Book Review: Torn by Amanda Hocking

Synopsis: Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the Vittra (her rivals) come after her. She’s caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is meant to lead.

Author: Amanda Hocking is a young author; she is self-published in ebooks and is now publish in paperback. She has sold over million copies of nine of her books out of seventeen that she has written. She has more books in the works and is talking about turning her Trylle series (Switched, Torn, and Ascend) into a movie.

Writing Style: The novel begins just as the previous book ends, but gives an overview through Wendy’s remembrances. This is both helpful if the reader has not read the previous book in a while or at all, but otherwise annoying for those who just finished Switch as it takes an entire chapter.

Plot: As opposed to the previous novel where Wendy is on a journey of self-discovery, the main character must now learn to accept who she is and realize who everyone needs her to be. She has to make some really tough decisions in her near future that will affect not only herself, but also those around her.

Character Development: Wendy continues to mature on her path towards finding true self.  She is a bit more emotional, but that is to be expected from a teenager full of angst and drama.

Character: Loki is Wendy’s ever-so-handsome enemy. There is a connection between the two that Wendy cannot comprehend, as he is not only her nemesis but also an arrogant one at that. The intrigue between the two is believable and shows Wendy’s confusion while she discovers they are tied together in ways she is about to discover.

Romance:  The previously predicted love-triangle has come to be, but it is more the potential of love than the actual emotion when it comes to Loki. The reader cannot help but question his motives behind the interest he has in Wendy since he is, in fact, her enemy.

Quote: “Right then, it didn’t matter what his reasons were. All I knew that I was sick of him breaking my heart.”

The Verdict: Once again I loved this novel, possibly even more so than the first. Amanda Hocking stays true to the characters, and never lets them stagnate. Due to the great plot, I wasn’t able to put the book down and finished it within a day. It is a great combination of action, romance, and humour. This series is definitely worth picking up and reading, as I can hardly wait for Ascend to be published in April.


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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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