In Kate's sequel to Fallen, fallen angel Daniel has negotiated an 18-day truce with demonic Cam, during which time they will keep his one true love, 17-year-old Luce, safe from the Outcasts, "spineless, waffling angels, shunned by both Heaven and Hell," who are after her. Daniel sends Luce to Shoreline, a Northern California prep school for angel-descended Nephilim. The change is stressful for her because she is there alone and because she is seen as a "legendary freak" by some students for her famous doomed relationship with Daniel, which has unfolded tragically over several lifetimes. Uncovering details from her past lives and meeting charmingly normal Miles, Luce begins to have doubts about Daniel. Equal parts romance and thriller, this sequel can be both schmaltzy ("There was no darkness, no more cold, just the lovely sensation of being bathed in his violet glow. Even the rush of the ocean was canceled out by a soft hum, the energy Daniel carried in his body") and frequently suspenseful. The open-ended finale paves the way for a third book. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Erica Alexander
Torment has an interesting idea but an uninspiring execution. The supporting characters are excellent, but the story's heroine, while likable, is somewhat whiny and gullible. Part of this is due to the plot. There are no surprises to speak of; its only redeeming features, in fact, are the spots of well-set-up tension, particularly at the end, and the romance between Luce and Daniel. Recommend this to fans of the Twilight series. Reviewer: Erica Alexander, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Cheryl Clark
In the sequel to Fallen (Delacorte/Random House, 2009/VOYA February 2010), Luce's angel boyfriend, Daniel, sends her across the country to Shoreline, a boarding school that caters to Nephilim, the offspring of angels and humans. Because of a truce between him and Cam, Daniel is unable to stay with her, but Luce still manages to make herself at home, becoming friends with her gruff roommate, Shelby, and cute, sweet Miles. During Daniel's sporadic visits, Luce is dismayed by their constant arguments, and she begins questioning their relationship. With her new friends' help, Luce learns to see into her past lives by manipulating the supernatural shadows that plague her. But it is only during the climactic ending that Luce recognizes the danger that surrounds her and the forces that would use her as a pawn in the battle between heaven and hell. In Torment, we find a much more independent Luce than we saw in Fallen. She is frustrated with the mysteries Daniel refuses to talk about and begins wondering whether Daniel is her destiny after all when nice guy Miles pays attention to her. Daniel commands her to stay on campus, and Luce pointedly ignores his request, frequently leaving its protective barriers in order to research her past lives. Although the book is overly long and the theme of true love between humans and immortals is becoming a bit cliche, the novel is compellingly readable, and by the end, readers will be hooked into Luce's story and eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Children's Literature - Jeannine Stickle
Seventeen-year-old Lucinda Price, who goes by "Luce," continues to seek information about her past lives, her millennial-long relationship with her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel, and the war involving angels, demons, Outcasts, and Heaven in this sequel to Kate's Fallen. In this novel, Daniel declares a truce between angels and demons so that they can both hunt the Outcasts and the Elders, different groups determined to capture Luce. To keep her safe, he enrolls her at Shoreline Academy, a boarding school in San Francisco that secretly teaches Nephilim, half-angels, along with human students. Though she is not an angel herself, Luce takes classes with the Nephilim from a powerful angel and demon couple. In this class, she learns more about the Shadows that have haunted her throughout her life and learns how to use them to learn about her past lives, but often puts herself and her friends in danger while doing so. Readers who are hooked on the love story will need to rely on their memories of Fallen to satisfy them as Daniel rarely makes an appearance and the two bicker whenever he does. Instead, Luce's friendships are the most appealing aspect of this novel, particularly those with a boy who becomes Daniel's rival for her love and her quirky roommate with a tough exterior but a good heart. The end leaves Luce and the reader with more questions than answers and this novel seems little more than a filler to set the scene for Passion, in which Kate will take the reader through Luce's past lives. This novel will be enjoyed by already-dedicated fans of the series, but new readers should not attempt it without reading Fallen first. Reviewer: Jeannine Stickle
After the disaster that was her short-lived career at Sword and Cross School, Lucinda's physically flawless, fallen-angel boyfriend Daniel has transported her to Shoreline, on the California coast, while he hunts for the Outcasts, who want to kill Luce. Shoreline hosts both regular kids, like Luce, and Nephilim, angel-human hybrids. Luce hones some of her own supernatural skills and learns to travel into her previous lives with the help of her Nephilim friends, Shelby and Miles. As they work together, Luce begins to fall for Miles. Now she wonders if she's truly destined to be with Daniel forever.Luce's personality finally begins to bud in this book, but she's still bland, existing primarily for Daniel. Daniel, who Lucinda learns is the one who will tip the scales of power in the fallen-angel war, is just as oblique and drippy as he was in Fallen (2009). Miles, however, comes through in a moment of crisis, setting up an intriguing love triangle that will continue into the third in the series with, perhaps, a character strong enough to carry it. (Paranormal romance. YA)
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Golden, British Columbia
March 21, 1992
Next time, I will have to give her up.
In this life we’re already too far along. Our course is set. Our old disaster looms ahead. My pen quakes as I write these words:
I can’t save her.
It has been one month since she found me at the bookstore. One month since she introduced herself—this time she goes by Lucy, which is so quaint it is beyond sweet—blushing as she tucked her hair behind her ear before she shook my hand. One month of taking that hand in mine each afternoon when she returns home from school.
I have cherished every inch of her. I have savored every pore of her soft skin and filled up too many sketchbooks with her hypnotizing eyes. Nothing is more bittersweet than this month of euphoria. It’s the same with each life’s love.
I’m a fool to savor it. Especially with the end so near.