Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy Everly she’d always felt like an outsider. But a new world and new family is a hard for any girl to accept easily. Leaving behind the mysterious country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life. But the world she’s left behind won’t let her go that easily.
Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought. And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along. With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Forening only to be confronted by a new threat.
It’s time to make a choice can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country? Torn between duty and love she must make a choice that could destroy her one chance at true happiness.
I thought, Switched, a was decent enough read, if a little flawed, but still quite the page turner. Torn, the second book in Amanda Hocking’s ‘Trylle’ trilogy, continues in that vein.
I still thought the plot was a little on the light side (we essentially move from A to Z in a straight line, despite some twists and surprises). However, there are a few welcome improvements.
I thought the world building was more interesting and complex in this one, we learn more about the Trylle and their enemies the Vittra (including just why they are so intent on capturing Wendy.) The separate and shared histories along with some of the politics, form much of what drives Wendy’s growth and learning during her stay in Forening this time around.
But more importantly for me, it’s the change in Wendy, this causes. She actually stats to become much more the character she was initially set up to be at the start of Switched. She becomes a more forceful personality in Torn, pushing back against her mother and the path she has set out for her daughter, she may end up having to become a leader, but she’ll be her own person as well, therefore, when she needs to, you can see in Wendy the leader in her she’s going to need to be.
So, again Torn, just like, Switched, turned out be a pretty fun and engaging read.
I’d say, Amanda Hocking’s ‘story-telling’ still appears a bit stronger than her ‘writing’ at this stage. For now, at least though, the story-telling is enough for me, it makes for some quick, enjoyable escapism, and I’ll almost certainly, be grabbing the final book, Ascend, so I can find out what happens to Wendy and her family and friends.
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