Torment [Audiobook Review]

NOTE: This is the second book in the Fallen series. While I would never intentionally spoil the book I am reviewing, you may not want to read this review if you haven’t read the first book.

Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Narrators: Justine Eyre
Genre: Young Adult; Paranormal; Romance
Pages: 464
Audio: 9.7 hours
Year: 2010
Publisher: Listening Library
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5


The angels have a truce for 18 days. But there are still people – lots of people – after Luce. For her protection, she’s sent to Shoreline, a boarding school that caters (unbeknownst to its human attendees) to Nephalim, part-angels. Shoreline is unlike Sword and Cross. It’s sunny and Luce is given freedom. But what she wants most – to be with Daniel – she can’t have.

My Thoughts:

Although this book takes place over a relatively short period, a lot happens. And Luce develops some new relationships with the students at Shoreline (but don’t fret – our old characters return as well).

This book really develops the fallen angel story due to the addition of the Nephilim and the classes they attend at Shoreline. I found myself fascinated and doing my own research on the Book of Enoch (because I can be super nerdy like that).

I was annoyed with Daniel in this one. How is Luce supposed to know she needs to be careful if she isn’t being told anything? Daniel started to get an Edward Cullen vibe here. And Miles is so sweet. I do like that another potential love interest is thrown in the mix and that she considers whether her destiny really is her destiny or if she can change it by choosing Miles over Daniel this time.

My biggest issue was how awful Luce and Daniel made it seem that they had to be apart for the duration of the truce. It’s 18 days for crying out loud. I know they’re star-crossed soulmates, but seriously. Plus, they end up seeing each other ALL THE TIME.

Overall, I was impressed that the action continued as second books in series are often dull. I can’t wait to keep going with this series and I hope to catch up for the latest book this summer.

6 thoughts on “Torment [Audiobook Review]

  1. Stephanie Cowart March 14, 2012 / 10:18 am

    Great review!
    I agree about being annoyed with Daniel. Perfect opportunity for Miles, although I’m not a huge fan of love triangles. I also wished Luce would stop pining for D so much!
    I’ve had Passion on my shelves since last June when it came out! I need to break down and read it already!


  2. zibilee March 14, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    I am so glad to hear that this series continues to impress, and now you’ve gotten me wanting to read this series. I am thinking that it would also be perfect for my daughter who is big into angels right now. It sounds like a really great storyline. Thanks for the amazing review!


  3. Sandy March 14, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    The kids and I actually started the first one on audio…I stupidly thought it would appease my daughter. But neither of them really got into it or was interested in continuing after a disc or two. I liked it. I liked the narrator. But it never went anywhere. I’m thinking I personally need to revisit once the third book is out.


  4. Jen - Devourer of Books March 16, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    I’m impressed that the second book is actually good. Now I’m curious, do you think I would like this one?


    • Michelle March 17, 2012 / 8:20 pm

      I’m not sure. It doesn’t scream “Jen” to me. But the narration is good if you wanted to give the audiobooks a try.


  5. Tanya Patrice March 17, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this series before and it sounds interesting. Plus I’ve been looking around at reading a few books that feature angels.


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