Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson
Two people with battered souls are thrust together unexpectedly, leaving a profound impact on each other’s lives. Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about. Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever. Falling for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden feelings are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.
When I saw the new edition of Torn in NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to review it. The original edition received much criticism and I was interested in the change between the old and new editions. I couldn’t put my Kindle down until I’d finished reading it.
Torn brings you on a roller-coaster ride. It seems like a typical love triangle at first, but then the subtle differences in the story makes it unique. The story is filled with intense emotions: both positive and negative, mainly the latter. It relentlessly pounds you with the struggle faced by the main character. And right when you think everything is going to be okay, it leaves you with a cliffhanger.
You’ll either love or hate Chloe, depending on how you feel about her choice. She has to choose between the loyal best-friend and the tattooed bad boy. A no-brainer choice, right? Wrong. Initially, I thought that her love problems were a little insignificant, compared to her bigger problems involving her mother, and I still think so, but I enjoyed the way the story blended her past and present problems together.
I usually tend to gravitate and cheer for the bad boys in stories and this one was no different. Behind his uncaring, hard facade, Drake is actually a nice person. You could imagine my chagrin when his feelings were “stomped upon” just as he was beginning to open up. Logan is a nice guy, but I spent 3/4 of the book hoping that he would make a dreadful mistake. He’s the type of guy you would love to hate, but just can’t.
Conclusion: Torn was a quicker read than I had expected it to be. The drama was nonstop but enjoyable. Not all the drama was centered around the love triangle. There were other sub-plots pertaining to abuse and drug usage. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Twisted! Based on its synopsis and what I read in Torn, I’m looking forward to seeing how the problems between Chloe and her drug addict mother develops.
About the author
K.A. Robinson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Torn and Twisted novels. Visit her website at www.authorkarobinson.blogspot.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”