Torment (Fallen, #2) by Lauren Kate

Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published:  September 28th 2010

Hell on earth. That’s what it’s 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? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

Lauren Kate’s 2nd installment in her Fallen series picks up right after Fallen.  Luce has been left by Daniel at SHoreline.  At Shoreline, Luce meets fellow Nephilim.  While at Shoreline, Luce can not understand why Daniel has left her there, without any knowledge or further information.  However, she soon learns more about the Shadows that have been plagueing her her whole life.  Against her teachers’ orders, and Daniel’s orders, Luce searches further into the Shadows with her new Nephilim friends. During this journey Luce finds herself questioning her relationship, in the present with Daniel.  She knows she loves him and has throughout all her lives, but wonders if their relationship is right in their present life.  Luce finds that there may not be a black and white world at all, that wrong and right are not as clear as she once believed….

One of the things I liked most about Lauren Kate’s writing is that she doesn’t jump around – she details events as they happen.  Her details also allow you to fell as if you are Luce herself, going through her actions and feelings. 

Luce is also forced to grow up – she is left on her basically by Daniel and left to find truths and lies by herself.  She is more human in this installment.  She questions people, relationships, and the world around her like teenage girls really do; she doesn’t take anything at face value. 

I was a bit aggravated by Daniel and by the ending.  I wanted to scream at Daniel every time he visited Luce at Shoreline.  I never understood, even at the end, why he can’t be completely honest with Luce! The ending also seemed to simple and rather abrupt.  But alas, we know Luce’s journey will continue in Passion.  I cannot wait to see what lies in store for Luce and Daniel.

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