Thursday, June 30, 2011

Character Revelations: Top Ten Chicago Hot Spots with Verity and Mo from "Torn" by Erica O'Rourke


I am delighted to host a pair of BFFs today!  Verity and Mo are from Erica O'Rourke's Torn are giving us a tour of one of my favorite cities: CHICAGO!

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the 'L', a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it's directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn't pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, "Run, Mo!" 

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

"Who doesn't love a character torn between two dangerous worlds and two risky guys? The only thing safe about this book is how good it is." —Lee Nichols, author of Deception, A Haunting Emma Novel

"Dark, exciting and totally addictive! Just. . .wow!" -Kristi Cook, author of Haven  (from GoodReads)

Here we go:

Verity & Mo's Top Ten Chicago Hotspots!

Wicker Park: Lots of fun, funky shops in this neighborhood on the north side of the city – a long trip, but they’d figure it was worth it.

The Art Institute: Verity likes the Modern Wing best, but Mo prefers the photography exhibit in the basement. There’s usually cute scruffy art students hanging out, too.

Garrett’s Popcorn: There are lots of places in Chicago’s loop to get Garrett’s, the messiest, tastiest popcorn of all. Chicago mix is cheese popcorn and caramel corn mixed together. A small bag is plenty for Mo and Verity to share.

Millennium Park: Next door to the Art Institute, the park features the Bean sculpture –formally known as Cloud Gate; it also has the Crown Fountains, two giant screens that project video of peoples’ faces. Every few minutes the faces “spit,” pouring water onto the kids playing below. On a hot day, it’s a great place to hang out and people-watch.

Photo from the Chicago Traveler
The Museum of Science and Industry: Mo loves this museum in Hyde Park, across the street from Lake Michigan. Verity goes to see the baby chick exhibit, and to visit the Japanese Garden located in a nearby park.

Taste of Chicago: They aren’t fond of the tourists, but Mo and Verity love the free Fourth of July concerts sponsored by WXRT, a local radio station (Note from Linds: OMG this annual food festival is going on right now).

Sox games at Comiskey Park/The Cell: Chicago’s two baseball teams, the Cubs and the Sox, play against each other each year in the Crosstown Classic. As South Siders, Mo and Verity ALWAYS root for the Sox.

The Sears Tower. Some people call it the Willis Tower, but for Mo and Verity, it will always be the Sears Tower. There’s a glassed-in ledge jutting out from the side of the building that lets you look over the city, but Verity’s the only one willing to stand on it.

Navy Pier: People watching, movies, a giant Ferris wheel. If the weather is nice, this is where Verity and Mo like to spend the summer.

Hyde Park: Home of the University of Chicago and all sorts of cute college boys. Mo and Verity spend a lot of time in coffee shops near the campus, planning their escape.

That's it for now!  Hope you had fun on the tour!  Special thanks to Erica O'Rourke and the Teen {Book} Scence.  Torn was released on Tuesday - check it out.


  1. Taste of Chicago is one of my favorite places to take visitors around this time of year. You get to sample the best restaurants from so many different neighborhoods! I agree with all of these except I'd swap out Wrigley for the Cell. I'm all North Side, baby!

  2. I would love to visit Chicago especially Wicker Park.

  3. @Logan - I LOVE food and would like to attend one day! I didn't know you were from around there - that's awesome! Hands down one of the best cities I've ever been to!

    @Nic - Doesn't that look like the neatest neighborhood? We have a similar neighborhood like that in Pittsburgh, but I just love that eclectic feel some places have!


  4. Loved this book! And great hot spots to visit.

  5. Aw i'd love to go to Chicago one day! maybe just to take a picture at the bean and go up the sears tower :p typical?

  6. AHHH!!! I love Chicago so much, it's such a cool city! And now I really want some of that popcorn. Delicious:)

  7. I love the Teen Book Scene! Their book tours are always so much fun!

    And I've always wanted to visit Chicago. It was always a dream of mine to take my mom to an Oprah show. Too bad that never happened. LOL

    Since I love popcorn so much, that Garrett's Popcorn is now on my bucket list. :)

  8. ohmygawd I love Garrett's Popcorn!!! Now I'm craving it!

    Go White Sox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!