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.
Well, this book was quite interesting and a trip to say the least. One thing I’ve noticed about JLA’s books is that I always think it’s gonna go in one direction and then I’m thrown a complete curveball and it ventures off into something completely different and surprising. She keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure. I really liked most of this book and I like the direction we seem to be taking for the final bit of the story but there were some things that went down in the middle of this book that bothered me. It’s not really something Armentrout did with her writing because the way she wrote Ivy in that part was perfect. It’s the situation in general that bothered me and gave me flashbacks to what were essentially horrible books for me. I’ll get into all of this in more detail later on but I swear, if it wasn’t for that part I would have no problem giving this book 4 stars. And I really wanted to. But alas, 3 1/2 stars it is. Which is still a good and well deserved rating.
As per usual, since this is the second book in a series I cannot properly review this without revealing any spoilers so a SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.
- I might’ve been annoyed that it was revealed that Ivy was the halfing and I was really hoping she wouldn’t be, I understand why she is. I think one of the main reasons I was hoping to avoid this was so we wouldn’t have to go through the whole keeping it a secret from Ren thing and just constantly dragging out the fact that he doesn’t know what she is. But then I remembered this is JLA writing this book and she’s not one to drag shit out like this. I feel like if this was any other author this would’ve happened maybe in the last 50 pages of the book. But thankfully with Armentrout, the big reveal happened like a third of the way in and we were able to continue the story with everything out in the open. Sure, Ren didn’t react in the best way but he reacted as expected and I can’t be mad at him for it. Well, maybe I can because if he wasn’t such a butthead about it then a certain plot line wouldn’t have happened but then we would also have had a relatively boring book. But the point here is that she told him pretty early on in the story and we didn’t have to deal with Ivy keeping secrets from him and just constantly lying, which I hate. Also I feel like Ren really redeemed himself in this book, not just because of how he reacted to Ivy being the halfling, but in general. I had a hard time trusting him in the first book but it seems like he’s stepped up a lot more and I can fully love and appreciate him.
- I’m gonna talk about how much I hated the storyline with the prince capturing Ivy later, but a good thing actually came out of this part. The good thing about this plot line is the fact that there was no sense of romantic feeling between Ivy and the prince, Drake. I’ve seen this countless times in YA where the man in power captures/imprisons the female protagonist and over their time together she learns that he’s “broken” or “had no other choice” but Armentrout doesn’t have time for any of that here and neither do I. The relationship between Ivy and Drake was that he captured her and is holding her against her will, forcing her to do things she never wanted to do, and she hates everything about him and would love nothing more to escape. There’s not an ounce of sympathy for him and he’s not painted as a tortured soul in any way. And honestly, the only reason she continued to be his prisoner is to protect Ren because she’d do anything to keep him safe. That’s the relationship this story revolves around and not once do her feelings stray from Ren. I would’ve honestly been so angry with Armentrout if she sparked a romance between Ivy and Drake so I’m beyond happy that she did nothing like that and I can still love her and call her my favourite.
- One thing I loved most about this book was how we’re getting more of a history between the relationship of the Order and the fae and how it seems they used to actually work together. It’s interesting to know that there are actually some “good” fae out there and that they used to help the Order. It also makes you wonder what went wrong between the two and what brought them to this point in time. If there are good fae and the helped the Order, what made them stop? And why is it redacted from their history? It seems that this relationship is being reborn since we’re seeing the “good” fae helping Ivy escape from Drake and are doing everything they can to help her take him out. I’m really hoping we dive deeper not only into the history between the two groups but into this newfound relationship because it seems like it could be really good.
- I didn’t think Tink could get better and yet, he did. I mean he was still beyond ridiculous and hilarious but the biggest surprise was that he’s not a tiny little fairy thing. He’s a full grown, 6’5 man. And he’s powerful as hell. I can’t believe he hid that from Ivy all this time and now that I know he’s huge I can’t imagine him any other way. Though, I really loved thinking of him as like the male version of Tinkerbell on crack. It’s an odd adjustment. But I love how good he is for Ivy and it’s wonderful seeing how much he loves her.
- As I mentioned above, I truly despised the plot line of the prince imprisoning Ivy. It was good for the plot, sure, but just everything that Drake did never sat right with me. In all honesty, I found him to be rather disgusting. Like he really thought he could get his precious apocalypse baby by pretending to be Ren? And the fact that he constantly blurred the lines of consent was repulsive. But this entire storyline gave me flashbacks to horrible books where the man, typically in power, held the girl captive and would manipulate and abuse her in various ways but in the end they still fell in love. I know that didn’t happen here but it made me think it would and it irked me. I wanted to throw up every time he was in the room with Ivy and when he tried to force himself on her. Like I said, Armentrout truly did nothing wrong with this part of the story because she never changed Ivy’s feelings or created sympathy for Drake. If anything, she did the right thing with it. But on a personal level, I did not like Drake’s character or what he did to and with Ivy when he held her captive.
- While I feel like the first book was a good balance between YA and NA, it kind of felt like YA elements overpowered this book a little. It might be because we didn’t see Ren for a while and Ivy was, well, held captive and all, so there wasn’t really much time for the fun stuff. It’s not really a bad thing, but I missed that balance.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- This was a solid middle of a series book that surprisingly didn’t suffer from second book syndrome. The plot seems to be heading in a good direction and the characters are developing in a great way. I have high hopes for the conclusion of this series but if I see anyone sympathizing with Drake I’m throwing my iPad out a window (ok…..not really, it’s expensive).
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Torn (A Wicked Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Pages: 369 (eBook)
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