Torn by Amanda Hocking

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TornTitle: Torn 
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: February 28, 2012
Pages: 324
Series: Trylle Trilogy #2

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Step into the world of the Trylle, and prepare to be enchanted….

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.

Yet again, I found myself wishing I had read this series much earlier. Torn picks up where Switched ends; with Wendy at home after leaving the Trylle behind along with her responsibilities too. Among the features I greatly enjoyed of this book, there were also a few that I didn't enjoy nearly as much. For starters, I found it highly unrealistic that the Vittra would leave her so pathetically guarded that she would be able to walk out like that. Loki was also frustrating as he lacked the substance that I had hoped for, seeming to instantly fall for Wendy which is a massive pet peeve for me. The positive parts of this book were the great writing, good story (at times), and the characters. The story could get rather annoyingly slow at times and Wendy wasn't utilized well to speed up the story. On the note of Wendy, she was frustratingly single minded, she didn't stop to think of others very often until the very end of the book. Finn lost a lot of appeal for me as well, he lacked the substance saw in him before, he became much more docile than before. In the secondary characters, there were quite a few that were amusing and fun, I enjoyed them more than the main characters. The writing was my favorite part of the book, it was just as good as in Switched and it one of the major features that keeps me coming back to Amanda Hocking's books.

The ending wasn't all that shocking to me, it was fairly predictable and easy to figure out. Will I be reading the next book? Yes, but mainly because I have it ordered and I would like to know the conclusion of the story. Overall, I'd recommend this book to someone looking for a light, quick read or who have read the first book in the series. I give Torn a 3.5/5.


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