love triangle are going to be disappointed, because not only does Cam have a diminished role in the book, but he no longer appears to be part of the triangle. There's a new player in town for that role. That said, Luce isn't stupid-in-love with Daniel any more either. She's asking questions about him, her differing pasts with him, and she's starting to wonder about the inherent selfishness of him always coming into her life when he knows it'll kill her and ruin the family she's part of at the time. Me, I applaud this, but I'm an adult reader who's getting a wee bit tired of the paranormal romance formula as it's applied to YA. Luce isn't just following her heart. I think she knows she's supposed to be with Daniel, but she's got very good reasons to question why this must be so, and me, I'm not so in love with the idea of them as a couple that this breaks my heart.

That said, don't approach this book looking for any answers in the mythology. Lauren Kate gives us none. What we get instead are more clues and some interesting developments to the world-building and quite the cliffhanger ending. We meet some interesting new characters, have fun with some old characters, and learn a tantalizing bit more about the war that's coming and what Luce's role in it is. I was quite happy with this submission, as it didn't make me stop and ask the same kinds of questions as the debut did, and it seems to be catering to my "I'm tired of paranormal YA romance" tastes of late, though I suspect when it's all said and done, Luce and Daniel will be a couple. I'd like to be wrong. But I'm happy to keep reading, as this is fun fluff, but not worth the full hardcover price. However, if you liked the first book and can get this book on sale? Go for it! Just bear in mind my earlier warning about the love triangle. :)

Review style: This book is both very similar and quite different from Lauren Kate's debut of Fallen. I want to talk about those differences that a lot of reviewers seem to hate and explain why those differences work so well for me. So yes, expect spoilers. But if you want the full review at my LJ, just click the link below! As always, comments and discussion are most welcome!



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