Review: Torn by Amanda Hocking

Title: Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2)

Author: Amanda Hocking

Release Date: February 28th 2012

Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin

Read: August  23rd 2012

Pages: 324-paperback-owned

Series:

  1. Switched
  2. Torn
  3. Ascend

Synopsis:

May contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first book.

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.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

What I thought:

Wendy has connections with both the Trylle as their princess, but also unexpected ones with Vittra. The title of the book is pretty much about how she is torn between the two, as well as other things like love and duty. It’s getting to the point where decisions need to be made, but as future Queen, she doesn’t know what to do. There’ always a chance she could ruin things, or greatly improve them. Wendy is definitely a strong and stubborn girl, but she still has trouble believing in herself, and not seeing what others see in her.

Her mother, Elora, still seems so cold out in the open, but I can understand that she has to act this way, with the other monarchs just waiting to overthrow her if she slips for a second as well as what happened in the past. She does start to show some more warmth towards her daughter, and I think she really does care for her.

Finn is still keeping his distance after pretty much breaking Wendy’s heart from the first book, and leaving without saying good-bye. I honestly can’t tell if he feels anything towards her or not anymore but he sees his job and duty as more important especially with his stature in the Trylle world being pretty low. He could just be thinking about whats best for her, but I think he needs to start fighting for her. Now Loki, the guy from Vittra, is pretty awesome. I find that I like him more than Finn in this book. He has cool abilities which are different since he’s Vittra, but I loved his cocky/fun attitude, while still showing his soft side.

So aside from characters this book continues on with Wendy’s task of becoming better with her magic. She has some cool abilities so far and I loved what she could do. Meanwhile they are trying to make sure they are not attacked again by Vittra by securing the place and even coming up with other plans for the future. As well as preparing her for ruling one day, and one other special event dcloser to the end of the book.

There’s definitely more twists and some more about the past revealed in this book and I loved all of it. I’m still hoping she ends up with a certain character, but we shall see how it ends! This book also included the short story One Day, Three Ways. Without giving too much away, it’s the perspectives of the three main guys, Finn Loki and Tove, on the last even that happens in this book. It gave more insight into what they were thinking and I liked it.

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