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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review: Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

Book Synopsis from Good Reads

Torn (Trylle 2) by Amanda Hocking

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.

My Review on Good Reads

4 of 5 stars

So my reaction to book 2 ending was pretty much the same as the end of book one; “NO! It can’t be done, I have more questions!” Which is of course how a book 2 should end, right? I’m really looking forward to giving book 3 5 stars, when the story is complete. At least I hope I’ll feel it warrants five stars!

In this books Wendy becomes stronger, in many ways and I really like her even more! I also got to know the character Tove better and I like him quite a lot too. Tove is an "acceptable" love interest for the princess, well, according to the Trylle class system he’s acceptable. How two who have become good friends become more, well… This is a non-spoiler review, but I will say “read this series!”

As the Finn character has developed I like him less and less. A new character, briefly introduced in the extra short at the end of book one, Loki, is from the court of the Vittra, who are at war with the Trylle, I find Loki to be quirky, but I really like him. I like the portrayal of the hope that the next generation can fix what generations before them have broken. Isn’t that a modern hope among us humans as well?

There are three “after chapters” at the end of this book too. As the books are told in first person by the princess, Wendy, the extras get into the minds of three key characters. It solidified my opinion that I am starting to NOT like Finn and really like both Tove and Loki.

So far, it’s a great trilogy; not super deep, it’s young adult section reading, but it definitely makes some statements and gives some thoughts to ponder. But most of all, it’s just a fun escape from our more common reality.

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