Torn by Erica O'Rourke

Summary: 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?

Review: I had not heard anything about Torn when I started reading it so I went in not knowing what to expect. I loved the first chapter. It certainly got questions running around in my head. I didn't really like Mo as a character at first. I thought she was annoying and a bit of a brat, but towards the end she started to warm up to me. She faced quite a lot in this book and I admire her for that. One thing I especially loved about Torn was the general idea. Usually in paranormal YA books the main character is in some peril because some paranormal creatures are after him/her. Torn was a bit different. Verity was the one in caught up in the paranormal stuff but she died, so Mo (the typical "in the dark" best friend) had to become part of this dangerous world herself. That was interesting. Luc and Colin were both good characters. I was on the fence with them when they were first introduced. I don't know why, but I didn't fall in love with them upon first meeting them. I will say I was more on Luc's side than Colin's by the end of the book. I liked the whole story a lot. I think it is interesting and new, but it didn't feel like there was a whole lot going on. You get introduced to a lot of characters, but I was hoping Mo would have had to do more running/fighting baddies in this book. I still liked this book a ton, and the last few chapters were pretty packed full of stuff so that was good. I think this is definitely a series worth looking out for. Can't wait to read Tangled!

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