The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

An irresistibly glamorous and intriguing novel from the author of the international bestseller FALLEN.

Lauren Kate’s first novel, THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE, features the most ruthlessly ambitious heroine since Lady Macbeth. Natalie is utterly determined to cement her position at the top of the high school social ladder by becoming prom queen. When it looks like an interfering ex-boyfriend might get in her way, she devises a little prank to humiliate him.

But when the prank goes devastatingly wrong, Natalie starts to lose control of her life. Caught in a web of dark secrets, shame and abuse of power, it’s not guilt that eventually defeats Natalie. It’s fate: the only thing she can’t control . . .

For those new to Lauren Kate you may like to read her answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions – click here

Other books by Lauren Kate:

Fallen is the first in Lauren Kate’s series of dark, romantic novels featuring 17 year old Lucinda and Daniel, her doomed angel lover. What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross …only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Get ready to fall…

Torment: A sensational return for fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love, Lucinda, in this fabulous sequel to FALLEN.

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives.

Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future … and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened … what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

Torment by Lauren Kate (A Fallen Novel)

Torment: A sensational return for fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love, Lucinda, in this fabulous sequel to FALLEN.

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives.

Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future … and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything.

What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened … what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

In March Lauren Kate Answered our Ten Terrifying Questions – here’s what she had to say about Torment: Continue reading

Lauren Kate Answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Lauren Kate

author of

Fallen

(& coming soon - Torment)

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Dallas, Texas when I was two. I grew up in Dallas (where my family still lives, so it’s technically “home” to me). When I was eighteen, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to go to Emory University. Emory is not far from Savannah (where Fallen is set). Since then, I’ve lived in New York City, Paris, a farm in Northern California, and Los Angeles (where I live now).

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve, I wanted to be a ballerina. I have twenty years of formal ballet training, but I gave it up after college when I was broke and living in New York and couldn’t afford lessons anymore. Plus, as many a ballet teacher told me, I never had the right shaped feet.

When I was eighteen, I wanted to be a writer. I’d started publishing short stories in my high school literary magazine, and wrote my college application essays about being a writer. Still working on that one!

I turn thirty next year, but I already know what I want to be next: A chef. Of some sort. I’m looking into culinary schools and would love to someday work in a restaurant.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

One thing I remember feeling very strongly about at eighteen was that I wanted to always stay friends with my ex-boyfriends. HA! I guess I realize now that it’s okay to let people in and out of your life.

4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

There’s a sculpture by Camille Claudel called La Vague in the Rodin museum in Paris. I used to live very close by and I think I’ve probably spent more time looking at that sculpture than any other piece of art. It’s as if the artist has frozen the climax of a novel—it shows so much about pacing and drama and tension. And it’s just so beautiful.

My favourite novel is White Noise by Don De Lillo. It’s the book that made me want to be a writer. I read it first when I was eighteen and I try to reread it every year.

I played the song “You Look So Young” by the Jayhawks on repeat just about the entire time I was revising Torment. It’s so torturously beautiful and something about it speaks to the relationship I’m trying to create between Luce and Daniel.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I was never conscious that I was choosing anything. I just wrote. I wrote songs and poems and stories for a while and then I realized I was much better at the longer stuff. I always had a hard time coming out of a short story. Plus I hate writing endings—the less of them I have to write, the better. So novels it was!

6. Please tell us about your latest novel…

The novel I just finished writing is called Torment. It’s a sequel to my novel, Fallen, and it picks up the romantic saga right where Fallen left off. Luce is beginning to grasp the Continue reading

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