Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Source: Purchased Paperback
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?
My Rating of this Book – 2 out of 5 Stars
I found reading Torment tormenting! Don’t get me wrong, it was written well enough, but honestly, very little held my interest. And throughout the book, I felt the plot was hardly moving anywhere until the very end. I was bored! The only reason I didn’t divorce it was because there were two aspects that I actually liked: Miles and the shadows.
Miles was a new character, who might also hold the key to Luce’s heart. He’s fun, smart, and very laid back, which I love. And unlike other characters – *coughs* ‘Daniel’ ‘Cam’ – he’s actually honest with her, even about his feeling toward her. Kind of refreshing for a change – I’m getting tired of everyone in this series holding back the truth.
The other best element of Torment was the shadows. Learning about the very thing that haunted Luce all her life was intriguing. It was like discovering a new species, and I was curious about their nature, what knowledge they held, and how they could shine some light on Luce and Daniel’s relationship. However, they didn’t get far enough to provide real answers to any of my burning questions. But their secrets were still enticing – and I’m not going to give any of them away.
Other than that, there really isn’t much else to mention. Fortunately for the series, the ending and the mystery are still interesting enough that I will continue to the next book, eventually. But first, I so need a break from this series and read a novel I know I will actually fall in love with.