Erica ORourke: Torn By Erica ORourke

Tangled with the mob would be a walk in the park compared to the world that she s about to stumble into It s uite funnyand weird how the fated saviour of the entire world as we know it was killed right off the bat so the story focused on the second fiddle I hard a hard time accepting it first because of the numerous times I was told that Mo hate that name by the way would never amount to anything as glorious as saving the world But as the story unfolds Mo s determination to find Verity s killers became the spine that she initially lacked If you ask me I think the blurb on the front cover was a bit misleading The love triangle wasn t really the focal point of the story until closer to the end when Colin uestionably and without warning started to change the way he saw Mo and how he acted around her The author eliminated much of the agony that I go through when I read love triangles and to which I m very thankful The lead charater didn t even waffle about the two love interests untilwell like I said until closer to the end Mo spent the majority of the book angsting over what amounts to betrayal had she return Luc s advances You see like her I was under the impression that Luc and Verity had a thing and to some extent they did The author didn t really spend too much time explaining about the complexities of their relationship nor did she do a good ob of convincing me that Luc could The Wedding Band (Save the Date, just fall in like with Mo based on Verity s stories about her alone I do wish that the magic and incantations or spells were a bit evolved I don t know about you but I tend to like magic books filled with words I can t uite pronounced When an author describes the spell as something fluid indiscernible and foreign without really divulging about it I feel like it s a cop out way of saying I couldn t be bothered with researchor being original for that matter Despite my grievances I found Torn to be an enjoyable read It had action set in two worlds that had no business intersecting a reluctant heroine bound for greatness and a promising romance which is sure to give me future headaches But hey I feel that we barely scratched the surface of this mystical world and Mo s inherited powers has barely been tapped I have the second book and rest assured it s going up a notch or two in my insurmountable TBR pile Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyMurder magic and the Mob That s TORN in a nutshell Well if you add in one of the better love triangle I ve read this year with two very different but eually appealing guys and a hidden magical world that lies at the brink of destructionI have no comment on the cover but the title of TORN is perfect Maura Mo Fitzgerald is torn Torn between her incarcerated father and the uncle who stepped in to take care of her and her mother Torn between the life she led in the shadow of her vibrant and beautiful best friend and the future she must embrace in the wake of her friends murder Torn between a new world of magic and the mundane world she s always known Torn between the human guy assigned to protect her and the magical guy who needs her to save his peopleAs much as I liked the romances and the choices Mo had to make I did have a couple issues The first half Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick 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 downOpening Sentence I woke up to the smell of Lysol and the end of the worldThe ReviewWhen 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 uestions except the mysterious Luc He tells her answers she doesn t want to hear that Verity died and it s best if sheust 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 windowI 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 Chinas Search for Democracy journey that will have you on our toes for the entire rideMo 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 inail 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 muchLuc 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 IckOverall 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 aboutNotable SceneHe touched my cheek where the flying glass had cut me Looks like you caught it pretty good Close your eyes Why 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 I will FTC Advisory Kensington provided me with a copy of Torn No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my revie. O choose between two very different eually dangerous guys protective duty bound Colin and brash mysterious Luc One wants to save her one wants to claim her Which would you choose.

St place It s a waste of my time Another thing that I didn t like was the love interestS Yes you see the S There was two of them As if one wouldn t be enough Mo endes up with two cute guys in her life yes lots of times to be distracted from what should have been her motive one guy is a regular human and the other one has special abilities I didn t care for the whole love intereest parts simply because they didn t seem real Being cornered against a wall over and over again is repetitive not romantic I also didn t care for the slow beginning of this book I m usually the type that can finish a sizable book in the span of three days For Torn I had to force myself to read cause I was simply that bored Now it did pick up speed into the second half which made the pace a little better but the word building was lacking in this book The paranormal aspect the magic etc was only partially explained in this book and often times it felt as if the author Imaginary Citizens just added the paranormal scenes in when the whim arose It was much like thisI m doing my daily chores Eating my daily meal Aww look a unicorn and there it goes Back to doing my daily thing Nooke This was probably the most irksome part of this book for me I hated it Especially towards the end of the book with the big fight scene with the bad guy I felt this part was rushed and the author really had no clue how she was going to end the dang story I think this cause I often write by the seat of my pants and my stories always end up like Torn when I do To summarize my feelings on this review Torn was an okay book Not great and not horrible From Rumspringa to Marriage just okay which is why I gave it two starts If anything the finalized version of this book seemed like it was still in it s first draft stages The author could have put some time into this story Tweaked the writting a bit smoothed out the ending and maybe dumped one of the love interests and then Torn would have earned stars This review was originally posted to my blog One of my favorite reads of 2011 I have heard some people say that the cover didn t really pull them in For me the cover had absolutely nothing to do with me picking up this book I have an advanced review copy It is green and simply says Torn on the cover I grabbed this book simply because the title caught my attention Simple yet powerful I was curious to see what this book was really about From the very first few pages I was hooked Mo s loss and uest for revenge paired with her growing and often confusing feelings about two very different men in her life make readers fall in love with her With every page I found myself becoming and wrapped up in her and in this intriguing and original story I also found myself conflicted along with Mo over which guy was really right for her First there is Luc who knew her friend Verity and is directly connected to all the magic that has now taken over Mo s life Mo is sure that he had a thing for Verity and is constantly overwhelmed with doubts Does he really want her or is she merely a substitute for the girl he can no longer have Then we have Colin who has been hired to protect her but who is slowly letting his guard down From the beginning I knew that something would happen between these two and I am glad it did Colin simply wants to keep her safe and will do whatever it takes to protect her I have to admit I can t decide who I want her to be with If you like supernaturalfantasy books then you should definitely check this one out Even if you don t I say check this out anyway The first start to finish fabulous book I have read this year every moment rang true Delicious heros chilling villains and a main character who is relatable loveable and admirable This book is beautifully written and action packed executing both those elements flawlessly is an amazing achievement WOW I guess I should have looked closely to see that the 4 star rating only came from 200 and some readers but c mon people where are your standards A great looking cover even if the girl does have a slightly droopy eye which is charmingly realistic instead of photo shopped to the Uncanny Valley does not mean a great book Neither does the tension of two out of her league hot guys competing for the perpetually nerdyclumsyunder appreciatedunconsciously attractive shy girl who is determined to be a reckless impulsive Nancy Drew Supergirl Especially when that tension is pretty non existent unless you count all the arguing which reads simply like arguing not thinly veiled flirtation or even attractionDon t tell me it was the drawl Seriously Wait It was because they were both over 20 isn t it I admit not many YA novels venture to let aail bait high schooler hook up with an older dangerous experienced hot guy let alone two She must be pretty amazing to be that tempting I mean character s keep saying it but there really isn t much proof it s actually true Luckily the guys fail to live up to their descriptions as well so as long as your standards are sufficiently mediocre and all you need is a little lustful kissy face to stir your tender teenage longings than this lackluster love triangle may have been intoxicating enough to muster up the 4 starsCertainly it wasn t the story I mean the first 11 chapters were so slow Blah blah blah useless repetitive dialogue on top of inconsistent details and gaping plot holes Yeah and what was with the paranormal element in all this It is Xuyên Mỹ (Bất Hạnh Là Một Tài Sản, just sovague I guess that s how the flat lifeless characters accept it all so readily they don t need anyustification than the author happens to hint at Lucky themReally it s all so vastly pointless the characters the story the whole bland mess of it I can t even force myself to care about it but I made myself finish it the 4 stars giving me false hope the book would somehow be redeemed by the end See I got suckered into it too Two guys Two worlds Two destinies One ChoiceYikes I know right The love triangle alarm is blaring in my ears I should ve really ran for the hills Let me be honest and say I didn t see that blurb when I started reading Otherwise Torn would ve been thrown in a pile of maybe never I have an aversion to love triangle but for once this book actually handled it in a way that didn t incite some self inflicted eyes gouging This book was uite a pleasant surprise In a way it was reminiscent of Holly Black s Curse Workers series Mafia and magic seems like an odd combination but they somehow worked Maura Fitzgerald ust witnessed the horrifying murder of her best friend Verity She tried to convince herself that it was only a case of being in the wrong place and at the wrong time But deep inside she knew that there was no such thing for someone like her After all her family s ties to the mob was as notorious as her father s reputation as a money laundering felon They have enemies seen and now seemingly unseen She made a promise to avenge her death but there are forces in the works that her usually uiet existence didn t prepare her for With a hired bodyguard keeping an eye on her every move and a shady boy who keeps on popping in places when she least expects him to Mo finds out eventually that getting en. Guessed To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves Mo uiet ordinary unmagical Mo will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances And she'll have

Okay so from the blurb it sounds like the book is going to open with some action right Well it doesn t because guess what The first half of the blurb happens before the book even starts Yeah how exciting I don t even care that this wonderful friend is dead because I never even meet herThis though is the least of the problems I had with Torn I d like to start with something positive and I m finding it hard That s not to say the book was horrible It wasn t It was ust okay I received this from a LibraryThings give away and it s taken me almost a month to read it I finally forced myself to take it to the gym and read on the treadmill Cuentos reunidos just so I could finally get it out of the wayThere were so many things I wanted to like about it but Iust couldn t So starting there the first thing was the cover The cover put me off right away I know I shouldn t udge the book by the cover and in this case I truly didn t I hate the cover The girl looks boring and pasty and I hate the weird part in her bangs And what was up with the cloth wrapped around her head The blurb is what made me want to read this book and I hope that the next book in the series has a better cover because this one didn t do the book any favorsMoving on from the superficialThe characters oh how they drove me nuts Mo or Mouse as random people call her is supposed to be nice Yes nice We re told multiple times throughout the novel that she is nice one while Verity is the energetic pretty vibrant friendly outgoing special one The problem with nice is that it s boring and we never really see Mo do anything or even say anything that would label her as super nice She has very few interactions with people her own age other than her love interests She doesn t seem like the nice type She s mildly rude to her mom her uncle her lawyer the police and even her love interests and only hangs out with another friend because she doesn t want people to talk about her not being nice and normal Luc is the first love interest to appear and oh what a tangled mess she gets into with him right away He s weird and is pretending to be a doctor and he might have been dating her dead friend Verity But what s so bad about that It s perfectly normal and nice of course to lust after your dead friend s boyfriend at her funeral right See why I don t buy the whole Mo is sooo nice aspect For the first half of the book Luc is weird annoying frustrating and filled with a superiority complex Nothing appealing at all about him yet apparently he s hot and that is enough for Mo The second half he gets a bit better although he becomes a bit boring and predictable then O Rourke it seemed couldn t decide who Luc was One moment he s talking as if he were an old fashioned middle aged man and the next he s using the word ain t Considering the sometimes unusual not is a good way vocabulary O Rourke chooses to use instead of a well placed common noun or verb I m thinking she was often pulling words from the dictionary ust to sound smart Maybe this is what happened to LucI did like Colin He was independent distrustful of everyone even Mo and he seemed to have a believable attitude to the world he was living in Too bad O Rourke had to ruin his consistency by having him fall for Mo Considering he s a few years older and obviously has maturity from his life experiences than Mo I couldn t figure out why she appealed to him in the least The kiss between them was steamy though and I ll give O Rourke props for thatThe plot dragged Seriously dragged Like cut the first hundred pages of Mo flip flopping between lusting for Luc and then trying to focus on her dead friend s death all while lusting after Luc Definitely Not Sexy just to remind us that Mo is a mature high schooler who doesn t want to be trapped in her hometown forever Oh sucks to be you Colin who will never leave his hometown He s SOL in the seuelThe action once it starts in the last few chapters is confusing and lacking specific details The magic blasted into her the magic blazed around them The nebula consumed her Let the nebula consume her Yes that nebula consumed her twice within two pages There was also something about lines and they were actually an infinity of worlds and lives that crisscrossed and they were beautiful I wished I could have visualized what O Rourke was seeing as she wrote the final scene but alas she didn t give me any detailsThis is obviously part of a series but sadly I will not bother picking up the next book I value my time too much to be bothered spending another month of my life struggling to be interested in these characters and a magical world that I have to create on my ownYou can find other reviews by my on my blog Turning the Pages Who doesn t love a character torn between two dangerous worlds and two risky guys The only thing safe about this book is how good it isI can t decide who I think Mo should end up with Probably Colin but Luc may win me over Two of my favorite romantic love interests this year First about the Cover I liked it The girl s bangs are a bit weird but I feel as if I m looking at an actual person someone with character rather thanust the same girl thats on every other single YA book out there This image sticks out Also Torn s plot held such promise Instead of taking the usual YA book formula and creating the main character with all the powerabilitydestiny O Rourke went and killed that person off No Organization Development in Healthcare joke the one with the destiny was dead from the start of this book Well notust dead but rather killed off How kick ass is that Not something you read often let me tell you The main character Mo yes that is her name is the best friend of the deceased and ends up becoming the fill in heroine during the story Mo has no power Zip nada All Mo has going for her is a deep friendship for her deader than dead friend and a need for vengence This idea is refreashing and different but thats about the only thing that stands above for this book What I didn t likeMo annoyed me I mean immensely annoyed me The first few chapters of the book she s all gung ho for vengene since her friend was killed Constantly she s thinking about Ethnographic Research justice and thenust as swiftly in the midst of her I have to find the killers cause I promised my dead friend inner musings she switches to Ooohhh cute guy mode This is freaking annoying I don t want to shift gears that uickly How about sticking to one theme and wondering what s my motive Well Mo s motive should have been about finding her friends killer She starts off that way but then uickly zigzags into insta love with not ust one boy but twoAnother thing that annoyed me about Mo She s supposedly this smart shy and reserved girl a side kick to the dead best friend That s how every character in the book described her but she acted nothing like that in the book Rather she reminded me of a tiny toy dog constantly yipping at the heels of someone bigger In the book she was immature fighting with her family about her independence yet sulking like a baby when she didn t get her way She was also constantly being told to do something and she always agreed and THEN did the opposite Hell why even act like you agree in the fir. Everyone has secretsEven best friendsMo Fitzgerald knows about secrets But when she witnesses her best friend's murder she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have.

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