Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (originally self-published)
Release Date: 2/28/12 (orignally 11/15/10)
Reviewed by Sabrina
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.
I had no intention of continuing the Trylle Trilogy. That all changed when I heard about Loki. You see, I used to be addicted to Matantei Detective Loki when I was younger and Loki was my favorite character of all time. If something had the name "Loki" on it, I would read it, watch it, or buy it. So Torn got my attention.
However, what sealed the deal was that, after I read a review of Ascend out of sheer boredom, I discovered that (this is a spoiler so it's white) our brooding stalker Finn was going to be passed off for Loki! Is it horrible for me to want to see that?
Now to the review!
There was a pacing problem. The events seemed to be unfold too quickly and not fully explored to its potential. Like in the first book, I still didn’t feel that the Vittra was a threat. I really didn’t get that vibe from them. The story could have delved more into the relationship of Rhys and his real family. I really wanted to read Kim’s reaction to seeing her real son. Now that would be very fun to read.
Wendy was great. Instead of obsessing over her "break-up" with Finn, she actually tries to get over him! Wendy rightfully and finally calls Finn out on being a cold, overbearing--not to mention, overprotective--jerk. No longer is she so deeply dependent on him.
Loki, the new love interest and a man almost high enough to be a Vittra Prince, was an okay character for me. He’s witty, charming, and strong in his own way. He could have been more developed and put less effort into being the flirty bad boy of the love triangle.