Book Review of Bound by Erica O’Rourke

Title: Bound

Author: Erica O’Rourke

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Release Date: June 26th, 2012

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: We pick back up in Bound three months after all the events from Tangled (review here) took place. Mo has chosen to stay in Chicago with Colin and is trying to keep her Flat life and her Arc life separate. We all knew that would not last long though right? Anton is still chasing her, her Uncle Billy has her working for the mob and she has so many secrets she is having a hard time keeping straight who she has told them to. The entirety of Bound is literally the climax that we have all been waiting for and what the previous books having been leading too.

When we begin in Bound, Mo is still dating Colin and I have to admit I am not a fan of him so I was secretly plotting their break-up. Not fair I know, but there is something about the bad boy that is always so appealing which is why I always loved Luc. I am not a fan of love triangles, but Erica has always kept the choice in guys up to Mo. She does not take her choice away by something happening to one of the guys or forcing Mo’s hand. Mo is faced with choosing between two futures as well as the guys that could be a part of them. Either guy could be someone she could be with, but she needs to choose what path she wants before she can finally decide what guy will stand beside her. I liked that about the romance in this book, the decision was always up to Mo. She had to find the strength inside herself to discover what she truly wanted.

As for all the action, wow there was plenty to go around in this book. All of the conflict in Mo’s life literally comes to a head in this book as her life in the Arc world and the Flat world collide. Many lives get lost and there were a couple deaths I did not see coming at all. At one point Marguerite says to Mo:

“You cannot save them all…”

That quote could not be truer, or more heartbreaking. There were moments I was questioning how everything was going to work out for Mo and how she would get through it all, but Erica created a strong character in Mo. She fought with everything she had to get her life to where she wanted it to be and refused to give up until she had the life she chose. Mo has stayed true to who she was since we met her in Torn and hates having any decision made for her. She has grown since the events in Torn, but it has only been for the better and her core characteristics remain the same, and that is why I loved her.

Sometimes a series can get bland as they continue, but this trilogy just got better with each installment. Bound ended this series with a bang and was a perfect conclusion to Mo’s story. Not everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow, but the major conflict was resolved and I was happy with where Mo ended up. I am sad to leave this world, but was very satisfied with the closing of Mo’s tale.

If you have not read these books I highly suggest looking into them! You need to read them in order because there is too much backstory to start out with this book, but they are fantastic young adult paranormal titles! At its core it is a story of a girl who is lost in life, looking for what she really wants. Throw in two hot guys looking to be by her side through that journey, some seriously wicked magic and a couple of nasty villains chasing her and you get a small taste of this world. I am not sure what books Erica will bring us next, but I know I will definitely be picking up copies of them!

FTC: I received this book from the publisher for review.

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