Torment by Lauren Kate
(Fallen, Book 2)

68%

27 Critic Reviews

Equal parts romance and thriller, this sequel can be both schmaltzy ("There was no darkness, no more cold, just the lovely sensation of being bathed in his violet glow. Even the rush of the ocean was canceled out by a soft hum, the energy Daniel carried in his body") and frequently suspenseful.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
 
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Lauren Kate

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Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, as well as The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at laurenkatebooks.net.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by Delacorte Press. 465 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Torment
All: 27 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 11

Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 17 2010

Luce's personality finally begins to bud in this book, but she's still bland, existing primarily for Daniel. Daniel, who Lucinda learns is the one who will tip the scales of power in the fallen-angel war, is just as oblique and drippy as he was in Fallen (2009). Miles, however, comes through in a moment of crisis...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Dec 23 2015

Equal parts romance and thriller, this sequel can be both schmaltzy ("There was no darkness, no more cold, just the lovely sensation of being bathed in his violet glow. Even the rush of the ocean was canceled out by a soft hum, the energy Daniel carried in his body") and frequently suspenseful.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Sep 14 2012

To sum everything up, Torment, in my opinion, is more a psychological novel compared to the first part, and it's way of construction, and the ideas which appear in the book make it really easy to read...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Sep 14 2012

...it's way of construction, and the ideas which appear in the book make it really easy to read, so I recommend it to everybody who is interested in fantasy books!

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Jul 26 2014

The characters in this book are just as fun and interesting as the ones from the Sword & Cross. The ending will definitely leave you hungry for more.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Jesi Lea Ryan on Jul 07 2011

Before you get the idea that I hated this book, let me point out what I liked about it. Some of the new characters were interesting.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Jesi Lea Ryan on Jul 07 2011

I also liked that this book is less about the black and white conflict between angels and demons, but revolves more around the shifting lines of good and evil...Even though my reviews are mixed, I will definitely be reading the next book...

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Juanita Galindo on Oct 04 2010

In the end, her excursions don't lead her any closer to the answers she wants to find. Neither does the reader. While the book contains some entertaining passages and good new characters, they seem to be there more for adornment than anything else.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert James on Sep 01 2010

There are four books planned for the series, so this gets us to the halfway mark - it's been great fun getting here, and I think the best may be yet to come!

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Jordana Frankel on Sep 28 2010

TORMENT is an exhilarating follow-up to FALLEN, and though there are still a good share of questions that need answers, I’m looking forward to Luce learning about her ill-fated past with Daniel, which will be revealed in PASSION, a prequel to the series.

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Open Book Society

Above average
Reviewed by Annabell Cadiz on Jan 17 2011

For all you fans of Fallen, you will enjoy Torment more for the fact that there is far more action and more emotional turmoil the characters have to undergo. Plus, you get to see Daniel and Luce’s relationship a little more. Don’t hold expectations too high because there will be certain aspects of the plot that may frustrate you...

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Geek Speak

Below average
Reviewed by Cathy Thomson on Dec 01 2010

I feel I’m being harsh -- Torment was indeed a good book, and some of the romantic moments shared between Daniel and Luce really melted my heart. But I couldn’t follow Luce’s motivations...

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Youth Services Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Alma Ramos-McDermott on Sep 28 2010

Filled with action, adventure and love from unexpected places, “Torment” will delight teen readers, and the cliff hanger ending will leave them clamoring for the next installment in this exciting series.

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Lytherus

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Zurchin on Jul 21 2011

I liked Torment much more than Fallen. I picked it up because I had it, and I knew I wanted to read it, but by the end I needed to grab book three immediately, to see where the story went. This was a most-excellent second book, adding strength to the series and carrying the story confidently forward.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Snjezana Bobic on Sep 30 2010

In the thrilling second instalment of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, the forbidden love between an angel and a human is tested beyond anyone’s imagination. The quest for answers will leave Luce wondering why the one and only person she has ever loved and trusted keeps loving her in every lifetime past, present and future.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Tiffany on Nov 25 2015

Characters kiss passionately and a half naked seance is referred to. Luce is often in life threatening situations. The cliffhanger ending will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Sparky on Apr 26 2012

We have some issues that could have been developed (like Luce’s ability to channel the Announcers when fencing) which weren’t. And far too many issues that weren’t needed (Shelby’s hostility/jealousy, Miles the unnecessary love interest) but we had to spend untold pages reading about.

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Pure Textuality

Good
Reviewed by Jena on Dec 07 2015

Overall, much better than Fallen. Better quality writing with a fantastic cast of characters brought over from Fallen’s school Sword & Cross (I am a huge fan of Arriane!!) and some new ones from Torment’s Shoreline school. Loved this book...

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Christina on Jun 21 2011

One of the reasons I enjoyed Fallen was the fact that it was located in sultry Savannah, one of my favorite cities. Sadly, Torment doesn't take place there and lacks some of the atmosphere that Fallen had. On the other the hand, I liked the setting of Shoreline and the descriptions of the fog, the ocean, the rocky shore, etc.

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Women 24

Above average
Reviewed by Women24 on Dec 07 2015

For all my little niggles, I have to say that Lauren Kate has definitely delivered a fantastic offering. Yes, it takes work to get through the novel, but the subtle and understated beauty of her descriptive writing is so thoroughly engaging that you will find yourself getting sucked into and swept away.

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Book Thingo

Above average
Reviewed by Decadence on Nov 23 2010

As much as I question the wisdom of only releasing one book a year...I found myself turning page after page, scouring them for clues and getting into Luce’s struggle to find out who she was and who she is meant to be. As frustrating as the mystery can be, it worked in keeping me reading and it will make me read the next book as well.

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My Books. My Life.

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 14 2012

My biggest issue was how awful Luce and Daniel made it seem that they had to be apart for the duration of the truce. It’s 18 days for crying out loud...Overall, I was impressed that the action continued as second books in series are often dull.

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Reading Teen

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Dec 06 2015

Lauren Kate will keep you wanting more. With this book comes action packed - romance driven - life learning lessons - more love triangles. What would you want more in life? Seriously.

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A Bookworm's Haven

Above average
Reviewed by Meaghan on Oct 04 2010

I understand that Daniel needs to loosen up a little and give you a chance to have a life when he is not around, but you are putting yourself in a lot of dangerous situations and therefore the people around you are in danger too.

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Stiletto Storytime

Above average
on Sep 27 2010

The second book in the Fallen series is even stronger than the first. It delves into the feelings of Luce and the questions that arise when the first book is really considered.

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The Ramblings of a Kindle Addict

Good
Reviewed by Gina on Oct 22 2011

This is another great book for patient readers who enjoy mystery, paranormal romance and angel books. If you enjoyed Fallen, then definitely don't pass this one up, its even better.

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The Tales Compendium

Above average
Reviewed by Jess on Jul 18 2010

The suspense is built up a lot as we have to wait until the end to really find out any big revelations, but even then we are still left in the dark about many things!

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