The Starving Bibliophile

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Torment: YA Book Review

Summary: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? 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 Californian 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?

This book was way better than the first. You actually learn what all the hoopla is about. And by hoopla, I mean what the heck those stupid Shadows are (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve read Fallen). Luce learns that the shadows aren’t trying to hurt her—they’re trying to help her. By manipulating the Shadows, one can see into their past, and that’s exactly what Luce does. Aided by two new friends, Miles and Shelby, Luce tries to seek out answers that Daniel won’t give her. And while Daniel is always on Luce’s side, it seems that someone else is, too. Cam has sworn a truce between his side and Daniel’s, and it really leaves readers wondering who’s the good guys, who’s the bad guys, and where exactly Luce fits in to all of this. While to some people it might be annoying, the unanswered questions that Lauren Kate leaves us with is what makes this book such a page-turner. If I was told right away everything I wanted to know, what would be the point in reading the book to its end? I really really really loved this book, so anyone who’s read the first one but didn’t quite like it, trust me: this one is way better. And if you haven’t read the first novel, you should check it out. It’s worth it.


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