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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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This second book was probably on equal level with the first book, which I liked as well. Although the first book tended to have a bigger "end battle" (or what I sometimes like to call a "Boss Fight" like in a video game) this book built up the idea of "Why is Luce so important?" Questions are asked and left unanswered as a cliff-hanger. We do find out more information on the purpose of "The Announcers" and that seems to be the main theme of this book, as they rule Luce's curiosity. Luce wants to know if she can change the outcome of her life, and the lives of her loved ones by possibly eliminating Daniel from her life; but there's some sort of gravitational pull that draws her to him every time. While in the first book, Fallen, I liked Cam, in this book I've grown a liking towards Miles. Daniel just seems to self-absorbed and single minded for me to really appreciate his character and his choices.

First Line: "Daniel stared out at the bay." (1)
Last Line: "Would he find her? Without question. Would he save her? Always." (452)

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Quotes:

"But when the truce was over, everything would be in Luce's hands again. Luce's hands alone." (11)

"She loved him. But." (242)

"There, in the darkness, her heart pounding, she willed them to come out. She called on those coldest, darkest things, asking them to deliver her past, to illuminate her and Daniel's story. She called on them to solve the mystery of who he was and why he had chosen her.
Even if the truth broke her heart." (266)

"Would love be different with someone else? Was love even possible with someone else? Love was supposed to be easy, wasn't it? Then why did she feel so tormented?" (278)more
I really enjoyed the world building that occurred in this novel. The first book of the series did not really enthrall me. This one however had me hooked. I did not want to stop reading. I wanted to know more and more, and luckily when I came to work that morning the next book was on my desk :)more
Didn't like this as much as the first, but middle books are never as good, it seems, and it wasn't fun to see Luce and Daniel at odds the WHOLE BOOK. But of course I STILL have to know what happens and what this has all been about, so...marking my calendar for Passion.more
this book was ok but the one thing that's frustrating me with this series is the serious lack of information. it's very annoying and i really hope the author doesn't continue this trend. two books into the series and we still don't know the main characters' backstory.more
I liked the first book of this series, Fallen, but I didn't love it. I still have those same lukewarm feelings for this installment as well. I did like this one a bit better. I felt Luce was more independent and that was a great thing for her character. I also liked the supporting characters in this one as well.I look forward to reading Passion to see where this story goes. Can't wait to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of Torment too.Oh and the cover is simply gorgeous!! I'm giving this one 4 angelic kisses!more
Book Title: Torment (Fallen #2)Author: Lauren KatePublished By: Ember; Reprint editionGenre: Supernatural Recommended Age: +13Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 4 RavensI picked this book up before I knew it was part of a trilogy, Something I know that most of you all know I absolutely HATE doing. Most books in series are hard to follow if you don’t read them from the beginning I am glad to say that Lauren Kate has made it possible that no matter where you pick up the books you can fall right into the story and keep reading without feeling like you need to read the first one in order to enjoy the second book. Does this mean I didn’t read the first one? Absolutely not I was so captured when I read this book I went back and picked up not only the first book but the second just so I could have them all and read them adding them to my collection of series on that special series shelf in my home. The story of Luce and Daniel is not only intriguing but inspiring it’s definitely different not based simply on nothing but the attraction of each character but to know that their past is what pulls them together and no matter what Daniel will always do what it takes when he finds Luce again to make her fall in love with him. Not using her past to corrupt her but working his butt off to make her realize that she’s his soul mate. I adore the frustration that goes into it not only for Luce not knowing everything about their past as does Daniel for not being able to fully divulge everything he knows without ruining Luce’s free will. Throughout this book we find Luce being put at a boarding school away from her old one in the attempt to protect her from the other darker forces of the world that work all their might and power against the two in the attempt to keep them both apart. Heaven and Hell had agreed and cursed the two for holding their love for each other over the choice of heaven or hell. Now it’s up to Luce and Daniel to find out where they went wrong and how they can correct their pasts to keep and have a different future. Already Daniel knows something has changed but he’s not sure what in order to find out he needs Luce stored where she is safe and goes on about a hunt to find out. Luce however being stubborn like she always is refuses to give in and just simply sit still she knows something is wrong and enlists the help of her new friends in order to find out. Long story short sets them all up for the third book and a gripping story that had me running straight out to get the books and know more. Check them out you will love them like I’m sure.more
Torment is the second book to Lauren Kate's Fallen series. At first I was a little afraid to read Torment, because even though I liked Fallen, I wasn't too crazy about it. In fact, I was worried that Torment would be a let down. But I was SO wrong! Torment was much better than the first book. Fallen was like more of a introduction and Torment was the REAL story.In Torment, you get a lot more of Daniel and Luce.Their relationship is more serious and a whole lot of making out. Luce still struggles to understand everything and find her place in the world. Daniel continues to love Luce, and struggles with himself over it. All he wants is to protect her and give her a good life. Of course it does not help that Luce continues to put herself in danger.This was the only issue I had with the book. When they explained to her that she needed to stay low and not leave the campus, Luce would do the exact opposite. I was a little annoyed with Luce and at times found myself screaming at the book. You also get a little more of the past characters, and I could not help but find a spot in my heart for Cam. He is basically the perfect bad guy. You also meet a lot of new characters who are funny, smart and brave.Over all, I think that Lauren Kate delivered an excellent sequel and I cannot wait to read the third part of this series!more
fallen angels are not my cub of tea, I just don't enjoy them novels like other paranormal creatures.I still think Luce is boring. Danial has no strong presence to make me like him or hate him, L and D love each other, but from FAR away! throw me some parts of their pasts if you want them separate at the present. It's boring, I can't see myself reading another book of this series, I can't even imagine why I finished it, I could rate this book with ZERO star, or even a a minus star, I would have!Lauren Kate, I don't know who encouraged to write, but for the love of humanity, PLEASE STOP!more
I fell in love with Fallen because of Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and my whole obsession with fallen angels. When I was reading Fallen, it had this dark and dangerous out-to-get you feeling, because she was in the dead gloomy reform school, Sword & Cross, that even has it's own cemetery in it's backyard (har har). But when Luce was forced to transfer to California and stay at the bright and relaxed school, Shoreline, it sort of felt a little lighter than Fallen. But you knew that something was going on and that Luce was not safe. Compared to the feel of Hush, Hush or Crescendo, Torment was not as dark as they were. I think a reason why Torment was different from the other books was because of it's characters and the setting. California--sunshine, tans, and beaches. Not exactly the darkest place on earth unlike Sword & Cross. Shoreline seemed more like a camp instead of a school. The students--who were Nephilim, children of fallen angels and humans--were so relaxed and easy going. They seemed like ordinary students, which was different from being in the same class with kids who probably murdered people or has a rep/record. The characters in Torment were so entertaining. Shelby, Jasmine, Miles, Dawn, and Lilith, they all made the chapters enjoyable and usually lightened the mood--especially Shelby and Miles. They were normal kids (if you took away the fact that they were half angel half human), and they would not fit in, in the type of school such as Sword & Cross, "They were good kids," as Luce said. In Torment, Luce beings to question her relationship with Daniel, and she wishes it wasn't so complicated. Throughout the book, I can't seem to recall me ever disagreeing with her. It was unfair to not know about your own past but it seems like everyone did. It's painful to be kept in the dark but your boyfriend knows too much. People were targeting Luce but she had no idea why or who they were. I too, wished that her relationship with Daniel wasn't complicated and I hated to see them fight. Though I did enjoy reading this very much, I missed Fallen every time I started a new chapter, and I loved it when Luce went back to her roots because it's satisfying to be reminded of how the series started anyway and how the two characters ended up in this situation. But I loved how Lauren Kate wrote, the arrangement of the chapters and the countdown to the final showdown, which I have to say, was EPIC. I think Lauren Kate has a knack for writing pre-battle scenes and battle scenes. As I was reading the scene where all the angels stood, poised and ready to fight, it just makes you feel this rush of adrenaline, and the faster you being to turn the page, anxious to know more and more, yelling at times when something happens. I could just imagine the whole book as a movie (I think Fallen is going to be a film by Disney)Overall, I loved the book, loved the characters (especially Arriane), and loved everything. But one thing though, I wish there was more intense romantic scenes between Luce and Daniel that you couldn't help but obsess over. Also, I wish there had been more of Cam, you know, Team Cam or Team Daniel. The ending was superb, and I know that Passion would be a whole new level of interesting since every chapter (according to Lauren Kate) would be another past life of Luce. Torment: a definite recommend.more
After debating back and forth when I finished Fallen, I finally decided to continue on to this book. Fallen lacked in a lot of areas for me, but friends recommended I should carry on with the series because they felt it picked up for them in Torment. I am certainly glad I listened to them. While there are some things I wish would just be taken care of, there were several things introduced that gave this book some pep.Luce discovers she's headed to Shoreline from Daniel. Of course, there is secrecy involved with every action he takes. On the plus side, several new and interesting characters are introduced at the school. These characters end up playing a more crucial part in the story that what I thought they would. They are more true to Luce because of their backgrounds. She does grow quick a bit in this book, but is still held by the boundaries that Daniel sets. He does elaborate on the grand scheme of things, but just enough to irritate me. I continually hope that one of other characters will just bluntly state the situation, but their allegiance is unwavering.The beginning of this book is as slow as Fallen was, but Luce instigates a series of events that finally gets the ball rolling. It is not a page-turner, but it does keep the plot going at a decent pace. Some events involving Luce seemed a little unbelievable or simply irrational. A lot of it seemed out of character for her. It was slightly predictable, but the book just simply stops at the end. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a cliffhanger for me, but I'm sure most it would probably feel that way.more
I know a lot of readers are critical of the sequel to "Fallen". The biggest complaint seems to be Luce's questioning of her relationship with Daniel and whether they are really meant to be and questioning his motives. I have to say that I thought these plot points were very realistic. Luce has only known Daniel (in this current lifetime, the only one she can remember) for a very short period of time. Lets face it, even at that he hasn't been very nice to her a good portion of the time. She has been thrust into a world, and found out things about herself that are truly frightening. It is only natural that she is questioning everything around her including Daniel. Daniel drove me nuts in this book because of how much he kept from her even as Luce is begging for information. He also annoyed me by showing up and starting a fight and then running away before it was resolved. He did that at least four or five times in "Torment" alone. ' I found Luce's interest in Miles to be very realistic. Miles is an attractive, smart boy who treats Luce like a princess. He'd do anything for her and is fun to be around. We know that there is an unbreakable bond of love between Luce and Daniel but to this point we only know that because we've been told it over and over. I personally haven't seen any evidence of this bond. I think it goes without saying that Daniel and Luce will end this series together but I certainly hope the next two books establish this connection better and make me feel the love! I want to root for Daniel and the couple's happily ever after. Besides the relationship issues, I thought this book was entertaining and a very compelling read. My biggest personal complaint is that I felt too much time was spent on the shadows or Announcers and I would have like to see an explanation for the thing that was at the bottom of the lake in the boating scene. I liked the glimpses into Luce's past and would have liked to see further resolution there as well but from what I hear we do get more of that in "Passion". I won't say that the "Fallen" series to this point is exactly worthy of its popularity but I also can confirm that they are certainly worthwhile and enjoyable reads.more
I'm grateful my friends told me to stick with this series, because I definitely liked this book better than Fallen. There was still a lot of teen angst, which I guess you have to expect from a book like this, but the story was more believable, which I appreciated.With all the stuff that's going on, Luce is finally becoming a little less whiny and helpless and is taking charge of her own life. Thank goodness! I wanted to see this in the first book, but I'm glad that it came about eventually. One thing I didn't like about her was that she seems to be a bit stupid at the beginning. I mean, she just went through this huge battle with people trying to kill her, yet she doesn't listen when Daniel and Cam tell her to stay at the school where she's safe. This cluelessness on her part is an attempt at conflict, I think, but it just irritated me.Another thing that bothered me was the tension between Daniel and Luce. Again, I feel it was forced. Daniel using phrases like, "Don't disobey me!" to Luce doesn't make any sense to me. He knows her personality and knows how she'd react to that. And why can't he just explain things? It doesn't help the suspense at all, because the reader pretty much knows what's going on and it bothered me a lot.Despite that, I really did like this book. I liked the new characters we were introduced to, though Miles is a bit annoying. And Shelby is definitely my new favorite. Seeing children of angels and demons and learning what they can do was a highlight. It was also strange to see how popular Luce is in the angel/demon world. Kind of a Harry Potter moment for her.The story itself was fast-paced and interesting. I kept wanting to know what would happen next and what Luce would figure out about her past that would shed some light on what's going on in the present. I loved the ending and how it gave enough information to satisfy my curiosity, but not so much that we now know all that's going on. It answered some questions, and made me ask a few more. I thought the final battle at the end was a little unrealistic -- really, nobody saw that? But I can get over it.If you found yourself on the fence about Fallen, don't give up on the series! Definitely give Torment a try before you decide not to like it.more
It took me a little while to get into this book. I guess it was because it had been so long since I read the first one. But once again we meet Luce and Daniel (who is an angel), who are fated to be together, but Luce doesn't remember any of her past lives where they are concerned. All she knows is that every time it ended with her death. Now Outcasts and others are out to end her life. Daniel calls a truce with Cam (who's also an angel) and they go after anything and everyone who wants to hurt Luce. So to keep her safe they decide to send her to a school called Shoreline on an island to keep her safe. Luce doesn't really understand whats going on and Daniel tells her nothing. Except that she is to stay there at the school. This really frustrated Luce and made her feel alone. Her roommate at Shoreline, Shelby was strange. First she comes off as rude and the next minute she's helping Luce try to figure out her past using the Shadows. I really didn't know what to make of her. Then Luce meets Miles, with whom she is attracted to but feels obligated to Daniel. But yet she feels comfortable with Miles more so than Daniel. Normal I guess you could say. This causes her to really start to think about her relationship with Daniel. Which is anything far from normal. The end of the book was like a cliffhanger, Luce goes home for Thanksgiving and then disappears to find out more about her past. It something she feels she should do and she just does it. It makes me wonder what's in store for the next book in this series.more
read full review on talksupe.blogspot.comTorment is two levels better than Fallen. Although I still have misgivings about the characters, the plot is more palatable this time.more
I like these books because they are fast reads and the plot normally keeps me going, but Luce is whiny and needy. I hope that she comes to figure herself out in the next book.more
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***For Luce’s protection she’s enrolled at another boarding school, Shoreline in California, a school with a program for the Nephilim. Daniel and Cam have united under and uneasy truce in order to protect her from new forces seeking her death, but they don’t join her at the new school. Instead Luce is left alone with only millions of question unanswered and occasionally short visits from Daniel where he doesn’t offer any answers. Everyone seems to know who she is, and they all seem to know more about her than she knows about herself. As war wages around her will Luce find answers before she loses everyone and everything she holds dear? For the first quarter of this book I had no intention of giving it a four star rating, while it was more interesting than much of the previous book it still lagged with an awkwardly slow pace for what was occurring. Add to that plot issues that bothered me – A LOT. First there are two Fort Braggs, I didn’t know this until she started mentioning a Fort Bragg in California, as a former Marine I won’t claim to know all the military bases, but since I was stationed on Cherry Point, I do know where the Fort Bragg Military base is. The Fort Brag Army base is in North Carolina. Fort Brag, California is a tourist attraction. It was a military base back before the civil war but is now a place where civilians can go on vacation. I would be extremely surprised to find Marines stationed at a tourist attraction. I’d also be surprised to find them stationed on the Fort Bragg ARMY base when Cherry Point Marine Corp Air Station, Camp Lejuene Marine Corps Base and New River Marine Corps Air Station are also within the state of North Carolina within an easy driving distance. I’d also like to note that a Marine is a proper noun unlike soldier it’s not an eclectic term that can be used to describe more than just a member of the Army. Because Marine is a name, a title it should ALWAYS be capitalized. While I could easily see Marines stationed in California attending a beach side bonfire party at a school, because let’s face it Marines like to party, if you’re going to use Marines in your novel give them the proper respect of the title and have them stationed at an actual military installation please and thank you. Considering there are a couple Marine Corps Bases in the state of California if the author had bothered to look that up, she could have made the scene work. But apparently Kate decided to guess instead of research and OBVIOUSLY I’m a little offended by it. If for some reason Marines are now being stationed at tourist attractions, please correct me. Otherwise, it takes less than ten minutes to check facts like these on the internet. It would have been ten minutes well spent. Fortunately for Kate people who’d know most of this off the top of their heads aren’t likely to be within her target audience. But casually using people and organizations that might be common knowledge to a considerable group of people without checking your facts first is insulting to the reader and just plain sloppy as a writer. Most readers will probably pass over the scene and not even notice the inconsistencies, but they bugged me even if the scene was small and the Marines were portray as no more than guest at the parties with no actual dialogue, the scene really bugged me. In fact I should mention she would have been smarter to not add them at all since they served no purpose to the plot other than being one group among many at a beach party. Okay now that I’ve had my rant, let’s get to the important parts and the things that changed my mind enough to give this novel four stars. While the plot does start of slow and lagging like the bulk of its predecessor, after the first quarter it picks up speed with intricate plot twists that have you turning pages and unable to look away. And even though the first portion does lag it includes some interesting scenes, though admittedly there’s a lot of space between those particular scenes. Not by the end you haven’t received all the answers you looked for in the previous novel, but you start to get a better idea of what’s going on. Since the main drive for this series has always been confusion, and wanting answers to the obvious questions I’m not sure if I’d say the plot was exactly logical. I would say it was interesting and something I couldn’t tear my eyes from even when the battery on my ipod died and I had to read with it plugged in to my PC instead of comfortable lounging on a couch. Usually if the ipod dies I say it’s time for a break but by that time nothing mattered but finishing the story, finding out what happened. I think what made this plot stronger was one the bulk of it had a much faster pace, but more importantly it focused more on developing Luce as a character, making her real and making her strong. What turns me off about series like these both the Fallen Series and the Immortals series (which let’s face it bears a lot of similarities to this one.) is that they focus on my male lead, who’s lived pretty much forever, being the all knowing perfect guy who’s been in love with the young female lead forever. Then the female lead, without really knowing Mr. Perfect jumps right in for this because he basically tells her that she’s the Juliet to his Romeo. Readers are left to accept that because of all the things the writer never bothered to show us, the couple is obviously in love, true love of course. It’s the exact opposite of showing instead of telling and while many love struck teens will jump right on board as an adult reader it’s more like give me a break. In this story she comes back with less scenes of Daniel or the new link of the triangle Miles (because of course we can’t have a teen romance without having the all important love triangle right?) and instead gives us more scenes of Luce pushing the rules, fighting against unexplained demands for her obedience and becoming a more realistic character. In this novel Luce comes into her own and she finally becomes a character a reader can both relate to and root for. While the novel also improves over its predecessor on plot and pacing, the real strength of this novel is the character growth and development we received. Our secondary characters in this novel are less one dimensional and start to become more real to the reader. Obviously since I’ve raved about it a lot Luce becomes a fleshed out lead. While I feel this should have been done in the first novel as well, I’m impressed with the improvement shown in the characters during the second novel. I will say though that even in part two of the series I haven’t fallen for Luce and Daniel as a couple. Even given a second triangle I think she’s better suited with Miles. I like Miles because he doesn’t just expect her to fall into line and do as he says no questions asked. Like Cam demonstrated in the previous novel, he goes out of his way to impress her and be there for her. I’m sorry but Daniel just doesn’t do that. Daniel comes across as jealous, possessive, condescending and selfish and personally I don’t think their relationship is healthy in any way shape or form. I know I’m the minority on this but people who really love you just don’t behave like this guy does. If he knew that his being a part of your life could kill you, he’d walk away because he loved you. He wouldn’t continuously devastate families with losing their daughters, sisters and friends just because he wanted them. If my fiancé behaved how Daniel behaves, always expecting me to go on blind faith, never answering my questions and then ordering me around like some kind of child I’d have kicked him to the curb a LONG time ago. So far all I’ve seen in this series as far as the encouraged love story goes is encouraging teenage girls to enter unhealthy relationships. But again that’s just my personal opinion. While Daniel and Luce’s love story will always remain a part of the story, it’s not so much the focus in this novel, Luce finding out who she is and making her own choices is the focus of this novel. One last thing to note that I loved because yes I’ve gone into some serious detail about the things I didn’t, the ending scenes of this novel are smashing. They are on the edge of your seat devouring every word, give me the next installment now awesome. Kate’s series shows extreme improvement in the second novel of the series. I’m glad I started reading even if it was only because I wanted answers from the previous book. The second installment in the series was worth the drudgery of the first. Overall I’d actually recommend this title, unfortunately it means suffering through Fallen to have this novel make sense. If you can make it through Fallen, Torment is definitely worth reading. Despite its faults I would definitely recommend it.more
When we begin this story, seventeen-year old Luce is not sure who she is, but knows in her soul that she belongs with fallen-angel Daniel. In an effort to protect her while he hunts down those who mean her harm, Daniel takes Luce to a prestigious west coast boarding school called Shoreline. A school where nephilim are taught to hone their abilities by two fallen angels; angelic Francesca and demonic Steven. Luce doesn’t know why Daniel brought her here, promising to return to her in 18 days. During this time apart, Luce discovers things about herself and her past that leave her to question her love for Daniel, and why if they are soul mates as he claims, why then is she beginning to have feelings for her new friend and classmate, Miles. In this novel we see Daniel’s vulnerability to Luce’s love, and we see Luce persistence as she tries to uncover her past lives and families she had left behind over the centuries of this curse, and her persistent struggle with a possible love triangle.more
Ifound this book to drag on in the beginning. Daniel was starting to piss me off with his disappearing act. But boy, the last half of the book made up for it. Torment is way better than Fallen. Have to buy this one!more
After reading the first book in this series I was expecting a little more from this one. With that being said I still found it quite difficult to tear myself away from reading it (which I accomplished in almost 24 hours). This series so far has been surprising for me being as it came from the teen section. Not that it is a bad thing I just wasn't expecting it to be something I couldn't put down. Lauren Kate has found a way to be thoroughly descriptive while not allowing you to lose interest but staying true to drawing the scenes out in front of you and letting you add the color as you see fit. I look forward to reading the next one in line.more
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first. It was filled with teenage angst and drama that didn't appeal to me. I have my own relationship problems to deal with, I don't need to be in another girl's head dealing with hers too. Plus, although this series is about a love of the ages story, I didn't pick up the first one just because of an undying love. The series was appealing in its epic mythical battle, with a romance at the heart. This book picked up towards the end when the excitement started to fill in and raw emotions came into play.more
What's with this trend of there being two guys fighting over the girl? Seriously- Twilight, Iron Fey, Fallen- a girl doesn't need to have two guys fighting over her- it just leaves one of them miserable (although it is fun to have teams- admittedly, for someone like me who can't align with a sports team, that's nice). Luce's waffling really annoyed me- I wanted her to stop flailing around and get some direction. At least they'll probably finally explain things to Callie.more
Lauren Kate continues to develop the relationship between angels and demons in Torment. Here, we learn a little more about the weight that Daniel carries, about the fallen angels and Nephilim, and about what’s at stake. The title itself tells us of the emotional anguish that Luce will go through in this book. Despite having just been reunited with her angel lover Daniel, Luce must part with him while he protects her from those who week to end her life for good. I missed Arriane and her wicked sense of humor, but I have to say that Shelby is a brilliant character. She is one of the few people who doesn’t idolize Luce because of her relationship with Daniel —in fact, she starts off not liking Luce at all— and she is not afraid to be blunt and say what Luce needs to hear. Her relationships with Daniel and Phil also lend to the plot. Just how, I won't say here so as not to spoil anything. Overall, she's a cool girl with a don't mess with me attitude that has the power to win Molly's respect. While intentional, Daniel has been severely missing from this book. He'll do anything to protect Luce, but the way he handles the situation continuously hurts Luce and causes her to doubt their relationship. First he tells her that they can't see each other, then he sneaks into Shoreline because he misses her so much, and then he won't tell her what's going on and patronizes her, telling her that everything is for her own good. We know that he still loves her, that he sacrifices so much to keep her, but she doesn't remember anything outside of this lifetime. Luce doesn't know for sure that Daniel has not tired of her. He's absent, gone somewhere she can't follow. Consequently, it's no surprise that she starts to develop feelings for Miles, the nice kid who's always there for her. Honestly, Daniel brought this on himself, and I hope he respects Luce more in the next book (such as considering her feelings more) because I really do like him. Luce learns more about the Announcers, the shadows that have followed her throughout her life, and how to manipulate them into windows that open her to her past lives. At the same time, certain events that she spies cause her to doubt Daniel's intentions and whether her true destiny lies with him. Without Daniel there to take care of everything for her, she has more time to contemplate her feelings and to look into her past. The most touching scene for me is when she meets Vera and realizes that she and Daniel aren’t the only ones affected by her many deaths. She has left behind family members and friends who cared for her. She realizes the immensity of the conflict centering on the love she shares with Daniel. Luce makes a bold decision at the end of the book to step into the past. This journey will continue to test her love with Daniel and possibly answer this nagging question I’ve had throughout the book. What secret is Daniel afraid of Luce uncovering? And will they learn to trust in each other’s strength?more
I really liked the first book. But this one I just couldn't get into. It took me two months to finish this book when Fallen only took me two days.more
Dear Torment,When I picked you up, I did not expect much. Your predecessor Fallen was filled with the typical in the kind of YA I strongly dislike:-a girl with not much personality who attracted every single person's attention, mostly good-a boy with "swoon worthy" eyes, a self-hating and angsty attitude, and a deep dark powerful secret-another boy with a seemingly better personality but with...another deep dark secret-girl who hates her for absolutely no reason-a group of people watching her with ulterior motives-instalove staring-an ongoing immortal battleThe only thing in Fallen that wasn't predictable was...the story idea itself. I couldn't understand ANYTHING going on with the angels and demons. Nothing was clear or clarified for me whatsoever.And guess what? Torment did NOTHING to clear the confusion! I mean, I still have no idea what's going on. Things have begun to clear up a little but I felt as if this book was a repeat of the first book, just with different characters. Seriously, go through the characters and go through my list above again and you'll see what I mean.The only thing redeeming about the book is Luce actually thought through her relationship with Daniel and realized what was going on. That so many of her past lives died for one relationship that hardly even started.What really put this book off for me though is Miles. When he first appeared to us, I thought he was gay. I'm not saying that to be mean because I absolutely love everyone for who they are ;) but his personality was just so...Fake. There are nice guys out there that have such a great personality but Miles just screamed fake to me. I did not like this kid no matter what he did. He was just so generic and typical. And guess what? He had an instalove with Luce, which she returned. That was disappointing because for a girl who claims to love this guy through time, she sure ditched him pretty quick in just one kiss.If that were me - even if I were having troubles with a guy - I would have slapped Miles for taking advantage of me when I'm down. Right now, I like Daniel more than Miles, which is saying something cause I don't even like him and his angstness.I miss Cam. Even if he's evil and he's trying to kill everyone, I heart him! He wasn't around enough! Team Cam!Overall, this book was just as terrible for me as the first one was. I mean, I keep giving these books higher ratings than I believe they deserve because of the writing. Whether or not I like her plot, I like her writing style. She can write skillfully in third person and I do hope one day she can write a book I'll be insane about. Write now, I'm currently reading Passion so I'm not expecting too much.Rating: 3 out of 5 Starsmore
In “Torment” by Lauren Kate, Luce is sent to the prestigious California school Shoreline by Daniel in order to keep her safe from the Outcasts – immortals who are not a part of Heaven or Hell and who are hunting Luce down to kill her. At Shoreline, Luce joins the unique Nephilim students who are the children of fallen angels and humans. There she makes friends with others who posses unusual talents. It is there that Luce meets Miles, the normal, friendly, gorgeous, down to earth boy who makes Luce second guess everything. It is here where Luce learns more about the shadows that have always haunted her and how they can help her glimpse her past lives. It is also here where Luce questions her relationship with Daniel and his honesty to her, or the lack thereof. Everything that Luce believed in is being challenged and her world is changing rapidly. I think that Lauren Kate writes with intensity that draws the readers into the story so deeply that they become part of the story themselves. “Torment” is another well written, entrancing continuation to the Fallen novels. Lauren Kate has ventured into territory unlike no other and has thus captivated her audience. This book is recommended for YA followers. However, you’ll also find romance entwined with jealousy and paranormal fiction. Personally, I didn’t think I was interested in this series after reading the synopsis, but my cousin raved about them so much, that I took a chance. I’m glad that I did, because these have climbed their way to the top of my favorites list. As I mentioned in my earlier review of “Fallen”, I feel that Lauren Kate is a force to be reckoned with. I think that she found a niche that yearned to be discovered and she did it well. It is clear that her career as a promising writer is only in the beginning stages and that we will be hearing much, much more from her in the future. I’m looking forward to reading “Passion” and seeing what will become of Luce and Daniel and their star crossed love for one another. Fallen angels are the new objects of affection!more
The second book to the Fallen series is amazing. It only took me two days to read it when normally it takes me about a week to read a book. This was one that I couldn't put down. The only thing that I didn't like about this book is that not a lot of things really happened in the beginning and middle. The endings to Lauren Kate's books are always amazing, with a good twist, but I hate having to read through the entire novel without getting the same thrill as the ending provided. However, by the end of the book, I had no fingernails left! I can't wait for the next novel in the series.more
TORMENT, by Lauren Kate, is the second book in the Fallen series. This book continues after the supernatural events that occured at Sword and Cross. The relationship between Daniel and Luce evolves as she tries to figure out who she really is. I had a rough time figuring out if I liked this book as much as Fallen. The first book was good in that there was mystery, romance, and suspense in what was occuring at Sword and Cross. The second book fell flat at some points. I understand that as a teenager a girl can be confused and question everything around her, but at some points the fights that Luce and Daniel always got into were too repetitive. At times I wanted to shake Luce and tell her to wake up to the amazing guy in front of her, but Daniel was not so forthcoming with telling her the truth. I was pretty torn about whose side I was on.On the other hand, I did like the new characters that were introduced at Shoreline, and the romance between Luce and Daniel (when they weren't fighting) was hotter than ever. I enjoyed the deeper look into Luce's past lives and I wanted to see more! I enjoyed Shelby and Miles as Luce's new buddies. Miles was adorable and Shelby was truly an honest and great friend. The last 1/4 of the book had my heart pounding. The Thanksgiving dinner crowd kept me laughing at the awkwardness of it, and the final scene had me teary-eyed. Overall, I did like this book, although it had too much petty fighting for my taste, I am still in love with this series and its characters. I am interested to read the new two installments as soon as I get my hands on them.more
I’ll start off by saying that I’ve heard some good and bad about Torment, so I was a bit skeptical when I picked it up. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to like it. I really enjoyed Fallen and once I picked up Torment I knew I would love it just as much! It has been a while since I’d read the first in the series and was glad when I was reminded throughout the beginning of Torment what had previously happened.In Torment Luce steps out of her shell and toughens up to the Shadows. I really enjoyed seeing Luce explore on her own rather than rely solely on what Daniel has told her, which seems like close to nothing. Luce is in the dark while Daniel is ‘protecting’ her and she’s not sure from what.I love Daniel’s character, but I liked that he was missing as Luce steps into the limelight. I definitely would have liked to see Cam more. I’m a sucker for the bad ones! There are some new characters though that I think are funny and a great addition to the story…There’s Shelby who I picture as a beach-y type girl who’s got a dry sense of humor and she’s a bit hard to please, but definitely warms up after a while. Then there’s Miles who’s cute and sweet and befriends, Luce helping her through her new situation.At Luce’s new school Nephilim students are taught how to use their underlying powers and talents. Luce feels a bit out of place, but she takes learning alongside them as a benefit for figuring out the Shadows. Working against the rules, Luce discovers that the Shadows have a lot more to offer than fear and she soon discovers they can possibly reveal messages to her.I love the LOVE in this series. Its passionate without being too mushy and gushy! Its so natural and even though doubts flicker in Torment Luce and Daniel know their love is strong and can withstand a lot. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Luce continue her exploration of her past lives and love with Daniel.I thoroughly enjoyed Kate’s different take on this type of story. Yes, its a struggle between Heaven and Hell, but it has unique twists and its definitely a page-turner! Its a great read and I do hope you will pick up the Fallen series!more
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This second book was probably on equal level with the first book, which I liked as well. Although the first book tended to have a bigger "end battle" (or what I sometimes like to call a "Boss Fight" like in a video game) this book built up the idea of "Why is Luce so important?" Questions are asked and left unanswered as a cliff-hanger. We do find out more information on the purpose of "The Announcers" and that seems to be the main theme of this book, as they rule Luce's curiosity. Luce wants to know if she can change the outcome of her life, and the lives of her loved ones by possibly eliminating Daniel from her life; but there's some sort of gravitational pull that draws her to him every time. While in the first book, Fallen, I liked Cam, in this book I've grown a liking towards Miles. Daniel just seems to self-absorbed and single minded for me to really appreciate his character and his choices.

First Line: "Daniel stared out at the bay." (1)
Last Line: "Would he find her? Without question. Would he save her? Always." (452)

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Quotes:

"But when the truce was over, everything would be in Luce's hands again. Luce's hands alone." (11)

"She loved him. But." (242)

"There, in the darkness, her heart pounding, she willed them to come out. She called on those coldest, darkest things, asking them to deliver her past, to illuminate her and Daniel's story. She called on them to solve the mystery of who he was and why he had chosen her.
Even if the truth broke her heart." (266)

"Would love be different with someone else? Was love even possible with someone else? Love was supposed to be easy, wasn't it? Then why did she feel so tormented?" (278)more
I really enjoyed the world building that occurred in this novel. The first book of the series did not really enthrall me. This one however had me hooked. I did not want to stop reading. I wanted to know more and more, and luckily when I came to work that morning the next book was on my desk :)more
Didn't like this as much as the first, but middle books are never as good, it seems, and it wasn't fun to see Luce and Daniel at odds the WHOLE BOOK. But of course I STILL have to know what happens and what this has all been about, so...marking my calendar for Passion.more
this book was ok but the one thing that's frustrating me with this series is the serious lack of information. it's very annoying and i really hope the author doesn't continue this trend. two books into the series and we still don't know the main characters' backstory.more
I liked the first book of this series, Fallen, but I didn't love it. I still have those same lukewarm feelings for this installment as well. I did like this one a bit better. I felt Luce was more independent and that was a great thing for her character. I also liked the supporting characters in this one as well.I look forward to reading Passion to see where this story goes. Can't wait to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of Torment too.Oh and the cover is simply gorgeous!! I'm giving this one 4 angelic kisses!more
Book Title: Torment (Fallen #2)Author: Lauren KatePublished By: Ember; Reprint editionGenre: Supernatural Recommended Age: +13Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 4 RavensI picked this book up before I knew it was part of a trilogy, Something I know that most of you all know I absolutely HATE doing. Most books in series are hard to follow if you don’t read them from the beginning I am glad to say that Lauren Kate has made it possible that no matter where you pick up the books you can fall right into the story and keep reading without feeling like you need to read the first one in order to enjoy the second book. Does this mean I didn’t read the first one? Absolutely not I was so captured when I read this book I went back and picked up not only the first book but the second just so I could have them all and read them adding them to my collection of series on that special series shelf in my home. The story of Luce and Daniel is not only intriguing but inspiring it’s definitely different not based simply on nothing but the attraction of each character but to know that their past is what pulls them together and no matter what Daniel will always do what it takes when he finds Luce again to make her fall in love with him. Not using her past to corrupt her but working his butt off to make her realize that she’s his soul mate. I adore the frustration that goes into it not only for Luce not knowing everything about their past as does Daniel for not being able to fully divulge everything he knows without ruining Luce’s free will. Throughout this book we find Luce being put at a boarding school away from her old one in the attempt to protect her from the other darker forces of the world that work all their might and power against the two in the attempt to keep them both apart. Heaven and Hell had agreed and cursed the two for holding their love for each other over the choice of heaven or hell. Now it’s up to Luce and Daniel to find out where they went wrong and how they can correct their pasts to keep and have a different future. Already Daniel knows something has changed but he’s not sure what in order to find out he needs Luce stored where she is safe and goes on about a hunt to find out. Luce however being stubborn like she always is refuses to give in and just simply sit still she knows something is wrong and enlists the help of her new friends in order to find out. Long story short sets them all up for the third book and a gripping story that had me running straight out to get the books and know more. Check them out you will love them like I’m sure.more
Torment is the second book to Lauren Kate's Fallen series. At first I was a little afraid to read Torment, because even though I liked Fallen, I wasn't too crazy about it. In fact, I was worried that Torment would be a let down. But I was SO wrong! Torment was much better than the first book. Fallen was like more of a introduction and Torment was the REAL story.In Torment, you get a lot more of Daniel and Luce.Their relationship is more serious and a whole lot of making out. Luce still struggles to understand everything and find her place in the world. Daniel continues to love Luce, and struggles with himself over it. All he wants is to protect her and give her a good life. Of course it does not help that Luce continues to put herself in danger.This was the only issue I had with the book. When they explained to her that she needed to stay low and not leave the campus, Luce would do the exact opposite. I was a little annoyed with Luce and at times found myself screaming at the book. You also get a little more of the past characters, and I could not help but find a spot in my heart for Cam. He is basically the perfect bad guy. You also meet a lot of new characters who are funny, smart and brave.Over all, I think that Lauren Kate delivered an excellent sequel and I cannot wait to read the third part of this series!more
fallen angels are not my cub of tea, I just don't enjoy them novels like other paranormal creatures.I still think Luce is boring. Danial has no strong presence to make me like him or hate him, L and D love each other, but from FAR away! throw me some parts of their pasts if you want them separate at the present. It's boring, I can't see myself reading another book of this series, I can't even imagine why I finished it, I could rate this book with ZERO star, or even a a minus star, I would have!Lauren Kate, I don't know who encouraged to write, but for the love of humanity, PLEASE STOP!more
I fell in love with Fallen because of Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and my whole obsession with fallen angels. When I was reading Fallen, it had this dark and dangerous out-to-get you feeling, because she was in the dead gloomy reform school, Sword & Cross, that even has it's own cemetery in it's backyard (har har). But when Luce was forced to transfer to California and stay at the bright and relaxed school, Shoreline, it sort of felt a little lighter than Fallen. But you knew that something was going on and that Luce was not safe. Compared to the feel of Hush, Hush or Crescendo, Torment was not as dark as they were. I think a reason why Torment was different from the other books was because of it's characters and the setting. California--sunshine, tans, and beaches. Not exactly the darkest place on earth unlike Sword & Cross. Shoreline seemed more like a camp instead of a school. The students--who were Nephilim, children of fallen angels and humans--were so relaxed and easy going. They seemed like ordinary students, which was different from being in the same class with kids who probably murdered people or has a rep/record. The characters in Torment were so entertaining. Shelby, Jasmine, Miles, Dawn, and Lilith, they all made the chapters enjoyable and usually lightened the mood--especially Shelby and Miles. They were normal kids (if you took away the fact that they were half angel half human), and they would not fit in, in the type of school such as Sword & Cross, "They were good kids," as Luce said. In Torment, Luce beings to question her relationship with Daniel, and she wishes it wasn't so complicated. Throughout the book, I can't seem to recall me ever disagreeing with her. It was unfair to not know about your own past but it seems like everyone did. It's painful to be kept in the dark but your boyfriend knows too much. People were targeting Luce but she had no idea why or who they were. I too, wished that her relationship with Daniel wasn't complicated and I hated to see them fight. Though I did enjoy reading this very much, I missed Fallen every time I started a new chapter, and I loved it when Luce went back to her roots because it's satisfying to be reminded of how the series started anyway and how the two characters ended up in this situation. But I loved how Lauren Kate wrote, the arrangement of the chapters and the countdown to the final showdown, which I have to say, was EPIC. I think Lauren Kate has a knack for writing pre-battle scenes and battle scenes. As I was reading the scene where all the angels stood, poised and ready to fight, it just makes you feel this rush of adrenaline, and the faster you being to turn the page, anxious to know more and more, yelling at times when something happens. I could just imagine the whole book as a movie (I think Fallen is going to be a film by Disney)Overall, I loved the book, loved the characters (especially Arriane), and loved everything. But one thing though, I wish there was more intense romantic scenes between Luce and Daniel that you couldn't help but obsess over. Also, I wish there had been more of Cam, you know, Team Cam or Team Daniel. The ending was superb, and I know that Passion would be a whole new level of interesting since every chapter (according to Lauren Kate) would be another past life of Luce. Torment: a definite recommend.more
After debating back and forth when I finished Fallen, I finally decided to continue on to this book. Fallen lacked in a lot of areas for me, but friends recommended I should carry on with the series because they felt it picked up for them in Torment. I am certainly glad I listened to them. While there are some things I wish would just be taken care of, there were several things introduced that gave this book some pep.Luce discovers she's headed to Shoreline from Daniel. Of course, there is secrecy involved with every action he takes. On the plus side, several new and interesting characters are introduced at the school. These characters end up playing a more crucial part in the story that what I thought they would. They are more true to Luce because of their backgrounds. She does grow quick a bit in this book, but is still held by the boundaries that Daniel sets. He does elaborate on the grand scheme of things, but just enough to irritate me. I continually hope that one of other characters will just bluntly state the situation, but their allegiance is unwavering.The beginning of this book is as slow as Fallen was, but Luce instigates a series of events that finally gets the ball rolling. It is not a page-turner, but it does keep the plot going at a decent pace. Some events involving Luce seemed a little unbelievable or simply irrational. A lot of it seemed out of character for her. It was slightly predictable, but the book just simply stops at the end. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a cliffhanger for me, but I'm sure most it would probably feel that way.more
I know a lot of readers are critical of the sequel to "Fallen". The biggest complaint seems to be Luce's questioning of her relationship with Daniel and whether they are really meant to be and questioning his motives. I have to say that I thought these plot points were very realistic. Luce has only known Daniel (in this current lifetime, the only one she can remember) for a very short period of time. Lets face it, even at that he hasn't been very nice to her a good portion of the time. She has been thrust into a world, and found out things about herself that are truly frightening. It is only natural that she is questioning everything around her including Daniel. Daniel drove me nuts in this book because of how much he kept from her even as Luce is begging for information. He also annoyed me by showing up and starting a fight and then running away before it was resolved. He did that at least four or five times in "Torment" alone. ' I found Luce's interest in Miles to be very realistic. Miles is an attractive, smart boy who treats Luce like a princess. He'd do anything for her and is fun to be around. We know that there is an unbreakable bond of love between Luce and Daniel but to this point we only know that because we've been told it over and over. I personally haven't seen any evidence of this bond. I think it goes without saying that Daniel and Luce will end this series together but I certainly hope the next two books establish this connection better and make me feel the love! I want to root for Daniel and the couple's happily ever after. Besides the relationship issues, I thought this book was entertaining and a very compelling read. My biggest personal complaint is that I felt too much time was spent on the shadows or Announcers and I would have like to see an explanation for the thing that was at the bottom of the lake in the boating scene. I liked the glimpses into Luce's past and would have liked to see further resolution there as well but from what I hear we do get more of that in "Passion". I won't say that the "Fallen" series to this point is exactly worthy of its popularity but I also can confirm that they are certainly worthwhile and enjoyable reads.more
I'm grateful my friends told me to stick with this series, because I definitely liked this book better than Fallen. There was still a lot of teen angst, which I guess you have to expect from a book like this, but the story was more believable, which I appreciated.With all the stuff that's going on, Luce is finally becoming a little less whiny and helpless and is taking charge of her own life. Thank goodness! I wanted to see this in the first book, but I'm glad that it came about eventually. One thing I didn't like about her was that she seems to be a bit stupid at the beginning. I mean, she just went through this huge battle with people trying to kill her, yet she doesn't listen when Daniel and Cam tell her to stay at the school where she's safe. This cluelessness on her part is an attempt at conflict, I think, but it just irritated me.Another thing that bothered me was the tension between Daniel and Luce. Again, I feel it was forced. Daniel using phrases like, "Don't disobey me!" to Luce doesn't make any sense to me. He knows her personality and knows how she'd react to that. And why can't he just explain things? It doesn't help the suspense at all, because the reader pretty much knows what's going on and it bothered me a lot.Despite that, I really did like this book. I liked the new characters we were introduced to, though Miles is a bit annoying. And Shelby is definitely my new favorite. Seeing children of angels and demons and learning what they can do was a highlight. It was also strange to see how popular Luce is in the angel/demon world. Kind of a Harry Potter moment for her.The story itself was fast-paced and interesting. I kept wanting to know what would happen next and what Luce would figure out about her past that would shed some light on what's going on in the present. I loved the ending and how it gave enough information to satisfy my curiosity, but not so much that we now know all that's going on. It answered some questions, and made me ask a few more. I thought the final battle at the end was a little unrealistic -- really, nobody saw that? But I can get over it.If you found yourself on the fence about Fallen, don't give up on the series! Definitely give Torment a try before you decide not to like it.more
It took me a little while to get into this book. I guess it was because it had been so long since I read the first one. But once again we meet Luce and Daniel (who is an angel), who are fated to be together, but Luce doesn't remember any of her past lives where they are concerned. All she knows is that every time it ended with her death. Now Outcasts and others are out to end her life. Daniel calls a truce with Cam (who's also an angel) and they go after anything and everyone who wants to hurt Luce. So to keep her safe they decide to send her to a school called Shoreline on an island to keep her safe. Luce doesn't really understand whats going on and Daniel tells her nothing. Except that she is to stay there at the school. This really frustrated Luce and made her feel alone. Her roommate at Shoreline, Shelby was strange. First she comes off as rude and the next minute she's helping Luce try to figure out her past using the Shadows. I really didn't know what to make of her. Then Luce meets Miles, with whom she is attracted to but feels obligated to Daniel. But yet she feels comfortable with Miles more so than Daniel. Normal I guess you could say. This causes her to really start to think about her relationship with Daniel. Which is anything far from normal. The end of the book was like a cliffhanger, Luce goes home for Thanksgiving and then disappears to find out more about her past. It something she feels she should do and she just does it. It makes me wonder what's in store for the next book in this series.more
read full review on talksupe.blogspot.comTorment is two levels better than Fallen. Although I still have misgivings about the characters, the plot is more palatable this time.more
I like these books because they are fast reads and the plot normally keeps me going, but Luce is whiny and needy. I hope that she comes to figure herself out in the next book.more
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***For Luce’s protection she’s enrolled at another boarding school, Shoreline in California, a school with a program for the Nephilim. Daniel and Cam have united under and uneasy truce in order to protect her from new forces seeking her death, but they don’t join her at the new school. Instead Luce is left alone with only millions of question unanswered and occasionally short visits from Daniel where he doesn’t offer any answers. Everyone seems to know who she is, and they all seem to know more about her than she knows about herself. As war wages around her will Luce find answers before she loses everyone and everything she holds dear? For the first quarter of this book I had no intention of giving it a four star rating, while it was more interesting than much of the previous book it still lagged with an awkwardly slow pace for what was occurring. Add to that plot issues that bothered me – A LOT. First there are two Fort Braggs, I didn’t know this until she started mentioning a Fort Bragg in California, as a former Marine I won’t claim to know all the military bases, but since I was stationed on Cherry Point, I do know where the Fort Bragg Military base is. The Fort Brag Army base is in North Carolina. Fort Brag, California is a tourist attraction. It was a military base back before the civil war but is now a place where civilians can go on vacation. I would be extremely surprised to find Marines stationed at a tourist attraction. I’d also be surprised to find them stationed on the Fort Bragg ARMY base when Cherry Point Marine Corp Air Station, Camp Lejuene Marine Corps Base and New River Marine Corps Air Station are also within the state of North Carolina within an easy driving distance. I’d also like to note that a Marine is a proper noun unlike soldier it’s not an eclectic term that can be used to describe more than just a member of the Army. Because Marine is a name, a title it should ALWAYS be capitalized. While I could easily see Marines stationed in California attending a beach side bonfire party at a school, because let’s face it Marines like to party, if you’re going to use Marines in your novel give them the proper respect of the title and have them stationed at an actual military installation please and thank you. Considering there are a couple Marine Corps Bases in the state of California if the author had bothered to look that up, she could have made the scene work. But apparently Kate decided to guess instead of research and OBVIOUSLY I’m a little offended by it. If for some reason Marines are now being stationed at tourist attractions, please correct me. Otherwise, it takes less than ten minutes to check facts like these on the internet. It would have been ten minutes well spent. Fortunately for Kate people who’d know most of this off the top of their heads aren’t likely to be within her target audience. But casually using people and organizations that might be common knowledge to a considerable group of people without checking your facts first is insulting to the reader and just plain sloppy as a writer. Most readers will probably pass over the scene and not even notice the inconsistencies, but they bugged me even if the scene was small and the Marines were portray as no more than guest at the parties with no actual dialogue, the scene really bugged me. In fact I should mention she would have been smarter to not add them at all since they served no purpose to the plot other than being one group among many at a beach party. Okay now that I’ve had my rant, let’s get to the important parts and the things that changed my mind enough to give this novel four stars. While the plot does start of slow and lagging like the bulk of its predecessor, after the first quarter it picks up speed with intricate plot twists that have you turning pages and unable to look away. And even though the first portion does lag it includes some interesting scenes, though admittedly there’s a lot of space between those particular scenes. Not by the end you haven’t received all the answers you looked for in the previous novel, but you start to get a better idea of what’s going on. Since the main drive for this series has always been confusion, and wanting answers to the obvious questions I’m not sure if I’d say the plot was exactly logical. I would say it was interesting and something I couldn’t tear my eyes from even when the battery on my ipod died and I had to read with it plugged in to my PC instead of comfortable lounging on a couch. Usually if the ipod dies I say it’s time for a break but by that time nothing mattered but finishing the story, finding out what happened. I think what made this plot stronger was one the bulk of it had a much faster pace, but more importantly it focused more on developing Luce as a character, making her real and making her strong. What turns me off about series like these both the Fallen Series and the Immortals series (which let’s face it bears a lot of similarities to this one.) is that they focus on my male lead, who’s lived pretty much forever, being the all knowing perfect guy who’s been in love with the young female lead forever. Then the female lead, without really knowing Mr. Perfect jumps right in for this because he basically tells her that she’s the Juliet to his Romeo. Readers are left to accept that because of all the things the writer never bothered to show us, the couple is obviously in love, true love of course. It’s the exact opposite of showing instead of telling and while many love struck teens will jump right on board as an adult reader it’s more like give me a break. In this story she comes back with less scenes of Daniel or the new link of the triangle Miles (because of course we can’t have a teen romance without having the all important love triangle right?) and instead gives us more scenes of Luce pushing the rules, fighting against unexplained demands for her obedience and becoming a more realistic character. In this novel Luce comes into her own and she finally becomes a character a reader can both relate to and root for. While the novel also improves over its predecessor on plot and pacing, the real strength of this novel is the character growth and development we received. Our secondary characters in this novel are less one dimensional and start to become more real to the reader. Obviously since I’ve raved about it a lot Luce becomes a fleshed out lead. While I feel this should have been done in the first novel as well, I’m impressed with the improvement shown in the characters during the second novel. I will say though that even in part two of the series I haven’t fallen for Luce and Daniel as a couple. Even given a second triangle I think she’s better suited with Miles. I like Miles because he doesn’t just expect her to fall into line and do as he says no questions asked. Like Cam demonstrated in the previous novel, he goes out of his way to impress her and be there for her. I’m sorry but Daniel just doesn’t do that. Daniel comes across as jealous, possessive, condescending and selfish and personally I don’t think their relationship is healthy in any way shape or form. I know I’m the minority on this but people who really love you just don’t behave like this guy does. If he knew that his being a part of your life could kill you, he’d walk away because he loved you. He wouldn’t continuously devastate families with losing their daughters, sisters and friends just because he wanted them. If my fiancé behaved how Daniel behaves, always expecting me to go on blind faith, never answering my questions and then ordering me around like some kind of child I’d have kicked him to the curb a LONG time ago. So far all I’ve seen in this series as far as the encouraged love story goes is encouraging teenage girls to enter unhealthy relationships. But again that’s just my personal opinion. While Daniel and Luce’s love story will always remain a part of the story, it’s not so much the focus in this novel, Luce finding out who she is and making her own choices is the focus of this novel. One last thing to note that I loved because yes I’ve gone into some serious detail about the things I didn’t, the ending scenes of this novel are smashing. They are on the edge of your seat devouring every word, give me the next installment now awesome. Kate’s series shows extreme improvement in the second novel of the series. I’m glad I started reading even if it was only because I wanted answers from the previous book. The second installment in the series was worth the drudgery of the first. Overall I’d actually recommend this title, unfortunately it means suffering through Fallen to have this novel make sense. If you can make it through Fallen, Torment is definitely worth reading. Despite its faults I would definitely recommend it.more
When we begin this story, seventeen-year old Luce is not sure who she is, but knows in her soul that she belongs with fallen-angel Daniel. In an effort to protect her while he hunts down those who mean her harm, Daniel takes Luce to a prestigious west coast boarding school called Shoreline. A school where nephilim are taught to hone their abilities by two fallen angels; angelic Francesca and demonic Steven. Luce doesn’t know why Daniel brought her here, promising to return to her in 18 days. During this time apart, Luce discovers things about herself and her past that leave her to question her love for Daniel, and why if they are soul mates as he claims, why then is she beginning to have feelings for her new friend and classmate, Miles. In this novel we see Daniel’s vulnerability to Luce’s love, and we see Luce persistence as she tries to uncover her past lives and families she had left behind over the centuries of this curse, and her persistent struggle with a possible love triangle.more
Ifound this book to drag on in the beginning. Daniel was starting to piss me off with his disappearing act. But boy, the last half of the book made up for it. Torment is way better than Fallen. Have to buy this one!more
After reading the first book in this series I was expecting a little more from this one. With that being said I still found it quite difficult to tear myself away from reading it (which I accomplished in almost 24 hours). This series so far has been surprising for me being as it came from the teen section. Not that it is a bad thing I just wasn't expecting it to be something I couldn't put down. Lauren Kate has found a way to be thoroughly descriptive while not allowing you to lose interest but staying true to drawing the scenes out in front of you and letting you add the color as you see fit. I look forward to reading the next one in line.more
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first. It was filled with teenage angst and drama that didn't appeal to me. I have my own relationship problems to deal with, I don't need to be in another girl's head dealing with hers too. Plus, although this series is about a love of the ages story, I didn't pick up the first one just because of an undying love. The series was appealing in its epic mythical battle, with a romance at the heart. This book picked up towards the end when the excitement started to fill in and raw emotions came into play.more
What's with this trend of there being two guys fighting over the girl? Seriously- Twilight, Iron Fey, Fallen- a girl doesn't need to have two guys fighting over her- it just leaves one of them miserable (although it is fun to have teams- admittedly, for someone like me who can't align with a sports team, that's nice). Luce's waffling really annoyed me- I wanted her to stop flailing around and get some direction. At least they'll probably finally explain things to Callie.more
Lauren Kate continues to develop the relationship between angels and demons in Torment. Here, we learn a little more about the weight that Daniel carries, about the fallen angels and Nephilim, and about what’s at stake. The title itself tells us of the emotional anguish that Luce will go through in this book. Despite having just been reunited with her angel lover Daniel, Luce must part with him while he protects her from those who week to end her life for good. I missed Arriane and her wicked sense of humor, but I have to say that Shelby is a brilliant character. She is one of the few people who doesn’t idolize Luce because of her relationship with Daniel —in fact, she starts off not liking Luce at all— and she is not afraid to be blunt and say what Luce needs to hear. Her relationships with Daniel and Phil also lend to the plot. Just how, I won't say here so as not to spoil anything. Overall, she's a cool girl with a don't mess with me attitude that has the power to win Molly's respect. While intentional, Daniel has been severely missing from this book. He'll do anything to protect Luce, but the way he handles the situation continuously hurts Luce and causes her to doubt their relationship. First he tells her that they can't see each other, then he sneaks into Shoreline because he misses her so much, and then he won't tell her what's going on and patronizes her, telling her that everything is for her own good. We know that he still loves her, that he sacrifices so much to keep her, but she doesn't remember anything outside of this lifetime. Luce doesn't know for sure that Daniel has not tired of her. He's absent, gone somewhere she can't follow. Consequently, it's no surprise that she starts to develop feelings for Miles, the nice kid who's always there for her. Honestly, Daniel brought this on himself, and I hope he respects Luce more in the next book (such as considering her feelings more) because I really do like him. Luce learns more about the Announcers, the shadows that have followed her throughout her life, and how to manipulate them into windows that open her to her past lives. At the same time, certain events that she spies cause her to doubt Daniel's intentions and whether her true destiny lies with him. Without Daniel there to take care of everything for her, she has more time to contemplate her feelings and to look into her past. The most touching scene for me is when she meets Vera and realizes that she and Daniel aren’t the only ones affected by her many deaths. She has left behind family members and friends who cared for her. She realizes the immensity of the conflict centering on the love she shares with Daniel. Luce makes a bold decision at the end of the book to step into the past. This journey will continue to test her love with Daniel and possibly answer this nagging question I’ve had throughout the book. What secret is Daniel afraid of Luce uncovering? And will they learn to trust in each other’s strength?more
I really liked the first book. But this one I just couldn't get into. It took me two months to finish this book when Fallen only took me two days.more
Dear Torment,When I picked you up, I did not expect much. Your predecessor Fallen was filled with the typical in the kind of YA I strongly dislike:-a girl with not much personality who attracted every single person's attention, mostly good-a boy with "swoon worthy" eyes, a self-hating and angsty attitude, and a deep dark powerful secret-another boy with a seemingly better personality but with...another deep dark secret-girl who hates her for absolutely no reason-a group of people watching her with ulterior motives-instalove staring-an ongoing immortal battleThe only thing in Fallen that wasn't predictable was...the story idea itself. I couldn't understand ANYTHING going on with the angels and demons. Nothing was clear or clarified for me whatsoever.And guess what? Torment did NOTHING to clear the confusion! I mean, I still have no idea what's going on. Things have begun to clear up a little but I felt as if this book was a repeat of the first book, just with different characters. Seriously, go through the characters and go through my list above again and you'll see what I mean.The only thing redeeming about the book is Luce actually thought through her relationship with Daniel and realized what was going on. That so many of her past lives died for one relationship that hardly even started.What really put this book off for me though is Miles. When he first appeared to us, I thought he was gay. I'm not saying that to be mean because I absolutely love everyone for who they are ;) but his personality was just so...Fake. There are nice guys out there that have such a great personality but Miles just screamed fake to me. I did not like this kid no matter what he did. He was just so generic and typical. And guess what? He had an instalove with Luce, which she returned. That was disappointing because for a girl who claims to love this guy through time, she sure ditched him pretty quick in just one kiss.If that were me - even if I were having troubles with a guy - I would have slapped Miles for taking advantage of me when I'm down. Right now, I like Daniel more than Miles, which is saying something cause I don't even like him and his angstness.I miss Cam. Even if he's evil and he's trying to kill everyone, I heart him! He wasn't around enough! Team Cam!Overall, this book was just as terrible for me as the first one was. I mean, I keep giving these books higher ratings than I believe they deserve because of the writing. Whether or not I like her plot, I like her writing style. She can write skillfully in third person and I do hope one day she can write a book I'll be insane about. Write now, I'm currently reading Passion so I'm not expecting too much.Rating: 3 out of 5 Starsmore
In “Torment” by Lauren Kate, Luce is sent to the prestigious California school Shoreline by Daniel in order to keep her safe from the Outcasts – immortals who are not a part of Heaven or Hell and who are hunting Luce down to kill her. At Shoreline, Luce joins the unique Nephilim students who are the children of fallen angels and humans. There she makes friends with others who posses unusual talents. It is there that Luce meets Miles, the normal, friendly, gorgeous, down to earth boy who makes Luce second guess everything. It is here where Luce learns more about the shadows that have always haunted her and how they can help her glimpse her past lives. It is also here where Luce questions her relationship with Daniel and his honesty to her, or the lack thereof. Everything that Luce believed in is being challenged and her world is changing rapidly. I think that Lauren Kate writes with intensity that draws the readers into the story so deeply that they become part of the story themselves. “Torment” is another well written, entrancing continuation to the Fallen novels. Lauren Kate has ventured into territory unlike no other and has thus captivated her audience. This book is recommended for YA followers. However, you’ll also find romance entwined with jealousy and paranormal fiction. Personally, I didn’t think I was interested in this series after reading the synopsis, but my cousin raved about them so much, that I took a chance. I’m glad that I did, because these have climbed their way to the top of my favorites list. As I mentioned in my earlier review of “Fallen”, I feel that Lauren Kate is a force to be reckoned with. I think that she found a niche that yearned to be discovered and she did it well. It is clear that her career as a promising writer is only in the beginning stages and that we will be hearing much, much more from her in the future. I’m looking forward to reading “Passion” and seeing what will become of Luce and Daniel and their star crossed love for one another. Fallen angels are the new objects of affection!more
The second book to the Fallen series is amazing. It only took me two days to read it when normally it takes me about a week to read a book. This was one that I couldn't put down. The only thing that I didn't like about this book is that not a lot of things really happened in the beginning and middle. The endings to Lauren Kate's books are always amazing, with a good twist, but I hate having to read through the entire novel without getting the same thrill as the ending provided. However, by the end of the book, I had no fingernails left! I can't wait for the next novel in the series.more
TORMENT, by Lauren Kate, is the second book in the Fallen series. This book continues after the supernatural events that occured at Sword and Cross. The relationship between Daniel and Luce evolves as she tries to figure out who she really is. I had a rough time figuring out if I liked this book as much as Fallen. The first book was good in that there was mystery, romance, and suspense in what was occuring at Sword and Cross. The second book fell flat at some points. I understand that as a teenager a girl can be confused and question everything around her, but at some points the fights that Luce and Daniel always got into were too repetitive. At times I wanted to shake Luce and tell her to wake up to the amazing guy in front of her, but Daniel was not so forthcoming with telling her the truth. I was pretty torn about whose side I was on.On the other hand, I did like the new characters that were introduced at Shoreline, and the romance between Luce and Daniel (when they weren't fighting) was hotter than ever. I enjoyed the deeper look into Luce's past lives and I wanted to see more! I enjoyed Shelby and Miles as Luce's new buddies. Miles was adorable and Shelby was truly an honest and great friend. The last 1/4 of the book had my heart pounding. The Thanksgiving dinner crowd kept me laughing at the awkwardness of it, and the final scene had me teary-eyed. Overall, I did like this book, although it had too much petty fighting for my taste, I am still in love with this series and its characters. I am interested to read the new two installments as soon as I get my hands on them.more
I’ll start off by saying that I’ve heard some good and bad about Torment, so I was a bit skeptical when I picked it up. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to like it. I really enjoyed Fallen and once I picked up Torment I knew I would love it just as much! It has been a while since I’d read the first in the series and was glad when I was reminded throughout the beginning of Torment what had previously happened.In Torment Luce steps out of her shell and toughens up to the Shadows. I really enjoyed seeing Luce explore on her own rather than rely solely on what Daniel has told her, which seems like close to nothing. Luce is in the dark while Daniel is ‘protecting’ her and she’s not sure from what.I love Daniel’s character, but I liked that he was missing as Luce steps into the limelight. I definitely would have liked to see Cam more. I’m a sucker for the bad ones! There are some new characters though that I think are funny and a great addition to the story…There’s Shelby who I picture as a beach-y type girl who’s got a dry sense of humor and she’s a bit hard to please, but definitely warms up after a while. Then there’s Miles who’s cute and sweet and befriends, Luce helping her through her new situation.At Luce’s new school Nephilim students are taught how to use their underlying powers and talents. Luce feels a bit out of place, but she takes learning alongside them as a benefit for figuring out the Shadows. Working against the rules, Luce discovers that the Shadows have a lot more to offer than fear and she soon discovers they can possibly reveal messages to her.I love the LOVE in this series. Its passionate without being too mushy and gushy! Its so natural and even though doubts flicker in Torment Luce and Daniel know their love is strong and can withstand a lot. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Luce continue her exploration of her past lives and love with Daniel.I thoroughly enjoyed Kate’s different take on this type of story. Yes, its a struggle between Heaven and Hell, but it has unique twists and its definitely a page-turner! Its a great read and I do hope you will pick up the Fallen series!more
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