Torn: A YA Urban Fantasy Novel (Volume 2 of the Reflections Books)

Torn: A YA Urban Fantasy Novel (Volume 2 of the Reflections Books)

by Dean Murray

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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.

The Reflections Universe: Some stories are too full of teen urban fantasy goodness to fit into just one series!

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013301559
Publisher: Fir'shan Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Series: Reflections , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 249,132
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dean started reading seriously in the second grade due to a competition and has spent most of the subsequent three decades lost in other people's worlds. After reading several local libraries more or less dry of sci-fi and fantasy, he started spending more time wandering around worlds of his own creation to avoid the boredom of the 'real' world.

Things worsened, or improved depending on your point of view, when he first started experimenting with writing while finishing up his accounting degree. These days Dean has a wonderful wife and daughter to keep him rather more grounded, but the idea of bringing others along with him as he meets interesting new people in universes nobody else has ever seen tends to drag him back to his computer on a fairly regular basis.

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Torn: A YA Urban Fantasy Novel (Volume 2 of the Reflections Books) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series gets better. The characters are really engaging and endearing. I recommend it
bonnie_lamer_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Sure, Alec Graves is a shape shifter but he’s also an entrepreneur, a father figure, a leader, a soother, a fierce enemy and a guy falling in love for the first time. That’s a lot to fit in around high school classes and homework. Feeling the pressures build, Alec knows things are going to come to a head soon. The signs have been there for months now. Torn by Dean Murray takes readers into Alec’s world and holds them there as the story unfolds. He shifts into a wolf but that doesn’t make him a werewolf. He’s in high school but that doesn’t make him any less responsible for the lives of the shifters under his care. Most importantly, he has a conscience. He doesn’t take his role in the world lightly. Trying hard to please everyone, he eventually learns that sometimes you just have to do what’s right and let the pieces fall where they will. Caught in a world hidden from humans, Alec does his best to do what shape shifters are supposed to do – protect the very same race they are hidden from. That becomes more and more difficult as the threat from his rival pack escalates to dangerous levels. He will soon find out who is really on his side and who is not. Dean Murray weaves a tale of love and friendship, and of loss and war that leaves scars, both emotionally and physically. I found myself wrapped up in this world where taking the moral high ground is dangerous and falling in love may be even more so. The writing is engaging and the characters feel real. Mr. Murray has painted a world that I don’t think I’d want to live in but I certainly enjoyed looking in on it. In a world full of stories about shape shifters of every kind, this one will stay with me. I thank the author for a review copy and I give the book five stars.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.75/5 Really, really good story! It is very interesting when you get to read a novel told in the opposite sexes point of view. You almost feel like a fly on the wall. I really loved Alec's unselfish character who always thought everything through, and only based decision on the good of the entire pack. Torn is full of suspense on what will happen next with the new girl and what her true intentions are for being in their town. I loved every second of it and can't wait to read the other two novels from the series. Dean Murray did fantastic with this story and it couldn't have been better!
Shana_SizzingReads More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 STARS! Torn by Dean Murray was a fantastic and refreshing twist on Shape-shifters. The power, strength and loyalty of Murray's Shape-shifters was phenomenally executed. Alec, as the male lead, was everything I look for in my men. He was strong, devoted, and alpha! I loved the sharp and imaginative writing, which allowed for a very visual reading experience and placed the reader deep within the story. The progression of Alec and Adri's relationship was paced a tad bit slow for me, with more give than take, but I'd take slow over insta-love any day, because once they got going their relationship was perfectly fine, showing a fantastic new side to Alec. In the next they can only grow, and I can't wait to see how far they go together. Torn introduces us to Alec Graves. He's the head of his pack, and not once did I forget it. This book was so much more than your average Young-Adult romance. Alec had to take care of his pack, his mother, his sister, he had to make sure the competing pack's constant efforts to take over never prevailed, and he had to do it all without complaining. And then here comes a new girl, who may or may not be trying to ruin his pack from the inside out... a new girl he can't seem to get off his mind. I loved this story from start to finish. It contained a perfect amount of unique fantasy and solid world building, ancient power, and suspense. Those who love a good werewolf/shape-shifter story will tear Torn apart, and those who love their romance with a bite will fall in love with Torn. I'm confident that it will appeal to both boys and girls, as it had action, romance, and suspense. I would absolutely recommend this.
MelyMoore82 More than 1 year ago
This YA Paranormal Romance was a great read. Characters were created with great insights into the minds of teenagers. It was a nice change to read from a males point of veiw (Alec's point of view). I really enjoyed the intense fights between the packs, and the The plot was good, and the pace moved along nicely. Overall it is a great book to reccomend to your teenagers. - Were Vamps Romance Reviews
mdoes More than 1 year ago
I was worried as i started the book that it was just another teenage romance, but then it took off. There was puppy love, action, and a new breed of people that I had not known before. Mr. Murray winds a story in such a way that I thought I was there; I was in the story; one of the unmentioned characters. I was introduced to new people and places; then the skill of the storyteller brought me to really know the people and places; I could see and experience the events as they unfolded. There is such detail in this story that it makes me want to research its origins, beyond the mind of the author. With the recent release of its companion novel Broken; Torn and Broken tell an interestingly interwoven story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good but dont get sucked intobuying the boxed set very little in it is about adri and alex. Numb is less than 20pages. The rest of the story is spread out like a wild womans s#!t.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seeing Alecs point of view was a truely incredible experience . U neber really rhink that reading both sides of a story is really worth it but it so helps u understand the missing pieces of Torn. And why things happened the way they did. It gives a much better inside look of the turmoil that Alec was facing wen it concerned about Adri and the lengths he went thru to protect her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that the next book in the serieious isnt the same story in the view of one off the other hybryd dut i just love this story so much
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livecountry More than 1 year ago
i really did enjoy torn and how it was in Alec's point of veiw. and i recommend this book to people
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SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a request from the author. I was interested in the synopsis, but I didn't know that much about the book. My first reaction to the cover of the book was a double-take. Something about how it is set up gives me the chills. Then I saw his eyes and was very happy with them. I like that blue color, and the book has a rose on the cover, that makes me instantly like it! My first thoughts on the book were, What? Is there a book before this that the author didn't mention? You are thrown into a battle scene between what you think are wolves. They keep changing forms but giving no explanation on the different forms that they are. You see the words hybrid, and different sleeker wolf, but you never get an explanation on what those are. After I got over the no explanation phase, then I really started to enjoy the book. I liked how the book was set up, but there were some grammar mistakes that threw me off enjoying Torn as much as I could have. The story was consistent, but had a lot of bribing in it. Which I didn't mind. If you got it flaunt it! All in all I enjoyed the book, even if it ended a bit abruptly. I'd give this book a 21 out of 51 tacos! Thank you Dean Murray for giving me the book to read. ~~ Sam :)
CassayC More than 1 year ago
Torn wasn’t my favorite werewolf story. It didn’t drag me into the story like other werewolf novels do. I felt that there were important details missing from the story that left me lost and confused – this may be due to the fact that there is a companion novel Broken that is based on Adri’s perspective that maybe fills in the holes. I like the idea of the story being told by 2 different characters but I think it would have been more beneficial for this story to have switched narrators than 2 different novels. The characters were interesting but flawed which was what made them unique. I’d also like to know a little bit more about why the 2 packs were against each other. There wasn’t much details on why just a few hints. Overall, Torn was an alright werewolf novel with room for improvement if the series continues.
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
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. Review copy provided by the author.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Torn is a YA paranormal romance filled with shape-shifters and power struggles. Murray creates a tale that is both fascinating and unique. This novel kept me engaged and I finished it in one evening. The tale focuses on Alec Graves. He is the alpha of his wolf pack and seventeen years old. They live in Sanctuary; a small town surrounded by woods. Alec is having trouble with another Alpha named Brandon. Brandon’s pack has been pushing deeper into Alex’s territory trying to claim dominance. Murray gives just enough back-plot to let us know there has been a rift, and that it was caused by Alex's deceased father. There is tension within Alex's pack and he is working to resolve it. Both packs are wealthy and Alec seems to control the small town, but Brandon is seeking to change that. As if Alec doesn’t have enough on his plate already in walks Adriana Paige. Something about Adriana is different; she glows but doesn’t appear to be a shape-shifter. Alec is leery of her at first, but she begins appearing in his dreams and ultimately she becomes very important to him. This would be lovely, but she had also attracted the attention of Brandon and she appears to be dating him. The tale that unfolds is fast paced, with battle scenes as the shifters defend their territory. Murray’s descriptions of the shape-shifter transformation and battle strategies are fascinating. There are some key characters whose stories I wanted to learn more about. The romance between Adriana and Alex is sweet and develops at a natural pace. I really liked Alex. He has what seems like the weight of the world on his shoulders. In a lot of ways he is a typical teen, but he is also loyal, honorable and attempts to be a good leader. The ending offers an epic battle scene that had me quickly turning the pages. Overall, I liked this character driven novel and recommend it to fans of shape-shifters and paranormal romance. I am hoping that Murray writes a second novel, so that we can learn more about the world and characters he has created. This novel was told from the POV of Alec and you can read it from Adriana’s point of view in the novel Broken. I look forward to reading more work by this author. I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.