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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page

  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page

  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's mine:

Mr. Praxon could really get going when he warmed up to a subject. We used to try to find just the right question to ask in class to get him off the main subject and onto one of his pet topics.

Charred Wheat, by Corey McKinnon

Leave a post with a link to your TT, or, if you don't have a blog, post your teaser right in the comments!

Monday, January 30, 2012


Torment (Fallen, #2)
by Lauren Kate

452 pages

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

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Yes, I enjoyed the first book in the series, Fallen. That said, it doesn't hold a candle to Torment. I seriously loved this book. It was much more engaging, and I found that I cared more about what was going on.

Fallen angels on both sides of the war have made a truce and are working together to protect Luce, who is their only hope of redemption. I haven't figured out WHY this single human should be their only chance, but that didn't really bother me. Call me crazy.

As in the first book, I loved the characters, especially some we hadn't seen before.

I'm left with one question: What does it say about me that I so fully enjoyed a book with this title?

5/5 stars