Torn

Torn

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by Erica O'Rourke
     
 

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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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jessica Atherton
Maura "Mouse" Fitzgerald stays on the sidelines of life until vicious attackers kill her best friend, Verity. Maura vows revenge before understanding the cost. Convinced their mob connections caused the attack, her family hires a bodyguard, Colin Donnelly. Handsome and laconic, Colin creates unexpected emotional confusion for Maura. He tries to keep Maura from searching for Verity's killer, but she refuses to acquiesce, as usual. She gives up her wallflower ways and partners up with the mysterious Luc, Verity's old boyfriend. As she tries to resist her attraction to Luc, she discovers a world of dangerous magic. In this suspenseful tale, Maura must choose between Colin and Luc, safety and danger, justice and revenge. Maura's voice comes across as a genuine teenager, full of awareness, self-doubt, and a healthy dose of snarky remarks. Other characters are not as well developed. Colin suffers from cardboard cutout syndrome and does not come alive until the last part of the book. O'Rourke indicates the existence of a complex magical realm but does not develop it. Instead, the plot-driven story focuses on Maura's maturation as she tries to make up for her failure to protect her friend, culminating when she saves the magical world. This book would work well for audiences who enjoyed the romance of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster, 2010/VOYA December 2009) and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (Delacorte, 2009/VOYA April 2008). O'Rourke delivers a great combination of adventure and paranormal romance. Reviewer: Jessica Atherton
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—It's an increasingly common premise: a magic world coexisting with the non-magic, one chosen individual possessing special powers, an ambiguous prophecy, and an urgent need to save the world. Except in this novel, the protagonist isn't the chosen one. In fact, she is murdered before the book even begins, leaving behind her best friend, Mo Fitzgerald, who doesn't even know that magic exists. Mo has always stayed below the radar and in the shadow of Verity. But even she could tell that the creatures that killed her friend weren't human, and she's determined to figure out what happened. Her journey takes her into a realm filled with magic-users called Arcs, demonlike Darklings, and a power struggle that threatens all stability. In addition, Mo's family may or may not be involved with the mob, so it's not just supernatural baddies that she has to watch out for. O'Rourke's heroine is refreshing: determined, spunky, and unpredictable. The two requisite love interests are more formulaic, but Torn should still satisfy readers with an insatiable thirst for well-written, fast-paced fantasy and leave them eager for the next installment in the series.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

A disrupted magical prophecy pits fate against choice in O'Rourke's debut.

Maura "Mo" Fitzgerald wakes up in a hospital room to face a handful of impossibilities—namely, that she has witnessed the murder of her best friend, Verity Grey, and that said murder was committed by evil, supernatural creatures. Rocked out of complacency, Mo discovers that Verity was not only living a double life as a powerful magic user called an Arc, but had been the prophesied key for preventing a magical disaster on par with a nuclear meltdown. Mo isn't fated—or qualified—to save the world, but she finds herself falling into Verity's role as well as the arms of a mysterious, handsome Arc whom she suspects of having been romantically involved with Verity. She struggles with grieving, her family's shady ties and a protective bodyguard, all the while trying to figure out whom she can trust in a destiny not meant for her. The romance is on the less-developed side, but the male lead makes up for it in dark charisma. While some of the plot twists are predictable, and the shadowy consortium of villains is ill-defined, the novel shines when Mo deals with the implications and ramifications of her role as a substitute for the chosen heroine.

The admirable ambition of this novel makes up for its uneven patches. (discussion questions) (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758273451
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
Torn , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
324,328
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 Years

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