19 January 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate - NR

* NR = Not Rated:  Because I have not finished this book, I cannot judge it in its entirety and will not give it a rating.  I have written this review because it is not a book I will pick up again.

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.

  • So the introduction (prologue) was pretty good.  Daniel’s attitude was kinda eating at me; he seemed pathetic, worrying about Luce so much.  Just chill, you know?  And stop being such a domineering tyrant.  So she needs his permission to go somewhere, do something?  Oh uh uh.  That is not about to fly.  I understand that this guy is totally whipped but he needs to get. a. grip.
  • As for prima donna Lucinda.  She needs a good slap in the face.  I think this falls under the category of a writing error.  How many times can you say how much you love/miss someone?  Oh. My. God.  Once every few pages (or scenes, better yet) is okay, but not every other paragraph. We get it.  Luce is desperately in love with a dude she doesn’t know the first thing about.  Duly noted.  She misses him like crap.  Got that too.  Move on!
  • I felt like the writing was bogged down by the “I knew he was going to say that” aspect.  When I read, I unconsciously expect to be given original information that is unique to the story and properly reflects the character’s voices.  Well, these voices are not that unique.  Daniel’s an okay dude, but for God’s sake, come up with some more original lines.  This is not a teenage soap opera.  Luce’s lines are very typical too.  Can you say dull?
  • It’s a shame.  I love thick books, but the angel books have disappointed me as no topic has before (except for vampires).  (The only angel books I like are “Hush, Hush” and “Crescendo” by Becca Fitzpatrick.)  The covers for these books are beautiful.  I’ve officially given up on this series, though.  I’ll be having a giveaway of “Fallen”, “Torment” and “Halo” (by Alexandra Adornetto) sometime next month.  So look out for that if you love “Fallen”/”Torment”/”Halo”.
Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover 452
  • published – Septemer 2010
  • publisher – Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders