*This title will be released on June 26,2012*
by Erica O’Rourke
Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Netgalley
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
Kissing. Scenes of sensuality. A non graphic sex scene
“I beat you. Twice. No magic, and I still beat you. And that was when I didn’t know what I was doing.” I smiled, cold as the winter sky outside. “Imagine what I’m capable of now.”
Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But every decision she’s made, from avenging her best friend’s death to protecting the people she loves, has come at a terrible price.
As her father returns from prison and the Seraphim regroup, war breaks out in both her worlds. And Mo isn’t the only one with secrets to hide and choices to make. The more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything – her life, her heart, her future—or lose it all.
I love trilogies. I love how clear and purposeful each book is. I especially love reading the final book, the one where everything comes together and all the emotional and plot driven story-lines converge. Reading BOUND by Erica O’Rourke, the third book in the Torn Trilogy, I was reminded all over again why trilogies are so satisfying. In both of the preceding books in this trilogy, the endings were fantastic. So powerful and exciting. As the ending to the whole series, BOUND captures the same energy and emotionally gripping feel from the first to last page, and delivers by far the best book of the series.
The magic of the Torn Trilogy has always been the fine balance between Mo’s mob connected family life and her accidental but irrevocable connection to the supernatural Seraphim. Each side has a guy that Mo is drawn to, a villain that wants to use or kill her, and an obligation to protect the innocent. O’Rourke’s skill has been making both world equally compelling, and finally in BOUND, thrusting the two together. The consequesces are just as severe as I would have expected. Betrayal, and bloodshed, and heartbreak follow.
My only real complaint is how the romance turned out. Not because I was rooting for the other guy, but because I thought Mo was too capricious in her choosing. She was in an intimate position with one guy declaring her love and readiness for sex and then in an almost identical situation with the other guy way too quickly for my taste. Her speech to the guy she didn’t choose was in complete contrast to everything she had been saying to him the entire book. It didn’t sit right.
As a series overall, the Torn Trilogy is unique and exciting. The mythology is new and inventive, and Mo as a character grows so much over the span of the series. I’m sorry there won’t be more books in this series, but the ending feels right for the plot and characters. After a series like this, I’ll be on the look out for whatever Erica O’Rourke writes next.