May 26, 2014
Title: Torn by Fury
Author: S.M. Reine
Publisher: Red Iris Publishing
Publication Date: May 19, 2014
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: S.M. Reine
Elise Kavanagh is marching on New Eden, the city angels have built from the bones of human victims. She’s hellbent on making them atone for their sins–no matter the cost. Rylie Gresham has realized that werewolves are the key to defeating angels. They’re apex predators, designed to bring powerful, immortal beings to heel. She has no choice but to follow Elise into war against Heaven…especially since it’s the only way to protect her family from complete annihilation. The angels are prepared to defend themselves. Their magic will tear the universe apart. And if they have their way, there will soon be no Earth left to save…
Torn by Fury. I don’t even know where to start. I know I’ve done previous reviews about how much I love this series and Elise, but it’s been a hard road to follow. James’s betrayal and seeing how much Elise had changed just from the beginning was especially hard to deal with. This book though, this book might have held some redemption for James.
It’s hard not to give anything away because there is so much backstory to understand before you see why this book is the best in the series so far, but suffice it to say that James undergoes a big transformation in this book. At least, it seems that way. James has always been selfish, and no matter how much he loved Elise it would always be with a caveat or condition. Here though, James makes a sacrifice, a true one. One that will change him, but leave Elise intact. Simply because she doesn’t wish to change and would rather die, but he can’t imagine a world without her in it. Such a big step from where James started out at, and even a huge step from where he was just two books ago.
Elise is a constant, it’s one of my favorite things about her. Yes, she does grow and she does change, but the fundamental part of Elise doesn’t. Elise knows who she is, flaws and all, and she is not apologetic for it. If she does things she regrets, she makes amends. Usually she just is very straightforward about her personality and the people who accept her become her closest friends. This book doesn’t change that, but it does add a depth to Elise that I didn’t expect. I had guessed who Marion was, but am now utterly confused as to what happened her.
I just can’t praise S.M. Reine’s writing enough. These are not literature or even the most well-written books I’ve read. However, she creates such intriguing and interesting characters that none of that matters. There are no gaping plot holes here, there’s no terrible grammar or punctuation. Just good characters, and good storylines that somehow dig themselves into you and make you want to keep reading.
I woudl give this book 5 out of 5 stars, as I’ve given most of her books. Without fail all of them have made me feel for the characters, and think about these books long after I’m done with them. I can’t wait to see what the next book Sins of Eden holds for them, but I do hope that at the end of this series it involves Elise getting her quiet ending.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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