I read pretty much any chance I get. I mostly read YA books but some adult ones as well. To me all books are precious gems and are meant to be treasured.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

Release Date: September 28, 2010
Delacorte Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 464
Type: Hardcover
Source: Bought from Barnes & Nobel

How many lives do you need to Live before you find someone worth dying for?

Hell on earth.
That's what its 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?

-- Back Cover Description

Warning: Spoilers Alert !!!
If you have not read; Fallen, the first book in the series do not proceed !

Ok so WOW! Lauren Kate never disappoints.
First of all I absolutely love this cover art as well. Though you don't get to see Luce's face on the covers of either Fallen or Torment, the art is just beautiful. It totally draws you to these books. Makes you pick them up to see what they are all about.

Ok, so lets recap a bit. In the last book (Fallen) Luce figures out that Daniel (the totally gorgeous guy that kept blowing her off and giving her mixed signals) is a fallen angel. Not only is he an angel, but he has been her beloved through many of her lives and over many, many years. However, every time Luce begins to remember him when they meet up again she can't take it and dies. She is then re-born. Despite many attempts from Daniel to get away from her they always find each other. Not only is Daniel a fallen angel, but many of her class mates at Sword & Cross are. Including her friend Arriane, and the dark and handsome Cam. She finds out that there are two sides and she is in the middle of a battle, with Daniel on one and Cam on the other. During an epic battle her sweet friend Penn dies in a devastating way, and Luce barely makes it out with her own life.

Torment starts out with Daniel and Cam working together to figure out who is after Luce, and to get rid of that threat before it gets to her. The reason they are working together is because this time something is different about Luce and if she dies this time she might not come back. I understand why this book is called Torment, because Luce has to deal with so much in a short period of time. While dealing with the death of a very close friend, knowing she has past lives, but can't remember them, trying to juggle a relationship with her angel boyfriend, she is shipped of to another school. I mean come on lets just give this girl a break huh? If this all happened to me I'm not sure if I could handle all the things she is going through without completely breaking apart. She is one tough girl. Lauren Kate has made a very strong loveable character in Luce.
Not only is she dealing with all of that, but her love (Daniel), whom she just found again, is gone. Of course he is gone to keep her safe, but she just found him again.

 In Torment you are introduced to many new characters including the adorable Miles, who is a sweet charming boy. I feel bad for him because you know he has a thing for Luce but he has no chance when compared to Daniel. Also you are introduced to Shelby her very interesting roommate. She takes a little getting used to but once you do she is really a great friend to have. Both these two friends are important in the story because they give Luce something to hang on to in all the unknown and ciaos.

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions for me cause she is going through so much, and at times she feels completely alone. Many of us have been there at times. She is fighting with Daniel because she knows he is keeping stuff from her. It seems like everyone is keeping some epic thing from her, and she is frustrated that no one with shed some light on her past or her present situation. Sometimes when it seems that no one wants to let you know what’s going on you just have to take things into your own hands, and that’s just what Luce does.

This book was great, just like the first. Action, drama, romance, and hot supernatural guys, what more could you ask for? Torment has a surprise ending that keeps you on the edge and makes you wanting more. It gives you answers to questions you had in Fallen, but leaves you with more. Just hope that Passion the next in the series sheds some light onto who Luce really is, and why she is so important.

Overall I loved it: A

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