In "Torment", fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love Lucinda think they are safe but evil forces are massing against them. As Luce learns more about her past, and discovers that the lives she's already lived hold the key to her future happiness; she starts to wonder if Daniel has told her the whole truth. What if his version of events isn't the way things happened? What if that means that she's really meant to be with someone else?
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the international bestseller Fallen, the most stylish gothic romance novel of 2009, with both teenage and adult appeal.
About the Author
Lauren Kate lives in Los Angeles, USA with her husband and their dog. She is a full-time writer. Her first published novel was THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE and she has since been working on the quartet of novels which begins with FALLEN.
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 9 Up-This sequel to Fallen (Delacorte, 2009) continues they complex tale as Luce tries to uncover the truth and break the cycle of falling in love, dying young, and being reincarnated. Daniel, her lover through the ages and a fallen angel, institutes a truce with Demons to protect her from the Outcasts, who would do her harm. For her safety, Daniel hides her at a boarding school for the Nephilim, children of human and fallen angels, and cautions her to remain on campus and learn all she can. Unfortunately a little knowledge can be dangerous and Luce's naive attempts to manipulate her powers constantly put her and others in danger. Some of the rescues employ a deus ex machina as is the case when Arriane inexplicably arrives in Vegas and saves the day. At times the story plods along, with a full chapter devoted to a fencing lesson. Daniel regularly returns to check on Luce and there's lots of swooning, passionate kissing, and playing at being in love, though it often ends with bickering. Interest is piqued with the hint of a love triangle, and the suspense is ratcheted up in the heart-pounding final battle scene. In the end, readers won't be much closer to unraveling Luce's mystery and will need to stay tuned for the next installment. It's unlikely this title will garner new fans for the series, but those already hooked on the epic romance won't want to miss it.-Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Far, Far, Far better than Fallen. Not at all tormenting to read, infact its a complete delight. Eventually you will get used to Lauren Kate's steady pacing style of writing. Torment picks up a few days after the penultimate events of Fallen. The truce between Daniel and Cam revealed at the end of fall leads in to Torment. Every chapter counts down each day till the 18 day truce ends. Basically each chapter chronicles each day one at a time. Things are different in Torment. Daniel and Cam work together to protect Luce from the mysterious Outcasts. Luce is being hidden at Shoreline, a school of fallen angels/human hybrids that can hide her from being detected. The announcers are more than just a background subplot. They show flashbacks and even provide travel. The ending has some twists and it ends on a cliffhanger, that gets you interested to read the next book, Passion.
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