The last we saw Lucinda Price she was going through an Announcer to find some answers because she was tired of Daniel not telling her the truth. Daniel goes after her and so do Shelby and Miles despite the angels protests. Luce travels to different past lives trying to figure out if the love that Daniel and her have is worth it and why exactly does she always die during the curse. She learns a lot thanks to help from a little gargoyle named Bill who teaches her how to go ‘3D’ with her past selves, but still. Traveling through time is complicated and if even the smallest thing goes wrong the future could get messed up.
*gnashes teeth* I was kind of excited at the end of Torment for Luce to go on this huge journey to figure out her past. She was finally taking charge of her life and not waiting for Daniel to give her bits and pieces. Then they had to add in the whole ‘time traveling’ thing and I got annoyed. As I’ve said before, time traveling story lines give me a headache as I try to figure out all the possibilities of the different time lines. OW. Then there’s the actual things that Luce ‘learns’ while she’s in these different past lives. She claims to have learned things, but I don’t really think she did. She doesn’t find out why she is cursed to these multiple lives. She doesn’t put in the loophole so that her current self can get out of the curse. The only thing that she really DOES figure out is no matter what life she is in it will always be Daniel. You know who does figure out the curse and the loophole though? DANIEL. And he doesn’t do it until the final chapter of the book when the last Announcer portal takes him back to the beginning aka the Fall.
However, Luce does do something interesting in her final chapter. As it turns out, Bill isn’t who he says he is and she really should have guessed that with his constant disappearing act whenever she really needed him. He’s Satan and he wanted Luce to take a starshot to her soul so that this curse would end. Once she chickens out, he kidnaps her and reveals his true self and his new plan. He’s going to use an Announcer and kidnap all the angels who Fell and wipe the slate clean. Not good.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I feel like this book took a step back to what book 1 was about with the whole OMG DANIEL moments. Considering the whole past lives angle this book had a lot of potential to be good, but the execution was lackluster. However, the story is still kind of interesting especially with the add in of Satan. Hopefully things get interesting.
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