Fallen & Torment by Lauren Kate
I fell in love with Luce and Daniel in Fallen. I was mesmerized by their story and anxious for them. However, unlike most books that I read, my heart was with the heroine rather than the hero. I wanted Luce to find happiness and love. While the idea of their story was romantic, I would not have been heart broken had Luce not ended up with Daniel. He was not an easy hero to love in Fallen.
That chanced for me in Torment. Daniel really got to my heart while reading Torment. While I didn't understand (or agree with) some of the decisions he made, my heart broke for his predicament. I wanted desperately for Luce and Daniel to overcome the obstacles in their path. That being said, I was so proud of Luce for finding the strength to question Daniel and her future with him. Of course, Torment ended with a cliff hanger...leaving me anxiously wanting more...which I expect is the exact reaction that Lauren Kate was going for.
Fallen and Torment are two of the first books I recommend to friends looking for a new YA book to read. I love the paranormal elements and the clean (but sexy and tension filled) romance.