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!