Thursday, November 4, 2010

Torment 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 had 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 studets: 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 part isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?" 

NEPHILIM!!!!!!! *insert girly scream here!* I love NEPHILIM! LIKE JACE!!! (Oh Cassandra Clare, what have you done to me?!?)

Okay, not that it is out of my system...

It has been a few weeks since I last read this book and I am finding it actually easier to write this since I have been able to process everything. Originally when I read the book I thought that it was amazing, better than the first and whatnot, but now that I look back at it I do notice questionable components and whatnot that are making me reconsider whether this book is actually as amazing as I first thought it to be...

Even before reading this book I knew that it was very likely that two boys would be fighting over Luce, and I just assumed that it would be Daniel, her boyfriend, and Cam, another fallen angel.  When it wasn't Daniel and Cam fighting over Luce, but Daniel and Miles (a Nephilim), I am not going to lie, I was really quite disappointed. I really wanted to know more about Cam, however in this book he didn't play a big part, I mean, it's not like he didn't play a role at all- he did, but there really wasn't a point in the book that he got 100% of the readers attention, or if he did play a larger role, the reader didn't really learn anything different about him (we just got the same Cam we were introduced to in "Fallen", a charming bad boy). And Miles... What can I say about Miles? I mean, he is a nice guy (maybe too nice?) and all, but he just isn't Daniel or Cam :/ ...

What really bugged me about this story was... Well... Pretty much Luce overall. There was a reason that Daniel left her at Shoreline and it just really irked me that she wouldn't trust that he knew what he was doing. Luce had only just found out about angels, her past with Daniel and whatnot, so obviously he didn't have time to tell her everything AND OF COURSE there was things that she wouldn't be able to comprehend and/or fully accept even if he did tell her everything... So why couldn't she have just left things alone (but then again, I suppose I was warned in "Fallen" that she was not the type of person who could just leave things alone- anyone remember her researching Daniel's family history?)? I don't think that girls need to constantly rely on the boys in their lives all of the time or anything, but seriously, sometimes guys really do know what they are talking about and know what is best for their girlies and I think that this was one of those situations...

On the other hand though (I know, I know, very conflicted), I can kind of understand where she is coming from in different parts of the story... It is kinda selfish of him to be with her all of the time (side note: anyone see "Vampire Diaries" lately? OMG! Elena is being too selfish to her family and their safety to be with Stefan! GASP!). I mean, if he didn't seek her out and if they didn't meet, she could just live a normal life (and actually live! and not just combust at age 17- or around then- as soon as they kiss), she could stay with her family of the time and not devastate them by dying/ disappearing and whatnot. And I guess that I can understand because of all of this why she would want to go back to the past and warn herself about the dangers/ what will come about with being with Daniel... (BUT STILL! IS SHE CRAZY?!? NOT WANTING TO BE WITH DANIEL?!?). 

And Callie... Oh, Callie, I didn't like her at all. I wish she wasn't in this book at all. And Shelby? Meh, take her or leave her- well leave her, she was always trying to throw a wrench in Daniel and Luce's relationship (stupid jealous ex)... She just wasn't our darling Penn (RIP).

And the Shadows... They were really cool and all, but there is def. something very fishy with them- what is with the grey-ish/ brown-ish looking sick ones? Hmmmmm... Definitely something to look forward to in the next book!

I did really love Roland in this book (not that he played a major role though), but it was nice to see him develop more so in this book (when I think back to "Fallen" I can't remember him ever saying anything, I just remember him and Arianne being attached at the hip and him being Daniel's shadow).

But you know what? As much as I have torn the book apart in this review, I did like it, just not as much as I was hoping to. Alas... I would recommend it...

Rating: 8/10

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  1. I've yet to have the pleasure of reading Lauren Kate's books, but now you've made me even more curiouser!!!

  2. I'm not going to read this book (because of my failed attempt with Fallen), but it's still nice to hear that you enjoyed this book. I think Fallen left too many things suspended and unexplained. I loved the cover of Fallen, but unfortunately it's not my cup of tea.


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