Torment (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Kate's sequel to Fallen, fallen angel Daniel has negotiated an 18-day truce with demonic Cam, during which time they will keep his one true love, 17-year-old Luce, safe from the Outcasts, "spineless, waffling angels, shunned by both Heaven and Hell," who are after her. Daniel sends Luce to Shoreline, a Northern California prep school for angel-descended Nephilim. The change is stressful for her because she is there alone and because she is seen as a "legendary freak" by some students for her famous doomed relationship with Daniel, which has unfolded tragically over several lifetimes. Uncovering details from her past lives and meeting charmingly normal Miles, Luce begins to have doubts about Daniel. Equal parts romance and thriller, this sequel can be both schmaltzy ("There was no darkness, no more cold, just the lovely sensation of being bathed in his violet glow. Even the rush of the ocean was canceled out by a soft hum, the energy Daniel carried in his body") and frequently suspenseful. The open-ended finale paves the way for a third book. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Erica Alexander
Torment has an interesting idea but an uninspiring execution. The supporting characters are excellent, but the story's heroine, while likable, is somewhat whiny and gullible. Part of this is due to the plot. There are no surprises to speak of; its only redeeming features, in fact, are the spots of well-set-up tension, particularly at the end, and the romance between Luce and Daniel. Recommend this to fans of the Twilight series. Reviewer: Erica Alexander, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Cheryl Clark
In the sequel to Fallen (Delacorte/Random House, 2009/VOYA February 2010), Luce's angel boyfriend, Daniel, sends her across the country to Shoreline, a boarding school that caters to Nephilim, the offspring of angels and humans. Because of a truce between him and Cam, Daniel is unable to stay with her, but Luce still manages to make herself at home, becoming friends with her gruff roommate, Shelby, and cute, sweet Miles. During Daniel's sporadic visits, Luce is dismayed by their constant arguments, and she begins questioning their relationship. With her new friends' help, Luce learns to see into her past lives by manipulating the supernatural shadows that plague her. But it is only during the climactic ending that Luce recognizes the danger that surrounds her and the forces that would use her as a pawn in the battle between heaven and hell. In Torment, we find a much more independent Luce than we saw in Fallen. She is frustrated with the mysteries Daniel refuses to talk about and begins wondering whether Daniel is her destiny after all when nice guy Miles pays attention to her. Daniel commands her to stay on campus, and Luce pointedly ignores his request, frequently leaving its protective barriers in order to research her past lives. Although the book is overly long and the theme of true love between humans and immortals is becoming a bit cliche, the novel is compellingly readable, and by the end, readers will be hooked into Luce's story and eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Children's Literature - Jeannine Stickle
Seventeen-year-old Lucinda Price, who goes by "Luce," continues to seek information about her past lives, her millennial-long relationship with her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel, and the war involving angels, demons, Outcasts, and Heaven in this sequel to Kate's Fallen. In this novel, Daniel declares a truce between angels and demons so that they can both hunt the Outcasts and the Elders, different groups determined to capture Luce. To keep her safe, he enrolls her at Shoreline Academy, a boarding school in San Francisco that secretly teaches Nephilim, half-angels, along with human students. Though she is not an angel herself, Luce takes classes with the Nephilim from a powerful angel and demon couple. In this class, she learns more about the Shadows that have haunted her throughout her life and learns how to use them to learn about her past lives, but often puts herself and her friends in danger while doing so. Readers who are hooked on the love story will need to rely on their memories of Fallen to satisfy them as Daniel rarely makes an appearance and the two bicker whenever he does. Instead, Luce's friendships are the most appealing aspect of this novel, particularly those with a boy who becomes Daniel's rival for her love and her quirky roommate with a tough exterior but a good heart. The end leaves Luce and the reader with more questions than answers and this novel seems little more than a filler to set the scene for Passion, in which Kate will take the reader through Luce's past lives. This novel will be enjoyed by already-dedicated fans of the series, but new readers should not attempt it without reading Fallen first. Reviewer: Jeannine Stickle
Kirkus Reviews

After the disaster that was her short-lived career at Sword and Cross School, Lucinda's physically flawless, fallen-angel boyfriend Daniel has transported her to Shoreline, on the California coast, while he hunts for the Outcasts, who want to kill Luce. Shoreline hosts both regular kids, like Luce, and Nephilim, angel-human hybrids. Luce hones some of her own supernatural skills and learns to travel into her previous lives with the help of her Nephilim friends, Shelby and Miles. As they work together, Luce begins to fall for Miles. Now she wonders if she's truly destined to be with Daniel forever.Luce's personality finally begins to bud in this book, but she's still bland, existing primarily for Daniel. Daniel, who Lucinda learns is the one who will tip the scales of power in the fallen-angel war, is just as oblique and drippy as he was in Fallen (2009). Miles, however, comes through in a moment of crisis, setting up an intriguing love triangle that will continue into the third in the series with, perhaps, a character strong enough to carry it. (Paranormal romance. YA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739153
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Series: Lauren Kate's Fallen Series , #2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 39,410
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Kate

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the Teardrop series, the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Visit her online at LaurenKateBooks.net.

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ONE

EIGHTEEN DAYS

Luce planned on keeping her eyes closed all six hours of the cross-country flight from Georgia out to California, right up until the moment when the wheels of the plane touched down in San Francisco. Half asleep, she found it so much easier to pretend she was already reunited with Daniel.

It felt like a lifetime since she'd seen him, though it had really only been a few days. Ever since they'd said goodbye at Sword & Cross on Friday morning, Luce's whole body had felt groggy. The absence of his voice, his warmth, the touch of his wings: it had sunk into her bones, like a strange illness.

An arm brushed against hers, and Luce opened her eyes. She was face to face with a wide-eyed, brown-haired guy a few years older than her.

"Sorry," they both said at the same time, each retreating a few inches on either side of the plane's armrest.

Out the window, the view was startling. The plane was making its descent into San Francisco, and Luce had never seen anything like it before. As they traced the south side of the bay, a winding blue tributary seemed to cut through the earth on its way to the sea. The stream divided a vibrant green field on one side from a swirl of something bright red and white on the other. She pressed her forehead to the double plastic pane and tried to get a better view.

"What is that?" she wondered aloud.

"Salt," the guy answered, pointing. He leaned in closer. "They mine it out of the Pacific."

The answer was so simple, so . . . human. Almost a surprise after the time she'd spent with Daniel and the other--she was still unpracticed at using the terms literally--angels and demons. She looked out across the midnight-blue water, which seemed to stretch forever west. Sun-over-water had always meant morning to Atlantic coast-raised Luce. But out here, it was almost night.

"You're not from around here, are you?" her seatmate asked.

Luce shook her head but held her tongue. She kept staring out the window. Before she'd left Georgia this morning, Mr. Cole had coached her about keeping a low profile. The other teachers had been told that Luce's parents had requested a transfer. It was a lie. As far as Luce's parents, Callie, and anyone else knew, she was still enrolled at Sword & Cross.

A few weeks before, this would have infuriated her. But the things that had happened in those final days at Sword & Cross had left Luce a person who took the world more seriously. She had glimpsed a snapshot of another life--one of so many she'd shared with Daniel before. She'd discovered a love more important to her than anything she'd ever thought possible. And then she'd seen all of that threatened by a crazy, dagger-wielding old woman whom she'd thought she could trust.

There were more out there like Miss Sophia, that Luce knew. But no one had told her how to recognize them. Miss Sophia had seemed normal, up until the end. Could the others look as innocent as . . . this brown-haired guy sitting next to her? Luce swallowed, folded her hands on her lap, and tried to think about Daniel.

Daniel was taking her someplace safe.

Luce pictured him waiting for her in one of those gray plastic airport chairs, elbows on knees, his blond head tucked between his shoulders. Rocking back and forth in his black Converse sneakers. Standing up every few minutes to pace around the baggage carousel.

There was a jolt as the plane touched down. Suddenly she was nervous. Would he be as happy to see her as she was to see him?

She focused on the brown and beige pattern on the cloth seat in front of her. Her neck felt stiff from the long flight and her clothes had a stale, stuffy airline smell. The navy-blue-suited ground crew outside the window seemed to be taking an abnormally long time to direct the plane to its Jetway. Her knees bobbed with impatience.

"I take it you're staying in California for a while?" The guy next to her offered a lazy smile that only made Luce more anxious to get up.

"Why would you say that?" she asked quickly. "What would make you think that?"

He blinked. "With that huge red duffel bag and all."

Luce inched away from him. She hadn't even noticed this guy until two minutes ago when he'd jarred her awake. How did he know about her luggage?

"Hey, nothing creepy." He shot her a strange look. "I was just standing behind you in line when you checked in."

Luce smiled awkwardly. "I have a boyfriend" streamed from her mouth. Instantly, her cheeks reddened.

The guy coughed. "Got it."

Luce grimaced. She didn't know why she'd said that. She didn't want to be rude, but the seat belt light went off and all she wanted to do was barrel past this guy and right off the plane. He must have had the same idea, because he edged backward in the aisle and swept his hand forward. As politely as she could, Luce pushed past and bounded toward the exit.

Only to get caught in a bottleneck of agonizing slowness on the Jetway. Silently cursing all the casual Californians shuffling in front of her, Luce stood on her toes and shifted from foot to foot. By the time she stepped into the terminal, she'd driven herself half insane with impatience.

Finally, she could move. She wove expertly through the crowd and forgot all about the guy she'd just met on the plane. She forgot to feel nervous that she'd never been to California in her life--never been further west than Branson, Missouri, that time when her parents dragged her to see Yakov Smirnoff doing standup. And for the first time in days, she even briefly forgot the horrible things she'd seen at Sword & Cross. She was headed toward the only thing in the world that had the power to make her feel better. The only thing that could make her feel that all the anguish she'd been through--all the shadows, that unreal battle in the cemetery, and worst of all, the heartbreak of Penn's death--might be worth surviving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Spoiler! I found the Torment Summary

    Torment Summary
    How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else? This is the real summary for Torment that i happened to find when i was looking for spoilers of Torment, and by the looks of it, this book is going to be amazing!

    44 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Nice

    I loved reading this wonderful book! The first one is the best from the series.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    The First Book Was Far Better

    I was very dissapointed in this second installment. I felt as other ratings have mentioned that Luce's character changed too much from the first book and was cheapened. I can't understand either that Luce had no patience waiting for Daniel and had to be getting into something every 5 minutes, she was down right mean to him. I felt while reading Fallen that Luce's character was portrayed as a old teen, much more mature and grown up, while Torment took years off of Luce's age to give me more of a tween feel for her. Very immature and some what annoying to read about. Don't get me wrong though I will be holding my breath for Passion, but I just beg the author for Luce to come back around to her original self.

    29 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2010

    Disapointed

    I very much like the first book, Fallen. Torment, left me very disappointed esp. with Luce. Luce's character became very immature, self-absorbed and most of all impatient. She can't even stay put for a very short time (I MEAN A VERY SHORT TIME) while Daniel has to wait every 17 years to meet her!!!!! Fallen described L & D relationship as something almost sacred but I feel in Torment, Luce kind of cheapen those feelings. I feel all she does is doubt everything.... what happen to having "faith" with someone you love. She seems to trust her new friends who she only knew a couple of days/weeks over someone she claimed she loved in all her reincarnated lives. I don't know what Daniel is still hiding but I sensed that all he intended is too keep her safe, plus the-too-much-knowledge-will-kill-her business. Don't even start me with her feelings with Miles! At this point, maybe Daniel should have chosen someone who's a little more worthy after he'd sacrificed so much. I will read Passion and see if that can fix the betrayed feeling I got from Luce in Torment.

    25 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    Not horrible, but barely good (add half a star to my rating)

    Torment is book two of the Fallen Novels by Lauren Kate. This book picks up pretty much right where Fallen left off. Lucinda (Luce) is sent to a new school, to make new friends and face new challenges. She is lying to her best friend, and her family, and she has no idea what is going on. Daniel is being cryptic about everything that is going on and is just not there whenever Luce needs him. Luce knows that everyone (Daniel, Cam, even her teachers) tell her to stay at school and to lay low is for her own good, Luce still can't help but do a little investigating of her own to try and figure out what the big mystery really is. This sets her off on an exploration of her past lives, and on a path to discover who Daniel really is.

    I am stuck. That is for certain. I must know what happens! The thing is, this book actually annoyed me a lot. To me Luce whined a lot, even if a lot of it was justifiable. She didn't ask enough questions. I mean Steven (super hot demon-angel teacher at the new school) - hello, he was helping you, why not ask him more questions? He may not have answered, but he seemed willing enough to help. Why in the world can't she follow directions? I mean, after the first 'holy crap, I just about got myself killed' moment, you could think she would learn.but nnooooo. Daniel was a big jerk because he just wouldn't talk. Even if he couldn't tell her everything, he could have at least told her some things - like, "oh yeah, there are people out to get you" or "hey, this school we just stuck you in to fend for yourself - it's a shield. It will protect you!" That is the least he could have done. The shadows/announcers/portals. Honestly!? Can we pick ONE THING that they are. I can say much more on this topic - but it would give way too much away, but I did think that they were SO 'useful' in this book, it made them even more unbelievable - even for a fantasy novel.

    So why does every book have to have a love triangle now? That is one plot I could live without. And this is the SECOND one for this series.I really hope a 3rd isn't going to show up. I will say that I really liked Miles. His character was my favorite out of all of them in this book. I want to see good things for him in the future! The Twilight reference in the book "Team Daniel/Team Miles" was funny, and probably a little cheesy. I laughed, because I'm pretty easy going and okay with whatever in books, but I'm betting a whole lot of people rolled their eyes, slapped their head, groaned, etc.

    What I'd like to see in the future? A little more maturity. I mean, if this is a "love of your life" type deal, GROW UP! Both parties! Relationships are based on communication and trust. I'm serious. More Steven. I'm okay with Francesca also, but I like Steven! Less running across time. More answers.like, what the heck, IS Luce human or no? What would have happened if the rebels had taken her? Stop beating around the bush, this isn't LOST.

    One last thing... I was listening to my IPod and this song came on, it seemed perfect for Daniel and Luce's relationship in this book. Maroon 5's How. It's on their new Hands all Over CD (highly recommended btw!)

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    September is TOO FAR AWAY!!!!

    Fallen was sheer perfection I'm so excited for #2. I've already preordered this book and now the waiting game is going to suck. Sorry to say it Twilight Fans but this totally blows it out of the pool! ( MY opinion :P )

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    It's torment to read this book. I hope passion is better.

    I didn't HATE this book I just really really really disliked it. Luce was a horrible character. Always complaining and always getting herself into trouble when thinking that she DESERVED to know everything. She was idiotic and made the whole book well...a torment for me to read. Cam's sinister qualities were taken away in this book which made it even more boring and Daniel, well Daniel stayed true to the charming character he had been from the beginning. Miles was a sweet character and I liked him but the way Luce reacted to Miles made her doubt what she had with Daniel. Well if she felt that way then STOP complaining and leave him. She was tormenting Daniel with all her crap. But she kept saying he was tormenting her by not letting her make her own decisions about things blah blah blah. And the only thing the book really talked about was "announcers, announcers, announcers" it got very irritating after a while. Only good things in this book was Daniel and how the author described the demons' wings. Luce was irritating throughout the book. I hope passion turns out better and fallen was 1000 times better than torment. Because torment was horrible.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

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    Very Disappointing!

    Fallen makes you interested in Daniel and Luce's backstory and their Great Love. Torment is suppose to show a glimpse of this great love without giving away the good stuff. Instead torment gives you nothing but a headache. Luce does a complete 180 in her feelings toward Daniel. In Torment she's keeps trying to justify why Daniel is wrong in all his decisions concerning her and their history. Plus she chooses her new 'friends' over Daniel (Miles kiss, Roommate&Daniel backstory). I thought she LOVED him? Luce was very annoying, immature, and defiant for no reason. Plus she had to have everything spelled out for her beofore she got it. How many people have to tell you before you get it- Your life is in danger and Daniel is trying to protect you regardless of the cost. I was disappointed in how their Great Love was portrayed in this book. I wish Luce would have stopped complaining and try to see things from Daniel's persepctive not just her own. Daniel did not decide the mental beating Luce was giving him.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

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    CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

    I absolutely cannot wait for this book!! There's gonna be 4 books in the series. The 3rd one's gonna be called Rapture! I know this book is going to be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! =)

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Ummm...No

    Fallen was my favourite book and I was so excited when Torment came out, but when I started reading I was like "seriously?!" Luce went from being a down to earth to being somewhat shallow and vapid at times. Then the whole Cam thing, last book was "i want her, you know why" and then what-nothing. No fighting for her, no lingering looks, no love triangle what-so-ever, not even a little bit! And Daniel was a little pompous in this book. I finished it, but barely. I'll read the next book, but only because i feel like I owe it to Fallen to give it a try.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    The Fallen Series

    I enjoyed Fallen and therefore wanted to read the second in the planned trilogy series. I should have reread Fallen before reading this because I was a little lost on the plot, why the Outcasts were after Luce. I felt in the dark about what was happening, much like Luce felt in the book. She gets moved to Shoreline where she will be safe and the whole book revolves around Luce discovering her past lives through the announcers (shadows). She is questioning her relationship with daniel and exploring the possibility that Daniel might not be the only guy for her. I felt like the book was slow moving and you never really learn anything. I like Kate's descriptive wording and it draws you into the story but the story was lacking of any real substance. I also felt like the romance with Luce and Daniel was a bit cheesey and not as authentic as I would have liked. There were parts that I found interesting and I will definitely read Passion when it comes out, just to find out what the heck is going on.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2010

    Brief Summary

    Luce being told not to do something (for her own protection) and then doing it anyway...chapter after chapter. Lost my connection with the main characters I loved in the first book. I was left feeling very disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

    How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? I am in love with this catch phrase for this book. It simply screams "This book is amazing. You must read it!" and I must say that I agree. Torment is the sequel to the New York Times Best Seller, Fallen. If you have not read Fallen, Torment may be hard to get into. Torment picks up right where Fallen left off. Luce has been removed from Sword and Cross and is going into hiding. Cam and Daniel (fallen angels on different sides of the line) have drawn up a truce lasting 18 days. In this time period both sides will work together toward a common goal, protecting Luce from the Outcasts.

    For her own safety Daniel and Cam agree to keep Luce at Shoreline, a school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Here Luce begins to uncover the truth behind the Announcers (the shadows that have followed her all of her life) and her past lives. Luce is beginning to understand that it is not just her and Daniel who have been hurt by her many deaths. With each life there is a family that is left behind. Is it right for her to keep hurting those she loves? With this knew knowledge it is becoming harder for Luce to overlook Daniels half truths and his insistence that he can not stay with her now. Daniel may be her past and her present but is he really her future? Could Luce be happy with someone else?

    Luce is a much stronger character in this book. She is not content with waiting around and just blindly taking orders anymore. More characters are introduced in Torment as well. Miles is a great addition to the series. He will have everyone questioning whether they should ditch their Team Daniel shirts for a shiny new Team Miles one. Shelby (Luce's new roommate) is brash, stubborn, and has a history of her own with Daniel and Luce, but she is also impossible not to love. Most of the characters from Fallen make an appearance in Torment but I was disappointed that there wasn't more Cam. I hope he plays a bigger role in future books.

    The one thing that may seem frustrating is that like all series this is a cliffhanger. The next book will be Passion. It is set to release in Fall 2011. Passion will be a sort of prequel to the series. Once you finish Torment you may have a better idea of what exactly that could mean. I don't want to spoil anything ;) Then Rapture will be released in 2012 to wrap up the series. So expect to be frustrated after turning that last page. :)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Questions Answered

    My thoughts...Another captivating tale from Lauren Kate. Torment leaves readers questioning their judgement and yearning for more.

    Book one, Fallen, gave readers a glimpse into this magical world of good and evil. Lines were drawn in the sand and the Angels fell in line, declaring their sides. In Torment, the lines were blurred and the challenge to the reader was deciding who was good and who was siding with evil. This second installment explained more of the history of Luce's life, including the parts with Daniel and without. While he was not a primary character, he still played an integral part of the story. Readers lean more about the shadows that haunt Luce and how she can manipulate them.

    Luce is moved from her prison at Sword and Cross to an exquisite private school for Nephilim. This change in atmosphere brings about some important changes in Luce, including her attitude. Her character showed incredible growth in this story. She starts standing taller and questioning her fate. While some of the favorites from Fallen are still around, we meet several new characters that keep the story interesting. Several, I am sure will be sticking around for future books.

    As a fan of Fallen, I was easily wrapped up in Torment. Kate did not disappoint with her world or character development. The plot was interesting and developed, adding more pieces to the puzzle. The ending...ahhh the ending left the reader hanging off the edge of a cliff. I can hardly wait for the third installment to be released in Summer 2011.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    By Far

    This my friend is probably by far the most intriguing, edgy, romantic, mysterious, head boggling, dancing around when you find out the truth, screaming i knew it, blushing at every scene, holding your breathe, secretly wishing this would happen to you, laughing at how dorky you're being, most beautiful work of art kind of book i have ever read, it entices me that there is such a book out there with this type of literacy, great work Lauren Kate, i am absolutely Tormented that i cant devour "Torment" as i wished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    I stumbled on Lauren Kate's book Fallen by accident and decided to give it a go. Couldn't put it down. Was so glad when Torment came out this past week and read it in 2 days. Luce and Daniel's story totally draws you in. My heart break's for Daniel and the struggle he and Luce are going through. Just when you think you will find out what the big Mystery is you don't. Now I have to wait for the next book and it is Tormenting to have to wait so long.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What a letdown

    After all this time waiting for the sequel, I just finished knowing no more than I did at the end of the first book. What a disappointment to be strung along for nothing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    Loved it

    I really loved fallen and I think Its going to be GREAT. My dad said that the day it comes out im getting it even though its his birth day
    EEEEEEEEEEPPPPPP I cant wait





    And if you liked angels then you will like FAIRY'S it might sond dumb but wondrous strange is a really good book I haven't gotten a chance to go buy darklight but I hear it's really good you should read it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Good FUN read for someone NOT looking for the depth of a Glenn Beck book

    If you are looking for a book that sparks intellectual debate and the answers to the problems that plague the world- you have barked up the wrong book. This book, a sequel to Fallen, is easy to read and has enough good dialogue, mystery and intrigue to keep the reader moving through the book. I am not a YA and stumbled into these books purely as a recommendation of one of my high school students. What I liked about these two books was the ease with which you can get through them. The storyline flows easily and the author creates intrigue through relatively descriptive scenes. The characters are likeable and at times funny, with the perfect amount of romance interjected to give it that young love feel. Futhermore, the books do leave you wanting more of the story despite the fact that the characters are teenagers with very abnormal lives. I could identify with the characters and their torment even though I am YEARS removed from my teens. I say GO FOR IT! You won't be disappointed provided you go into it KNOWING what to expect.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    Somewhat better than Fallen. (Minor spoilers in this review.)

    I have to admit that I enjoyed this one more than Fallen. Fallen was far to cryptic for my taste. One thing that still bothers me about this series is that I have no idea who Daniel is, or Luce for that matter (though I feel I understand her somewhat more after this book). I think the author wants you to root for Daniel and Luce forbidden love and whatnot, but I have no idea why I should, or why they are even in love. Other than their love just "was" (as the author puts it), I don't see a love story being written, but I feel I'm being told they are in love and that's it. Actually in this book the author sets up a triangle: Daniel/Luce/Miles, Miles being a new character, and a Nephilim that Luce is introduced in this book. As far as setting up a triangle the author does a good job, you see Luce and Miles develop and you understand their attachment. Daniel fans, do not despair! Daniel is missing in this book, but it never becomes unbearable. Daniel seems to be able to take time from his busy angel schedule to make out with Luce every now and then. Of course they also fight...a bit too much. We learn about Luce's shadows, or Announcers, as we learned they are called. I enjoyed the glimpses at Luce's past lives though it felt extremely brief, but from the looks of the cliffhanger I'm guessing I'm supposed to learn more about Luce's past lives in the next book. I think Lauren Kate did a good job at keeping readers guessing, though some will find it frustrating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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