Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

Torment (Fallen, #2)Title: Torment
Series: 2nd in Fallen series 
Author: Lauren Kate
Pages: 464
Published: Sep. 28, 2010 by Delacorte
ISBN: 9780385739146
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else? 

I Give This ...

While this was remarkably better than Fallen, I was reluctant to give it 4 butterflies.  Sometimes I wish I still did half ratings.  I understand the new drive for series book.  And, I think this can successfully be done that way.  What irritates me a little is when the book is filled with unnecessary information just to make it longer.  I think you could cut out at least 100 pages of this story and be fine with what it left.

Luce annoyed me a little through out this book.  She pulled the whole "I'm a modern women, and I will be damned if I will let a man tell me what to do" card.  Granted Daniel wasn't telling her anything, but not once did she stop to think of the possible danger she was putting herself and others in.  I agree she needs to know the whole story, but I really think there are/were better way to get what she needs. 

Daniel was still being Daniel.  He's aloof and still trying to protect Luce even though this reincarnation is so obviously different from the ones before.  Yet, he doesn't play by the very rules he sets.  It's frustrating because I know life keeps putting Luce in front of him, but at the same time I think things could be different if he would just try a little.

My biggest problem with this series is questions and answers.  I had so many when I was done with Fallen.  Hardly any of them are answered satisfactorily in this one.  Not to mention the fact that I have even more now. 

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