Author: Erica O’Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Torn Trilogy (Book 1)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0758267037 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758267030 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Kayla
Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.
Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the ‘L’, a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it’s directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn’t pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, “Run, Mo!”
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo–quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo–will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys–protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?
Quick & Dirty: A refreshing perspective from someone who was never supposed to be the one to save the world. A story of love, fate and chance – beware, once you start, you won’t be able to put it down.
Opening Sentence: I woke up to the smell of Lysol and the end of the world.
When Mo Fitzgerald wakes up in the hospital, all she wants to know is what happened to her best friend Verity. Mo remembers everything that happened the night her best friend died. But she doesn’t understand any of it. Everyone keeps avoiding her questions – except the mysterious Luc. He tells her answers she doesn’t want to hear – that Verity died and it’s best if she just keeps on living her normal life. But Mo won’t let it go. It becomes her mission to find out who or what killed her best friend and to make sure they pay. When the magical world of Arcs needs another Vessel because Verity died, Mo (a Flat, someone who can’t use magic) is the only one who can help. But she’s not only in danger from the magical world, but whatever business her uncle does, besides owning and tending a bar. Nothing is as it seems, and Mo’s normal world of senior year and college is about to be thrown out the window.
I devoured this series in three days (what else are you supposed to do when you’re snowed in for a whole week?). It is one of the best and refreshing trilogies I’ve read in a while. From the intrigues of the Chicago Mob to the broken world of Arcs, O’Rourke takes you on a journey that will have you on our toes for the entire ride.
Mo is such a relatable character. She’s normal, she has straight A’s, is known to be a “good girl,” plans on going to college and being successful. But she has secrets, reasons she needs to move away. In New York, no one will know her father is in jail for embezzlement from her Uncle’s pub. No one will know the rumors of her Uncle Billy – how he really works for the Chicago Mob and controls their entire neighborhood. But when Verity dies, Mo is thrown into a world she was never supposed to know about, a world that needs her because she has Verity’s blood in her. I really love the perspective O’Rourke took. Instead of a heroine that was always meant to save the world because of some prophesy or whatnot, this is a heroine by chance, a heroine that doesn’t possess any magical powers, but is surrounded by those who do. I admire her spunky and determined attitude despite all the obstacles she must overcome throughout the entire novel. But her choice in a guy? Not so much.
Luc and Colin are almost complete opposites of each other. Both are bound by duty to be close to her and protect her. But where Colin is as stone cold as a statue (seriously, you could punch the guy in the stomach and he wouldn’t flinch), Luc is as fiery and warm as a campfire in the middle of winter (which makes sense since he can control fire). Luc is by far my favorite, but despite my constant yelling at Mo to change her mind, the solid, yet tender Colin wins this round. Did I mention he is 5 years older? Ick.
Overall, this book blew me away, despite the not so appealing cover and synopsis. Both of Mo’s worlds – the magical and the “normal” – are so complex, I cannot wait to delve deeper into them. And what’s even better? All the books are out! No cliffhangers here to worry about!
He touched my cheek, where the flying glass had cut me, “Looks like you caught it pretty good. Close your eyes.”
“So I can fix it. Can’t take you home looking like you were in a bar fight. What’s Cujo gonna say?”
I had a pretty good idea of what Colin would say – none of it good, all of it loud. “I meant, why do I have to close my eyes?”
He shifted. “Feels strange to have you looking at me, I guess.”
“I like to,” I said without much thinking. “Besides, it’s not fair. You’re looking at me.”
He held back a smirk, only partway successfully. “Suit yourself.”
FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Torn. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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