Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: Torn

Torn by Erica O'Rourke 

Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date: June 28th 2011
Pages: 336
Source: Library
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

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?

When I picked up Torn, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Let me admit, I decided to read it because the author and I shared the same name. Torn is the story of a girl named Mo as she handles the loss of her best friend Verity, while taking on the knowledge that her friend's family holds the power of using magic, and that Verity was the key in saving the magic world from collapse. Because Mo had attempted to save her friend by stopping her bleeding, she finds out she could help save the magic world, because she has a mix of her friend's blood along with her own.

I thought this book was very cliche. Just going off of my description of the book, it seems like everything that could have been done to make it so the world is saved, happens. The way everything turned out seems very unrealistic.

Her uncle is her strongest father figure in the story, and after what happens to her best friend, her uncle hires a bodyguard to follow her around. Talk about creepy. Her uncle is really a sketchy character to begin with and when he sends this guy (who is admittedly very hot) to follow her around, that was the point in which I could barely take this book seriously.

In the book I thought it was really hard to understand all the magic stuff, and Mo just jumps right into it. I really don't know what was going on with all that was going on and she seemed to barley question it. The book kept mentioning things about magic lines or something like that, and I have no idea what that is.

The last thing that really bugged was there was a love triangle. I just wanted to ask Mo why she even kissed one of them. One of the two guys in the triangle really had nothing going for him that would make her want to kiss him, and she did anyway. I just... I don't know.

Overall the initial idea the author had was good, but it just sort of fell from there and it just didn't really make a whole lot of sense to me.


  1. I read this...two years ago? Hell, I don't even know when. And I don't remember a single freakin' thing about it. That's how forgettable it was for me. =/

  2. Aww, I'm sorry that you didn't really enjoy this one Erika! My first thought after reading the synopsis was: cliche. So I'm sad to hear that it in fact is cliche. =( Those types of books are the worst! Based off of what you're saying in your review, this book probably would have been a DNF for me. I can not stand unoriginal books! The whole magic aspect things sounds utterly confusing. And a body guard? Um, hello, CREEPY with a capital C! And a love triangle. Yuck.

    I'm sorry that you couldn't enjoy this one Erika! I hope your next read is better. <3