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Torment by Lauren Kate

May 2nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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?

First off, I love the cover but unfortunately what was inside did not impress me as much.  It’s been awhile since I gave a book such a low rating.  Generally I’ve gotten pretty good at selecting books that I am confident I will at least somewhat enjoy so this was a surprise.

The characters

It’s been almost a year since I’ve read Fallen but I do not recall Luce being such a wimpy, pathetic character.  She moans and pouts so much about being separated from Daniel for just a few days that it grated on my nerves. You would think it was going to kill her not to be in his presence constantly.  I really wanted to shake her and tell her that you can be madly in love but not have to spend every second with your man.  Then to compound things she seemed to purposely do stupid things just to be spiteful and show Daniel that he cannot tell her what to do.  Initially I could understand her resentment because Daniel was being high handed and way too mysterious. But come on, when someone tells you do not leave the campus and you do and in the process almost get killed you would think you get a clue.  Unfortunately not Luce.  She proceeds to do it again and again putting not just herself but others in danger.  After she does all these stupid things she begins to bemoan about how all she does is endanger those around her and get people killed. Well, maybe if she exercised some impulse control it would not be as bad.

We do not see as much of Daniel and Cam in this story which is disappointing considering it’s 464 pages long.  What we do see of him was irksome as well.  The way he treated Luce was too high handed and was just asking for trouble. Then I found it interesting while he was supposed to be the “good” angel he was the one constantly breaking the pact he and Cam made. They promised that while at Shoreline neither would go near Luce.  I swear Daniel showed up at the school a half dozen if not more times in the space of less than 3 weeks but of course Cam’s the one who really gets called out when he shows up to save Luce’s life when she stupidly endangers herself.

Shelby, Luce’s new roommate, was interesting but pretty predictable.  You can guess the situation with her and her ex-boyfriend pretty easily and know what is going to happen in the end. A new love interest for Luce is also introduced. Matt is a Nephilim student with Luce who conveniently falls in love with her as she waffles over whether or not she really should be with Daniel. He’s your typical solid, steady guy who is always there when you need a shoulder to cry on but otherwise not the most exciting person to date.

The story line

This book could easily have been half the length if you cut out all the times Luce did things just to spite Daniel, half the scenes in which she agonizes if she should be with Daniel and then half of the ones where she has a pity party for herself.  Other than developing the now love triangle to include Matt and the fact that there is another sect who is after Luce it did not feel like there was much more movement in the over all plot line.  It was more of a filler book that ends with Luce making another stupid decision.

All in all this book was a disappointment to me because of Luce and her behavior.  While the end of the book really picked up the pace it just could not over shadow the bad taste she left in my mouth.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. melissa @ 1lbr

    All of these reasons are precisely why I abandoned this book. Too bad I missed out on the good part at the end, but I simply couldn’t handle it (especially how impossible it was for her to be separated from Daniel – gag!)

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Ah, I’ve been meaning to pick this up but I had a feeling I’d be disappointed. I’ve read a few positive reviews but enough others that said the same things that you did. I’m sorry that they can’t all be winners. :O/

  3. Aleetha

    I have no idea, why I still want to read this book. Whereas I have found many review which in a same sound as you wrote above. It might because I am just too curious

  4. Debbie's World of Books

    LOL. Same here. I heard it was bad before I read it but still had to pick it up. I say I won’t read the third book but who knows. I’m a glutton for punshment.

  5. Michelle

    I don’t know why, but I really like this series. As you’ve pointed out it’s not without it’s faults but I find it a nice escape from other more thinky pieces of fiction. Sorry it wasn’t to your liking.

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