by Lauren Kate
by Lauren Kate
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
I wish I could say that I liked this book more but it just wasn't cutting it with me. I tried. I really, really tried to love this book but it just didn't hold the emotion I was longing for and it didn't have the aching heartbreaking romance I was expecting from the summary so I was relatively disappointed.
The summary sounded so amazing and I felt like it held a lot of promise in that department. It takes place in a reform school for goodness sake! That holds lots and lots of hopeful goodness!
Luce didn't feel real, I felt like she was living in a kind of alternate reality because she didn't feel anything. Her past leads me to think she should have had a harder time transitioning but she didn't and that bothered me. Her friends, her parents, even Daniel who she's pining over (God only knows why) never cross her mind in anything that seemed tangibly real. Her thoughts were just too irrelevant to make me believe she was really sincere about anything. She was nice, but I couldn't believe her emotions.
Daniel felt fake to me. One second he was on and the next he was off and if there is something that is unappealing it is that. He was far too wishy washy and I didn't feel like he was as tortured as he would like us all to have believed. For the first chapter I had such high hopes but then they just never got fulfilled after that.
I couldn't keep track of who was her friend and who wasn't. One second she was really close to someone, and then the next she was close to someone else. I wish there had been some constant friend and someone to at least help me know what was going on.
I didn't completely not like this book though, the idea and the actual story (once it came out) were good, it was just getting there and understanding it which was the problem.
I wanted more characterization, and far more emotion. That was my main problem I really just wanted to feel something, and I didn't.
I don't know if I'll read Torment. My gut tells me I will just simply because I started this series and therefore I want to see it through. Maybe there will be more epicness in Torment, and that is enough to tell me I'll read it.
I would love to hear what you all thought of it! Any Fallen lovers out there?