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Torment

by Lauren Kate

Random House Children's Books | June 14, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Torment is rated 4.04 out of 5 by 25.
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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.4 × 6.02 × 1.01 in

Published: June 14, 2011

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038573915X

ISBN - 13: 9780385739153

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Sequel I loved that there are so many secrets, but that some things are made more clear at the same time. Not much action, but it's a perfect sequel to Fallen and once I finished Torment, I couldn't wait to start Passion. I'm dreading finishing Rapture and having nothing left to read of Lucinda and Daniel!
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved every moment of it there was so much secrets that lead to even more secrets. i really liked the ending, it really makes me wnat to read the last book. i think that it didn't really have a lot of action, but i think that it's better like this, the first one had a lot of action and it lead me to this book. i know i will like the next book. also, i love the auther, i think that every situation is perfectly discribed and that every situation is perfectly thought out. i know i am goig to love the last book and of course i will wright a review on it.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Secrets, secrets Torment starts right where Fallen left off. Secrets from Daniel are once again the theme for this book. You spend the entire time trying to connect the dots with all that is being kept from Luce. Luce is a bit frustrating in this book as she seems to have lost a bit of her strength and comes across as needy, she also bounces back and forth from loving Daniel to losing faith in him and not trusting that what he’s doing is for her. Instead she contemplates someone else throughout the story which can be a little annoying. There was less action in this instalment but it taught us a lot more about the big picture as well as introduced a lot of important characters. The ending was great but left us hanging once again. Make sure you have book three waiting in the wings.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good; Could've Been Better A little less action than within the first book, Luce gets herself twisted up within love! Meeting new friends, new enemies, and getting led into traps, Luce can't seem to handle herself as much as she could in the first book. I still reccomend this book though!
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angels, Demons, Past Lives, Dark Secrets….Sound Interesting?? Again another beautiful cover and again the story inside does not disappoint. This series is addictive. Not only do you want to see how Daniel and Luce battle through their undying love for each other, you want to know what is it that makes Luce so special. Why she is the one to go through so many lives, to be reincarnated so many times with no memory and why is Daniel so secretive about the past and keeping so many secrets from Luce. Carrying straight on from the previous novel this book focuses a lot on Luce trying to get to grips with events both recent and from her past lives. She rightly begins to have mixed feelings over Daniel, how does she know that what he's told her is the truth? Being thrown in a new school which is just as strange and secretive as Daniel doesn’t help in this matter. However Luce begins to become more independent and begins to discover things about he past and things about herself and what she is capable of. Some of the questions from the first book were answered however for every answer we got, twenty more questions were raised. Nothing is simple in these books. Lots of twists and turns and an ending that will leave you shocked and speechless. “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?”
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book!!!!!! This book and series are absolutley awesome! They are breath taking and well you literally lose yourself in these books. Lauren Kate is a REALLY good author!!! Can't wait to read the 4th book!!
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Looks are Decieving These books look absolutely gorgeous as far as covers go, I'll give it that much, but the story line is by far one of the weakest I've ever come across. Not only is nothing explained throughout the first two books, the characters aren't developed at all and the author seems to be rushing through the entire book at such a fast rate it gives the reader no time to really enjoy the story. I was personally extremely disappointed in this series. I expected much more, and less of an amateurish writing style. The only book that beats this as far as crummy stories and mindless characters go is the Twilight franchise which is by far the biggest literary embarrassment I have ever come across. In all honesty, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who didn't like reading about sparkling vampires either. I would have to give it a 1.5 out of 5. Not the worst I've read in my entire life, but I would never buy it or read it again.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated out of 5 by from The Title Speaks For Itself This book has definitely tormented me. Tormented me with the suspense, mystery, love, and doubts. I loved this series to death now, and I had doubts about it, but those are gone now. The mystery between Luce and Daniel's past is hinted at, which makes me thirst for the next novel. (Which came out yesterday, sadly cannot find a PDF.) The love between Luce and Daniel is so romantic, that all good things need a twist. I have fallen in love with all of Luce's love interests, that I don't even know what to believe in anymore. As soon as I can find Passion's PDF I will be reading rapidly to see what happens next.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the first I found Torment to be a little bit better than Fallen but it still didn’t have that wow factor for me. I liked being able to read about Daniel and his adventures away from Luce. I also liked how we got to learn more about Luce being able to see her past life and learn more history about the world of fallen angels. I liked the new characters that Lauren created in this series; I found that I was able to relate to these characters more than the characters in Fallen. Each of these characters has an interesting past that was neat to learn and I can’t wait to learn more about the new characters. As the series continues I find the next book to be better so I have some faith that Passion may just blow me away with the telling of Luce and Daniels past lives. The Rating: 3.5 out of 5 For more reviews please visit www.vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Time to get ready for some Passion This book sat on my shelf for a while collecting dust until I finally grabbed it in an effort to "git 'r' done," While it took me a few chapters for me to actually remember what had exactly happened in Fallen seeing as it's been several months since I finished it. I quite enjoyed Torment. I love the new twist on Luce & Daniel's relationship and how she actually starts to question whether or not it's what she wants. The new additions to the storyline in the form of Shelby, Miles, Frankie and Steven are wonderful. I'm interested to see what happens in Passion.
Date published: 2011-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Lauren Kate didn't dissapoint with this one either! I was in the middle of waiting for some other series to come out and had Fallen and Torment suggested to me. I thought I'd give it a try. I was completely suprised by how they both pulled me in! So now not only am I waiting for some other series to come out I am now eagerly awaiting for the next of these to come out!!! Lauren Kate keep them coming lady!
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give Me More Lauren Kate does not disappoint! Eagerly awaiting the next novel, my favourite book series yet!
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TORTURE! OMG!! WHY! I finished this book in like 2 seconds! I just couldn't put it down. The second time around for Daniel and Luce is just as hard as the first! but its twice as juicy and twice as good! you will be hanging by a tread in the end when it hits you that everything you thought you knew will slap you in the face! cant wait for the next book in the series to come out!! PASSION
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from [insert cheesy title pun here] FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER... Was that annoying? Well, take that and turn it into this book and that's pretty much what you get. Lots and lots of filler. I think the overall problem with this series thus far is that it's just wayyy too filler-y. I mean, Fallen was just pages of her little boarding school escapades and now Torment is... pages of her Nephilim boarding school escapades. So... it's the same thing as the first book. Whoopie. This book also had wayy too much romantic fluff. I understand the use of it - sparingly - really shows how the two characters love each other, but too much just makes it seem like you're trying to fill up pages. The romance scenes never GO anywhere, and if I read another passage about Daniel's velvety wings, I'm going to CLIP THEM. I will give it this though - Luce really developed in this book. She was never a terrible character (I had no reason to hate her, in any case), but she actually does some things here that I can say are actually heroic. You know, no one needs to come swooping down to save her the last minute - She just makes her own decisions and go with it. This book also sets up things really nicely for the next book, so I'm hoping for the next book to be more exciting...
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!!! one of my new fave series although i loved the first one "fallen" more this one was great as well. i got for christmas last year from my bf and made him give it to me before christmas, because i really wanted to start reading it right away. i tried to wait till christmas morning, but that was not happening. love love luce, daniel and cam. the last part of the book at her house was awesome. the characters from the "fallen" return, which is a bonus, because i loved them. she makes new friends in this novel, but they are just as intriguing and fun as the first ones from fallen. i am counting down for the 3rd to hit the shelves. i will be there the first day. i'm so excited. i was thinking about reading the fall and torment over again before the 3rd one comes out. i highly recommend it. the detailing is rich and fun.
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tormented by Cliffhangers. Just like "Fallen", I read "Torment" in less than a day. Lauren Kate enjoys leaving readers at cliffhangers...and she doesn't let us down with "Torment". I guess I'll be waiting for the third book to come out to see what happens next. Random Thoughts: 1) I think "Fallen" was better than "Torment" 2) Unlike "Fallen", there were areas in this one (especially with the whole new campus thing) that bored me. 3) I still don't understand the lame covers. It kills it for me.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Let Down After Fallen Reason for Reading: next in the series. First I'll mention that this is one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. I love b/w photography and the design here is breathtaking. Now on to the book. I can't really give a summary as not much happens in Torment. Luce is sent to an exclusive boarding school which just happens to have a special class for Nephilim and amongst the Nephilim Luce can be hidden from those who seek to destroy her. In the meantime Daniel and Cam have made an 18 day truce between the angels and demons to work together to kill those who seek to kill Luce. Thus the book takes place over those 18 days. There's a lot of Daniel and Cam getting the bad guys, the bad guys trying to get Luce, Luce getting herself into trouble by disregarding the rules she's been given and Luce learning more about the shadows, the Announcers, and how to control and use them. There is a lot of "Twilight syndrome" going on here in Torment. Daniel has become demanding, giving Luce rules and instructions to follow without reasons, he orders her around and isn't telling her everything. He has become the dominant male species. While Luce, when she is away from and gets close to Daniel feels the overwhelming passion, desire, pull and love for him. Regardless, she is no Bella. Luce starts questioning Daniel's behaviour and doesn't take kindly to being pushed around even though she can't get past the inhuman passionate bond they share. What all this amounts to is a bunch of not much happening, making the book a slow read leading up to an anti-climax that ends in a "to be continued" manner with no resolution. I did really enjoy the two new characters introduced that befriend Luce, both Nephilim. Shelby her roommate, a no nonsense type of girl who at first resents Luce for her infamous reputation. And then Miles, a watered down Nephilim, with the Angel in his heredity in the distant past. Miles is a friend Luce can count on and one who might become more than just a friend. My problem, same I had with the couple of Twilight books I read, is that I don't like Daniel. I'm not rooting for Luce and Daniel. I want him to turn out a bad guy and in the end I want Luce and Miles to end up together, just a couple of regular people (well almost) in real love, not some earth shattering, passionate, end of the world, meant to be, for infinity, lust-love. Won't happen though. Just like it was obvious Edward would win in the end, Daniel will also. I had thought this was going to be a trilogy but they are calling book three "the next book in the Fallen series" which sounds ominously like there are plans for a 4th book and so on. If this does conclude in a trilogy I will read the third book when it comes out to see how it all ends. If more are planned, I'll just wait until the series is done and see if I still feel like reading them when that time comes.
Date published: 2010-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soo Amazing! I LOVED this book and I can't wait for the next! I really enjoyed reading Fallen and once I got my hands on Torment, I couldn't stop reading! The book left me wanting more and I would absolutely recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Left Tormented I've read fallen and looked forward to Torment... After reading it i'm looking forward to the next book BUT I expected more... Was Disappointed that Daniel wasn't in the book as much as the first. The book was well written and I found myself getting worked up with Luce and Daniel's confrontations.. Over all if you truly enjoyed the first book this you'll enjoy book two.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Just like Fallen, I couldn't put Torment down.Luce and Daniel are great in this one!Anyone who loved Fallen should read it!
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You Fell Before But Now You'll Be Tormented *I'd probably give this 3.5 stars.* After the exciting ending in Fallen, I couldn’t wait to see what happens next in Torment! However, if the ending of Fallen was taking one step forward after a slow-buildup, the beginning of Torment was like taking two steps back as once again, Luce found herself alone in a new school setting. Let me first start off by saying if you loved Fallen, you will love Torment as well, but if you fall under the category where you simply liked Fallen, then you'll be probably be feeling the same way again. Where Fallen was more about the mystery of Daniel, Torment is all about Luce trying to learn more about her past lives (with a bit of help from her new roommate Shelby!) through using the Announcers (ie. Shadows) who always seem to be drawn to Luce. The danger is not over and Daniel sends Luce away to Shoreline, a special school where Nephilim also attend and which can hopefully hide Luce's presence while he and Cam eliminate any threats to her safety through their truce. This is also means that after finally coming together in Fallen, Luce and Daniel still can't quite be together yet in Torment. I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of Daniel this time around. He was too protective at times, and it bordered on being overbearing. It really annoyed me that he wouldn’t just clue Luce in when she asked, which only left her to try to figure things out on her own, inevitably bringing her closer to danger in the process. So yes, while Luce does make some pretty silly mistakes trying to learn more, I couldn't really blame her for trying since I would hate to be left in the dark too. It got really repetitive whenever Daniel came into the story too, and I was getting no warm, fuzzy tinglings in the romance department. I just couldn't believe the pair were supposed to be soulmates this time around and I dunno, it felt kind of forced. There was also a general pattern to when Daniel pops into the story. Embrace in each others' presence once more and then argue when Daniel would refuse to tell Luce what was really going on all the while saying he loved her. Please, it happened so many times, I was getting ready to skip these pages.... and the romance parts are usually my favourites! Now, now, it seems like I'm only talking about the negative so let's find something positive to say, shall we? If you thought you made up your sides in Fallen, there’s a new team I’m sure that will be forming… Team Miles! Miles is a Nephilim student who makes Luce feel comfortable in her new surroundings right away, and he's so friendly and kind... plus cute too! Sure, Daniel may be Luce’s soulmate and all, but Miles is so totally sweet and easy-going, Team Daniel fans may find themselves wavering. Once again, I felt the pacing was slow but don't get me wrong, there are a few exciting moments thrown in here and there that kept me interested for more. But just like with Fallen, it isn’t until near the end that events start getting more climatic before leaving off on a note that leaves you dearly wishing for the next novel, Passion, due out Summer 2011. I’ll be still sticking around for more, but just like with Torment, I’m not going to set my expectations really high so it lessens any disappointment. You can also check out the review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/10/torment-by-lauren-kate.html
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! It's just one of those books you don't want to put down, I loved it and can't wait until the next one!!!
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The title fits the book This is the second book in the Fallen series and I really enjoyed it, this book starts off where the last left off with Daniel and Cam working together to help Luce and the story kicks off from there. We have to deal with alot of drama in this book what with Daniel hiding things from Luce and Luce doubting their relationship and a love triangle going on, lets just say it's makes things interesting. Overall a great book and a solid story for the series, this book kept me interested and made me want to find out what was going to happen and I will say I am looking forward to the next book in the series considering this book left us on a little bit of a cliffhanger. Overall great book/series check it out. :0)
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book bought it yesturday and started reading it today so far its as good as the first one
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait Oh, I can not wait till this book comes out. I will be counting down the days. I loved the first one!
Date published: 2010-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCITED The first was AWESOME!! so...im really excited for the second
Date published: 2010-04-02

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Torment

by Lauren Kate

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.4 × 6.02 × 1.01 in

Published: June 14, 2011

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038573915X

ISBN - 13: 9780385739153

About the Book

In this second novel of the bestselling Fallen series, Luce has the chance to track down her past lives . . . but what if she's not ready to face the truths they reveal?

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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
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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.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, as well as The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at laurenkatebooks.net.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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