Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Jan 22, 2021


by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book 2 in A Wicked Trilogy

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.


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Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout is the second book in A Wicked Triology, and starts up a few days after the first book ends, with our heroine, Ivy Morgan, healing from her near brush with death, with the help of her boyfriend, and fellow Warden, Ren Owens, and her bff, and brownie, Tink. All the while, she is trying to deal with what the Prince of the Otherworld called her ... the halfling. The very halfling that Ren's duty is to find and kill before the Prince gets to her.

Torn is the perfect title for this book. Ivy's world is torn apart. The Order failed in their latest mission, and the Prince and his knights came through the door. Her best friend betrayed her, and left her for dead. She found out she is the halfling that Ren, her boyfriend, and the man she is in love with, has been searching for and is sworn to kill. It's intense. The story is wonderfully original, and action packed. Jennifer Armentrout has found a wonderful balance, providing the action nessacary to move along the story, while not forgetting to actually write about it. In some of the most dire situations in the book, it didn't last just a chapter, which is what happens in a lot of books. It lasts multiple chapters. Character growth is not put aside for the sake of plot.

Ivy is still the kick-ass heroine that Jennifer Armentrout, I feel, should be famous for. But as the title suggests, she is torn. This book is really about Ivy fighting with the knowledge that she is not fully human, and what she knows of herself. There are just as many moments where she says, I am Ivy Morgan, as moments where she no longer knows herself. I suspect this will continue in the third and final book of the series. We didn't get too much of Ren in this book, which, as he once said in the first book ... sad face. Ren himself is torn. Between his duty, and his heart. Without getting into spoiler territory, he faces his own inner demons, much like Ivy. We didn't get too much Tink either ... but we do get the human size Tink, which leads to some hilarious banter between Ivy, Ren and Tink. I want to discuss the Prince, but I can't without spoiling ... so just know I haven't forgotten about the "big bad" of the series.

Torn, I feel, greatly improved on the first book. I found it less predictable, and while a lot of stuff happened, the writing and time focused on each action gave each plot point worth. The characters, by the end of the book, seem to be in a place where they are ready for the next step ... very much like I am ready for the next, and last book.