Torment: Fallen, Book 2

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Series fans will find more dreamy angels but not much plot.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers won't find a whole lot of illuminating facts about angels here, but maybe inspired to look for other references -- in the Bible, in folklore, in literature (Milton's Paradise Lost is referenced). Also, parents and teachers may want to use this book to open up a discussion about the popularity of both the series and romantic fantasy in YA lit. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas.

Positive Messages

Not the good vs. evil you'd expect in a book with angels -- there's a temporary truce that keeps the demons from seeming like bad guys. A message Luce never seems to heed is to listen to others who are trying to help rather than just following your whims. Still, the value of friendship and family does make an impact here almost as strongly as the idea of true love at any cost.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Luce is a bit of a pain here -- bickering with Daniel over trivialities, endangering her safety and others on a whim, going against what her teachers tell her -- it's one thing after another. Daniel says that he likes her "independent spirit" but her actions seem more like lonely acting out than anything. Daniel is hot and cold -- swooping in for kisses but revealing almost nothing to Luce about himself or the celestial mess they're in. Teachers, parents, and friends are supportive. 

Violence

Angels get shot with special arrows and die, one body is disposed of in the ocean. Luce's life is in danger more than once. A teen is dragged under the ocean by an unseen force, is rescued, and later kidnapped and rescued again. Talk of Luce in her past lives dying over and over again via spontaneous combustion after kissing Daniel.

Sex

Big passionate kisses, some groping, and little else. Some innuendo about whether Daniel and Luce ever did much more on the clouds in a past life. Mention of a crazy party Luce's friend attended with "half-naked seances."

Language

A couple uses of "s--t"; plenty of "damn" and "ass."

Consumerism

Some brief mentions of products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cam smokes a cigarette; people drink at a casino.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if they let their teen read Twilight, they will probably also be fine with this series about angels. Wings replace fangs but the intensity of romance that doesn't get much beyond kissing is the same. The main character, Luce, puts her life and others at risk, thinking her angel boyfriend is just being overprotective. Arrows are the weapons of choice, but only harm other angels.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bynoveleater January 26, 2011

Very interesting sequel to Fallen.

If you are a fan of Twilight, you will fall for the Fallen series instantly. This book is not about vampires, but Angels and Demons, Heaven and Hell, Love and H... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheVeronicasFan123 January 28, 2011
Torment moved so much faster than Fallen, but the plot wasn't really there. i loved how she was having fun! At Sword & Cross, it was so mopey. It w... Continue reading

What's the story?

After surviving a big angel/demon battle at the end of Fallen, Luce's angel true love Daniel (in this life and many past lives) decides to whisk her across the country to a posh private school on the Northern California coast. Here part-angels hide out in a "gifted" program and get ready for a big Heaven-Hell war in the possible future. While Daniel is off doing important fallen angel things, Luce, who's kind of a celebrity with the celestial crowd, makes new friends, and gets into the kind of trouble Daniel and her teachers warned her about: leaving campus brings her closer to other celestial beings who want to harm her. And then there are the shadows or glimpses of her past life she can summon at will and start to control, but at what cost?

Is it any good?

This book is romance purgatory -- stuck and seemingly going nowhere. Oh sure, Lauren Kate had a good thing going in the first book -- that is, if you liked Twilight at all and wished the vampires really had wings instead. The true-love romance had plenty of intensity, the reform-school setting was good fun, and the fantasy elements were vague but going somewhere ... or so you'd think. Daniel and Luce do a lot of bickering over whether or not Daniel is too controlling -- um, he's trying to save your life and if he says it's not safe to leave campus maybe you should listen. Luce's glimpses at past lives start to get interesting, but reveal next to nothing to keep the plot moving. Danger comes and is gone just as fast, Daniel swoops in for a kiss; gone again -- there's little to hold the book together. Only at the very end does TORMENT take a turn that seems to really go somewhere. Too bad it took that long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about popular romances like this one or Twilight. What's the draw of super-powered/super-natural boyfriends with wings or fangs?

  • This is the second installment in a series that began with Fallen. What is fun about reading a series? Why do you think publishers are interested in printing them for teen readers?

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For kids who love romance

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