Thursday, September 22, 2011

Torn by Erica O'Rourke

Torn by Erica O'Rourke
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Kensington

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?  -

Well, that's a good question.  Which one?  The author did a really good job keeping you liking both guys, but I have to admit I felt pulled more toward Colin.  I don't know... there's just something about the whole slightly older guy thing that really appeals to me.  Although I did like Luc also!  Don't get me wrong.  This would have been a tough choice.

I liked Mo a lot, as a character.  It was interesting to see a story where the main heroine wasn't the one who could do magic, make extraordinary things happen, etc... Mo is very ordinary.  So when she gets thrown into this world of danger and magic, it made the story a lot more interesting, because she is having to learn to cope with something she's never seen before, and never believed in.

The only thing I found to be a little too predictable was who the villain turned out to be.  I saw that coming a mile away, but it was still a surprise to see how deeply betraying that person was.  And Mo's uncle...  wow.  That brings another layer of fascination to the story that I didn't expect.

But it all keeps coming back to Colin and Luc.  This was the most interesting part of the story to me.  I felt like it was the driving factor of the story, at least to me.  And yes, she does pick one over the other at the end, but this is the first of a series.  So I'm not sure she'll end up with him in the long run.  We'll just have to see.

All in all, a great start to a series, and I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

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