Torn is book two in Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy, and it picks up right where Switched left off. After leaving the palace, Wendy returns home and this decision alone I think created a series of events that paved the way for a very action-packed and fun story. We get a deeper taste of the Trylle society in this installment, involving troll politics, moral clashes, and fantasy in a way that expanded this already huge series, and gives the reader a lot more to love.
Amanda Hocking is a fantastic story teller, plain and simple. She creates worlds that are unbearably exciting and unique and characters that bring that world to life. In book two, however, we get to delve a little deeper into this particular world, and I think the most interesting aspect was the political ones and the ethical ones Wendy suffers from. In any society there's going to be a hierarchy. In Trylle Wendy suffers even more, because she isn't involved with just one kingdom this time around. The pull of both troll tribes were black and white if you ask me, and the complexity of this fantasy world amazed me. What would you do if you were princess? Would you fall into place and question nothing, or would you fight it and question everything? If you read book one you know which answer Wendy chose. I find her reluctance oddly endearing. She doesn't necessarily fit into either world, but she tries, and you can't deny that after reading this book. Just because she should do something or behave a certain way, doesn't mean she has to. I do wish she'd play her princess role up a bit more, because she might get more of what she wanted if she gave something in return. A little give might help her, but for the most part Wendy's highly fueled by wrong and right. Doing what's right to her is usually wrong to everyone else, but not once does she allow others to persuade her way of thinking. I will say that toward the end she seems to embrace her power after Elora explains why she's so important.
My only criticism was the overall progression once the book is over. Though we move deeper into this world of trolls, sometimes I felt for a sequel we could have gone even deeper. When Wendy's at the palace things seem to slow down, and it isn't until she leaves does it speed up. Maybe it's because the danger level is heightened when she's away from the protection of the palace, but either way I wanted the strength book one had. Things picked up in the end, but there's a period in the middle where nothing happens.
The romance, however, was my favorite part. It always is with any story, but there's something about Finn and Loki that kept my flipping the pages. I love Finn, of course, but I'm growing tired of his distance and his desire to remain loyal to the palace's order of hierarchy. Loki, on the other hand, was the opposite of Finn in every way, and I found myself just as drawn to him as Wendy. He's bold, charming, hilarious, and order isn't his thing. I don't expect any guy to turn his back on his world, but I do expect some compromise. Finn doesn't compromise, and I think Loki might have beat him out in this installment even with the shock at the end involving Tove. The relationships also grow tremendously in this book. Elora's indifference isn't exactly justified, but the reasons behind it have become clearer. She grew on me in a way I never thought she could. Her past unfolded in front our eyes and shined some much needed light onto who she is. Tove also got a bigger part, showcasing his amazingly cool abilities and we get to learn how deep Wendy's run and how powerful she really is.
Overall Torn was a fantastic follow-up to Switched! Fans of Wendy, Finn, and these amazing trolls will no doubt be satisfied! I can't wait for book three!show more
by Reading For Fun