Friday, 15 October 2010

Torment - Lauren Kate

This review may contain spoilers.  

Author: Lauren Kate
Date of release: September 2010
Number of pages: 460
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Also by this author: Fallen, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove.

Book Girl Rating: * * * 1/2

In Torment, fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love Lucinda think they are safe but evil forces are massing against them. As Luce learns more about her past, and discovers that the lives she’s already lived hold the key to her future happiness; she starts to wonder if Daniel has told her the whole truth. What if his version of events isn’t the way things happened? What if that means that she’s really meant to be with someone else? (

Torment sees Luce’s life change in a big way.  Firstly, the striking change of environment – from Sword and Cross’ harsh, tyrannical nature to a new, opulent context in the form of Californian coast school Shoreline.  Sent there for her own protection, Luce is left to wonder about the secrets of her reincarnations over past lives and the distance of her relationship with Daniel.

Another big change is that of characters – particularly the introduction of Luce’s feisty, hardy roommate Shelby and kind hearted, adoring Miles.  Not to mention the multitude of other characters enamoured with Luce’s presence.  But, the biggest change of all is Daniel’s absence.  He can’t explain things to Luce, which leaves her frustrated and searching for her own answers – because any that he provides her with will destroy her.  So, she is left to navigate the waters with the help of new friends who know only partial truths about her.  Luce’s tendency to attract trouble still remains – but I couldn’t berate her for it at all – you share a variety of lifetimes with a gorgeous angel you can’t remember and see if you don’t get curious!  Luce is a wholly believable heroine, still haunted and still searching for the answers we all desperately crave – with some pretty kick-ass new friends to help.  

Whereas Fallen saw Luce discover her connection to Daniel, Torment sees her begin to query that connection and how deep it goes – especially when he’s left her in a place with no answers to her questions; bringing up the complex and intriguing, if not heartbreaking uncertainty: are they really meant to be together?  I didn’t enjoy Torment as much as Fallen, sadly.  I think this was mainly because of Daniel’s absence – I loved him even when he was hostile! The ending left me more anxious than Fallen – there are still so many unanswered questions lingering in the air.  So, with an ending to leave readers desperately chomping at the bit, let’s hope Passion (a prequel), will reveal some answers.  Lauren Kate knows how to satiate her readers’ to a point of tolerance, but still desperately awaiting more!  Lauren’s writing is fantastic and draws you into the story like any talented author should.  


  1. I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I need to. Right now!

  2. Definitely, it's fab! Hope you enjoy it :)