Friday, July 6, 2012

Bound by Erica O'Rourke Review Interview and Giveaway

Bound (Torn Trilogy, #3)

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 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.

Something that has never happened to me before happened with Bound. I was afraid of finishing it. Not because it was boring or bad but because I’m going to miss these characters so much. Even right now I feel like crying. I was very excited when I got the book in the mail and then I thought, “This is it. The end of one of my favorite series ever.” And then I wasn't as excited as before. I can always re-read the series, right?

I’m very happy with the ending. I'm ecstatic with the choices Mo made. I was very happy with the guy she ended up with. I mean, I love them both due to O'Rourke's amazing ability to write two totally different love interests that the reader can’t help but fall in love with. But at the end Mo had to choose which guy was the best fit for her and she did and I approve! All I have to say is that the love triangle in this series is the best I have ever read. I didn't know whom she was going to end up with. It kept me guessing until almost the end.

If you haven’t read this series do so now. Don’t be afraid of the love triangle. I personally don’t like them but the love triangle in this series is epic. The writing is amazing and full of action. I was amazed with O’Rourke’s talent of writing vivid and relatable characters. This book has it all. Two amazingly scary and twisted worlds, one kick ass-heroine and two hunkalicious love interests.


Erica O'RourkeAt what point did you know whom (Luc or Colin) Mo was going to end up with? Did you know from the get-go or did you have to figure it out as you went?

I knew from the very beginning which boy Mo would end up with. Both Colin and Luc are good for Mo in very different ways, but only one of them was right for the person she was by the end of the trilogy. That’s not to say it was easy to write, though. Much like a real breakup, I had to surround myself with sad music and lots of chocolate, and I put in many phone calls to my critique partner, who patiently consoled me.

Which of Mo’s worlds did you enjoy writing more?

I liked writing the Chicago-set scenes because the areas I wrote about are so familiar to me – but I had the most fun with them when magic intruded on Mo’s regular world. Whether it was Luc at the Slice, or the Darkling attack behind Morgan’s, I loved the tension implicit in Mo trying to reconcile her everyday world with the Arcs’ tendency to upend everything.

If you could bring to life one of the characters in BOUND, who would it be? And why?

Probably Mo. Mostly because I like the way she analyzes people and watches everything so carefully, and I think we’d have fun hanging out in Chicago – or anywhere else.

Which character will you miss most?

Definitely Mo. There’s a certain comfort in spending three books with one character – you come to understand them very well. You get to know their layers and quirks, and even when her character and story arc dictated that she do something wrong, I enjoyed writing her so much. It’s still strange to think I won’t be doing that any more.

How did you feel when you typed the last word of BOUND?

Stunned. I don’t know how the ending of a book sneaks up on you, because as the author, you’re in charge of that sort of thing – and yet I remember thinking, “Wait. It’s done? Are you sure? No, are you really sure?”

Happily, I always revise a book several times before I send it off, so there was time for it to sink in.

Can you tell us a little bit about your new book coming out in 2013?

I’m so excited about this project! The book is called DISSONANCE, and it’s about a girl named Delancey who can move between alternate universes, who ends up falling for different versions of her secret crush in each world. Del’s a very different character than Mo, and I’m having a lot of fun writing her. And writing Simon, her crush, is a blast – because he’s different every time we meet him, but always irresistible. It’s scheduled for Fall 2013, which seems both terribly far-off and terribly soon, all at once.

What are your pet peeves when it comes to writing? 

Squeaky gel pens. Adults who write YA so they can teach young people a Valuable Life Lesson. Dirt in my keyboard. People who insist their way is the only way. When my kids eat my stash of reward cookies. Lazy writing. Insufficiently strong coffee.

Thanks to Erica for being the sweetest and most helpful author in the whole wide world!! 


I'll be giving away one copy of Bound!! This giveaway is US only and ends 7/20 To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter form  below. Thanks to Vida from Kensington for providing a copy for giveaway. 

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  1. I'm glad the ending was good. There is nothing worse than investing in a series only to have it end poorly.

  2. From the interview sounds like I want to hang out with Mo too in Chicago. I only traveled through Chicago but the story sounds like a great read, want to get to know more about Mo and the city. Loved the interview:)

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read any books in this series yet, but they sound so good!!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I love it! I'd really like to read this one!

  5. I haven't started this series yet but I do have the rest of the books in it. i tend to wait and read them back to back but like you when I start that last book I may make it last days simply to keep it from ending. It rather like having a bunch of your friends over when you've not seen them awhile. It's just hard to let them go.

  6. Insufficiently strong coffee is a pet peeve of mine for any situation! ;)

    Great Interview and Review! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Dissonance sounds great. If it is half as good as the Torn trilogy, it will become a fave as well. I love Mo. She is one of my favorite heroines in YA right now. I just love the whole series, and I can't wait to see how everything turns out for Mo and Luc and Colin in Bound. I will be sad though, for the end and for the guy she doesn't choose. I have no idea how Miss O'Rourke was able to choose between those two guys. No wonder she had to have lots of chocolate. I will have to have a lot of it myself. And tissues. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  8. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

    Suz Reads


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