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Udręka - Lauren Kate Originally reviewed for EmmaMaree.com. View the full review here.I started off my original review of "Fallen" by gushing about how much I loved its cover. The sequel, "Torment", doesn't disappoint either - it keeps to the same gothic, monochrome colour scheme. Both covers avoid showing the girl's face, and the hands in her hair hint at some of the confusion and worries that will be a key part of the story.In "Torment", Lucinda Price returns as our protagonist. we join her as she's being sent to a new private school after the horrors she went up against in "Fallen". Daniel demands that she stays in her new school for 18 days without any contact with him. Luce can barely stand the idea of them being apart, but what bothers her more is the nagging feeling that Daniel's hiding something. Something involving strangers coming after her if she ever leaves the school, involving Daniel killing to protect her, and involving a truce that has Daniel working together with Cam, the creepy demon who nearly killed Luce before.I know what you're thinking. A girl whining about being separated from her boyfriend for a measly 18 days, ugh. I groaned as well, but after giving it some consideration and thinking back to my young-and-stupidly-lovestruck days, I probably would have been a bit unhappy too. Let's not kid ourselves - young people are dramatic through-and-through.That's where Lauren Kate excels - she captures that age group perfectly, from the desperation of my-world-revolves-around-you first loves to the vicious mood swings and irrationality that happen when you're a confused teenage girl. (Especially if you're a confused teenage girl who's boyfriend it being a bit of a prick, and keeping you locked up 'for your own safety' without telling you why.)"Torment" is a novel about Luce, following her as she grows a lot more independent, stronger and forms her own ideas about what it takes to have a healthy relationship. She's wildly reckless, too - frustratingly so, as she ignores warnings from others along the lines of 'don't leave the school it's dangerous' because of course it's not that dangerous. Of course.It doesn't let down on the action side either, though. The first few opening chapters, which nicely recap "Fallen" for the short of memory but don't cover it enough for anyone who's thinking of reading "Torment" without reading the first book, start off at a relaxed pace as Lauren builds up some impressive new settings and a new cast of characters. Before long, though, the suspense starts shooting up and the story gets a welcome injection of paranormal adventure and danger.Another area Lauren is brilliant at is scenery descriptions - we go from the gothic graveyards and reform schools of "Fallen" to sunny California, with a schools on cliff-side, yachts of bright blue oceans, beach party bonfires and road trips across the land.She's still a great creator of a varied cast as well - I particularly like the way there's no clear signs whether a member of the cast is or isn't trustworthy, and after the end of "Fallen" it's impossible to tell if any of them are going to survive the story.I was slightly let down by the end, though - "Fallen" pulled out a powerful twist with Penn, but the twist in "Torment" felt too obvious right the way through and I was disappointed when it didn't turn out to be a red herring. The actual resolution of the finale did come as a surprise, though.The book's definitely a huge improvement on the writing in "Fallen" - I wish it had answered a few more questions, but I'm hoping the third book "Passion" will resolve a lot of my nagging questions when it's released.A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.