by Christine Hughes


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TORN 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937329518
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

A former Army brat, Christine Hughes moved quite often. She spent much of her time losing herself in books and creating stories about many of the people she’d met. Falling in love with literature was easy for her and she majored in English while attending college in New Jersey.

Not sure where her love of reading and writing fit, she became a middle school English teacher. After nine years of teaching others to appreciate literature, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Now at home focusing on making writing her new career, she spends her time creating characters and plot points instead of grading papers.

Music has become an integral part of her writing process and without the proper playlist, Hughes finds the words don’t flow. At least a few times a week she can be found at the local Barnes & Noble with her mac and headphones working on her next novel.

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Torn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
KitttyKat More than 1 year ago
From the minute I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Torn draws you into the life of Samantha who went from oh-so-normal teenager to having a major choice between good versus evil in a flash. Will she choose good because it's expected of her or will she give in to the temptation that awaits her on the dark side? Not only does her choice keep you on the edge of your seat but she also has to deal with her forbidden love and a heart-breaking betrayal. What will Samantha do? What will she choose? There's only one way to find out....
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite Samantha English’s life has become a deep dark nightmarish dream. Her best friend Lucas whom she had grown up with and his brother Ethan are powerful angels. They are special angels sent from above to help watch over and protect Samantha. The life that she thought was her own was all just a façade. After the life-altering events that followed the death of her father, James English, she is forced to confront a world that she didn’t even know existed, a world that she was protected from for almost eighteen years. It is a world where fallen angels, the Exiled and the Faithful, are at war with each other. It is Light against Dark, but both were needed to keep the balance of the universe. The Box of Hope was the key, the special box that James England died trying to protect from the hands of the Exiled. Samantha must find the box for she is the keeper of the pendent, The Heart of Hope. The two must come together in order for the balance to be restored. Samantha has been told that she is the key to keeping the balance between both sides. She must find the box along with The Heart of Hope pendent. She is the keeper of hope, faith and love and without it, only darkness and despair would exist. Born of both the light and the dark, Samantha must make a powerful choice. Will she fight on the side of light or will the pull of the darkness inside overcome her?. The love that she has for her guardian angel Ethan is all but forbidden, and after the ultimate betrayal that devastates her, Samantha has no other choice than to follow her destiny. "Torn" by author Christine Hughes is a supernatural fantasy at its best. As the title implies, the characters are all fighting a battle within. Torn is a place where angels coexist and live undetected by humans. It is a world where there is continuous struggle between light and dark, good and evil, and hope and despair. Torn is a world that one can’t help become lost in. The characters in the book are interesting and it all seems very real and not just a supernatural fantasy. And the story is believable in that the reader has no other choice than to be captivated by the words on the pages. The reader easily gets swept up in Samantha English’s world where angels prevail and evil is all around. If you enjoy the lure of the supernatural, this book is for you. "Torn" by Christine Hughes will not disappoint you and will keep you longing for more. I can’t wait until book two becomes available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, not my usual genre so it took me a minute to pick it up, but when I did I could not put it down. Great storyline and very good ending.
Dannie40 More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time getting into the book initially. However, after the first couple of chapters, I could not put it down!! This is an excellent book with a new and refreshing outlook on the existential fight between good and evil. I hope that we will see more works from this author ... especially (hopefully) a sequel. :)
FormerOz More than 1 year ago
This is my first YA book with fallen angels as the theme. I wasn't sure what to expect with them as main characters and was more than happy to give them a try. Torn started exciting right away but then for just a bit was confusing which bogged me down just a tad. There are some flashback scenes in the first few chapters that I had to reread to determine when it exactly it was taking place. But by the middle of the book the story had picked up and really started to move coming to a great climax at the end. What I liked about it was Samantha's "walking the line" between darkness and light and the decision she has to make. I liked that this wasn't quite as predictable as some may have written. Samantha is complex and not your typical heroine. I will definitely read the next book in this series.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
Torn by Christine Hughes After reading the synopsis for this book I knew I would enjoy it and I was right. It is a great story and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Torn is a YA book, but it doesn't necessarily feel like YA to me, so don't let that hold you back from reading it. I really liked Samantha and she is true to the title of the book, torn between light and dark, wanting to be on the side of light but struggling to live with/control the dark. To me it was great example of the struggle of light and dark inside us all. I enjoyed the conflict and how those around her weren’t all enamored with her from the very beginning. I enjoyed the romance in the book as well and can't wait to see how that develops in future books. The book kept me guessing, and I had to get used to the jumping back and forth in the timeline but I figured it out. Again really good book and look forward to reading more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the minute I picked up the book I was hooked. Who doesnt like a little good and evil with some romance on the side. Worth the purchase, can't wait to read the next book in the sequel.
RavenPayne More than 1 year ago
Torn is quite simply amazing. Hughes holds your attention from the very first chapter, dangling you with suspense and anticipation.I could literally feel the emotions that Samantha was emenating just pouring off the pages. You really have to feel for Sam as her life as only she knows it is yanked away from her and she's thrown into a battle between light and dark with Samantha being smack dab in the middle. She deals with love, loss, betrayl, grief, and transformation in such a short period of time, you wonder how she can handle it. But she does, the only way she knows how. I found myself becoming angry right along with Sam as she discovers the biggest betrayl of her life. Amidst the chaos, Sam finds strength through her growing love for Ethan. They are both fighting the feelings they have for each other while also fighting the darkness they were both born into. When they're both betrayed by the person that they least suspect, the battle to balance the light and dark takes precedent over the love that they can't ignore. Hughes leaves you on the edge of your seat as one battle ends and the war continues. I can't wait for the sequel!!!!
Maryann_M More than 1 year ago
There a some books that take you awhile to get into the story. Then there are those rare few diamonds that can capture you at the first few words. This is one of those rare books! Immediately you are brought into Sam's world and you are hooked from there on out. I couldn't put this book down! I can't wait to read the sequel and hope she maybe has a prequel in her as well! What an amazing storyline and the twists just had me continuously guessing up until the very end! HIGHLY recommend this book!
LAKuehlke More than 1 year ago
The YA paranormal thriller Torn by Christine Hughes is an excellent, well-written novel, and I was instantly unable to put it down. This highly addictive story begins with action on the very first page and keeps the reader immersed in a whirlwind of mystery, suspense, and romance throughout. I was immediately able to connect with the protagonist, Samantha. Having always thought of herself as a "typical girl", she finds out how very untrue that is after the tragic death of her father. Everything she ever thought she knew is proven false, and she must come to terms with a very new and frightening reality. As a descendant of angels, she is caught between light and dark, having to decide not only who it is she will choose but also who she will fight alongside in an epic good vs. evil confrontation. This is not an easy decision for her, and I thought the internal conflict that she faced was written in a way that made her extremely believable as she struggled with confusion, grief, anger, and heartache on her journey toward becoming stronger and more sure of her destiny. Samantha is watched over by her life-long best friend, Lucas, and his older brother, Ethan. Though Lucas has become more like a brother to her, Samantha has secretly fallen for Ethan, as he has fallen for her. The romantic tension that exists between them is heightened by the fact that theirs is a "forbidden love". There are many moments between them - both sweet and steamy - that have the reader cheering for them as a couple no matter the consequences. The author's voice and style are incredible, creating a world into which the reader can easily become immersed. The plot twists keep the reader guessing until the very end of the book. I highly recommend Torn and know that you, like I, will be left wanting more of Samantha's, Ethan's, and Lucas's story once you reach the end of this first book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Torn was a great book. I like how Hughes demonstrated the relationship between good and evil. Samantha is a strong female character, not quite as whiny as many other female leads in YA these days. All in all, I'd definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is typically not the type of books I read, but this one really held me intrigued. I can't wait for the sequel.
ParanormalFreak More than 1 year ago
TORN was an awesome read - fast paced and intriguing. Samantha is a great main character and I was so interested in the descriptions between light and dark. The yin and yang of good and evil isn't something I've read before - usually one fights the other - but in this book, Hughes develops a relationship between the two creating a world where hope cannot live without despair. I highly recommend this book. Pick it up, you definitely won't be disappointed - especially f you love paranormal reads as much as I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Read and also posted on Julie's Book Reviews)...Torn by Christine Hughes is an emotional roller-coaster, with a healthy dose of courage, adventure, and hope in the face of despair. Samantha is your typical teenage girl, with your typical teenage problems, but all-in-all she is happy, healthy, and loved. All of that quickly dissolves when she loses someone she loves. Arm in arm with her best friend Lucas, and his (shmexy) brother Ethan, Sam is thrust from the safety of the only world she has ever known into one full of secrets, lies, and danger. Soon, everything changes; her body grows strong as she trains, her heart grows weary as she falls for the wrong man, and her mind is no longer her own. In the midst of this turmoil, Samantha is forced to make the most difficult choice imaginable...because she is the key to it all, and her decision may very well determine the fate, not only of mankind, but of the Faithful and Fallen, alike. The story line kept me reading, and the twist on the genre was a pleasant surprise. All in all, a pretty great read! 
JoyceHays More than 1 year ago
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. Samantha more special 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 are more powerful 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 are more than 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.
shivapastures More than 1 year ago
R2R (LoP) Torn I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Never would you think that your life could be a lie and you are not what you thought you were. This is what is happening to Samantha; she is far from what she thought she was and everyone around her is also carrying a secret. Fallen Angels, Demons, these are all just in stories or so she thought, until she uncovers her past and future. Now, she is fighting for the good of humanity and in the process, is losing a bit of herself. Will she be able to safely blend the light and dark sides of her or will one side destroy the other? Is she strong enough to let go of her emotions and pick a side? Her choices lead her on a long journey, that is nowhere close to being over. 'But there was nothing he could do about it now. He just hoped the plan that he had laid in place would be enough. That they would be strong enough, good enough to protect her, to help her. He knew she was special the moment he laid eyes on her seventeen years ago. And now he would never get to watch her grow and develop the strength that lay dormant inside her. He would never be able to help her escape her demons, the demons he knew would come for her, as they came for him and those that came before.' I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this book was so entertaining and had so much detail and well developed characters, that I could not resist!  It's going to be a great series. If you miss this book, you really are missing out on a great new author and a book with a new twist. Great job!
Belinda-G More than 1 year ago
Sssssaaaaaammmmmmmannnnnttttthhhhhhaaaaaa...... This book gives you a creepy voice some in a girls head! This book gives you fallen angels who are both dark and light! Some sexy hunk of guys that are with Sam every step of the way to protect her from dark! If you looking for a fabulous book with angels who are both light and dark and a girl who is struggling to deal with the death of her dad and being in love with two brothers - definitely a must read - Can't wait to find out what happens to Sam - Ethan and Lucas - would definitely recommend this book
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
How would you take it if you were suddenly told you were the hinge between right and wrong?  The book begins with Samantha's father's last moments and his will to try and send something to her via magic.  She has grown up thinking her daddy is a doctor....when really he's a fallen angel.  A "bad" angel turned "good" and out to keep the balance of hope.  Her mother died when Sam was young so all she had left was her daddy.  Her two best friends moved into her house to help her until she turned 18.  Both best friends are good looking men and she was attracted to one as a young girl but suddenly finds herself consumed with the other as she nears her 18th birthday.  Finding out she's the balance of Hope and she must train to keep the balance she's not sure she'll be up to the test.  A friends betrayal hurts but pushes her to continue her calling.   I think this is an interesting story about the balance of Hope charged by God to the Angels even though they have fallen from Heaven.  Though you can be consumed by evil if you're willing to have Hope then good will always persevere.  I think Christine Hughes has done a great job at showing this balance in this story between Samantha, her father, and her friends.  If you're a reader of paranormal stories, this is one you will like.  I rate this story a 4/5 stars.   I received this book to review from Trudy and Friends Book Reviewers.
HBurrows More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for an honest review. I am amazed! So many books have been written lately in the Angel genre of good vs. evil that I truly thought this was just going to be the same story only written with a few new twists. Engaging right from the start, this Author surprised me with a fresh new look at being a fallen angel. When being good isn't always about being totally in the light. Where good people go bad, and good people die. It isn't a fantasy land where everything glows golden, it is darkness, twisted and evil and the struggle within each person to overcome being on one side or the other. The constant battle with the demons within and the challenges that are thrown at you whether you are ready or not. This is what the main character, Samantha, faces when she finds out everything she knew in her life was an illusion. Her best friend and his brother are sworn to protect her, but the twist here is are they protecting her from Sebastian or herself? It is a story of secrets and betrayals. But most of all a story of Hope and that touched me more than anything as the Author told Samantha's story. Without Hope life would crumble around us all and this is what you will find within these pages. A great book based on Angelic lore, friendship, romance and mystery. I am looking forward to the sequel as the cliff hanger at the end sets it up so well!
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