Tuesday 30 July 2013

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Torn (Trylle #2)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 324
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin' s Griffin

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

Torn was five times better than Switched. I don't even know how that's possible when I thought the first one was epic. Torn immediately picks up where Switched left off. Wendy leaves with Rhys to go back home to her brother, Matt. I loved the reunion between them. Aside from Finn and Loki, Matt has to one of my favourite characters in this book. 

In the second installment of the Trylle trilogy, you get a better grasp of the history. You understand the reasons behind Wendy's mother's action. I wasn't surprised by her actions. She was cold and seemed heartless, but that was only for Wendy's benefit. I disliked how when I started to like her mother, it was the time when she was going to die. 

The world building was awesome - so much rich details, you literally feel like you're in their world. I was so invested into their world, I found myself complaining that I didn't get enough of it.

There is never a book where I happen to love all the characters. The characters make you love them and hate them all at the same time. To me, those are the best characters. I adored Loki - not sure if I like him better than Finn. He's charming, great with words and pleasantly funny. I'm sort of sensing a love triangle in the next book.  I definitely had seen some character development in Wendy. She began to realize what was important for and the rest of her people. In the end of the book, she was given more responsibilities than a normal teenager could handle.

Filled with action, twist and turns, Torn will leave you breathless for more.


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