Torn



➳ Torn Read ➻ Author Christine Hughes – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 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.Torn

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 itI 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 conferenceSo 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 learnFunny, 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 plotlineA 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 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 editor Lauri Wellington and I did a happy dance when she requested my full manuscriptA 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 wasof what she was looking for And guess what It was One caveat, I had to revise the manuscript into past tense Easy peasy, right WrongRevising 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 writerThe 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 And I am happy that Black Opal Books does too I hope you do, as well.

Torn ePUB ò Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 340 pages
  • Torn
  • Christine Hughes
  • English
  • 22 March 2017
  • 0615867774

10 thoughts on “Torn

  1. says:

    I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest reviews.Plot line.Good vs Evil is the basis of this story as with millions of others in the same genreChoises between good and evil is as old and older than writingBeing betrayed, having to choose is ancient, Cain and Able can tell you thatSamantha however has a twist on this age old battle, one I found entertaining and I am sure it will resonate with most readers.5 Characters.Samantha, Sebastian, Lucas and Ethan forms the ba I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest reviews.Plot line.Good vs Evil is the basis of this story as with millions of others in the same genreChoises between good and evil is as old and older than writingBeing betrayed, having to choose is ancient, Cain and Able can tell you thatSamantha however has a twist on this age old battle, one I found entertaining and I am sure it will resonate with most readers.5 Characters.Samantha, Sebastian, Lucas and Ethan forms the basis of the main protagonists of this story with Samantha being the character at the heart of it all.Samantha does not faint, she does pass out, but from exhaustion, the fact that she does not faint 10 review rating.I am always taken aback by authors who write STRONG female protaganists and have these faint twice on the first page,Samantha is not such a protagonist and Christine is not such an author.Lucas is the sweetheart, Ethan the hearthrob and Sebastian evil incarnate but not even in retrospect was all as it seems in the garden of Eeden, so why should it be here 5 for charactersWriting style and editing.The book is not flawless, oneedit line would have dont the world of good.But the story was soooo good, that I, a true pain in the butt with these things noted and moved on 4.5 Overall impression and recommendation.I loved this book I really did It is good, it is fresh, it is a YA novel written by a grownup which means it is full of action and emotion but that terminal teenage angst was missing.I recommend this too all who read nephilim, angel stories or who love a paranormal twist It will not offend any faith or belief system but will entertain and delight.WaAr

  2. says:

    Back off Buffy 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 w Back off Buffy 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 Ah, but there is a problem Are the potential mates there to train and watch over her, or is there asinister plot brewing Will Samantha s rage for her father s death guide her to the dark side or will she learn how to control her hate and channel it in the right direction Think of the movie Red Dawn when the guerilla s learn that their parents were executed How did that turn out Yep, Samantha is full of pent up energy that when used out of rage and anger has everyone ducking and taking cover, and I MEAN EVERYONE I recommend this book to all girls and women who are thirsting for a strong female character who never completely conquers her inner demons

  3. says:

    I found that angel books have a high exception of what they are supposed to be like Most are all angles are good and so on Torn wasn t your average angel book I really liked Sam and her personal struggle with what she felt and how she acted She knew what she wanted, even if that wasn t what it seemed like to the others I enjoyed her personality and she wasrelate able The background and explanation of the angles was wonderfully written I liked the suspense and you didn t really know h I found that angel books have a high exception of what they are supposed to be like Most are all angles are good and so on Torn wasn t your average angel book I really liked Sam and her personal struggle with what she felt and how she acted She knew what she wanted, even if that wasn t what it seemed like to the others I enjoyed her personality and she wasrelate able The background and explanation of the angles was wonderfully written I liked the suspense and you didn t really know how it was going to end, which a lot of books DO have predictable ending The romance is this novel, was just enough It teased you, and left you wantingwhen the book was done Torn will suck you in and you ll want to keep reading to the end And then wantChristine did a wonderful job with this novel

  4. says:

    Sssssamatha I mean who could not love a book with a creepy voice some in a girls head This book is great It has fallen angels who are both dark and light Some sexy hunk of guys that are with Sam every step of the way I really couldn t put this down I read until 3am.So if you want a fabulous book with angels who are both light and dark and with a girl who is struggling to come into her own THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU All I can say is WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING I want someSam, Sssssamatha I mean who could not love a book with a creepy voice some in a girls head This book is great It has fallen angels who are both dark and light Some sexy hunk of guys that are with Sam every step of the way I really couldn t put this down I read until 3am.So if you want a fabulous book with angels who are both light and dark and with a girl who is struggling to come into her own THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU All I can say is WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING I want someSam, Ethan, and even Lucas..BRAVO BRAVOI was given this book by the author for a honest review FIVE ANGEL FAIRIES

  5. says:

    Torn was an excellent book with great pacing and plot twists Hughes ability to create believable likable characters is spot on I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great story.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed Torn, it was an interesting book to keep me occupied for a couple of hours Samantha, is a fallen angel with both the blood of the Exiled and the Faithful When her father is killed before he can explain anything to her, the job falls to her best friend Lucas and Ethan She will have to choose a side to fight on, and since she is of mixed blood both call to her, especially the Exiled The book really came from the characters Hughes does an excellent job with her character development I enjoyed Torn, it was an interesting book to keep me occupied for a couple of hours Samantha, is a fallen angel with both the blood of the Exiled and the Faithful When her father is killed before he can explain anything to her, the job falls to her best friend Lucas and Ethan She will have to choose a side to fight on, and since she is of mixed blood both call to her, especially the Exiled The book really came from the characters Hughes does an excellent job with her character development I felt like I was in the middle of the story When Samantha met several other Faithful angels and they reacted so negatively to her, I felt myself copping an attitude If I had been in her shoes I would have said, Fine, you think I m so dark and evil I ll just take the Heart of Hope and all of my abilities and joined the Exiled How do ya like that Yes, I do have the maturity of a 5 year old I found it refreshing that Hughes allowed her characters to be good yet have judgmental attitudes I m expecting in the next book thatExiled will join the Faithful and have less judgmental attitudes That fits with real life When you ve made mistakes ion life and can own up to that you are less likely to judge others Whereas, many of the Faithful have never had to fight for the light, for forgiveness, and for strength to stay faithful to their chosen path They can be quick to make assumptions and pass judgment on others like they did with Ethan and Samantha and I can see how if the Exiled choose to switch allegiance they may have the opposite attitude One particular thing that set this book apart was that both the Faithful and Exiled are born human and have the bloodlines of either group and can ultimately make a decision as well Most fallen angel books seem to just have the angels making a decision as to where their allegiance is, and I thought it was creative that Torn included a bloodline as well.I ve read so many books in the angel genre, but this is one of the first that recall where the protagonist had to walk both sides and be the balance I think that was a unique plotline that will allow Hughes to explore various areas and scenarios in her books that other authors haven t done yet That being said, the plotline was fairly predictable from the beginning That doesn t mean I enjoyed the book any less just like I enjoy Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series Even when you know what to anticipate, the author can make it enjoyable through his or her character development, and Hughes did just that There is one thing that bothers me with all of these YA books, and that s the betrayal of someone in the inner circle The author always depicts the betrayal as a huge shocker, yet for those of us who have read several of these books we know who that person is going to be from the moment we pick up the book SPOILER ALERT Once Ethan mentioned that he didn t know who is father was I already made the connection in my mind I do wonder if Hughes will use that background as a development to her plot or if it was just for shock value END SPOILERI m expecting Sam will have to walk a path alone, but with Ethan doing his best to support her The Faithful will never truly understand her, except perhaps the older generation or those with special talents I think the Exiled will actually understand her , which I believe will ultimately result in the joining of the 2 groups Granted many will choose not to, but I see that as Sam s purpose As Hughes made clear Sam s path is to walk the 2 groups and be the balance Ultimately, a leader has to arise and it would need to be one that understands both groups.I recommend this book if you like angel books, or even just paranormal Hughes does a great job with her characters, her world building, and I think the plotline will continue to evolve and keep her readers interested.I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by LOP

  7. says:

    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 hide the Box of Hope Protecting and training Sam is now the responsibility of Lucas and Ethan The protection her father gave her will wear off when she turns eighteen and so far, Sam is clueless Having grown up with her, the guys decide Sam needs to know the truth her father kept from her if they are going to have he 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 hide the Box of Hope Protecting and training Sam is now the responsibility of Lucas and Ethan The protection her father gave her will wear off when she turns eighteen and so far, Sam is clueless Having grown up with her, the guys decide Sam needs to know the truth her father kept from her if they are going to have her continued cooperation.Samanthaspecial than she could have imagined Her parents were part of the Fallen, angels who are descendants of angels who left heaven It s all about choices The Exiled are those who chose the dark side seeking to control everyone and convince them to walk away from their faith in God The Faithful are those who strive to protect humans from the Exiled, to remind them that God still exists Sam sits in the middle Her mother was one of the Faithful, who died when Sam was born Her father, a former Exiled, who walked away when he could no longer tolerate what was being done, kept his past from his daughter as long as possible.The guys take her to New England where others can help train and protect Samantha There she meets others who can help The voice is back stronger than ever, taunting her, telling her to run Sam s abilities arepowerful than the others thought and fed by her emotions Her power comes from both parents and isn t under her control yet Frustrated by a love that shouldn t be and blindsided by betrayal from a direction she couldn t have anticipated, Samantha is torn in two and doesn t know how to pull herself back together She better figure it out quick she s running out of time.Hughes has taken two familiar themes and put her own spin on them Most of us have heard of Pandora s box at some point, most likely in school In Torn, Hughes put her own spin on it, creating something new to play with in the form of the Box of Hope I m going to go out on a limb here and guess that many readers of fantasy have come across the term nephilim at time or another too, generally considered to be the children of angel and human parentage Here again, Hughes has put her own twist on things and given us a division where one side wants to control everyone and the other wants to protect free choice.A teenager still struggling to come to terms with the truth of her father s life and death, a destiny that sets the fate of the world square on her shoulders, and good and evil angels arethan any girl should have to deal with Hughes spins an intriguing story that works well with the twists she has put on things Samantha is very believable as an emotional and occasionally over wrought teenager Well written, near perfect editing, I truly enjoyed this story I m also very happy I don t have to wait for the sequel as it s already in my library.I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lop or Lovers of Paranormal Another wonderful read by yet another author Torn was a beautifully written book with strong characters The whole angel aspect was not new, but the story definitely was But there were times in the book, if you read very closely, you can figure our what happens in the book view spoiler like the fact that Lucas is the one who betrays them If we read closely we see that Sam repeatedly says that Lucas has chang I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lop or Lovers of Paranormal Another wonderful read by yet another author Torn was a beautifully written book with strong characters The whole angel aspect was not new, but the story definitely was But there were times in the book, if you read very closely, you can figure our what happens in the book view spoiler like the fact that Lucas is the one who betrays them If we read closely we see that Sam repeatedly says that Lucas has changed, that he is not the same guy any Also the fact that Ethan is Sebastian s son Once we find out that Ethan was an Exiled and later towards the end we hear hear Sebastian being confident about Ethan s allegiance, we realise the truth hide spoiler But this kind if predictability does not ruin your experience of the book Torn is Samantha s story How she deals with her father s death and the resultant consequences She s walking a thin line between darkness and light, and she has the power to ti the scales either way But what she needs to do is maintain the balance between darkness and light, despair and hope, hate and love, because one can t exist without the other Add to that her feelings for a guy for whom she should not be feeling anything.Her dad s death almost broke Sam, but when her best friend Lucas and his brother Ethan tells her, her father was not the man she knew but an angel, it becomes the last straw She is not given enough time to grieve her father and mourn his loss But piling on the reality of her situation does nothing to help her She finds herself gettingandangry and wanting to hurt people The only one who centers her is Ethan In this journey where she wants to avenge her father s death, she realises that Anger fueled by love will not condemn you Anger in spite oflove makes you no better than those you seek to destroy She realises that only love can help her stand her ground, and to defeat the darkness she needs to first accept it too Betrayal by someone she thought to be family and feelings towards a guy who is forbidden makes her task all thedifficult In her quest to save her loved ones as well as the humankind, will she lose herself Samantha grows as a character through the course of the story She becomes a warrior from just a normal teenage girl She grows into her abilities and accepts who she really she She is in a constant inner turmoil and keeps fighting to stay on the right side There are a few things that might confuse a reader in the beginning though The prologue starts in March, where we find out Sam s father is dead, then in chapter one starts in September where Ethan is in training with Sam, chapter three goes back to March The author does not mention the year so initially it gets a little confusing as you think it is moving forward than talking about a past incident A definite four star book Cross my fingers for the second book

  9. says:

    Argh Prepare yourself for a cliffhanger my friendsSo let me start with the iffy part first The beginning of Torn did have me a bit confused as it went back and forth between present, past, dreams and reality I got to a point where I wasn t sure if a pivotal scene with Samantha aka Sam our poor tortured main character actually did happen or if she just dreamed it Later in the book these first few chapters are explained and I was fine with it at that point.So that s the iffy and her Argh Prepare yourself for a cliffhanger my friendsSo let me start with the iffy part first The beginning of Torn did have me a bit confused as it went back and forth between present, past, dreams and reality I got to a point where I wasn t sure if a pivotal scene with Samantha aka Sam our poor tortured main character actually did happen or if she just dreamed it Later in the book these first few chapters are explained and I was fine with it at that point.So that s the iffy and here is the oh sweet angel in heaven goodness The whole thing Period Loved this book I enjoyed this story as much as I enjoy a chocolate bar at midnight Um, in case you don t know me that is a whole heck of a lot The synopsis is self explanatory so I won t repeat that What I will tell you is Christine Hughes does an amazing job of exploring the gut wrenching confusion and feelings of Sam who is torn between good and evil Part of you wants to slap Sam and tell her to man up or whatever the female equation of that is but if you put yourself in her shoes you realize she is spiritually being ripped in two by forces that she has no control over Her best friend Lucas and his older brother Ethan act as her guardians trying to protect her and train her for a future that she has technically not decided on yet As they race to protect Sam from the evil fallen angel Sebastian, basically he was the brains behind the the whole apple in the garden of Eden plot that destroyed man s ability to live peaceful lives yea, thanks for that Sebastian , we come to realize we can t always trust in whom we thought we could and the answers may not be the ones we want.This is a wonderful first book to a series that I will most certainly be following There are some nice twists and turns along the way and as I stated in the beginning of my review there is a cliffhanger that will leave you hopeful for the future and yelling at Christine to write faster Oh and there is a nifty little forbidden love story too.I received this book as a freebie through the Lovers of Paranormal book club Read2Review program in exchange for an honest review

  10. says:

    Review 6 I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.This is a fantastic YA paranormal thriller romance that I fell in love with Samantha English thinks she s just another teenager, but she s not She is a fantastic character, who is confused and upset at the death of her father However, she finds out that there were secrets kept from her by her father and the two boys in her life, Luke and Ethan Secrets that completely shatter her world.T Review 6 I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.This is a fantastic YA paranormal thriller romance that I fell in love with Samantha English thinks she s just another teenager, but she s not She is a fantastic character, who is confused and upset at the death of her father However, she finds out that there were secrets kept from her by her father and the two boys in her life, Luke and Ethan Secrets that completely shatter her world.This book starts out at a fast and relentless pace, and never really slows down It grabbed my attention and held it almost from the first sentence The tension in this story is quite palpable, as a good thriller should be The protagonist, Sebastian, appears briefly in the beginning of the book, but doesn t actually appear to Samantha until two thirds of the way into the book, although his presence is felt from the first page It is quite chilling Luke and Ethan are brothers, taken in by Samantha s father when their father was killed in an accident After her father s death, however, Samantha finds out that she is a Fallen Angel and she must chose between the Faithful or the Exiled It is a battle between good and evil, with a splash of forbidden love and betrayal thrown in for good measure.Christine Hughes has written a fantastic YA Paranormal Thriller Romance that is completely unique Instead of Heavenly angels, she has written about Fallen ones that are battling among themselves I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series I highly recommend this YA Paranormal Thriller Romance to the older teens, as there is a heavy make out session that, although not consummated, is a bit on the steamy side Lynn Worton WaAR

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