Monday 30 April 2012

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Pages - 337
Published by Tor, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers in 2012
Book kindly sent by publisher for an honest review.

When Rhys and I showed up at my 'brother' Matt's houws at eight in the morning, he was happy... in the sense that he was glad I was alived and hadn't disappeared forever. Despite being angry, he listened while I put together a vague explanation, glaring at me the whole time with mystified rage. 

Goodreads Summary
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.
This is the second book in the Trylle series. To read the review for Switched, the first book, please click here. If you haven't read the first, I would probably stop reading now as this review may contain spoilers. 
This book sees a new love interest for Wendy arriving on the scene in the form of Loki, a Markis from Vittra, who appears in the book after successfully kidnapping her for the King of Vittra, who turns out to have a rather personal interest in Wendy. Loki is rather cute, and knocks Finn out of the picture as far as I'm concerned. Finn was really annoying in this book; the way he tried to avoid Wendy was so over the top. 
It was interesting to see a change in Wendy in this book. It seems like she has finally accepted who she is meant to be. She is definitely ready to take on her future role as Queen of Forening. I love her sassy nature; the sarcastic comments that she dishes out really increased my liking of her. Her brother Matthew appears a lot more in this book and I was surprised to see such a change of character in him. He seemed more preoccupied with other interests than protecting his sister from any harm. I am not sure whether I liked this version of Matthew or not. 
The ending surprised me. I was really expecting a  cliff hanger and it wasn't there, so hat's off to Amanda Hocking for that. 
I do love the setting of the book. It really does seem like a magical  and more adult version of The Princess Diaries. I really enjoy the way Amanda writes; I love the humour as well as her descriptions.  I am so glad to have discovered her books. This book did have a middle book kind of feel about it, which is setting it up for the finale, however there was enough going on it, with a lot of shocks and surprises to make this book stand out far better than many other books sitting in the middle of a series. 
Looking forward to the final book to see what happens in the triangle between Wendy, Finn and Loki! 


  1. Hearing lots of good things about this, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Glad you're enjoying this series. I have heard good things about this author.

  3. My library has..maybe this one? Dunno but they have 3 :)


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