Torment: Book review
Reviewed by tvnz.co.nz's Anna Gowen
Lauren Kate has attempted to set teenage hearts aflutter with her latest novel, Torment, a follow-up to her 2009 bestseller, Fallen.
Torment continues the saga of the angel Daniel and the semi-mortal Luce, a pair of star-crossed lovers who are destined to fall in love again and again. Their relationship is legendary amongst angels, as Luce discovers when she arrives at her new school on the West Coast of the USA.
Separated from Daniel, Luce becomes increasingly suspicious of her boyfriend and his zealous need to keep the details of their past - and his life as an angel - secret. But Daniel's attempts to keep Luce in the dark fail when she begins to experience visions of their past lives together.
Laden with flowery prose and melodramatic plotting, Torment will no doubt appeal to teenagers with a predilection for frothy supernatural-romance novels, a la Twilight - though Daniel is certainly no Edward Cullen, and Luce may be even more annoying than Bella Swan.
The characters in Kate's novel are indeed tormented, and while the fate of angels, demons and humans alike rest on their perfectly sculptured shoulders, they still manage to come across as a fairly shallow and insipid bunch.
Kate has upped the sexual tension between her two main players with unintentionally humorous results - Daniel's shudder as he unfurled his wings certainly caused a smirk from this reviewer. Many of Daniel and Luce's scenes read like excerpts from Mills and Boon. Read at your own risk.
Torment by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Random House