Today is my stop during the release day launch for Torn, the second book in Jennifer L Armentrout her Wicked Saga. I’ll share my review of the book with you today, an excerpt of the book and some teaser images.
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 on Ivy, 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.
So, I’m a bit torn over this book (pun intended) because although I did enjoy it (it’s JLA, so come on like) and there were loads of things I loved about it (Ren and Tink anyone?) there were a few niggly issues which stopped me engaging in my usual gush-fest; things that prevented me from rating this a five-star read.
But I’ll start with the good stuff. I loved how Ivy behaved in this book. She gets on with things, refusing to be seen as altered or injured or weak, and she never indulges in self-pity. She wants to take control and deal with things head-on. Rock-on Ivy.
Ren is still a hot, sexy, sweet guy and I totally ship him with Ivy. Yes, he lost his way a little but I forgave him because he recovered spectacularly. I enjoyed the romantic scenes between our couple even if they were a bit scant overall.
TINK!!! Omg, I loved Tink in Wicked but he’s even better in this. And that revelation – ha, ha! Genius. The scene where he is “outed” is hysterically funny and I was chuckling away to myself.
The latter scenes involving the Prince were awesome. Creepy, a bit debauched and depraved, but awesome all the same. And I want to help Ivy string that Breena (Breana??) one up.
What I love the most about this book – and this is classic JLA – is the witty banter between Ivy and Ren, Ivy and Tink, and Tink and Ren. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
The writing is superb as usual, the characters are well developed, and the world building was decent.
Probably the biggest issue I had was with the actual storyline. It was too predictable and there wasn’t enough happening to drive the plot forward. Certain aspects of the story lacked depth, in my opinion, and I wonder how well they would hold up to more detailed scrutiny. I could be specific but I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I’ll say no more. I also felt the pacing was off which I was most surprised at because Jennifer’s books are almost always perfectly paced with a mix of action and romance that flows consistently. I actually struggled to get into the first twenty percent of this book and I was starting to get bored. Thankfully, it picked up after that and it became a non-issue thereafter.
Overall, Torn was still a very good read – it just didn’t blow my mind in the way most of Jen’s books do. But I’m still very invested in this series because I love Ivy, Ren, and Tink, and I want to find out how the story concludes. If you enjoyed Wicked, and you are a fan of Jennifer’s, then you’ll most likely enjoy it.
This review will appear on my blog in due course: http://myyanabookobsession.com
Thanks to Jennifer and her publicist, Kelly Simmon, for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I lifted my right hand, reaching for my iron stake out of instinct, even though I knew it would do no good against the prince.
“You shouldn’t do that.” His voice was deep with what reminded me of an English accent. “I know you want to, but it would be very, very unwise of you, Ivy.”
My hand twitched.
Creepy Prince smiled slightly. “Your friend has been very helpful.”
That got my hackles up. I slid my sunglasses onto my forehead and forced my tone to stay calm and level. “I’m sure she has. Speaking of Val, happen to know where I can find her?”
His lips curled in a semblance of a smile as he stepped closer. The prince was tall, taller than Ren, who was pushing six foot two. My entire back stiffened as I forced myself to hold my ground, even though every instinct demanded that I run and run super fast, because he had almost killed me once before. Correction. He would have definitely killed me if he hadn’t realized what I was and had, I guessed, healed me.
“I’ve been waiting for you,” he said, instead of answering my question, his pale blue eyes fixed on mine.
My hand curled into a useless fist. “That is extremely creepy to hear.”
That cold smile returned. “Why don’t we talk? There are seats across the way.”
“Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
The slow smile increased but never reached his eyes. “Oh, I know it is.”
Fine hairs rose on my arms.
“What exactly can you do right now?” he said in the same coldly polite voice. “Refuse me?” Creepy Prince laughed, and it wasn’t a bad sound. Again, it was something that was just cold, as if he were mimicking what a human would do. “You can’t.”
“I can.” My palm itched to grab the thorn stake secured under my pant leg, but I held still. I might be reckless, but I wasn’t stupid.
“Really? I will have to beg to differ on that. You see, humans surround us. So many of them, and I have an extraordinary appetite.” His eyes appeared to glimmer as his gaze slithered from the top of my curly head down to my toes. “A rather impressive appetite for many, many things.”
“Okay. First off, ew.” My lip curled. “Secondly, I don’t want to hear about any of your appetites.”
One dark eyebrow rose. “Oh, but you should know that I could kill twenty of these humans in less than five seconds and feed on the rest, leaving them to believe that it was this little red-headed girl who murdered these innocent people.” His voice dropped even lower as he leaned in and icy air brushed my cheek. “You deny me this, those lives will be on your hands, little bird.”
Anger flushed hotly as my eyes met his. There wasn’t a single part of me that doubted anything he said. He had me. God, I hated to admit it, but he had me.
About the Author:
#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.