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DescriptionHell 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.
- Published: 28 September 2010
- Format: Hardback 452 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385739146 ISBN 10: 0385739141
- Sales rank: 11,019
Reviews for Torment
Don't get me wrong I do like this series, but this book felt like a filler to me, we don't find out anything new and Luce is starting to really annoy me, I feel like she only knows how to complain and act like a spoiled child who always gets her way, and I felt like screaming at her to grow up!!
On the other hand we do get a little bit of information (hidden of course but it's there) and we meet more fallen angels and "demons" (well technically there all fallen angels but some are more fallen than others?? That is a bit crazy but...) and the outcasts (the name says it all, their not accepted anywhere and truthfully their really creepy) and we find out a bit more about the announcers.
Other than that the most entertaining bit is when we meet Luce's new roommate, Shelby who is amazing (I seem to prefer the secondary characters in this series much more than the main) and amazing. Also we finally get to meet Callie (Luce's best friend) and Arriane comes back even if it's for a short period of time and I loved the thanksgiving dinner with everyone it was so funny^^ by Nathiel Gold
Loved it :D
I loved this book I can't wait to read passion it's a great series would suggest it to anyone wanting a good book by rebecca
It's a good popcorn read..
I agree with most of the other reviews....the 2nd book was not as fleshy as the first book BUT still a good read that I finished in 2 days coz I couldn't wait to see where the story went (btw it didn't go very far).
I don't know if it's coz I'm not a teenager but I personally find Luce quite annoying and there was a def lack of any Daniel story in this book. Like Twilight I am def team Daniel/Edward :).
I'm looking forward to the 3rd book in the series as the author has stated it will fill in the entire back story of Luce and Daniel's Story - yay!!
In the end; it is a good page turning story that is hard to put down but super easy to read. by Melissa Rogers
- Top review
Well the other reviewers had pretty much said everything but sometimes, you just need to vent the book out. I'd rate it about 3.75 stars because it wasn't too Twilightly but the aspects of it still there (I'm not a fan of Twilight at all). But one thing I do love about this book is that it introduces a love square with Luce being fought over Cam, Daniel and Miles.
I am on Team Cam (if it exists) as you can tell that Cam does care for Luce in his own demonic ways and I hope that it will get explored eventually. I really do hope that Lauren Kate would not make Luce and Daniel togeather, it would just disapoint so many of her fans.
If you liked Fallen then you will enjoy Torment as Luce finally gets some character development, even though the whole book is her whining about how she dosn't know everything and her pyning away for Daniel. by TinaTissue
Read it if you haven't
Fallen and Torment! What can I say! They are a really good book. If you haven't read them then I strong suggest that you should because the adventures that Luce has is quite amazing.
Well just saying that I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!! by Claudia
EDIT (as of 15/6/2011):
After reading other reviews and analyzing the story again, I have to say that I am wrong about Daniel and Luce. Luce is a self-absorbed, whiny and moping twit and I pity Daniel. I think because the author focuses more on Luce's perspective and emotions, she totally neglected Daniel's and thus, making me, as a reader felt as I did based on my first impression below. I take back what I said about Daniel because after looking at it at another angle, I totally feel for him. Ain't easy falling in love with the same girl again and again while knowing you're gonna lose her anyway sooner or later; while the girl know nothing of her past(s).
I'm back to Team Daniel and I hope that Luce will actually GROW UP in Passion because I do want to love this series.
I can't believe I'm gonna say this. I'm Team Miles but I know that's not ever gonna happen. *Heart shatters into millions of pieces* I just don't feel for Daniel. I don't know. He just doesn't give me the impression. I kinda got tired of him. Seriously. I was whooping when Luce defied him and was thinking twice about her relationship with him. *Ducks for cover* Gah, I rarely feel like that or don't at all for main characters. Daniel doesn't portray the strong character to me. It's like goody goody-protective-tormented Daniel living forever in his cursed life. Sigh.
I didn't hate this book. I just didn't feel deeply for it. I'm sorry Daniel. I just need you to show more stuff. More substance you know. Not just "Hey, we're unshakable. We're the only one for each other. I can't lose you. Yada yada.." Plssssss...I need to see more character there.
Luce and Daniel don't pull me. I find myself drawn more towards the side characters instead. Jasmine and Dawn had participation in the story for the first half and then they sort of disappeared towards the end. I didn't appreciate that. I find them, Shelby, Arriane, Roland, Miles and the rest more interesting compared to the main.
I fell in love with the cover of Fallen and Torment. The synopsis of the story caught mt attention but I was kinda disappointed a lil' bit after I read them. Torment was a fitting title. Luce was in torment and confusion throughout the book. I can't believe I felt so relieved after finally finishing this book.
Hopefully Passion will be better. by Joy Chuah Xin Yee
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. by Nicola Mansfield
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
Torment was a very enjoyable read, though I had a few issues. The issues were surpassed by awesome characters and tremendous writing. I didn't want to put it down and I am now craving Passion even though I have quite a time to wait.
Luce grew a backbone in this book, and for this I am very glad and applaud Lauren Kate. Even though she felt this magnetic pull to and incredible love for Daniel, she began to really question why it was there. She has no memories of the past lives that they shared, all she has are stolen kisses and a few sweet memories. When he gives orders, and is forced to be behind the scenes, she stands up for herself and demands to know more, she gets angry and pushes to know the relevant information. I am not saying that this driving desire doesn't result in some bad decisions, but she has every right to know more, and to wonder at the intensity of their love.
I really wanted to see more of Daniel in this book. I am honestly not completely sold on him, even though I would really like to be. I adore the concept of undying love, and he has the potential to be an amazing love interest and an awesome character, but I just don't know enough about him. I am in the same boat as Luce except that I don't have any pull to him. There is just too many secrets and so much mystery shrouding him and what role he plays in tipping the balance of the war.
As for the new characters, they are wonderful and really made me get into the story more. Shelby is a firecracker and I love watching her and Luce's relationship build and their interactions. Miles is so cute, and I love his devotion, friendship and understanding toward Luce. He is a down to earth guy and I got to see the cute moments that really build a relationship between him and Luce. Though I am hesitant to get too attached because I know that this is ultimately Luce and Daniel's story and I don't want to hope for romance with them even though it made be alluded just to have that shot down or him be a character just brought in to sacrifice himself for her. Oh, and Franscesa and Steven were also wonderful- they wonderfully illustrated the talk about the line between love and hate- angels and demons- is more blurry than one would like to think. It is heart breaking when she says- "Do I love him, yes. But when the battle comes, I will have to kill him."
Adrianne comes back in this one, and kicks some butt. I totally did not see it coming, but I am glad that she is back. Cam is also back in this one, and he is still a big question mark. I am unsure of his allegiances in the end, and him and Daniel working together.
Overall this is a great story, and I feel like Torment is doing a lot of ground- work for scenes to come.
I have to share a few quotes that I found amusing:
"If you two were going to be that obvious about it, why didn't you come down stairs in your Team Daniel and Team Miles T-Shirts?"
"We should order those," Shelby said.
"Mine's in the laundry," Arriane said.
"Well, as much as I love kicking asses and taking names, it's way past curfew for you three"- Arriane" by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Review of Torment
I am so angry right now! Thoroughly disgusted with what was done with Luce in this book. I'm beginning to think that I'm expecting too much by expecting a three-dimensional character that I actually LIKE and want to sympathize with.
Now that I've gotten that little rant out of the way I will say this. I enjoyed Torment infinitely better than I did Crescendo, and I 100% credit that to the supporting characters in the book. Without the cast of characters at Luce's new school (and I do miss the old, Gothic cemetery), this story would have, basically, been exactly the same type of story I read in Crescendo.
Now, if you are wanting to get some answers, be prepared to join the disappointment train with me. There is SO MUCH BACKSTORY I want to know about, Lauren Kate!! Please, flesh it out, give us the story, talk to us about the outcasts and the fallen and the history you've created. Luce is not the only girl in the dark here - we need and want to know what's happening!
That said - I'll be picking up Book 3 just to find out if we get some answers. Oh, now I'm all frustrated again. There were so many pages and still.. no answers! Okay, I'm done ranting now. The book is interesting but, if you want my advice, wait to dive in until the story has been completed or you too might end up like me right now. by Lydia Presley