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Torn (Blood Lily Chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Julie Kenner

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24 Nov 2009 Blood Lily Chronicles
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) … Lily Carlyle thought she was working for the forces of good. Attempting to close the gates of hell, Lily was betrayed by her handler and tricked into helping the demon hordes keep it open. Even more painful, Lily’s sister is possessed by the very demon that began their family nightmare. Aided by a half-demon she can’t entirely trust, but can’t entirely resist, Lily must pretend to be the good soldier in order to save her sister and the world. Lily is still unsure of who to trust. But now she knows who to kill.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Original edition (24 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017973
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 11.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really 4.75 Rating 24 Dec 2009
By Kathy E. - Published on
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[SPOILERS INCLUDED] I strongly suggest you read the previous book Tainted before reading this book. This installment picks up immediately where Tainted leaves off. Lily rescues her sister but was too late to protect her from being possessed by her demon rapist, Lucas Johnson. Lily is up to her neck in trouble when Lucas blackmails her to vacate her sister's body. Lily together with Deacon Camphire fight tooth and nail to close the hell gates. Knowing that she's been double crossed and out-played puts Lily on the war path! This book was dark and dangerous with interesting demonic creatures, has a plethora of thrilling twists and turns and plenty of action. This was an exciting read and I can't wait to see how this trilogy concludes. I recommend this book and series to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next book Turned due out 12/29/09.

I also recommend:
Speak of the Devil (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 4)
Scorched: The Dark Forgotten
Street Magic (Black London, Book 1)
Demon Inside
Darkness Calls
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn by Julie Kenner 28 May 2010
By B. Sharp - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Torn: Blood Lily Chronicles Book 2 by Julie Kenner
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Lily is in trouble of the deepest kind. Having been tricked by the forces of evil, she killed what she thought were "demons" at will. Now, she knows better, and with a little help from half-angel, half-demon Deacon Camphire, she must try to take down the bad guys from within as a double agent.

My thoughts:
(WWW: Why did I choose it, What did I like about it, What I didn't like about it)
I chose Torn because I had just finished Tainted which ends as a cliffhanger and absolutely demands that you keep reading.
What I liked about it: I fell in love with the characters, despite their flaws. By this book I was fully invested in them and couldn't wait to find out more. Julie Kenner builds great characters who each battle demons from within and without during the story. Each of the main players in the story have strong convictions, and they all appear to be fighting for the same conclusion, just not all for the same reasons.
My favorite character: Deacon
I also love the plot. It twists and turns, keeping you on your toes as to who is fighting for and who is fighting against the Light (one of my favorite things about the book is that so many times it seems that the characters are changing sides - or at least thinking about it).
I like how each of the books is connected together. The storyline is woven throughout the books and revisited when needed. The intro to each book is great.
What I didn't like about it: The ending! Okay, it's not that the ending was bad, just a cliffhanger!!! Every now and again I got tired of the "Everything for Rose" aspect of Lily, but I have sisters so I can understand. There were times when a little more clarity would have been nice, but not necessary to the story.
It is an all-around good read.
I would readily recommend it to either gender - - grade 9 and up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's hoping the third installment is better... 28 Feb 2010
By Merry Tyme - Published on
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I liked the first book in this series, it held promise. The second book, I struggled to get through. The last part of the book finally kicked into gear and I am now reading the third book in this series.... and struggling to get through it. At some point this 'I can't trust anyone' gets old. Make a decision and go forward... should I save the world or my sister... which demon should I trust.... overplayed..If you save your sister and not the world.. well your sister is going to die anyway....If you are going to read these books, just buy all three. The second is not satisfying and you are hoping the third book makes reading the second one worthwhile and not a waste of time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bridge book, but fun 4 Jan 2010
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to review TORN without spoiling the big twist in the previous book, TAINTED! So, I'll just say that TORN follows the further adventures of Lily Carlyle, now Alice Purdue, as she attempts to keep demons from overrunning the Earth. Meanwhile, her thorny relationship with Deacon continues, her handlers have teamed her up with a partner, and now Lily has custody of her traumatized little sister, Rose.

Rose is now facing a violation that might well be worse than what she suffered in the previous book. The demon responsible for her rape has now taken up residence in her mind and body, sometimes possessing her wholly, sometimes lurking just below the surface. The parts of TORN that deal with Rose are pretty painful to read, especially when you think about Rose only being fourteen and what she's already gone through in her young life. And it starts to seem like there's no way for Lily to help her.

I was a little disappointed in the treatment of two of TORN's characters. One of them finally achieves his fondest desire, but I guess I was hoping he'd get a longer, more poignant scene when it happened. Then, there's Lily's partner, Kiera. She's a really interesting character, from her sharp tongue to the never-quite-answered question of which side she's really on. I wanted to see her explored more deeply, but instead I felt that she was kind of wasted and that she was only in the story for a particular reason.

TORN's plot is definitely a "middle book" plot. It picks up right where Tainted left off and serves mainly to set up the events of TURNED, and to prepare the characters for what lies ahead. However, it's a quick, suspenseful read filled with demonic intrigue and a bit of Indiana Jones-style temple-raiding. And we get to see Lily give one of the minor villains his just desserts, which is quite satisfying indeed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 26 Nov 2009
By W. Nelson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Torn, the 2nd book in Julie Kenner's Blood Lily Chronicles did not disappoint. I purchased it on Tuesday evening and had it finished less than 24 hours later. I could not put it down.

Lily is a demon hunter, although part demon herself since she breathes in the essence of every demon she kills. When Lily's mother died, and her little sister was raped, Lily vowed to get revenge for her sister by killing her rapist. In the process Lily is killed, yet comes back in the body of Alice Purdue, a young woman who is involved, a long with her family, in the dark arts. Lily must keep her identity a secret from her sister, but vows to watch over her and protect her no matter what, all the while killing demons and frantically trying to keep them from opening the gates of hell.

Lily is a fascinating character and Julie Kenner's version of the paranormal is a relative new one. There were several twists and turns, Lily doesn't know who to trust, but she has to trust at some point because she needs to keep her little sister safe as well as save the world, and a girl can't do that alone.

You definitely need to read the first in the series called "Tainted" which was equally good. I am anxiously awaiting for the 3rd installment next month.
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