Torment by Lauren Kate

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From barnesandnoble.com:

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?

In the sequel to FALLEN, Luce and Daniel struggle to maintain their love for one another now that Daniel’s hidden Luce away in a school for the “gifted” (read: non-humans) as he and his once-nemesis Cam hunt after the Immortals who want to kill Luce. Although Luce is more comfortable in her new school than at Swords and Cross, the extent of her Nephilim classmates’ knowledge of her and Daniel’s legendary romance baffles and unsettles her. As the story provided glimpses into Luce and Daniel’s previous lives together, Luce begins to wonder about the impact that her reincarnations have had on her previous lives’ families, and on the larger war between good and evil.  The second book brings in familiar faces, as well as fresh characters, and a new competition for Luce’s heart.

However, Luce’s ruminations, Daniel’s over-protectiveness, and the couple’s bickering throughout the book became irritating after a while. By the end of the book, I was on Team Miles. As always, Lauren Kate delivers a cliffhanger that frustrates readers, as it means waiting until Summer 2011 when the third installment (PASSION) looks to delve even further into Luce and Daniel’s past.

3 out of 5 stars

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