Thursday, January 13, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

iconiconI've mentioned before that one of the disadvantages of library ebooks is that they simply stop working when your allotted time is up, and if you're not finished, too bad.  So when I realized I only had a few days left to read Torment, I took a break from The 19th Wife in order to do so.  I hate not reading books all the way through, one at a time, but I also didn't want to have to wait to get this out again — because there were others waiting for it, it almost certainly would have been a month or so before I got it again.

I read Fallen a little over a month ago.  I'd been seeing Fallen and Torment around at the bookstore, and finally decided to try it, since I've been reading a lot of the YA dark fantasy genre lately.  I really enjoyed Fallen, but I have to say I think I liked Torment even more.

After discovering that the boy she is so attracted to is a fallen angel, and that she has been reincarnated every 17 years over many centuries as part of his eternal punishment (to want her but to have to see her die a thousand times), Luce is sent to a school in California where she will supposedly be safe from the many supernatural creatures who are trying to kill her.  Of course, Daniel still can't stay away from her, any more than she can stop trying to find out more about their history (and her past lives), which continually puts her in danger.

I think the reason why I liked this one so much more is because in Torment, you can really see Luce's personality emerge as she learns more about her past — and, ultimately, refuses to be a pawn in the eternal struggle any longer.  She still loves Daniel, but she is starting to have her own ideas about what she wants.  I like that side of her much more than the somewhat timid damsel in distress from the first novel.

The ending is one heck of a cliffhanger, and unfortunately the next novel, Passion, isn't due out until June.  And I thought the wait for the last book in the Fever series was long!

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