Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published July, 2016 by Self Published
Genres: Faeries, New Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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.
Torn unfortunately didn’t offer an improvement on Wicked, but I was more prepared for what I would find within the pages this time around, which I guess is saying something. Like its predecessor, Torn is slow-moving, predictable and overloaded with pop culture references that fail to pass as humorous.
Swallowing the lump in my throat, I closed my hand as I lowered the thorn stake. “I’m the halfling, Ren.”
Now aware that she is the at the top of the Order’s ‘kill list’, Ivy has a hard time adjusting to what her new status as half fae, half human will mean for her relationship with Ren. I cannot tell you how excruciatingly tiring it was witnessing Ivy having to hide it from him. Despite the fact that she was pretty sure she was in love with him, she wasn’t willing to risk telling him about her discovery of her true heritage. Uh, something must be wrong in your relationship, then, Ivy. Considering this was ‘new adult’, I expected something a little more mature regarding this matter. I wish heroines were more resolute in their stance that if you can’t tell your partner everything, especially something as huge as this, then you’re not with the right person.
“You can fight this all you want, but I know the game and the rules,” he said, and my stomach roiled as his icy breath coasted over my cheek. “I know how this ends, little bird. And trust me, you will be consenting sooner than you realize.”
But, Ivy eventually tells him and things kind of start spiralling out of control from there. Kidnapped by the Fae Prince (who’s a gigantic asshole) Torn takes a darker turn and sees Ivy imprisoned with the fae for quite a bit of time toward the end of the book. It was here that I started seeing the tiniest gleam of potential in this book – where the ‘good fae’ and a possible alliance between them and Ivy began taking shape.
We also got to witness the resolution in the Val storyline, which was a bit lacklustre. I wish we had come to understand her motivation a bit better, or see how she had been pulled over to the wrong side. I felt this story arc was a little limp, and could have been handled a lot better. I was happy about the Tink revelation and have to admit I prefer him and Ivy together more so than she and Ren, but obviously that’s not going to happen.
“I was a halfling. I wasn’t the same Ivy from a few months ago. Everything was different now. I was different. There were places in me that were still cold, that were still full of insidious shadows, but I wouldn’t be cold forever.”
As I mentioned, the pop culture references are back in abundance and still aren’t humorous to me. Whether it’s The Walking Dead, Dance Moms, Honey Boo Boo, etc. it’s all a bit much. I can’t see someone in five to ten years reading this book and understanding any of the ‘jokes’. I mean, Tink names the kitten he gets ‘Dixon’ after Darryl Dixon and I just wanted to facepalm.
At this point, I’m really just continuing this series to see where in the hell it’s going to end up. I kind of have my guesses, but it’s a fluffy ride. Knowing what I know now about it, I wouldn’t have started it in the first place, nor would I recommend it to anyone. There is the tiniest sliver of potential in this book, but it just falls victim to too many tropes and unfunny jokes. And oh my God, I just hate the amount of unnecessary swearing… still!