Review: Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

TormentTitle: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance

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 โ€“ 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.

My Review:
Luce has been secreted away to the Shoreline school – a school that caters to the Nephilim – as a place of sanctuary to provide protection considering she is now public enemy no. 1 ( in the eyes of Fallen Angels, Demons, Outcasts and the Scale.)

She feels isolated and lonely and is struggling in the aftermath of all the huge revelations that came to light at the end of Fallen. Daniel has explained that he has to be vague because if he tells her too much she will die like she has thousands of times before. In order to survive in this life, she must realize the truth that is hidden within herself. As she wasn’t christened she will also die for real this time unless they can break the usual cycle and she can break free of the curse.

She feels safe and protected when she is with Daniel and she feels a huge pull to him; everything seems right when she is in his arms. Yet, they bicker and fight continuously and it’s threatining to tear them apart.

One part of me could totally relate to Luce (taken out of her comfort zone, afraid, lonely, confused, trust issues etc.) but another part of me wanted to shake her around to knock some sense into her. Daniel is keeping things from her, but how she can doubt his love or willingness to protect her is beyond me. She continously ignores his pleas to stay within the safe confines of the school and she skips out flippantly whenever she feels like it. Uughh! She comes across as immature, selfish and stupid and she really got on my nerves in this book. She has also been told that she could die for real this time yet she never ever dwells on that fact and that is not believable in the slightest. She has been told that she plays an important part in the ‘end of times’ but doesn’t try to uncover what that is. I found that lame especially considering she has been told by Daniel that she needs to figure things out by herself. Daniel’s Watchers book was introduced in Fallen but she makes no attempt to find it and read it (surely this would be a good starting place?) and Steven gives her a book on Plato to help her understand the Announcers and she never picks that up either.

Luce acknowledges that she shares this powerful love with Daniel yet she lets Miles kiss her? Hello?! WTF?! Poor Daniel. How he can continue to love her so completely when when she is downright horrible to him beggars belief. Then Shelby throws it out there that her and Daniel have some history and she claims that Daniel is a crappy bf and lying to Luce. That’s never explained and Luce doesn’t probe into it at all. Nah, not buying it.

After really enjoying Fallen I was quite frustrated with this book. The pacing was off, parts were way too descriptive, and it was very repetitive in places. I also don’t feel like there was enough happening – we learn about the threat of the Outcasts and the real story of the shadows/Announcers but apart from that not much else happens.

The dialog between Miles and Daniel at the Thanksgiving dinner was stilted and unnatural and downright cringey.

I liked the action at the end and the fact that she finally grew a pair and set her own path. I can understand how she felt pulled in so many different directions and how she was desperate to take back control of her life. Her behaviour is totally reckless but at least she is doing something constructive now. But did she have to be so mean to Daniel? To leave without even a goodbye or ‘I’m sorry but I need to do this. Don’t follow me’ or something like that.

Though I had issues with this book, I still want to see what happens in the next book. I hope that Luces’ journey of self-discovery culminates in her growing up and acting more responsibly toward herself, Daniel and those she professes to love.

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