“I was not alone in this.
I was only a little torn, but not broken.
“Yeah,” I said. “I’ll be okay.”
And I was brave.”
I read Torn the moment it was released, I didn’t stop reading until I had read it twice. It’s truly no big shocker that I am a J.L.A. fan. For heaven sakes I managed to give my social anxiety a run for it’s money, and actually meet not only J.L.A but her goof ball of a model Andrew Leighty. I even manage to get inspired through the character in the Lux Series when creating my book blog from blog, from Katy’s Krazy Obsession book blog. Now I have noticed that a lot of the 5 star reviews on Goodreads, are coming from a loyal fan base of Armentrout, who have either Pepe Toth, Andrew Leighty, or Jennifer L. Armentrout as their profile picture. I read their reviews, and even talked to another book blogger that is a HUGE J.L.A. fan in order to understand their overall excitement about this book. I do feel that this book has some great elements, it has some great shocking moments, but I can’t shake the feeling of being overall disappointed with the plot of this book.
I feel that the plot point of this book is similar to other Armentrout books. The usage of secret compounds that only magical people can see. The need for urgent discreet mode of transportation in the form of a big black SUV or Hummer. The large range of grade A military weapons that seem to never be questioned. Well come to think of it that might actually be a true feature in the paranormal world, that is unfortunately reflected in the mundane world. Obtaining all grade weapons seem to be comfortably easy until government regulations about guns change, so that feature in the book is truly accurate.
I really felt like I was reading about Alex and Aiden from the the Convenient Series. I really felt numb. I really love stories about Fae. I really felt that at the end of the first novel, it truly left me wondering for weeks to come until Torn was publish, how exactly is this Fae Prince going to change the heart of our red headed protagonist to create the apocalypse baby of his dream. The Prince of the Winter Court named Drake, practically murdered Ivy Morgan, before he realize she was the halfling that he needed. Once he realize who she was, he quickly went healing her from the most survey of her damages sustained from their fighting.
When that moment occurred I really spent the rest of the year wondering what he was going to do, to help woe Ivy into the league of super evil! I really wondered what Amrentrout had in store for us! What I did not expect is for the Prince of the Fae to be a rule friggin douche! I mean seriously? Nothing says, “Let me hit that baby one more time”, than calling the woman that you’re asking to have fairly relationships with while she watches you get oral sex from a woman that tortured you’re one true love Ren. This is exactly what happen to Alex in The Convenient when she fought against the God of War. It’s the same thing that happen to Josie when she was attacked int he novel The Titan, a spin off of The Convenient.
I just truly wanted to read something different that did not reflect the similar writing pattern that I have read before from other series, from this author. I was really hoping that the Fae Prince Drake was going to more than a orgy demanding character. I would have like to learn more about him that his ability to keep on sexing on. I would have like to learn more about the dying far world. Hoesntly I just wanted to know more. I feel like there are a lot of missing plot points, character developments, as well as growth between character relationship that are missing when it comes to Ivy and her love interest Ren, along with Ivy and the villain Drake.
A villain’s story is never truly revealed entirely to the readers, yet as a reader we still have a great sense of understand that the villain is a reflection of the hero’s journey. Let’s face it, what’s a villain but a hero in their on right? I did not feel that with Drake. He was just a classic douche back character that really did not have a great development as a villain. He did not have a misguided sense of justice that leads readers to want to love him, despite the fact that he continues to illustrate none redeeming qualities of pursuing his own sense of justice towards his people.
I don’t mind the fact that Drake is open about his sexuality, or takes enjoyment in sexual attention. I just feel that there is a better way to go about creating that type of environment in a better way, I’m looking right at you Mark! I really feel like you want a Fae trilogy that has equal part adventure, along with romance, I’ve enjoyed reading more of Cassandra Clare’s YA novels, along with Holly Black’s take on them, Sarah J. Maas seductive Chapter 55 in A Court of Mist and Fury. However Torn was just a great big disappointment.
That being said I did enjoy one character in particular and that’s Tink. I though Think was extremely annoying in the last book, but I am pleasantly surprised as a reader how much Think has changed my opinion of himself. If it wasn’t for Tink, and his magical way of strategizing the wonderful mystical world of Amazon Prime, I’m not sure we would ever have anything in common. In the end, if you’re looking for a set of characters that are physically attractive to each other. If you’re looking for a book that deals heavily with sexual tension, sex, and more sexy fn time, then you are in luck because A Wicked Saga is for you.