Torment by Lauren KateTorment by Lauren Kate


byLauren Kate

Hardcover | June 27, 2012

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The second novel in the addictive and worldwide bestselling FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

#1 New York Times bestseller 

USA Today Bestseller
More than 3 million series copies in print!

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?

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“Sexy and fascinating and scary . . . I loved loved loved it!”
—P. C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author on Fallen
LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN series: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, Fallen in Love, and Unforgiven. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at
Title:TormentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.92 × 1.5 inPublished:June 27, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385739141

ISBN - 13:9780385739146

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book the day it came out, and im glad that I did. It's a great read that everyone should take part in.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from no oh boy. What a stupid stupid main character. I dont like Luce or Daniel... Why did I read this
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this!! The story is amazing!! And written in such a beautiful way. I absolutely loved it!!
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting take. Neat take on where it went and the ending made me curious as to where it is going to go. Character conflicts made me want to hit my head against a wall, but all in all it wasn't bad
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I didn't like this one as much as the first, it started a bit slow for me but about half way to the end was really good once there was some drama created and Luce starts really getting into using announcers.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Not as good as the first, but fair game.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this It was pretty good and entertaining but not as good as the first one
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Solid Second Installment Again, first I have to mention how beautiful this book cover is. It instantly grabs you and makes you want to read its contents. I have read the first 3 books in this trilogy many times. This novel definitely gives you more answers into what is happening with Luce and the shadows. This novel does have a love triangle, but it's not the love triangle I think the reader would be expecting right off the bat. Honestly I don't like where this series ended up in the final novel, but books 1 and 2 hold a special place in my heart.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I loved this book as much as the first and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A good addition to the series
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed this this sequel. I liked the nephilim characters in the story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love it. Gosh, I love this book so much. Excited to get my hands on the next one.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! Good story, love the book covers.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from DON'T READ THE PROLOGUE TO UNFORGIVEN I repeat: DON'T READ THE PROLOGUE TO UNFORGIVEN!! I haven't finished the Fallen series and this was at the back of the 2nd Fallen novel "Torment" I started to read the prologue to Cam's book and I'm guessing it basically gives away the ending to the Fallen series! (which isn't a HUGE surprise, but still!) Unsure what the thought process was to add that onto the end of the 2nd out of 4 novels, so Thanks for that publishers!? Anyhow, this book was ok, wasn't as good as the first. I wasn't cheering for Daniel in this book, I would have taken Myles over this books Daniel anyday! I'm curious to find out what happens in the other novels to bring it to the end I know will happen
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate Omg I read the book!!! Tears tears why do I have to wait next year for the 3rd book Fallen Series "Passion" Ahhhhh (screaming right now) I enjoy reading this book. Poor Luce =( If I was in her position I would of done the same seriously. And I don't blame her. (Everything that Luce had done. I Don't want to spoil anyone.) I can't wait for "Passion". I'm so curious about Daniel, and the others. Omg !!!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad ** spoiler alert ** Ugh. The boarding school cliche and the boyfriend hiding things from the main cliche and the new guy who totally understands her. Ugh.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I liked the first book better but this one is not that bad.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Great Thought it was a good in-between book, allowing for the reader to gather a little more background knowledge about who the characters are, and how they have become who they are. The addition of the new characters were great, and the description of detail was also fantastic.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Sequel The first book set an extremely high standard, and this book performed just as well! Amazing, gripping and exciting!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I found myself rather frustrated with this story. I was frustrated right along with the main character, Luce, which I suppose is how I was supposed to feel. But grr anyway. Why won’t anyone tell this girl what the hell is going on! Especially at the end when she needs to make a choice. How is she supposed to make a choice without all the information? She actually has very little information to go on. Ugh. There are so many things that we are left wondering about at the end of this book it’s ridiculous. Are we ever going to find out? It’s also frustrating how Luce doesn’t ask many questions. I mean, she’s completely left in the dark about all of these seemingly important things, yet she doesn’t try nearly as hard as she should to get the answers. She does ask the odd question. But she’s surrounded by people who know more than her and just doesn’t try very hard to get answers from them. At least, not as hard as I would try. There were a lot of instances where I saw a perfect opportunity to ask, but she just let it go. Argh. Having said all of that, I did enjoy the story. Even though it frustrated me. I felt so frustrated because I am genuinely curious to know what’s going on! The captivity factor wasn’t all the way there, but it was enough to keep my interest. There are a few new characters in this book as well. Mainly Luce’s two newest friends, Miles and Shelby. I’m still not sure how I feel about Shelby. I’m not sure if she’s being completely honest with Luce, and something just seems off about her. Miles, however, I adore. He is a great new addition to the series. Miles is a caring friend, who right off the bat befriended Luce with no alterior motives. He was simply being kind, not caring that she was Luce Price like everyone else. I’m not sure about Daniel. I do like him, I think. But I also feel like we still don’t really know him. I guess I’m having the same struggles that Luce did throughout the book. I’m somehow drawn to him, but I’m really questioning him at the same time.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I'm so addicted to this series I just can't stop myself from reading nonstop! I highly recommend these books to anyone!
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Daniel Im in love with u ! >< But miles your my crush! !
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great second installment!
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read Lauren Kate has done a great job. I am looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next Please! Gotta keep reading, page turner, won't disappoint!
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time comsuming. In a good way! Slow in some parts but it makes you WANT to read more and finish. Still amazing.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read The love story is definitely worth reading for a YA I found it very entertaining the end makes you want to hurry up and get to the next book :)
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved it, read it over and over
Date published: 2013-02-25
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 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
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:
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 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!! really excited for the second
Date published: 2010-04-02

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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.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE “Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers.”—The Daily Beast “This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!”— “This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death.”—Justine magazine “Readers will pine right alongside Luce.”—Publishers Weekly “This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending.”—SLJ “Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga.”—The Bookseller “Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce’s story.”—VOYA “The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings.”—Kirkus Reviews “A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up.”—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr