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Tangled by Erica O'Rourke
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Feb 28, 12

bookshelves: love-triangle, half-decent-hero, witchy-shit
Read from February 19 to 20, 2012

3.5 stars

The second book in the Torn trilogy finds Mo settling back into her old life - her life before magic, prophecies, darklings (shadowy, evil magical creatures) and the mysterious Luc. Mo is doing her best to pick up the pieces of her life but it's not long before she's pulled back into Luc's world. Mo agrees to a Covenant with the heads of the Arcs (magic-users) in exchange for her dead best friend's younger sister - Constance recieving help and training after she begins to manifest uncontrollable powers.
The premise of the series is great Mo, an ordinary teenager is thrown into the magical world after Verity, her best friend - who unbeknownst to her is an Arc - is killed protecting her from darklings. Verity's sacrifice somehow bestows Mo with some of her powers. Mo soon finds out that Verity was no ordinary Arc, Verity was one of the two prophesised Arcs that would fix magic..the other being Luc. Mo is shouldered with fulfilling the prophecy meant for Verity.
I liked Mo - she was relatable, clever and compassionate. Mo had a lot of challenges - her mob uncle pressurising her to frame his enemies for Verity's death.. her bodyguard and crush Colin keeping secrets and acting hot&cold with her.. Constance blaming her for Verity's death.. her mum nagging her to visit her dad in prison.. her uncles enemies targeting her.. Luc and the Arcs manipulating and using her for their own benefits irregardless of Mo's well being.
Naturally, Mo on top of everything else is having boy problems. She's drawn to Luc who she's bound to out of necessity and she has a huge crush on her brooding, protective, very human bodyguard Colin. Luc seems to only want Mo because he believes it's fate. It's clear Luc's loyalties lie with the Arcs and he proves this by betraying Mo in a serious way. Mo has a real connection with Colin but their relationship is no less complicated than the relationship she shares with Luc. Colin is keeping secrets from her and Mo's uncle has forbidden Colin from dating her. Luc and Colin respectively represent fate and choice..Is fated love true or is falling in love naturally truer?
Fated love in YA/PR/UF is very popular and seems to always come out on top.. personally I don't find fated love very romantic or endearing. Colin I feel is the far better option.
I've always been bothered that Luc would hit on his dead girlfriend's best friend so soon after her death..and if Luc and Mo do end up together there's always the question that had Verity not died..would he have even been interested in Mo?? Verity was his destined partner, he seemed to care and love Verity and she was an Arc like him..so it's hard to believe he would have ever fell for Mo if Verity was still in the picture.
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