Torment by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (452 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
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?
Lucinda Price can’t win for losing. After a millennium of reincarnations, she and her one true love, Daniel, have found each other once again… only to be torn apart for an unknowable amount of time. Being apart is more than just a torment for Luce, its pure hell on earth. Literally and figuratively, because she’s being hunted and hounded by every fallen angel imaginable. Will Daniel return in time to keep her safe? Or will her well-being fall to someone a little closer to her? As is the way of their relationship, only time will tell.
Lucinda’s character really blossoms into a more life-like person in this second novel. In the previous book, Fallen, she was completely obsessed with Daniel, bound and determined to do whatever it took to catch his eye, no matter how hard he tried to discourage her. When we meet her this time, she’s more cautious and open-minded about her relationship with the fallen angel. Although she’s still desperately in love, her eyes have been opened to the imbalances between the two of them. However, she doesn’t completely give up on him, either. She and her friends work out ways to help Luce discover more about her past lives in an effort to make understanding Daniel easier.
Daniel also comes around in a serious way. He’s given up on keeping her at arm’s length and is embracing having her back in his life, even when he’s promised not to see her. His fear of losing her all over again is front and center, however, making dealing with Luce on equal ground near to impossible. He tries to protect her and ends up pushing her away even more. Despite all of his clumsy and failed efforts with Lucinda, he always does what he thinks best and her safety is first on his list. If they can ever find a way to be together for eternity and be happy, he is everything that she’ll need.
Torment is a magical and often heartbreaking story of two people who want to be together, even need to be together, but can’t for many reasons. Watching them fight through heaven and earth to find a way to be with the other, even if just for a few moments, makes it all worthwhile. It gives you hope that, in the end, everything will have been worth the fight, no matter how harrowing or horrifying. For Lucinda and Daniel, true love does exist, even if it’s worlds away for now.