- Audio CD: 8 pages
- Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (Sept. 28 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307706478
- ISBN-13: 978-0307706478
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.8 x 15.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,607,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Torment Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE
“Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers.”
—The Daily Beast
“This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!”
“This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death.”
“Readers will pine right alongside Luce.”
“This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending.”
“Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga.”
“Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce’s story.”
“The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings.”
“A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up.”
—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
About the Author
Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and now lives in Los Angeles.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
It’s also frustrating how Luce doesn’t ask many questions. I mean, she’s completely left in the dark about all of these seemingly important things, yet she doesn’t try nearly as hard as she should to get the answers. She does ask the odd question. But she’s surrounded by people who know more than her and just doesn’t try very hard to get answers from them. At least, not as hard as I would try. There were a lot of instances where I saw a perfect opportunity to ask, but she just let it go. Argh.
Having said all of that, I did enjoy the story. Even though it frustrated me. I felt so frustrated because I am genuinely curious to know what’s going on! The captivity factor wasn’t all the way there, but it was enough to keep my interest.
There are a few new characters in this book as well. Mainly Luce’s two newest friends, Miles and Shelby. I’m still not sure how I feel about Shelby. I’m not sure if she’s being completely honest with Luce, and something just seems off about her. Miles, however, I adore. He is a great new addition to the series. Miles is a caring friend, who right off the bat befriended Luce with no alterior motives. He was simply being kind, not caring that she was Luce Price like everyone else. I’m not sure about Daniel. I do like him, I think. But I also feel like we still don’t really know him. I guess I’m having the same struggles that Luce did throughout the book. I’m somehow drawn to him, but I’m really questioning him at the same time.