Friday, May 3, 2013

Torn by Christine Hughes

Title: Torn Author: Christine Hughes

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Pages: 276
With the sudden, mysterious death of her father, Samantha discovers her life isn’t what it seems. Not only isn’t she the normal teenage girl she thought she was, Sam must now take her father’s place in the fight between two groups of fallen angels, the Faithful and the Exiled, in a race to save humanity. In addition to dealing with a devastating betrayal—and having feelings for someone she’s forbidden to love—Sam must also fight the growing darkness within her as she struggles to make a choice between fighting alongside the Faithful or succumbing to the temptation of the Exiled. Both sides require sacrifices Sam isn’t sure she can make.

I knew it was dangerous, but the voice was so tempting…

Unable to speak, I wiped the beads of sweat from my forehead and looked around. I swung my head toward the window and peered outside, searching for the source of the taunting voice. Where was he? The sky had darkened significantly and just beyond the trees I saw a swirling shadow that seemed to pulse. The vegetation surrounding it had withered, becoming gray and lifeless as though the shadow had sucked up all of the energy. A faint hum filled the air, growing louder as the shadow pulsed faster.
Samannnnnnthaaaa…It’s time. Join us.
“Where are you?” I could barely get the words out. “What do you want from me?” This voice had plagued me for months and I wanted to know for sure it was Sebastian, yet the thought of finally knowing, finally seeing him, scared me more than the uncertainty.
The voice chuckled. Join us and I will show you everything.

“Never,” I whispered. “Never. My father died protecting me. I will never come to you.”

Again, a high-pitched and foul laugh rang in my head, making it spin. Dark clouds rolled ominously overhead, the wind picked up and the dull humming became inescapable white noise. Silly girl. You will come to us. You will make the choice. It is your destiny.

Despite my protest, I stepped toward the window then, leaning over the sink, I reached up to unlock it. My reflection was unrecognizable in the glass. My hair was wild and my eyes were huge and black as shadows emanated from within me. Whatever was out there was reaching for me with ghostly fingers, and as I opened the window, a dark mist snaked toward the house. I closed my eyes in giddy anticipation of the unknown.
Jenn's Review:

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was like great more angels!  ;) Thankfully this book turned out to be absolutely fantastic. It was the typical fallen angel book.  Sam is the only hope and her protectors are brothers Ethan and Lucas.  Then we get a warning that someone will betray Sam. Let me see right off the bat, I knew just knew who was going to do betray her.. Well I was wrong or at least the person I was hoping it would turn out to be was wrong.  He He. The Exhiled Fallen Angels are bad and want to take over everything. The Faithful still fight to save humans and be saved themselves.  The problem... Sam has both light and darkness inside her and she is so tempted to sway.  Torn was a must read and I am now a huge fan of Christine Hughes.  I will be stalking her to find out when I get can more of Sam, Ethan and Lucas!  This book flowed smoothly and sucked me right in!  If I could rate Torn higher than 5 I would!!
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Sheri's Review:

I was nervous about reading this book and only because it involved angels.  I am not religious in the least, and I worry that with it being Angels, it would be religious based.  It wasn't other then to explain about the two factions.  The Exhiled and the Faithful. 

Sam is hope, Ethan and Lucas are her protectors once her father has fallen.  Sam has a choice to make, a side to pick.  She is of both and the choice is not always easy.  The Exhiled have taken much from her, but it calls to her and the darkness that is within her.  The Faithful is what she wants to be.  Wanting isn't always enough though.

Throw in a complicated love interest, a best friend drifting away and leaving behind everything she had and you have one amazing story!

Hands down one of the best stories I have read of 2013. Christine has an amazing style of writing that sucks you in from page one and leaves you breathless to find out what is going to happen next.  I took my phone to dinner and read while I waited for it to be served.  I read in the car, I read every moment I had available trying to finish the book and find out what would happen.

The cliffhanger is extruciating!!!  I am so glad I read this book and I happily look forward to the next one.  WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY BE OUT SOON!!!!!

Overall Rating:
5 Seriously Amazing Flame Reading Dudes!!!!

About Christine Hughes:
A former Army brat, Christine Hughes moved quite often. She spent much of her time losing herself in books and creating stories about many of the people she’d met. Falling in love with literature was easy for her and she majored in English while attending college in New Jersey.

Not sure where her love of reading and writing fit, she became a middle school English teacher. After nine years of teaching others to appreciate literature, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, TORN – a YA paranormal released by Black Opal Books on June 9, 2012. Now at home focusing on making writing her new career, she spends her time creating characters and plot points instead of grading papers.

Music has become an integral part of her writing process and without the proper play list, Hughes finds the words don’t flow. At least a few times a week she can be found at the local Barnes & Noble with her Mac and headphones working on her next novel. Her novel Three Days of Rain was released by Black Opal Books January 5, 2013.


1 comment :

  1. Christine HughesMay 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Thank you for the awesome reviews! :)