16 April 2012

Review: Torn

Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking
Publication date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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.

If you read my earlier review of Switched you'll remember I wasn't that big of a fan, but was interested enough to read the second. After some urging from a few of my fellow bloggers, I decided to pick up Torn sooner than I was planning. Well, I'm happy to say I am quite pleased with how Torn turned out!

Wendy definitely grows into herself in this book. She is stronger and fights for what she thinks is right. Second, the writing is much better. I found there to be less faults in editing than I found in the first one. The story is exciting, the politics are intriguing, the characters are better developed, and their relationships are more complicated. Plus, we get a few new additions. One being named Loki. *heavenly sigh* *daydreams* Loki...

*clears throat* 

I can't say much because of spoilers, but as in Switched, I think the author has a bad habit of taking the easy way out of most situations. Anyway, there was a character-trait-surprise I wasn't expecting that is more delved into in the third book, Ascend, which I just finished. I have an issue with it, but that will be for my review of the last book.

This was a quick and much more enjoyable read than I was expecting!


  1. So glad you enjoyed this book more than the first! I agree with everything you said about excitement, politics, characters and relationships. I think the Trylle series is paced really well, and I think it's in part because you're so invested in certain characters.

    I'm really curious what character-trait-surprise you have an issue with... Can't wait to read your review of Ascend!
    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

  2. Hehe. I was so focused into Loki, I didn't really take into account some of the anti-climactic decisions made by Wendy and what turns the plot took. It just didn't bother me. STILL. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, and YOU FINALLY GOT TO MEET LOKI. AND, dude, WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU FINISHED ASCEND ALREADY!?!

  3. @LHughes: Haha, you'll see! I'll be posting it next week. I guess it's not so much the trait itself, but how it was handled. Thanks for commenting!

    @A. Knight: BECAUSE I FINISHED IT LATE LAST NIGHT AND I WAS SLEEPY! I'll email you. And thanks for letting me borrow it.

  4. I'm glad you liked Torn better! I have so much love for this series and I just want everyone else to love it, too...haha :0)

    I was just thinking about how we don't "see" each other much these days, too! So it's really funny that you mentioned it. I feel like I have been incredibly crazy w/ work and haven't gotten to interact as much as I would like. It's not a good excuse, but I am trying to be better :0)

  5. This sounds really good, like a very interesting read!! Can't wait to pick it up for myself!


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