Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Torn (Torn, #1) by K. A. Robinson

Title: Torn
Series: Torn #1
Author: K. A. Robinson
Category: New Adult 
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary
Rating: 1.5  stars out of 5
Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

 (received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review)

 My Thoughts    

In all honesty, I was pretty excited to start Torn. It sounded like it was just the kind of emotional read I love to get lost in. However, that didn’t happen. Sadly, this book wasn’t what I expected at all. Though the idea seemed interesting, it ended up not being a book I could get lost in.

I’m also going to be honest when I say I actually didn’t even finish this book in its entirety. Several times I wanted to just put the book down, but I made myself continue reading it in hopes it would get better. However by 87% I just couldn’t do it anymore. I knew by then, this book wasn’t delivering what I wanted.  I then skipped to the last page, read the ending and that was it. I put the book down.

The characters, mainly Chloe, drove me nuts! Never before have I ever wanted to shake a fictional character as bad as I wanted to shake her. It seemed her actions were done without a thought of any consequence.  All she seemed to do was hurt others, and put herself in bad situations. I couldn’t get emotional attached to her character, or become emotional invested.

Then we have the bad boy love interest, Drake. Now, at first, he seemed like I would actually enjoy this character. He has the bad boy theme definitely going for him. But as the story progressed, I just didn’t like his character. He wasn’t that much of a bad boy, just a man whore. He didn’t really bring anything challenging to the story, or the main character. He, like Chloe, annoyed me. He felt too over used, not that original.

If you know me, you know I HATE the love triangle, unless it’s done right. Which is so very hard to do. Well, sadly, the love triangle in Torn was just….not good. It was a mess. All it seemed to do was drive me crazy. And all Chloe seemed to do was just hurt Drake and the supposed love interest.

The pacing, to me, felt too rushed. Especially at the beginning of the story. It felt like there was no flow to the progression of the plot, or the development of the storyline. I also couldn’t get into the author’s writing style. The words felt choppy; didn’t always flow right. 

The story also felt forced, and I couldn’t feel any real originality to it. Sad, I know. But I just couldn’t. The theme the author used didn’t feel original or unique in its own way.  Yes, the theme the author played upon has been used before, therefore not unique, but usually authors can add elements to make it feel special in its own way.

I do hate when I have to rate a book below three stars. But sadly, I just could not get into Torn at all. It just wasn't a book for me.  I couldn’t connect to the characters. Not even on an emotional level. The characters also just got on my nerves. And I honestly didn’t enjoy the story.

Even though I didn’t enjoy Torn, I am sure there are others out there who will love it!



  1. *hugs for Magen* I very rarely see you get this mad at a book. I mean I've read negative reviews from you before, but this book clearly hit a sore spot. Thank you for being honest and I deff know to stay away from this book now. Also I loved this "He wasn’t that much of a bad boy, just a man whore." This is a very important distinction in my opinion. Great review Magen!

    1. It just frustrated me! It seemed the author just played on themes already used by authors, or ,I guess, you can say she was trying too hard to be like certain authors? But anyways, I hate giving really negative reviews, but can't help it sometimes :( *hugs*

      And thank you!!! :)

  2. Aw so sorry you couldn't get into Drake and Chloe

  3. Aww.... it is sad that you weren't able to get into this one.... :( Going by the blurb it does sound good, but I can see you were clearly frustrated. You need to be able to connect with the characters if it is going to work for you and it's obvious that you couldn't. Well worded review though girl!!

  4. Sorry to hear that this book didn't meet your expectations. I agree, the idea of the book sounds great and it's a shame that it wasn't as good as you expected.

    I hope your next read will be better, Magen.

  5. Sorry this one didn't work out for you Magen! I had been back and forth about getting it- but I think I'm going to just pass on it now. I agree- love triangles HAVE to be done right for me to like them. Choppy writing styles really make it difficult for me to read also, so I don't think I would have been able to enjoy it because of that alone. Thanks for being so honest with this though girl. :D


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