Torment (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #2)

Torment (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #2)

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by Lauren Kate
     
 

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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

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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 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:
06/14/2011
Series:
Lauren Kate's Fallen Series, #2
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
45,620
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 5.52(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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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