Torment picks up right after where Fallen leaves off, which finds Luce on her way to a brand new school. At the new school Luce is immediately introduced to a slew of new colorful characters, most of whom are Nephilim. A reluctant Luce is hesitant at first to make do in the new setting, but feeling as if she has no other choice, she slowly starts to open up to her new acquaintances.
Daniel and the rest of the fallen angel crew make their appearances in Torment as well, some of which more exciting than others. Some of our favorite angels from Fallen have some great roles in this saga. There is one particular moment which takes place during Thanksgiving which was quite entertaining.
Now onto one of the attributes of the book which I did not enjoy too much, which coincidentally might be one of the things many Fallen readers do enjoy. I’m speaking of the romance angle of the story. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance story, however here it seems almost overdone and overly dramatic. On the other hand, I’m not a teenage girl nor do I know how I teenage girl thinks so that’s likely the reasoning for my displeasure in that regard.
Aside from the points where Luce is in conflict with her relationship with Daniel and deals with her feelings towards the guy(s) in her life, there was much for me to enjoy with Torment. As Luce discovers some things about herself that could potentially alter her whole life, the struggle of which we’ve only been given a glimpse of in Fallen heightens. More is learned about Luce’s past, and just like Fallen the ending leaves us with a dose of action and revelations that make us only want more.
Again Lauren Kate has provided an enjoyable fantasy adventure that is an excellent installment in the series. The book only hints at certain details readers are dying to know, but it leaves us wanting more which is important to keep a series going. Torment will no doubt be a hit for those who loved Fallen and readers of young adult fiction in general. I’m really enjoying Lauren Kate’s writing style and continue to be surprised how she’s been able to draw me into this series.