The “hot d*mn” boys from the mind of JLA strike again, or my review of Torn

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Torn (A Wicked Trilogy #2)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: July 19th, 2016

Format: Kindle

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

4 star (griffin)

If there is one way to describe Jennifer Armentrout’s writing, it’s this: if you have a YA genre that feels a bit overdone or you can’t imagine a new take on it, think again. JLA will give even the most tired tropes a refreshing and infinitely unique new spin. While still bringing some laugh out loud moments and plenty of swoony boys and sexy bits thrown in.

Torn essentially picks up where Wicked left off: Ivy is freaking out about her recent halfling discovery, and that halfling being… well… her, and that she happens to be dating the dude that is in town specifically to hunt said halfling down. Which is a problem, especially since things are getting little intense between Ren and Ivy. In addition Ivy has also lost her best friend in the worst possible way and the sleazy as hell to the point of being downright scary Fae prince wants to use her as an apocalyptic baby oven.

Given those circumstances, Torn gets a bit darker than Wicked. While Wicked had the sweet budding romance to temper the more gruesome realizations, Torn faces them head on and gives the reader a front row seat as well. Not only is the relationship between Ren and Ivy challenged, but Ivy is also dealing with the body count from the ending of Wicked and a significant betrayal. And then there is the second half of the book that sends Ivy through the ringer.

Torn is an epic and engrossing sequel, it leaves you hoping for what’s to come while not sweeping the trauma that it’s characters’ endure under the rug. This is definitely a book you’ll finish in one sitting, or wish you could, and further establishes why JLA is an author to return to again and again.

Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us.

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