Tore: Divided Love by K D Ferguson, published and available to purchase.
Read: August 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Dystopia
Source: Book Tour
Synopsis: A future set in stone. For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.
After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns. Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even possible when the choice rests between freedom and love?
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Torn: True Love
Tore: Divided Love is the second book in a series, before reading and reviewing it I was kindly provided with the first book, Torn: True Love, by the Book Tour host. I’m going to give an overview of my thoughts for the first before diving into my review of the second.
When I began reading Torn: True Love, I felt there were a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games in the Government systems – there are districts, and each specialises in a commodity for the rest of the population. It wasn’t a close enough similarity to put me off the book, but when I began reading, that was my first thought. While the story is a Dystopian novel essentially about a corrupt Government and a rebellion, it was told from the point-of-view of a teenage girl who worried and stressed about “normal” teenage girl issues like dances and dates. For a while, I thought the Contemporary-vibe didn’t suit the genre, but soon realised that while in the head of a 17/18 year old girl in the near-future, these things are probably significant concerns. I have to say I wasn’t overly convinced of the love-story and for the majority of this book I disliked the main love interest, the romance seems to develop at lightning-speed and is very one-sided. Again, the speed of the relationship can probably be explained easily enough through the Government regime, but that didn’t really explain why Krissa comes across as needy, weak and insecure. While she does go through some difficult experiences that can help to explain these issues, it didn’t detract from the fact that I wanted to reach into the book and shake her out of it.
Tore: Divided Love
The second book in this series made me warm to Krissa much more. At times, certain attitudes and decisions she made can still seem a little weak, but when taken in context of the story they make more sense and I began to feel sympathetic to Krissa and her situation. I still struggle with the main love interest and the foundation of that relationship, though by the end things were made a little more clear and I think my heart ended up in shreds on the floor – I’m dying for the next book (which I hope is the last?!) to put the pieces together and see what happens. I need to know what happens to this society, who Krissa picks, if Braiden’s story-line is really over, what happens to Chance, just… so. many. questions. Overall, the second book was much more appealing than the first, though understandably you need to get through the first for the second to make sense… if that makes sense.
I don’t know if I would call this a “must read” but each book was fairly short and entertaining – and certainly by the end of book two I’m dying to know what happens next.
About the Author:
K.D. Ferguson is the author of Torn True Love and Tore Divided Love. Her first book debuted in April of 2013 and she is currently working on the third book in the series. After receiving an associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology she earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the State University of Oneonta. She moved away from her hometown, Oneonta, NY, upon graduation and moved to Concord, North Carolina, with her husband where she pursued a career in the retail world. Several years later, feeling unsatisfied in her career, Kristen dove head first into writing her first book. She can usually be found with an iced coffee in one hand and a pen in the other.