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Review: 15. Torment by Lauren Kate...

January 25, 2011
I love the covers of Lauren Kate's books, they're simply gorgeous! How do you turn this down?

Title: Torment (Fallen #2)
Author: Lauren Kate
ISBN-13: 9780385739146
Hardcover: 452 pages
Publisher: Random House, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library

drey's thoughts:
After the stuff that happened in Fallen, Daniel and Cam call a temporary truce and are working together to keep Luce safe. She gets sent to an uber-special school where there are classes designed for  the Nephilim-related, but boys being boys, of course they don't tell her why. Sheesh.

At Shoreline, Luce quickly makes a few close friends, including another boy who's interested in her as more than friends. And learns a few things, like there's a way to retrieve memories of her past lives. Doing so, however, brings up doubts about Daniel...

Character: I'm not sure I like Luce much. She gets whiny and maudlin, doesn't factor in that her leaving Shoreline borders could get herself or others hurt, and gets mad at Daniel when he tries to get her to listen. Yeah, he could use better communication skills, especially for how old he is... But still. Whiny.

Pace & Plot: The story was a bit convoluted, to me. There was a lot of time spent on Luce's building distrust of Daniel and his intentions, and though I know why, I'm not convinced it's necessary. The Outcasts seem to appear out of nowhere, and maybe I blanked out, but I don't know why they're looking for Luce, or why they want her. All the words must've bounced off my thick skull if this was explained. And with the past few weeks I've had, I'm not surprised if I did miss it. So, please please do me a huge favor, and let me know what I screwed up. I won't get upset. Really.

drey's rating: 2/5 OK: I will pick up the next book, but more for the cover than for the characters.


bermudaonion said...

Hopefully this is a sophomore slump.

drey said...

Yeah, that's what I'm hoping... I was REALLY bummed out, esp since I LOVE the cover...

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