Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review: Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Torn (A Wicked Saga, #2)Torn

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga
Publisher: JLA
Release date: 19th July 2016
Pages: 299
Source: Amazon

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from the first book

I have been really looking forward to reading Torn despite not completely loving the first book, Wicked; it was the first book by JLA that I didn’t completely love but the sequel was all sorts of wonderful.

This book is a continuation of Wicked, so they should be read in order so that you know who is who and what is going on.

At the beginning of this book Ivy Morgan is recovering from being betrayed by her best friend and fellow order member Val and almost killed by the Prince of the Fae. After finding out what she is, she doesn’t know who she can trust but she does know that she needs to prevent the fae prince from creating an apocalypse baby with the Halfling and opening the gates to the otherworld.

Ren is Ivy’s newish boyfriend and part of the Order’s Elite, he is committed to his job and despises the fae so Ivy is petrified that he’ll want nothing to do with her once he finds out what she is. Ivy and Ren are both amazing! I loved their chemistry and their banter; you couldn’t help but hope for happiness for both of them after everything that they have been through, I felt they both grew as characters from the first book.

The Prince of Fae is the type of villain you love to hate, emotionless, powerful and cruel he is intent on opening the gate to the otherworld and will do it by any means necessary. His treatment of Ivy was harsh but she stayed strong despite what he put her through.

Many secrets were revealed which had me shocked! Everything that Ivy thought she knew about the Order and the fae has been wrong so it was great learning the truth as she did.

The biggest surprise in Torn was Tink! Oh my gosh, I adored him; he definitely brings the humor to the story and I loved his big reveal and the way he looks out for Ivy, their friendship has really grown.

JLA’s books have been more miss than hit for me lately but this was very well written and wasn’t filled with trademark snark which at time does become too much, this had the perfect blend of everything that I have always adored about her books.

My only gripe was the wait between books, I know that this is sometimes out of the authors control but I originally read Wicked in 2014 so I had forgotten a lot of what had happened, JLA did a great job of rehashing everything but it is hard to keep up with such a long break in between books.

Overall, Torn had a great blend of romance, mystery and wit; it’s a thoroughly entertaining NA Paranormal and I am excited for the next book in the series Brave which has an anticipated 2017 release date.

Jennifer L. ArmentroutAbout the author: # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


  1. *LOVE* your review, Sharon! I haven't read Torn yet but I'll be picking it up very soon. The first sentence of your review really grabbed me. Because I felt the same way... I enjoyed Wicked, but I didn't love it. (I think I gave it about 3.5 stars which totally hurt my heart. I mean, it's JLA!) Even so, I've been so excited for Torn. And now I'm even more excited after reading what you have to say about it. The only downside is that it's been so long I feel like I might need to do a Wicked reread... or at least the last 50 pages or so... just to remind myself of some finer points that I've probably forgotten.


    1. Thank you Tanya! I can't wait to hear what you think, Wicked was the lowest rating I have ever given a JLA book :0 so I was so relieved that I enjoyed this a lot more.

  2. You have me wanting to meet Tink Sharon! Love your review :) I should add these.

  3. i like it. i love your review. thanks for your post Sakura Beauty

  4. Ahhhh, I stopped when you said "spoilers"!!! I bought the first one recently so I really need to pick it up, especially with your basically 5 star review ;) Jennifer's stuff is so easy to read, I could bang it out in day, probably!

  5. I needs to read this series. Yea, I'm like you... even if I don't love a book by her it isn't enough to get me to abandon the whole series. :) I know I would probably adore at least one book (yea, probably way more than one) in the series.

  6. I'm getting tired of saying things like "I haven't read anything by JLA yet". Sriously, I just need to do it already! :D

  7. I've about starting this series but I've put it off since I usually struggle with some of her books but it looks like I need to take a second look at it and maybe add it to the pile.


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