Genre: Young Adult -Paranormal
Publishing Date: October 17th, 2011
Page Count: 205
Source: Sent to me by the author
Descriptions from Goodreads.com:
Shape shifter Alec Graves has spent nearly a decade trying to keep his family from being drawn into open warfare with a larger pack. The new girl at school shouldn't matter, but the more he gets to know her, the more mysterious she becomes. Worse, she seems to know things she shouldn't about his shadowy world.
Is she an unfortunate victim or bait designed to draw him into a fatal misstep? If she's victim, then he's running out of time to save her. If she's bait, then his attraction to her will pull him into a fight that'll cost him everything.
Torn is exactly what the description describes and i couldn't be more pleased. I am used to reading about female point of views, and reading Alec's point of view was very refreshing and different. Instead of reading about body/beauty image and romance it was more about "manliness" and power. It stayed focused on maintaining order and protecting the pack, while also giving an insider view of what goes on in a boys head. It definitely touched base on romance, but in a males point of view. It wasn't puppy love, or love at first sight, it was apprehensive, shy, confusing love and i loved it!
I really enjoyed that the emotions all felt real and didn't feel like the author didn't really know what they were talking about (hopefully this would be so since the author is a male lol). Alec's character cares about honoring his fathers legacy, protecting his friends and family, and making sure that everything he did was for the right reasons and for the good of the pack. He was never selfish, until the new girl gets to town, and even then he feels guilty for it and doesn't want to be selfish. He never thinks of himself.
I especially loved that like the description of the book says that there was suspense. You never know until the end what the new girl, Adri's, intentions are. The entire time Alec goes back and forth between her being innocent, to her being a threat every time a new piece of evidence comes to the surface. As soon as you are convinced of her being one thing, its turned around again. I really can't wait what the next two installments will bring to the story, because the second is the same story, but told in Adri's perspective and the third is an addition to the story.
Really, really good story! It is very interesting when you get to read a novel told in the opposite sexes point of view. You almost feel like a fly on the wall. I really loved Alec's unselfish character who always thought everything through, and only based decision on the good of the entire pack. Torn is full of suspense on what will happen next with the new girl and what her true intentions are for being in their town. I loved every second of it and can't wait to read the other two novels from the series. Dean Murray did fantastic with this story and it couldn't have been better!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.75/5
*Book image and description are from Goodreads.com. The image and description are linked to web page. This novel was sent to me by the author for an honest review*