May 11, 2012

BOOK REVIEW | Torment by Lauren Kate

Basic information
Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Genre: young adult, paranormal
Published by: Delacorte Press in 2010

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?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series...where love never dies.

Right… I don’t know what happened in between Fallen and Torment but it wasn’t good. At all. Compared to Fallen this is quite  a disappointment to me, especially the first half of the book. Fallen was one of my favorite books but I don’t know what to think about this whole series now.
It started off really weird. I don’t know the right word but it was slow, nothing happened, Daniel annoyed me. Here are my arguments for the first half of the book:

1.    There is not so much interesting happening. Oh okay she goes to a school with both normal people and some sort of half-angel people. But nothing really happens?
2.    Luce annoys me. She is constantly whining about Daniel (see argument #3) and how he left her, how she misses him and the only thing she does is act like a child and do stuff she shouldn’t. Things that are in fact dangerous (but since D won’t tell a thing… it’s just a vicious circle).When they fight, she just takes off when Daniel doesn’t want to explain everything.
3.    Daniel is an idiot in Torment. I liked him very much in Fallen even though the ‘you wouldn’t understand’-moments were almost too much. In this one he just crossed the line with that. He doesn’t tell her ANYTHING. Every frikkin question she asks him he can’t answer them. What does he take her for? A 3 year old? And what does he expect her to do? Do what he asks? Uh every teenage girl with just a little bit of common sense doesn’t do that. But then Luce takes her rebellion to the next level (see argument #2).
4.    Shelby is like the downgraded Arianne. Or is that just me? This isn’t really a complaint though…

Later on in the book things actually start to happen. More important things than how Miles wears his hat or how she could catch an Anouncer this time. Small things get revealed about the past. Still, by end of Torment, we don’t know much more than in the beginning. What we do know: Daniel is lying ‘bout lots of things.

Luce’s decision at the end was in my opinion pretty selfish but also leaves you hanging for Passion (Fallen #3). Shit gets real in Passion and I look forward to knowing what. At first I wasn’t even sure I would continue with the series but I really want to know what happens next.

So my conclusion is: if you find Torment really boring in the beginning, just keep reading. The series isn’t the best but once you start it you kinda want to get more even though you’re annoyed by a lot of things.

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