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Product Details

  • Series: Torn
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075826707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758267078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-Maura Fitzgerald, a 17-year-old tangled up in the dirty dealings of the Chicago Mob, is torn between her Flat (human) life and her role as the Vessel of magic. Half of Mo's life is trying to balance her status as a double agent, passing information to the Russian Mob for her Uncle Billy while working to put him behind bars. In her other life, Mo is the focus of a war between the Arcs and Seraphim, as her relationship with magic is more intimate than anyone suspects. Meanwhile, she is swept up in a complex love triangle with handsome Colin, a victim of paternal abuse and Mo's bodyguard, and Luc, heir to the Arc's house of fire. In addition to the destiny vs. freedom-of-choice conflict being overly superimposed on the plot, Mo's martyr syndrome becomes tiresome, and the prolonged ending leaves naught to the imagination. O'Rourke's exposition is choppy, the rules of written dialogue are sometimes ignored, and transitions between scenes are minimal to nonexistent, all of which force readers to backpedal through the mayhem. This conclusion to the trilogy is mildly entertaining, though it lacks luster in the great sea of YA paranormal romance.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It seemed like Mo made her decision kind of in haste and it surprised me entirely.
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I'm sad to see this fabulous and different series come to an end, but eagerly look forward to Erica's next book!
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All I have to say is that the love triangle in this series is the best I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
First Impressions: I was so excited when Bound showed up on my doorstep! I read the first two books in this trilogy earlier this year and I absolutely fell in love with the story, the characters, and the author's style of writing. Bound is the third and final book and I couldn't wait to find out how everything was going to turn out for Mo, Colin, and Luc. This is one of those series that kept getting better and better as the plot progressed. I also really like the cover art on each book since they all seem to fit nicely together.

First 50 Pages: One of my favorite aspects of this trilogy is that it does a great job blending together two totally different genres. It is one part Urban Fantasy and one part Contemporary Fiction. The main character Mo lives a bit in each world and is pulled in both directions. In the end, we know she will have to choose which path is the right one for her (as well as which guy she really wants to be with), and since Bound is the last book, the time to choose is now. Bound also wraps up all of the little side-plots without it feeling too busy, but it does have more than enough action to keep any reader satisfied. This particular book moves at a much faster pace than the previous books, but I never thought it was confusing.

Characters & Plot: Bound picks up not too long after all of the events that occurred in Tangled. We are again greeted with Mo who has chosen Colin over Luc in Chicago. I was never crazy about Colin and I always preferred Luc as the guy for Mo, but Colin is okay too. Mo is trying her best to keep her "normal" life separate from her duties in the supernatural world, but again, we know that this isn't going to last for very long and Mo is going to have to choose one side or the other.
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By Ryan Grooms on August 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
So I did two differing reviews this week and the second one, which has no impairing on the standard or why the ratings is better/lower. At the same time though I foresaw the ending to a series that while I haven't rated high or even terrific, the ending to this series bought a lot of changes in how I view some of the choices that go on in everyday life.

Mo changes drastically in this book. While we start with the solid relationship with her and Colin, everything is put into question. The question and main question arises, why does Colin stay with the mob when Mo nearly begs him to leave at times. When the answer finds its way to Mo, and Colin finds the deal she made with her uncle to keep him safe, their relationship is strained to its core. Which to me breaks and nearly kills Colin for me. I loved him in the first two books, however here we see when it comes to his real family, he's willing to sacrifice anything and the double standard arises.

Luc on the other hand needs a saving grace, the magic and their issues arise as they as for Mo's help again. While Colin isn't so much around, Luc finally makes his advance on Mo. I read a review that stated, Mo gave up nearly everything in her life to fix and round out the book (so I don't have to spoil anything), Luc doesn't seem to give up anything. I find that rather incorrect, yea he finds that his duty is with the magic and saving it, but also to be on some council. However I believe as the story continues and Mo questions which is more important to him, her or the Magic, his answer is there but a little more indirect. I believe he would choose her over the magic.

In Bound though, we come to the first crossroads of the mob and the magic world colliding.
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By Kathleen M. Jund on September 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
The final installment in the Young Adult Torn series trilogy by Erica O'Rourke "Bound" finds us returning to Morgan's, the South Side Chicago bar belonging to the Mafia-connected Uncle Billy as Mo Fitzgerald (Maura Kathleen), awaits the arrival of her father who has just been released from a twelve year prison sentence. The welcome home party held in his honor dreamed up by her mother does not sit well with Mo, which she does not hesitate to mention however sarcastically to her Uncle. Although still bound by the oath she made to protect the magic which now resides in her, Mo has been had the luxury of three months of peace and quiet which also has left dormant the tie that binds her (both physically and mentally), to the elusive Luc DeFoudre. Also still living up to the bargain struck with her Uncle to keep Collin and his sister safe, Mo makes her required rounds ensuring the bar patrons have a drink to celebrate upon the guest of honor's arrival. The shimmer of magic however, draws her heightened attentions and Mo fears Luc is once again making his presence known. Unfortunately, to Mo's consternation the individual she glimpses is actually Anton Renard the renegade Arc who happens to be the leader of the opposing Seraphim. Puzzled, Mo knows nothing good could be forthcoming in Anton's unwelcomed appearance and a fear the time of quite that she has spent with Collin is now at an end. It is a close race both Anton and Mo run each in their wish that the other was dead. Mo finds herself ironically envisioning a visit from Luc. His disconcerting powers notwithstanding that happen to twist her senses in another direction entirely would have served a better distraction than the dark purpose she feels is evident in Anton's return.Read more ›
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