Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Torn by Amanda Hocking

Title: Torn
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date:28th February 2012
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

Quick Review: 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.

Detailed Review: I loved this book way better than the first book! The pace simply picked up from there and it was just amazing! I didn't think Amanda Hocking could surprise me anymore since the first book but Torn really had plenty of surprises too.

It starts with Wendy and Rhys being in Wendy's old house, where she used to live with her host brother, Matt and aunt Maggie. Matt doesn't believe the story his sister's telling him, which is that she and Rhys were switched at birth and he was actually Rhys' real brother.

Then, when Wendy and Rhys were alone in her room, Finn Holmes snuck inside and said that he was going to bring her back to Forening. He is no longer her bodyguard and is soon replaced by another one, Duncan, who is smarter than he looked. But she declines to go home.

But the Vittra caught her, Matt and Ryhs and took them to their place. She meets Loki, a Markis who's keeping secrets and seductive at the same time. There she finds out something else, the King of the Vittra, Oren, is actually her FATHER. But they manages to escape with the help of Finn, Tove and Duncan. And Loki.

You must be asking why Loki helped Wendy in the first place, when he was a Vittra. You'll have to read for yourself. I won't reveal anything.

Soon, the training for her powers start and her instructor turns out to be Tove. Day by day, she starts to improve, doing things she couldn't imagine even capable of. Such as moving things with her mind, like Tove.

Then... Loki appears. 

Problems start to emerge after that. Her affection for both Finn and Loki start to tear apart, leaving her confused. And to make it even worse, she finds the Trylles' weakness when they harness their power. They begin to age unnaturally and become weaker if they continuously, like Wendy's mother, the Queen. Elora is slowly weakening, at only 39 and she looked like an old woman, sick and frail (no offense meant).

But it happened, the ultimate choice: she has to marry Tove, something she doesn't even want to do. She's ok with them being friends but not husband and wife. In the end though, she still did it for the sake of her country and mother, even though it meant breaking her own heart.

Brief Review: This book was really good. The overall story was actually well-crafted and I managed to see how the author's writing start to develop. This is a must-read!

Final Rating: 5/5 'Totally Amazing'

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