Torment

Warning:  Read Fallen by Lauren Kate before you read this post!

Well, I can honestly say this is one case where the title described the book perfectly.  This book was pure torment.  I don’t mean that it wasn’t a good book.  It was.  But I was irritated with the main characters to such a degree that I would have gleefully throttled them if it were possible.

Torment is the second book in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.  It again follows Luce through her tumultuous relationship with the love of her life, Daniel, who just so happens to be a fallen angel.  For her own safety, Luce will spend the next few weeks at the Shoreline school in San Francisco.  What’s so special about this school?  Well, many of the students are Nephilim, or the offspring of fallen angels and humans.  (If you’ve read the amazing works of Cassandra Clare, this may seem a bit familiar.)  Daniel thinks Luce will be protected in this new environment, but he may be underestimating Luce.  She’s growing tired of being told what to do without any explanation.  As you may imagine, this only leads to trouble.

As Luce makes a couple of new friends, she begins to wonder if she really belongs with Daniel at all.  Doesn’t she have a choice in things, or is she destined to be with Daniel?  Luce is becoming more powerful in her own right and is questioning her place in the world.  Why is she so important?  Why do so many people care about her fate and her love for Daniel?  Why can’t she seem to get any answers?  Join the confusion when you read Torment by Lauren Kate.

Like I said previously, I got really irritated with Luce and Daniel in this book.  I realize that this is a tragic love story, and the characters have to go through their low points to arrive at a (hopefully) happy ending, but come on!  Luce makes Bella Swan (from Twilight for those of you living under rocks) look like the happiest person in the world.  As a matter of fact, this book reminded me a lot of New Moon.  Luce and Daniel are apart from each other for most of the book, and when they finally reunite, it’s still not all that pleasant.  Luce is annoyingly tormented, and it seems like she goes out of her way to make Daniel as miserable as she is.  I really hope there’s some satisfying resolution in the next book, or I am going to lose it.  (I’m already a woman on the edge, so watch out!)

Speaking of the next book in the Fallen series, it is titled Passion and is due out in the summer of 2011.  Maybe I can get over some of my irritation by then.  Then again, maybe not.  I’m sure something else will come along to irritate me before then.

Anyhoo, to learn more about Fallen, Torment, and author Lauren Kate, take the time to visit http://laurenkatebooks.net/.

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