Book review: Torn by Amanda Hocking

17 Apr

Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy Everly – she’d always felt like an outsider. But a new world and new family is a hard for any girl to accept easily. Leaving behind the mysterious country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life. But the world she’s left behind won’t let her go that easily.

Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought. And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along. With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Förening – only to be confronted by a new threat.

It’s time to make a choice – can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country? Torn between duty and love she must make a choice that could destroy her one chance at true happiness.

Torn is the second book in Amanda Hocking’s best-selling Trylle trilogy which is being released for the first time in paperback in the UK this year. As I said in my review of Switched, I love the covers for this series and the cover picture on the left really doesn’t do this one justice. Those leaves and Amanda’s name are all picked out in shiny red in the paperback version and it’s just gorgeous!

The story in Torn follows on straight away from the ending of Switched as Wendy tries to escape from her newly discovered Trylle life and go back to the life she knew before. But of course Wendy can’t escape that easily and in an action packed start to the novel falls into the enemy Vittra hands. I liked that the story got straight into the action and introduced a whole new dimension to Wendy’s world very quickly. Through Wendy’s capture and imprisonment we learn a lot about the Vittra and there are a number of great twists to the plot that I wasn’t expecting. Torn presents the other side of the story depicted in Switched and adds a lot of detail to Wendy’s background and the Trylle world as a whole. After a promising and action packed start, I found the middle section of the book a little slow, however, the final third of the book had me racing though the pages again and overall this was another unputdownable book for me.

I was pleased to see many familiar faces from Switched but also enjoyed the additional characters introduced; particularly those on the Vittra side of the story. They made a good contrast to the inhabitants of Forening and I was surprised when Hocking added another possible love interest into the mix with bad boy Loki. The romance side to Torn is excellent and for me is one of the most gripping elements of the story. The events and obligations that Wendy faces in this novel take Wendy’s relationships in a direction that I didn’t see coming and there is one revelation in particular that totally surprised me – I love it when a book does that!

I often worry that a sequel or second book in a series won’t live up to the first, particularly if I enjoyed the first a lot. Thankfully, Torn delivers and is equally as good as Switched, moving the story on and setting the scene perfectly for the final novel, Ascend. There are so many questions left unanswered that it had  me wishing I could read Ascend right now. Thankfully I havn’t got long to wait until the final novel is out next week!

4/5

Torn is out now and I’d like to thank publisher Tor (Pan Macmillan) for sending me a review copy.

You can find out more about Amanda Hocking and her books on her blog at: http://www.amandahocking.blogspot.com/ and at http://www.panmacmillan.com/author/amandahocking where you can find an extract from Switched.

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