The war between Alec Graves' pack and the other shape shifters in town can't last much longer.
He can't win and he can't run away.
The new girl at school shouldn't matter, but the more he gets to know Adri, the more mysterious she becomes.
Is Adri an unfortunate victim or bait designed to draw Alec into a fatal misstep?
If Alec guesses wrong he'll be pulled into a fight that will cost him everything.
Publisher's Note: Torn is a YA Urban Fantasy novel, and is one possible entry point into the books that make up the Reflections Universe. The Reflections Universe is a series of clean YA Paranormal books featuring vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves and more, which have been written so they can be safely enjoyed by both young adults and older readers alike. Torn is followed by Splintered, and is one of several YA shapeshifter books available from Dean.
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Dean Murray is the successful author of multiple clean young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and epic fantasy series which collectively have more than 480,000 copies in circulation.
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The life of a shifter can be hard
Torn by Dean Murray could fit into a couple of different genres especially when you take into account it's sister book of Broken. It fits best into YA and paranormal romance. The story follows Alec and his group of shifters in their daily lives as they try to survive the advances of their rival pack led by Brandon. Alec's life is a constant struggle as his pack is weaker just trying to survive while Brandon's is full of sadists that will kill innocents for fun. The most interesting aspect is the way the shifters work. Their are two levels of shifter, the first is where the person changes from human to animal form the second is called a hybrid, which is much more like the werewolves most people are familiar with. Oh and it's not a good idea to call them werewolves to their faces, they don't like it.
Torn and it's sister novel Broken tell the same story through different viewpoints. This book gives a much better look into how the society of the shifter's works, but leaves several things unexplained dealing with Adriana, the new girl in town. Since the town's population is closely monitored and controlled by the two rival clans any questions about the new people can lead to a tip in the power balance and potentially cause fatal trouble to Alec.
The book is well done with the unique spin on shifting being a huge positive in my eyes. Although the paranormal romance isn't really my thing, I was entertained throughout this book. I will say that my understanding and appreciation was magnified after reading Broken as well though. This is a far cry from Dean's Guadel Chronicles though it is still some quality work.
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I am exhausted in the most amazing way! TORN is an emotional roller coaster. It’s rare to hear the same story from two different points of view, and while initially I thought it was a waste of time-it clearly was needed. Torn allows the reader to see things from Alec’s POV, to understand why things were done that Adri questioned in the first book, and to better understand the powers gained. There were a few times I felt like we were saying goodbye to key characters and the emotions that pulled at me were astonishing. Cannot wait to devour the next book!