by Amanda Hocking
3/5 Clear Eyes
**This may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book**
First, a quick summary 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 master her magical powers—and marry an equally 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."
Torn is Hocking's second book in her Trylle series, right after Switched. Just as I found of the first one, Torn was a light and fun read with not much beyond that.
While we did see some awesome character development with Elora, and I even got my dose of Loki (Yay!), I found that the feelings between the characters was missing a believable element. While it was evident that Wendy loved Finn and Matt really wants to protect Wendy at all costs, it just never seems... Believable to me, unfortunately and I can't quite put my finger on it as to why.
While we did see some exciting plot twists in the newest book, I managed to predict the royal Wendy became engaged to from book one. Not that this is a bad thing. In fact, it kind of made me happy that I could predict it. Like I was some all-knowing-book-predictor or something like that... Anyways. The other twists that I couldn't predict didn't really seem to make any sense to me once they were made. There was no real hint at them earlier in the book, nothing that really made me think "How could I have been so blind?!" but it was more like "...What just happened?"
All in all, Torn is an easy, fun read when your brain is in need of a break and I can easily say that I liked reading this book.
One Day: Three Ways
This is a twenty-paged story living out the day of the engagement party through Tove, Finn and Loki's eyes. It was refreshing to have a break from Wendy's POV and switch into the other characters, especially Tove. I don't know what it is with me, but I have an obsession over aura's and colours and I absolutely LOVE Tove for having the ability to see others aura's... And his need to do what's right for his soon-to-be Kingdom, of course.