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Torn #1

Erica O'Rourke

ISBN 9780758267030
Publish Date 6/28/2011
Format Trade Paperback
Categories KTeen , Young Adult
List Price: $9.95

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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?

“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 is.” --Lee Nichols, author of Deception, A Haunting Emma Novel

“Dark, exciting and totally addictive! Just…wow!” –Kristi Cook, author of Haven

“Dark, magical, and delicious!” --New York Times Bestselling Author C. L. Wilson

About Erica O'Rourke:

Erica O'Rourke lives outside Chicago with her family, including two very bad cats. She is the winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Young Adult Manuscript.

Average Customer Review

Based on 3 reviews

Customer Review

Excellent YA Novel (Tuesday, August 16, 2011)
Reviewer: Stacey Pagan

I am under the impression that this novel will be a trilogy and I might be a “Thirty Something” but there is nothing like a great YA novel! A YA novel that has this thirty-something year old wanting MORE! I had never heard of Erica O’Rourke, but she is now on the top of my “to watch out for” list for certain!

Mo has been dealt a hand of cards that your average teenage girl would not normally be able to handle. Her daddy is in prison, her mother is a workaholic to keep a roof over Mo’s head and food on the table, her over protective uncle is part of the mob and her best friend Verity dies in her arms during the summer before their senior year. For most teens, this would be more than they could handle before cracking, but Mo never cracks.

Mo is on a journey to find out why her best friend was killed; she wants justice and will stop at no ends to find it! However, while searching for this justice, she realizes Verity was not the perfect friend she made herself out to be. She finds herself entangled with an overprotective bodyguard (Colin) hired by her uncle while lusting after Luc, a far from normal young man from New Orleans that not only shows her magic, but sets her heart aflutter.

Mo’s journey leads her to learn how and why Verity was murdered, along with learning new information about her uncle and father, and in between she learns that the world isn’t as normal as we all think it is. A little magic here and there can turn a person upside down.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next novel in this series. I was a bit disappointed at the conclusion until I realized there will be two additional novels. O’Rourke hooked me from the first chapter and I couldn’t stop until I put the novel down! I’m certain young teenagers will enjoy this novel as much I have.

A super exciting read. (Tuesday, July 12, 2011)
Reviewer: thefictionalbookshelf

Holy cow this was a super exciting read. I sat down one evening and stayed awake until I read every page. I may be 30 but I do enjoy YA books and this one is now one of my new YA favorites. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

Awesome Page-Turner (Saturday, July 9, 2011)
Reviewer: BrittanyM

Maura “Mo” Fitzgerald sees herself as a nice, quiet, boring Catholic school girl, except for the fact that her dad’s in jail, her Uncle Billy might be associated with the Mob, and her best friend Verity was murdered right in front of her eyes. She craves justice for Verity’s murder, but the tall, black-clad, monstrous looking killers might not even be human—how can she fight something she can’t even understand? Her search is complicated by a relentless police detective, a gruff and sexy bodyguard who’s trying to ruin her life, and a mysterious and otherworldly guy who may or may not have been Verity’s ex-boyfriend.

From page one, this story grabs you and won’t let you go. The mystery of who—or what—killed Verity drives the plot, and Mo’s bravery, which verges on recklessness at times, makes you fear for her life on every page. The relationship between Mo and her two equally sexy and endearing love interests is incredibly sensual—how will she ever choose between them? I loved this book, and I highly recommend to other fans of paranormal romantic young adult fiction.

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