In arc review


Title: Torn
Author: Natalia Jaster
Genre(s):  Young/New Adult, Fantasy
Release: June 20th, 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

"She feels merry, so very merry.
That's the impression Merry gives,
That's the perception."

When people ask me for my favorite indie author, my answer is immediate: Natalia Jaster. Ever since reading the Foolish Kingdoms series two years ago, I've been obsessed with her romantic fantasy blends. It's not only the Foolish Kingdoms series that has enamoured me, her series Selfish Myths also massively managed to peak my interest. Torn is the second instalment in this beautiful series and comes out on June 20th, which means it's high time for me to review this beauty.

What is this book about?
Torn takes place three years after Touch, and follows Anger's POV. Because Anger has fallen in love with fellow deity Love, which is impossible in the world of the Gods, he's banished to live far away. Meet Merry. Merry is very merry, or at least she likes to think so. She was banished a long time ago as a baby for not living up to her full potential as a deity. Merry might be Anger's solution to regaining his magic and returning to the Peaks, however, in doing so, he'll have to break her heart...

"He doesn't want the sunrise.
He wants her glowing in the dark.
He wants her light back."

What did I think of Torn?
Torn follows up Touch, but takes place three years later. I really liked that Natalia has opted for a time jump, which meant that we got to see the same characters but a few years later. This entailed seeing how they ended up and how some of them progressed. We get glimpses of Love and Andrew, the protagonists of Love, and what they're up to now, which I really appreciated. We also see how Anger has potentially degressed or developed, which in that regard, I think the time-jump was a good choice.

Much like her other books, Natalia's writing is again superb in Torn. I'm a huge fan of her whimsical prose that seems to slightly change whenever she takes on a new character's POV. There's puns, but also tons of lyrical quotes that make her writing so very unique. Considering this is a mature YA Romance novel, kind of along the tones of The Bargainer series and A Court of Thorns and Roses, her writing is a mix between New Adult and Fantasy writing but in a way that is unlike anything I've ever read before.

As for the characters, I didn't think any of Natalia's books was able to trump Trick for me. Trick was my first discovery, and remained the most precious. However, she might have just done it with Torn. Torn was an absolute gem in terms of characters, story and development. Merry might be the new love of my life; her bubbly, quirky personality sharply contrast the abrasive, intense nature of Anger, but the two manage to make it work somehow. I loved the scenes in which Anger gains a noticeably soft side for Merry's antics; their dynamic was absolutely phenomenal! The theme of found family has always been a strong factor within Natalia's books, which I really appreciate considering it's one of my favorite tropes. In light of this, I loved getting to see how Anger's character seemed to develop as the book went on. Merry manages to slowly break all of Anger's walls down until they've become best friends, which was something we didn't get to see a lot in Natalia's writing (since most of it is Hate to Love and not Friends to Love, which I LOVE!), but Torn provided a breath of fresh air.

Lastly, I think the plot of Natalia's books is always very original, but I have such a weak spot for the Selfish Myths series; the concept of deities falling in love in a romantic fantasy setting is everything I didn't need and more. Torn, then, is filled with plot-twists, but also heartfelt moments.

All in all, this book was another solid five star read. It's rare for me to not give Natalia's books a five-star rating, so this is certainly no exception. However, I think this might actually be my new favorite book of hers. Make sure to pick this up when it releases at the end of the month, because it sure is worth it!

Thank you to Natalia Jaster for providing an ARC of Torn!

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