My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I used to hate it when characters swore undying love for another, only to discover in a later book that their feelings for the first guy weren’t so strong after all when they meet someone else. But reading Torn made me realise that this is just the way love works in real life, particularly when you are only 18. You meet someone, they make your heart flutter and then after a while the excitement dies down until you meet someone else. Amanda Hocking does an amazing job of telling this story. There is no great climax to the story. It just quietly builds builds builds, but somehow she kept me reading. I had to keep reading because after a very short while I had become so invested in Wendy, the flawed and real to life heroine of this story. It’s the characters that drive this story along rather than the plot. Okay, so there is an evil king. There is a princess, a queen, they have powers, there is a handsome guy that sweeps Wendy off her feet (actually, several of them), a palace, beautiful dresses… But it is the connections between the characters that has kept me enthralled. The hint of menace as Wendy tries to decide what to do with her life is overshadowed by her relationships. I can’t wait to start reading Ascend.