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

TornTorn by Amanda Hocking

Paperback, 291 pages
Published: February 28th, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Review Copy: Received from Publisher
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:

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 marry a 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.

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In “Switched”, the first book in the Trylle Trilogy, we’re introduced to Wendy Everly, a girl who finds out that she’s not only a changeling, but also a Princess. With the first book, Hocking did a terrific job of setting up the world of the Trylle, as well as introducing us to the various characters that lived inside of the palace. In this second book, however, Hocking focuses more on developing her characters, as well as introducing the reader to the world of the Vittra.

As you may recall, I admitted that while reading “Switched”, I wasn’t originally a big Wendy fan. She came off as bratty and spoiled. But in “Torn”, she’s much stronger, more willing than ever to do whatever is needed to protect those that she loves – even going as far as to sacrifice her own happiness.

The story itself picks off shortly after where “Switched” ends, with Wendy and Rhys escaping back to her host family. But Wendy’s plan doesn’t go as well as she hoped. After Finn and Duncan (a new tracker whom you’ll come to adore), fail to lure her back with them, the Vittra stage an attack, kidnapping Wendy. And this is where my favorite new character comes into play, Loki.

Loki is quite the charmer. He’s the complete opposite of Finn, which I found to be a nice change (don’t get me wrong: I do like Finn, but Loki is a welcome addition). He’s witty, laid back, and willing to risk a lot for Wendy – even though he hardly knows her. It’s clear from the moment they meet there’s a connection, and while I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, I think Hocking handles this one wonderfully.

There are a lot of twists in “Torn”, enough to keep the reader fully engaged until the end. I thought I had these characters pegged, I thought I had an idea of where Hocking would be taking Wendy’s story next…not so much. That’s what I enjoy about this series: Hocking is able to take you on a journey with her words, and you never truly know where it’ll lead you to in the end.

“Torn” is a fantastic sequel to “Switched”; Hocking has crafted a wonderful world full of fantastic characters that you’ll easily lose yourself in.

After reading the first two books in the Trylle Trilogy, both of which I enjoyed immensely, I can safely say that I’m a Hocking fangirl now. No doubt about it. Now if only April would hurry up.

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This was supposed to be up yesterday, but my half-hour nap last night after work ended up being an eight-hour nap. I do apologize for that one. 😛


{UPDATED: Winner Picked!} Giveaway: A Signed Copy of “Switched” by Amanda Hocking!

When I gave away my extra ARC a few months back, I teased that I was working on a special giveaway to go along with my review in January. Well, here you go! I’m offering up a signed copy of “Switched” by Amanda Hocking (this will be mailed to you by the publisher, not me)!

This giveaway is going to be a bit different. Usually I post a form and ask you to fill it out. It works, but it’s also time consuming. I’ve decided to use Rafflecopter for this giveaway – it’s simple and offers a more ideal way to present the giveaway.

In order to enter, you’ll need to head over to the following link (the giveaway is on my Facebook page under the “Welcome!” tab):

Enter to win a signed copy of “Switched” now!

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

(The winner was chosen using

Congrats to Maria Barrios!

I’ve forwarded your information to St. Martin’s (the book will be coming directly from them)!

Thank you to St. Matrin’s Press for offering this giveaway.

USA Today Reveal’s Amanda Hocking’s “Trylle” Series Book Covers

USA Today (article here) has just released the new covers for Amanda Hocking’s “Trylle” books which will be published (er, re-published) by St. Martin’s early next year. I haven’t read the series yet, but I will when they are re-released.

Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy…

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it. (Pre-Order Here)

This title will be released on January 24, 2012.

Torn – the second book in the Trylle Trilogy…

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her.

She’s caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead. (Pre-Order here)

This title will be released on February 28, 2012.

Ascend… The final chapter in the Trylle Trilogy.

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end. (Pre-Order here)

This title will be released on April 24, 2012.