To save your friends, would you sacrifice true love?
by Amanda Hocking
St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Spoiler alert: If you have not yet read the first book in this series, there may be spoilers contained in this review. Although, I have tried to avoid giving too much away, read at your own discretion- because I really would hate to unwittingly ruin anything for you.
In the second installment of the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking, we pick up right where the last book, Switched, left off. Torn starts with Wendy Everly figuring out what all of the newfound information about her station in life means for her. She finds herself trying to decide if she is ready and able to be a leader to the Trylle, or if she just wants to forget it all happened and move back to where she called home for her entire life.
Wendy must decide what, and how much, to tell her brother Matt about her new life. By doing so, she risks losing him as her family forever, and puts him in a great amount of danger the more he knows. It soon becomes apparent that the Vittra, the Trylle rivals, will stop at nothing to get to Wendy and use her status to their advantage. The question remains as to why there is so much interest, and if everything really is as it seems. As she has learned, there is always more to every story.
Torn starts out at a great pace and supplies a great amount of action in the beginning chapters. However, after that there is very little else that actually happens in the story. Most of this book is supplying background and history of the Trylle and Vittra rivalry, and is a much slower pace than Switched. That is not to say that it is boring- it is quite the opposite. Learning why things are happening as they are is interesting and important. There is, however, room for a bit more action along the way.
Torn gives us a better understanding of the race and class issues that are at the core of the story, and Wendy’s place in it all. The characters become more complex, and the relationships more complicated, making the book all that more difficult to put down. Once again, we are left with a cliff hanger that will leave us waiting impatiently for the conclusion to the Trylle-ogy.
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
For more about Amanda Hocking, visit her website.