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Torn [Kindle Edition]

Christine Hughes
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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TORN 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.


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Torn is a paranormal YA thriller, that also nudges at the romantic suspense genre. It's a good vs. evil with touches of forbidden young love. Our heroine, Samantha, thinks she is a normal human teenage girl--not that any teenage girl can really be called "normal." But Sam has no reason to suspect that she is anything other than human. Her life revolves around school, her best friend and foster brother, Lucas, and her secret crush on her other foster brother, Ethan. Then her father dies and Sam discovers she is much more than she thought she was. She is supposed to fight for the light against the dark, but the dark side is so very tempting...the book is well-written, the storyline unique, and the plot strong. So whatever age you are, grab a nice cup of tea, a comfy spot on the couch, and enjoy. - Taylor, reviewer
 
 
The storyline in Torn is unusual and refreshing. While it's about the fight between good and evil--a common enough plot--the heroine is born of the dark but determined to fight for the light. She is also confused. She knows she wants to fight for good, but she is very tempted by the darkness within her. As she struggles to make her choice, the plot shifts on us and gives us more than one surprise. I was very impressed by Hughes. Her writing is quite good, her characters refreshing, and the storyline much more sophisticated than is normal for YA. I found myself riveted from the very first page. - Regan, reviewer

From the Inside Flap

I knew it was dangerous, but the voice was so tempting...
 
Samannnnthaaaa...

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937329518
  • Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing; 2nd edition (August 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EEO0T8G
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! September 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was told about this book from some friends. So I decided to give it a read. I was not disappointed one bit. I was the on the emotional roller coaster that Samantha was on. I couldn't put it down at all. There was a lot of action in it. Definite page turner. I can't wait for the next book. I definitely want to see how Samantha's and Ethan's relationship develops. Awesome read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the book is well-written, the plot stron June 9, 2012
By Taylor
Format:Paperback
Torn by Christine Hughes is a paranormal YA thriller, that also nudges at the romantic suspense genre. It's a good vs. evil with touches of forbidden young love. Our heroine, Samantha, thinks she is a normal human teenage girl--not that any teenage girl can really be called "normal." But Sam has no reason to suspect that she is anything other than human. Her life revolves around school, her best friend and foster brother, Lucas, and her secret crush on her other foster brother, Ethan. Then her father dies and Sam discovers she is much more than she thought she was. She is supposed to fight for the light against the dark, but the dark side is so very tempting. The book has a love scene in it that is pretty hot for a YA novel. Not that I minded. It's not a consummated one, of course. But if our hero hadn't freaked out because...(to find out why, you'll just have to read the book)...well, it would have been consummated. As much as I like my sex scenes, and I do, Torn was right up my alley. Overall, the book is well-written, the storyline unique, and the plot strong.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn July 10, 2012
By dallas
Format:Paperback
It's a easy read and there is a lot of action in the book. Can't wait for the next book to come out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By PRBabe5
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So I'm borderline on this one. And it sucks because I was prepared to really like it based on others' reviews. But if I am being completely honest, I had a hard time reading this book. Not that it wasn't interesting, but because the characters were just all over the place and I had no idea where this was going. It started out with James and that part was very good. Then things cut to Sam and at first that was going fine and I'm thinking so far this is interesting....until you jump back in time 6 months to when she first learns of her father's death and things just start to get difficult to read until closer to the end. The end was great. All of the things that were hinted at come to a head and then leaves you with knowing there will be more to the story. At about the last 10% of the book, it was back to being very good, but before we get there, the wishy washy back and forth that not only Sam portrayed, but Ethan and Lucas to a smaller extent just drove me crazy and not in a good way. I just wasn't understanding why she was so unstable. She was crazy about Ethan, but confused about Lucas. Then guilty about Ethan because of Lucas, then angry at Ethan, and seeking Lucas. She was angry and not herself, and convinced she was evil, but also convinced she would not succumb. I mean seriously all over the place. It comes together at the end when she has an epiphany, but until that point...I just wasn't sure what I wanted for her other than that Ethan NOT be the bad guy. Yep, loved him even when he was a little strange-acting himself. So yes, I will read the next book, but I can't say that I loved this one. Some may find this really intriguing, but I have to say that when I struggle to read something, I can't honestly say that I loved it and should rate it that way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted love December 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review. James was trying to protect something, something that they want. He has been for years, he thought he had more time, unfortunately he was wrong and his enemy Sebastian, now has the object. His last thoughts were of his daughter and how he hadn't been able to prepare her for what she was going to have to do. Samantha is still reeling from her fathers death, now she finds out that she's not the person she thought she was. She's not normal, she has a destiny and it doesn't matter if she wants it or not. She must take her father's place in the center of a battle between a group of fallen angels and the faithful. Her foster brothers Lucas and Ethan have knowledge of it and are training her. Thrust into a world she didn't know existed, she must now adapt quickly because she is the only hope of restoring balance. Teetering on the edge herself, she will have to make a choice and either way, she will have to sacrifice something dear to her. As if all that isn't bad enough, she has feelings for her foster brother, Ethan, which complicates things further. This story has action, suspense, angels, demons, secrets, magic, romance and surprises. I really liked this book. I loved the characters and the interaction between Samantha and her foster brothers. You will love watching the relationship between Samantha and Ethan developing amongst the chaos. I know that we will definitely hear more from this author. *There is some sexual content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back off Buffy! June 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I raised an eyebrow or two before I decided to take a stab at this one. Seriously, my genre is non-fiction history. In the past months I've taken a moment and stepped away from the comfort zone to see what else is out there. Some of the books have been really good while others shouldn't have been written. This one falls into the first category.

We have all seen the same old story line concerning good and evil. It's been done a thousand times with the same results, but never have we seen it from the eyes of a seventeen year old who is about to find out what everyone else already knew; she (unwillingly) holds the key between darkness and light. She alone can decided the fate of mankind or will she straddle both worlds and play both sides? That's pretty cool. This reminds me of "Time Weaver" by Thomas A. Knight.

The key players are Lucas, Ethan and Samantha. Lucas and Ethan have been charged with training her for a coming battle. She hasn't a clue what is going on. Hm, how many seventeen years old (male/female) have we known with that quality? Can't count that high.

The most intriguing part of the book, it is told in the first person. No one is describing the events or adding unwanted commentary. The words are coming from Samantha and her feelings. This is right up there with "Scars" by Patience Prence.

As I read farther, the plot and action picked-up. I can see where every teenage girl who thrilled with the adventures of Buffy and today's True Blood and Vampire Diaries will fall in love with this story. What teenager doesn't want to be a true heroine while also exploring the sensations and feelings of love? They can also relate to the inner demons facing Samantha as she is forced to decided which side to take and which lover will do?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down.
I read this book very quickly! I couldn't put it down and HAD to buy the second book. Well written and the characters are fantastic.
Published 4 months ago by Chandal
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up!
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.

The first thing I love about this book is the new cover! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paranormal Romance Junkies
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb read!
Torn is the first book in this series and I have to say, I loved it. It was a unique story and to be honest the betrayal, it wasn't the person I expected, and I love not... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cana
3.0 out of 5 stars Torn Review
This book was written by my friend's sister so I was very interested in reading it. I enjoyed this book because of it's very well thought out and well rounded idea and plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Rakestraw Kay
1.0 out of 5 stars Hire an editor! Can't believe I paid for this! If there's a good...
I almost stopped reading after the prologue, then I thought maybe the editor just missed that part, and decided to keep going. I am only 11% in, and mistakes are everywhere... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. M. Kilgore
4.0 out of 5 stars Putting her own spin on familiar themes
Destiny has a plan for Samantha that she knows nothing about. Before he can teach her what she needs to know to take her place after him, her father is killed trying to guard and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joyce Wetherbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on Angels
I was lucky enough to be able to review this for Christine Hughes. She was a completely new author to me and I really like her writing style. I liked her specific take on angels. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Becka
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read for YA readers
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
I was anticipating a book that mirrored another YA paranormal series, and I was pleasantly surprised by the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Xkoqueen
3.0 out of 5 stars Torn over Torn
* 3.5 Stars *

* I received a free e copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *

I am very Torn over this novel. Pun intended. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shelby M
5.0 out of 5 stars great start to the series!
Great first book to the series! Samantha was a little whiny, but she is also being dealt with a lot of information to take in, things she didn't believe existed, and a new look at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amanda - Xscape From Reality With A Book
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More About the Author

I've always wanted to write. Ever since I was little, I would craft stories and poems but the idea to actually do it "for real" never really crossed my mind until last year. After sitting on three paragraphs of what would eventually become my first novel, I decided to expand upon what I had. At the time I had no real idea of where the story would go, I just knew I had the time to do something with it.

I hadn't researched market trends, I had no idea about query letters or the evil synopsis, and I was green on the idea of agents and editors and all that is publishing, really. I just wanted to write something I enjoyed. I didn't plot, outline, or character build, I just wrote. And then an author friend mentioned that I should take my writing to a conference.

So with the confidence that my novel would surely be welcomed by all who read it, I signed up for as many seminars and critiques as I could. I knew someone would love it. In those two days, I found out I had a lot to learn.

Funny, but as a former English teacher, you'd think I'd have figured out the importance of editing and revision and revising again. You'd think I'd have known that the first draft is just that, a draft. And when the critiques started coming in, I thought I was done for. Not that the premise wasn't good (I was told it was), not that the characters weren't believable (I was told they were), but I used too much passive voice, I tense shifted and there were some holes in the plotline.

A few agents really liked it, but the market trend couldn't support it. Some were not fond of the way I told the story. I queried and queried my way to 57 flat out rejections and a number of partial and full requests that didn't pan out. But along the way I got some great criticism and pointers and I made the story better. Then, on a whim, I trolled the SavvyAuthors website and signed up for a three line pitch to an editor and I did a happy dance when she requested my full manuscript.

A month later, she responded that she loved the story and the concept but it moved too slowly but I could resubmit if I revised. I informed her I sent her a revision that was based on the opinions of agents, authors and peers but I had the original (cleaned up, of course) and I was sending it in to see if it was more of what she was looking for. And guess what? It was! One caveat, I had to revise the manuscript into past tense. Easy peasy, right? Wrong.

Revising into past tense from present is line editing your entire novel. And it kinda stinks. By the end, I thought my eyes were gonna start bleeding and pop out onto my keyboard. But you know what? That little "exercise" tightened up what was loose, filled in any plot holes that might've still been there and forced me to realize I could be a better writer.

The road to publication can be long. It can be a hop, skip and a jump from your first query. Nothing in publication is set in stone. The market is always changing. And the biggest thing I learned is that it's all subjective. Agents A-Y may pass but all you need is Agent or Editor Z to believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. And I believe in my first novel.



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