"Torn" Manages To Mend Many Holes In Book 1

Torn (Trylle, #2) Title:  Torn
(Trylle #2)
Author:  Amanda Hocking
Format:  Print
Length:  324 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Rating:  4 Stars
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.  -Goodreads
 My Thoughts

This is a very big improvement over the first book. Wendy's emotional appeal increases so much with the introduction of her brother (human) Matt into the world of the Trylle early in the book.

The plot also expands considerably with the addition of the Vittra kingdom. Things really get good
when secrets concerning Wendy, and her connection to them are simply jaw dropping. The Vittra kingdom is also responsible for a great deal of the political intrigue that goes on this time around. As well as the addition of a very interesting leading man, by the name of Lokie.

Things between Wendy and Finn are more maddening than ever with the "I love you, but I can't have you" story line.

There is also a great deal more personal interaction between Wendy and all of the characters in her immediate circle. This is a very welcome development,as it both helps to move the story along, and shows that she is now becoming more at ease with her circumstances.

This is also a much more magical read. There is a great deal more use of powers by all involved. Most impressively by Wendy and supporting character turned hero, Tove.

This is a book that lives and breathes drama, tension, and emotionality. There are so many new connections, revelations, and WTF moments to be had, that in the interest of not being completely spoilery; I will end this review here.
About Amanda
Amanda HockingAmanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Frostfire and Ice Kissed - the first two books in her newest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles - are out now, and the final book Crystal Kingdom will be out August 4, 2015.

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