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The Second installment in Amanda Hokings Trylle Books, is the continued story of Wendy adjusting to her new life as a memeber of the trylle. Wendy decides that she doesnt want her new life and decides to return home to her original family but the trylle have other plans for her.
Soon after returning to her family home she it kidnapped by member of the vitra another strong group of and the trylles sworn enemies that happens to be lead by her birth farther.
So Wendy finds out that the truth she had finally found when being taken back to her home town, wasn't the truth at all and that there is much more to her story than she is being told.
In this book another male character is introduced and you are no unsure which of the two Wendy is falling in love with if not both. Neither of the men would be choices that her new mother would approve of and both would lead Wendy to be seriously looked down on in the Trylle society. Wendy has to choose to protect her country and uphold standards or to fall in love and be happy (something her birth mother has never been).
This book has a totally different pace to the first book and has much more action and quite a fair share of fight scenes although there is nothing to gory (or I wouldn't have been able to read it). The story is compelling and interesting and the back story that comes out in this book shows that the author has spent a great deal of time thinking about the details and stories of different characters which leaves very little gaps which is great.
The book is well written but very easy to read and can be read quickly so great for slower readers or young adults / teenagers.
After receiving a very pretty looking book for my birthday (yes, I do judge a book by it's cover! Lol!), I was pleased to find that it was as enjoyable to read as it was pretty to look at, so enjoyable in fact that I immediately went out and purchased the next book in the series, hence this review!
The book in question is "Torn" by Amanda Hocking.
After Wendy has finally discovered why she has always felt different from her peers, and begins to understand why her so-called "mother" tried to murder her when she was only 5 years old, she is once again facing a choice, new world where she feels she belongs, but still can't seem to have a loving caring family, or her old life, where she has at least the love of an Aunt and her beloved older brother Mathew.
After she makes a decision she is soon forced to face the truth, that no matter where she goes her enemies will follow, though after a few home truths of her beginnings, she soon see's the line between good and so-called evil does become distinctly blurred.
Will she fulfil her destiny as Queen of the Tryelle (a magical goblin race), or will love win out, and if so, with who?
After reading the first book I found it very easy to stop seeing the main character Wendy as a teenage girl, consumed with fears and doubts, an start seeing her as a magical creature (still consumed with fears and doubts) but with the blossoming love she feels for her fellow Tryelle Finn.
This book however turns everything on it's head, with her discovering her rue parentage, and finding that her sworn enemies are actually family, so feels torn between the two, and not knowing where to turn for the best.
Alongside her feelings for Finn she soon discovers that there maybe another that could turn her head, that being the dangerously attractive Loki, goblin from her enemies camp the Vittra, but as her feelings develop can she really trust him?
This is a book that has been written and aimed at the teenage market, with my daughter enjoying this book too (and she is only 10!), there is no real violence to speak of, and certainly no sex, though plenty of intent!
The book flows beautifully, and has an almost x-men feeling to it, as many of the Tryelle race being magical in their own rights, thus producing some fantastic powers to be brandished in the inevitable fight scene's that take place throughout the book (though surprisingly all done with very little bloodshed!).
At the end of the book (which of course has been left wide open ready for the next book in the series, "ascend"), there is a small section of new material, with this being almost a diary written by the three main male characters, Finn, Loki and Tove, this was a really nice touch, as it opened up there characters enough for a little insight into how the book plays out, as the book itself is told from Wendy's point of view.
Finally there is a "Tryelle glossary", which is of course a dictionary of words used within the book, though to be fair if you had read the book properly the explanation of each word has been explained once in the story, though is still a nice touch.
Price wise this has a RRP of £7.99, but is currently being sold in Asda for £3.85.
This was a really enjoyable book that I would highly recommend for adults and children alike! Recommended!
Thanks for reading x