Wednesday, August 25, 2010

YA review: Torment

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? (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...Another captivating tale from Lauren Kate.  Torment leaves readers questioning their judgement and yearning for more.

Book one, Fallen, gave readers a glimpse into this magical world of good and evil.  Lines were drawn in the sand and the Angels fell in line, declaring their sides.  In Torment, the lines were blurred and the challenge to the reader was deciding who was good and who was siding with evil.  This second installment explained more of the history of Luce's life, including the parts with Daniel and without.  While he was not a primary character, he still played an integral part of the story.  Readers lean more about the shadows that haunt Luce and how she can manipulate them. 

Luce is moved from her prison at Sword and Cross to an exquisite private school for Nephilim.  This change in atmosphere brings about some important changes in Luce, including her attitude.  Her character showed incredible growth in this story.  She starts standing taller and questioning her fate.  While some of the favorites from Fallen are still around, we meet several new characters that keep the story interesting.  Several, I am sure will be sticking around for future books. 

As a fan of Fallen, I was easily wrapped up in Torment.  Kate did not disappoint with her world or character development.  The plot was interesting and developed, adding more pieces to the puzzle.  The ending...ahhh the ending left the reader hanging off the edge of a cliff.  I can hardly wait for the third installment to be released in Summer 2011. 

Torment will be available for purchase in September 2010.  For more information, including purchase links, visit Lauren Kate at her website or her Fiercebook page.

If you enjoyed this book, you may also like...
1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare



Juju at Tales of said...

You make me want to drop everything and read book 1 :)

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