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(Reflections #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  728 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Shape shifter Alec Graves has spent nearly a decade trying to keep his family from being drawn into open warfare with a larger pack. The new girl at school shouldn't matter, but the more he gets to know her, the more mysterious she becomes. Worse, she seems to know things she shouldn't about his shadowy world.

Is she an unfortunate victim or bait designed to draw him into
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Fir'shan Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Noor Hanis
DNF at 75%

Why is it so hard for me to find books that can lure me to continue reading it? I can't say this is the worst books I have ever read but this one isn't the best one too. I feel sick to push myself, to convince myself this book worth it. But it's not!

Brandon? Adriana? Alec? Rachel? I don't feel it, I mean the characters. We read because we somehow feel the same as the characters. But nah. Total disappointment.

I really want to get it finished but I can't! Sorry ;(
Evelyn Amaro
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Read my full review on Paromantasy

Torn is a YA paranormal romance centered around Alec (the alpha of a shapeshifter pack), and Adriana (the new girl in school). I enjoyed the characters and the fact that each member bought a new dimension to the Pack, but I have to admit that while I did like Torn - there was still much to be desired.

Alec is the Alpha of his pack after his father was killed. He may be young but he is smart, strong and determined to keep his family together. Adriana is the new gi
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better and better! Can't wait to continue on. ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal Romance Readers
The Good
Young Adult is not a genre I frequently read, but the few YA books I have read I thoroughly enjoyed. Torn is no different. When I finally got to sit down and actually read the book, I did it in two days. I just had to know what was going to happen next.

We are introduced to Alec, the leader of his shapeshifter pack who's trying to save the pack and his family from the many attacks by the rival pack in town. He may seem like just another normal teenager on the outside, but the weight of t
Kathy Martin
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading Torn was like immersing myself in a new world. In fact, it felt like there was a whole complex history that I was just getting hints of because it was so familiar to the characters. This world has rival bands of teenage shape shifters who have remarkable powers and who are in a war for dominance. Into the battlefield comes a young woman named Adriana Paige. She immediately becomes a source of conflict between Alec and his rival Brandon. Alec is very suspicious of her at first because she ...more
Bonnie Lamer
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 we
Sandra (Rather Barefoot than Bookless)
For some reason I had trouble reading this book in the beginning. I didn´t really get into it. I wanted to give it a chance anyway and I am really happy I did so. Towards the middle of the book the storyline picked up and it was really exciting and a book in my taste. The story about Alec and Adri was really enticing and lovely.
Alec was a strong character whom I really grew to like. I didn´t feel him in the beginning. First I just thought he was a stuck up kid who got everything he wanted. In t
Ashleigh Kuhns
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Torn just as much as Broken. I thik it is amazing to be able to see more than one character's view on what is happening and am ecstactic about getting the chance to get inside Alec's head. I am extremely exited and can not wait until Splintered comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dean Murry is with out a doubt one of the best writers whose books I have had the privelege of reading and rereading. ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This version explained all the things I was confused about in broken. The editing wasn't bad like in broken. ...more
Torn is the first book in the Hidden Realms collection, which I picked up for free from Amazon.

I guess there were some indications that this was a second book for a series, but for the most part it stands alone fairly well. There were a handful of concepts and personal history lacking any kind of explanation, which I found a bit annoying, but now I hope may have been explained in the previous volume.

I did not actually add this to my romance shelf because the displayed relationships stay fairly
Crystal Solis
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book way back in like 2011 and forgot all about everything that happened between Adri and Alec, so I decided to re-read this series, even if I read a different book between each of them.
Every story has two sides, and this story is no different. Torn is the exact same time frame as Broken, just as it was seen and felt from Alec's point-of-view. It is amazing just how much more dangerous or dramatic a story can get all from a different view from someone who has been through so many
Jessica Mitchell
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A YA Paranormal book. Alec Graves is a shape shifter keeping the peace between his pack and Brandon's pack is getting tiresome. Because of the fight that will eventually come to be. A show down between two pack alphas. But thrown in the mix is a girl named Adriana. But she emits a powerful aurora around her. Is she fully human in need of help or a fairy hiding? Either way instincts say to protect and he will try and do his best to protect. Even if it seems she doesn't like him. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This merged and re-edited with Broken would have been awesome. After reading Broken and then reading this of course there were parts i glossed over. I actually didnt like that Brandon was this one dimensional typical bad guy just because. He could have had a story as well.

Why why are these little teeny boppers running the town? It seemed Ludicrous AF and on top of that home boy was worrying about grades?

Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally! I finished reading this book!!! Well, story was mediocre, characters were flat- specially Adri - she was particularly arid.

Overall, it was an okay read.
Stephanie Matarazzo
So I'm not entirely sure if this is a 2.5 or a 3.

This book is another way of starting the series but in Alec's point-of-view rather than Adri's.

1) The action in the book started basically right away. Whereas in "Broken," it was the first 60% of the book learning about everything that made Adri faint - which was actually a non-issue in the second half - and memorizing her class schedule, here we saw the conflict basically in the first line.
2) Alec is way more likable than Adri. Adri'
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating 3.5 coffee cups. 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
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviews
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 ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the most poetic, yet strategically written YA novels I've read, Dean Murray is an extreme romantic. His natural flow of feelings, barriers, and mind-blowing thoughts will curb your appetite for more.

The scent of the potted roses with which we'd filled the space between the stone walls had been divine all by itself, but once it mixed with Adri's natural scent it became something beyond description.

Alec, first of all, is an amazing character. Easy to fall for, easy to love and extremely
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book free because I joined Dean Murray's mailing list.

Finally, a complete book which tells the story from the other perspective. You find out in this book why Alec reacted in certain situations the way he did. You also find out more about the lives of Alec and his shapeshifter family, the Coun'hij, how his mum became the way she is and more importantly the fight between Alec and Brandon from Alec's point of view. You know, I've read this scene twice now from two different points
Gracie Wenzel
Jul 11, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Supernatural Lovers
This book was so good and had so many twists I couldn't put the book down. I love that it is like Broken just in Alecs' perspective rather than Adris'. I don't really have a favorite part, because I just love every Alec and Adri moment throughout the entire book. Best part is that there is no bad part. You don't want to miss a single word or you will be lost. Dean Murray put pure precision taking the first book and putting it into another major characters point of view. When I found out who's po ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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 dif ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Broken is the first book in the Reflection series and it's told from Adri's perspective, while Torn is the first book in the Reflection series but told from Alec's perspective. I do suggest you read Broken then Torn.

I loved seeing things play out from Alec's perspective. It's like a whole new story. Not only do we get to see what Alec was thinking in certain situations, we also get different details, things that Adri doesn't know. We learn more things about the packs life and
S.J. Bell
I was not too enamored of Torn to begin with, but at the end it did something that outright infuriated me. By now regular readers know that I'm not a fan of books that tell half a story and leave the rest for the sequels. Well, Torn is like that, but worse. It's one side of a story that is intended to be seen from two sides. In other words, there's a complete story here, you're just not getting it. For that, you have to pay for another book. And if Torn by itself is any indication, both together ...more
Becky Price
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 tw
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book from Alec's point of view more than the first book. Although I did enjoy the first book once you get pass some of the wording and such I believe is to be repeat quite a bit through out the book, but I love Adri's character and I loved getting to know Alec's pack in this book unlike in the other where Adri just barely knows anything of them until near the end when all the crazy stuff is going down.
To me this book was my favorite so far even though I've only read the t
Annie  Parker
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
It was boring. I just skimmed through it basically. sucked. There was nothing to hold my attention. I have already forgotten everything about it. Most of it was war talk, strategic moves, not for me. It was at a slow pace and was like that the whole book. Nothing I haven't read before. I've really have read better. I hope it picks up. I don't even think I will read the next one.

If you like books with a bit of love and lots of action, this is you cup of tea. So, please, read on. I just
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Broken first, and I think I liked this one better. At first, Adri sort of frustrated me with her depression and then hanging out with the 'wrong guy' in Broken. I liked this one because it was from Alec's point of view so it showed some of his motivations and reasoning behind some of his actions that wasn't revealed before. YA paranormal romance that's clean. This one made me want to pick up the other books in the series. ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
I liked Alec's POV more then I liked Adri's.

Alec Graves is one well rounded guy. He runs a business and leads a pack. All of the shifters really look up to him. And now in addition to all that and school now he has met a girl he is just drawn to.

This book was a great introduction to Alec & Adri's world as in unfolds
Nikki McClellan
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The reflections series is amazing you really must look into picking up the first reflections book and start the series!! There are several of them in the series but they are worth reading every book continues to throw twist and turns but they also continue to get better as well!! Please go try them out! You won't be sorry!! ...more
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