07 December 2013

Torn

Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

While Switched started off rocky, Torn doesn't have as much of that problem.  Granted, it starts with a pouting Wendy that runs away from the Trylle when she learns that Finn will no longer be watching over her, leaving her little reason to stay when she has been missing Matt and her aunt so much.  So she runs away from her responsibilities and her new world to seek comfort from what she knows.  On this respect, I scoff at Wendy - she seems like an annoying, whiny, self absorbed girl who doesn't take other people's thoughts and feelings into consideration and doesn't think through the consequences of her actions.

While the beginning doesn't start off rocky, it does start off a bit slow and it is still a bit of a jumble with the back and forth between the mundane world and the magical one.  But one character in this novel makes up for almost all the other downfalls - Loki.  I can't put my finger on why I like Loki so much.  Perhaps because he is a bit of an enigma, perhaps because he is one of the few characters that has more than one dimension.  We don't really know where his true loyalties lie, which helps add some suspense and intrigue to the series.  His interaction with Wendy and the others is always entertaining as well.

Amanda Hocking is still far from a knock your socks off writer, but she writes in a contemporary, quick to read style that makes for a light beach or weekend in bed reading.  And while a lot of the dialogue is lacking and some is a bit eye rolling worthy, it is still a good guilty indulgence that definitely seems to get better as the series continues on.

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