Thursday, May 16, 2013

Torn by Amanda Hocking [Reviews]

Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2)2.5 out of 5 Robots!

Torn by Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: February 28, 2012
Hardcover: 318 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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. 
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
The second book starts off right where the first ends.  Wendy has left Foening with Rhys (the boy she replaced) so he can meet Matt (her host brother and Rhys' biological brother).  Of course, Finn comes to find her and the Vittra are still after her.  The Vittra capture her and she meets Loki, with whom she has another instant connection.  She learns more about her parentage and it opens up some interest plotlines.

After I read this book I was wondered why something felt off.  And I think it is because nothing really happens.  Honestly.  There is talk about stuff happening.  But not much does.  They just talk about it constantly.  Every page seems to involve a long, drawn out conversation.  Or an argument with Finn.  Or with Wendy's mother.  (Wendy argues a lot.)  I also found that Hocking is a fan of convenience when it comes to getting her characters out of tricky situations.  On the whole, this second novel sets up a lot for the third book, but doesn't manage to accomplish much of anything itself other than to make one or two reveals and start a love triangle.  

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Switched
2. Torn
3. Ascend

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