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Torn (Trylle Trilogy, book 2)

by Amanda Hocking

Rated: Moderate

In the first book of the Trylle series, Switched, Wendy has found out that she’s not human, but a troll, specifically of the Trylle tribe, and while it explains a lot of mysteries in her life, it doesn’t mean she likes the new life she’s expected to lead. In fact, she really hopes to get out of the role she’s supposed to fill and all the rules and structures of the Trylle community. Unfortunately, she’s just not destined to be a normal human girl. In Torn, she learns more about her parents and the responsibilities she needs to fulfill. She’s also introduced to a new guy, a hot “bad boy” from the Vittra tribe. Will Loki divert her attention away from Finn, whom she is crazy about but just can’t have, or is he just more danger?

The action in Torn picks up a bit, and the plot starts developing. Wendy has choices to make, and there aren’t a lot of options that seem at all appealing. But she starts understanding the Trylle a bit more and feeling that she wants to help them and even change things a bit.

The romance has Wendy still pining after Finn but feeling some interest in Loki. Hocking doesn’t quite give readers enough material for us to completely want to root on Loki as much as Finn, however, even though she is trying to set it up as a good love triangle. Loki simply doesn’t have enough time to be well enough developed, and the changes in how he comes across just happen quickly rather than gradually. He deserves better character development, and so does the story.

Even so, the book sets up the action in the third fairly well, and readers will be satisfied enough to want to read the conclusion.

Rated: Moderate, for one use of strong language, a few uses of moderate/vulgar terms, and reasonably frequent mild language; there are fairly frequent occasions of characters taking the name of deity in vain; there is also some violence and a few occasions of kissing, including one scene that briefly goes further than just kissing.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

One Response to Torn (Trylle Trilogy, book 2)

  1. […] The story is pretty compelling and goes along at a quick pace until it is resolved. The romance is more intense in this book, and it feels more believable than in the second. But even though it works better, it still suffers a bit from the lack of good development in Torn. […]

  • Torn (Trylle Trilogy, book 2)
  • by Amanda Hocking
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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