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Torn (Torn Trilogy #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,655 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Kensington
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I guess I should have looked more closely to see that the 4 star rating only came from 200 and some readers, but c'mon people, where are your standards?

A great looking cover (even if the girl does have a slightly droopy eye which is charmingly realistic instead of photo-shopped to the Uncanny Valley), does not mean a great book.

Neither does the tension of two out-of-her-league hot guys, competing for the perpetually nerdy/clumsy/under-appreciated/unconsciously attractive shy girl who is determ
Jennifer Armentrout
Aug 25, 2011 Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite reads of 2011
Angela Fristoe
Nov 26, 2011 Angela Fristoe rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Okay, so from the blurb it sounds like the book is going to open with some action, right? Well it doesn't, because guess what? The first half of the blurb happens before the book even starts! Yeah, how exciting. I don't even care that this wonderful friend is dead, because I never even meet her.

This though, is the least of the problems I had with Torn. I'd like to start with something positive and I'm finding it hard. That's not to say the book was horrible. It wasn't. It was just okay. I receiv
Nov 28, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich war sowas von überrascht von diesem Roman! Das ganze klang für mich wie der durchschnittliche 0815 Urban Fantasy Liebesdreieck SCHROTT. Wenn ich das Buch nicht kostenlos und im Rahmen einer Aktion hätte lesen könne, hätte ich es wahrscheinlich nie angefasst. Aber (!) glücklicherweise ist es so gekommen, denn das Buch war so gut, dass ich beschlossen habe, auch den zweiten Band lesen zu wollen.
Was das Buch eigentlich hauptsächlich trägt, dass ist der Hauptcharakter Mo. Sie war sehr natürlich,
Meagan Catherine
Nov 21, 2011 Meagan Catherine rated it it was amazing
I have heard some people say that the cover didn't really pull them in. For me the cover had absolutely nothing to do with me picking up this book. I have an advanced review copy. It is green and simply says "Torn" on the cover. I grabbed this book simply because the title caught my attention. Simple yet powerful, I was curious to see what this book was really about.

From the very first few pages I was hooked! Mo's loss and quest for revenge paired with her growing (and often confusing) feelings
Joy (joyous reads)
Feb 28, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Two guys. Two worlds. Two destinies. One Choice.

Yikes. I know right? The love triangle alarm is blaring in my ears. I should've really ran for the hills. Let me be honest and say I didn't see that blurb when I started reading. Otherwise, Torn would've been thrown in a pile of maybe-never. I have an aversion to love triangle but for once, this book actually handled it in a way that didn't incite some self-inflicted eyes gouging.

This book was quite a pleasant surprise. In a way, it was reminiscen
Lee Nichols
Jun 25, 2011 Lee Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

I can't decide who I think Mo should end up with. Probably Colin, but Luc may win me over. Two of my favorite romantic love interests this year!
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Murder, magic, and the Mob. That’s TORN in a nutshell. Well if you add in one of the better love triangle I’ve read this year with two very different, but equally appealing guys, and a hidden magical world that lies at the brink of destruction.

I have no comment on the cover, but the title of TORN is perfect. Maura “Mo” Fitzgerald is torn. Torn between her incarcerated father and the uncle who stepped in to take care of her and her mother. Torn between t
Oct 04, 2014 Agnes rated it it was amazing
Not reading Torn by Erica O'Rourke is the biggest mistake of your life and it was almost mine.During my senior year of high school i found the Torn giveaway on goodreads. Can you believe i almost didn't enter the contest.I didn't like the main character name but for some reason or another i submitted my information anyway.Looking back i'm glad that i did and i'm kinda embarrassed because i love Mo.She is my favorite character and she will be your too.She tops Bella and dare i say any other femal ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The first start-to-finish fabulous book I have read this year -- every moment rang true. Delicious heros, chilling villains, and a main character who is relatable, loveable, and admirable. This book is beautifully written and action-packed -- executing both those elements flawlessly is an amazing achievement. WOW!!!
Wart Hill
Actual rating: 2.5

Overall, it wasn't anything to write home about, but it wasn't terrible either. I liked the plot, Mo has to take the place of her best friend in saving the world, despite not having any magic. It was interesting to look at Mo trying to figure out what to do and what had happened while learning that she didn't know as much about Verity as she always thought.

I liked the magic. I felt like it could have been better developed - especially the different factions. But as we were in M
Stacey Pagan
Aug 16, 2011 Stacey Pagan rated it it was amazing
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 fo
Mar 04, 2012 Jami rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Seriously. I haven't given many 5 star ratings to new, contemporary books, but this is one that really deserves it.

I'm not a huge fan of love triangle stories because it's so hard to show the two choices in a way that makes them both equally appealing. (If one's a clear winner over the other, the one who's debating looks stupid. And even if they're both equally good, the chooser too often comes off as flighty.)

HOWEVER, the author did a great job here. She portrayed both men we
Jessica Saylor
Aug 02, 2012 Jessica Saylor rated it liked it
Torn felt like a really long read for me. It is really strange though, because it isn't in a bad way. It feels like every once in a while I would tune into someone else's life, and the whole story took place over several days. Confusing? Probably.

The characters, while fun, felt a little generic to me. I really like a lot of brooding and depth to my male characters, especially in a triangle, and I didn't get that. And truthfully, I didn't see what was so special about Mo that made these two guys
Katelyn Strickland
Aug 16, 2011 Katelyn Strickland rated it it was amazing
'Two guys. Two worlds. Two destinies... One choice.'
-- let's be real, it had me at 'Two guys.'

In the very first page of this book, we find Mo in the hospital, having barely survived an attack that took the life of her best friend in the entire world, Verity. Remembering only pieces of the evening, she sets out to avenge Verity's death, and finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed. One that even her best friend was keeping secret from her.

I felt bad for Mo in the beginning - bei
Jul 20, 2011 Nerissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maura “Mo” Fitzgerald has just gone through what could be considered the worse day of her life, she just witnessed her best friend, Verity’s murder and finds herself laying in a hospital bed. Her life will never be the same again. Mo has been surrounding by secrets her entire life; she just didn’t realize it until now. Her world begins to fall apart as the one constant she knows has been violently ripped away from her. Mo struggles with dealing with her best friend’s death, wanting to seek reven ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! I was drawn to this book by her eyes on the cover. The main character, Mo, is a "normal" girl living in Chicago and attending Catholic school. Her family is involved in the mob, although that does not have too much effect on her life (in the beginning of the story). I like that she is not a total outcast/ underdog like the protagonist in many paranormal series.. I also like that she is self-reliant and resourceful on her own (no magic, no guy).
It is the typical pattern of magical
Chrystal Grcevich
Mar 24, 2012 Chrystal Grcevich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good novel to keep them occupied for an afternoon
Recommended to Chrystal by: Won the sequel on Goodreads
This book was great! Sure, the plot is predictable in places, it's a light read, the scenario is unlikely (nerdy girl gets two hot guys??), but I find it so refreshing to have these things once in awhile. The purpose of a fantasy book is to be fun and extreme. I like the concept! Why not make it grandiose? Kudos to the author for taking the road less followed. I love to read about the not-so-likely heroes and heroines because it brings the impossible down a notch or two. Maura is a good girl who ...more
L.j. Duett
May 15, 2012 L.j. Duett rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-okay
First, about the Cover.

I liked it. The girl's bangs are a bit weird but I feel as if I'm looking at an actual person, someone with character rather than just the same girl thats on every other single YA book out there. This image sticks out.

Also, Torn's plot held such promise. Instead of taking the usual YA book formula and creating the main character with all the power/ability/destiny, O'Rourke went and killed that person off. No joke, the one with the destiny was dead from the start of this
Jun 10, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
I'd not read or heard of Erica O'Rourke before reading this book but she is an excellent writer. The book begins with Maura, or Mo in the hospital after an attack she can't describe. She was with her best friend, Verity, when they were attacked and Verity was killed. Turns out, Verity had some magical secrets and a fateful place in the world of magic.

Maura's family has deep roots in the mob. Because of this attack, it appears that someone is trying to reach Uncle Billy via Mo. He stations a body
Reading Vacation
Jul 01, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
Mo and Verity had been best friends for years. They shared everything, or so Mo believed. After Verity is murdered, her secrets come out and there is magic involved. Evil magic. It doesn’t stop there. When Mo seeks revenge for Verity’s murder, Verity’s secret becomes her own. If you are thinking wow, you are right, WOW!

Torn’s take on magic is that it is centered on the four elements – fire, water, earth, and air. I love how the magic is tied to nature. This magic is powerful and very unstable; j
Feb 01, 2013 Cathy rated it it was ok
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Aug 17, 2011 Dorian rated it it was ok
The first 100 pages or so into this book, I genuinely liked it. I found it getting a bit crazier nearing the end of the book though. Like many others, I found the world very confusing and hard to relate to. Mo was a pretty enjoyable character, but she did seem very pathetic at times. She would rant on and on about how she was nothing compared to Verity. I didn't really understand how she basically become the replacement vessel either. The love triangle seemed very forced. I definetly could see t ...more
Huriye C
Sep 13, 2015 Huriye C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es war eine sehr schöne Geschichte, vor allem, weil ich lange Zeit nicht aus der Genre Fantasy gelesen hatte. Das ganze Buch über habe ich mir gewünscht, sie beginnt etwas mit Colin, was jedoch eine offene Frage bleibt. Auf den zweiten Band der Triologie bin ich schon sehr gespannt und hoffe es bald verschlingen zu können.
Als "Weg in die Dunkelheit" erwies sich für mich leider die Lektüre dieses Buchs: extrem naiver Hauptcharakter, unglaubwürdige Liebesgeschichte(n), zu viele Fantasy-Klischees, öfters unpassende Wortwahl und mein Liebling, der mehr als perfekte Luc ;-)
Aber dadurch, dass Bou das Buch zum Kommentieren hat herumgehen lassen hatte ich trotzdem ganz viel Spaß beim Lesen (und war ehrlich gesagt auch vielleicht etwas kritischer als sonst) :-)
Eine richtige Rezension folgt hoffentlich noch in den nächst
Paranormal Affair
Jun 25, 2014 Paranormal Affair rated it really liked it
This book has been on my reading list for quite some time so I was happy to receive it as a gift from a friend. Its packed with hot men, tons of paranormal fun and a LOT of mystery.

I would give this book more like 3.5 stars. It wasn’t quite GREAT but it wasn’t just OK, it was definitely good. It had the makings of something amazing, your typical two extremely attractive men fighting over one ordinary girl paranormal story but it needed a bit more. I felt the build up took a little too long but t
This was a good read. The main character was kind of quiet ("mousy"), but equally determined and loyal. The story-line had good interaction between a few of the characters (Luc, Mo, and Colin mostly) and it added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. There was also a little bit of heat between Mo and the two guys, which is always appreciated. Seeing Mo's decisions and settling into the type of person she wanted to be was also enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next one!
Mar 17, 2014 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die junge Maura, meistens Mo genannt, führt ein nicht allzu normales Leben: Der Vater sitzt im Gefängnis und der Onkel ist ein bekannter Mafiaboss. Alldem kann sie dank ihrer besten Freundin Verity entfliehen, doch als diese von seltsamen Kreaturen getötet wird, muss Mo entsetzt feststellen, dass selbst ihre engste Vertraute ihre gegenüber so einiges geheim hielt. Da sie Veritys Tod nicht einfach so hinnehmen möchte, beginnt die Schülerin selbst zu recherchieren und stößt dabei nicht nur auf ein ...more
Rachel Blom
Apr 13, 2014 Rachel Blom rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-novels
Another book about a girl who discovers there's a magical world out there she knew nothing about. When Mo's best friend Verity is murdered by strange creatures, she can't let go, no matter how much pressure people put on her to do just that. With the help of mysterious Luc, she discovers Verity had a life she knew nothing about, a life filled with magic. Then there's Colin, sent to protect her. Well, the usual love triangle develops, nothing new there.

I liked the book well enough, but it had so
Hmm (or should I say, hmn?). I'll admit it: I had never heard of this book, but I specifically read it because Susan Dennard mentioned that she thought this was an example of a love triangle done really well. I'm generally somewhat love triangle neutral--I don't always want one, but I won't walk away from a book that has one. But ones that are done well, I do find genuinely interesting. Notably: Clockwork Angel, and a double love triangle in An Ember in the Ashes, from recent memory.

But for a wh
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I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn't.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I'll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

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