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July 13, 2012

Review: Torn by Amanda Hocking - Farah

Title: Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2)
Author: Amanda Hocking 

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Challenges: TBR, A-Z, 
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 324
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.
You would probably know if you read my review of Switched, that it had such a cliffhanger that made me want to start the second book. I don't want to say any spoilers, but I was really excited to know what happen's next in Wendy's life. The thing that I really liked about Amanda's writing, is that she sort of recapped everything that happened in the first book. Honestly, I read a lot, and that results in my forgetting the things that happen in books. I really loved how the story just left off from the first book, and that made things seem less complicated and less confusing for me.
This book had such interesting twists in it, I would have never imagined. It made me read on and on, and I never wanted to stop! Usually, authors don't add additional characters in the second or third book, but Amanda Hocking did! It was very interesting to get to meet new characters,  and I loved how each and every one of them is so distinctive. There is this thing about Amanda's style of writing that made the book so realistic, and so alive. I just had this feeling like I'm right there with them, just watching from the side lines. Wendy was a great character here as well. It was really cool that Wendy's host brother, Matt, was more involved in the story than the first book. The friendship between Willa, Wendy, Rhys, Matt, and Tove. It was refreshing, and really warm and fun to read about. Amanda gives us a clearer understanding of the Vittra, the rivals of the Trylle. As Finn wasn't a popular character in this book, I'm gonna say that I didn't mind that much. Loki, a Vittra, was just as fine. We get introduced to Loki, and he is one of those good guys, who serves a "bad" group. All of us girls can't help ourselves to not like him. 
With all the seriousness and tension in the book, I did laugh a lot. It was very funny at moments, and I liked that. Just gives me a break from the "serious" stuff. The ending, oh my God. Can I say that it was the funniest ending I have ever read?! Yes, the funniest!! I did not expect it at all, and that just made me crack up so bad! *Sigh* The ending was so smart, I kept hugging the book when I finished it! I don't know why, but I loved Torn much more than the first book. Maybe because the first book was more of an introduction to the story, and the second book was where the action was happening. I really cannot wait to read Ascend, which is the third and final book in the Trylle trilogy. This is actually the first time that I'm a bit upset of having to finish a trilogy. If you haven't read the Trylle trilogy, then you are missing out on some gorgeous books out there!
4.5 musical notes


  1. Yay you liked this! I loved Loki and I really enjoyed the humor in this too! Did you get a print copy with the short story at the end about Loki? Anyway, curious to see what you think of the last one! :)

  2. I can't actually remember the ending, but I will have to dig my copy out to re-read it! :D I'm glad you enjoyed this Farah. Great review!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I wasn't the biggest fan of this series, but I did end up liking Loki a lot more in this book.

  4. I have never read a book by this author but it is on my to read list. I have hear nothing but great things about her writing :)