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review 2017-11-04 20:00
Shatter The Bones
Shatter the Bones - Stuart MacBride

I won this book at Ezzulia and I was very pleased to win it, because I had heard such positive stories about the books bij Stuart MacBride. I couldn't wait to start with it. But, while reading, my enthusiasm got tempered.

Now, I've been thinking what to think about 'Shatter The Bones', but actually all I can say about is: average. Everything about it was in my opinion average. Story, setting, writing style, nothing was really remarkable... Yes, it was a detective story and it was nice and easy to read, but if you would ask me next year what the book was about, I probably couldn't give you an answer. I don't like that. I want to read stories I'll never forget after reading. But this isn't one of those. Unfortunately.

It's just average...

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review 2017-11-03 16:53
Dark, disturbing, and finally, hopeful
Shatter Me (The Jaded Series Book 1) - Alex Grayson,TOJ Publishing,Hot Tree Editing

Shatter Me is dark, disturbing, and hopeful. That sounds like a strange combination, but those most accurately describe the overall feel of the story for me. Bailey's story starts when she's on the run from a truly vile man, one who is also her husband. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, mostly in the form of nightmares, of the horrendous abuse and torture that she suffered at Steven's hand. Add to that the abuse she endured during her childhood, and many parts of this one are absolutely heart-wrenching. The hope comes in when she lands in Jaded Hollow, Ohio and quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.

There were a few things that require a certain suspension of belief, like how she so easily trusts Jaxon and how no one ever questioned Steven's actions, but this is fiction, after all, and some liberties can be allowed to keep a story moving along. 

Shatter Me is very emotional and those emotions do come across vividly. The characters are interesting and well-written, stirring feelings that make you want to root for them or see them get their just desserts, depending on the character. 

Overall, the author has painted a picture of small-town, America, with people that are willing to help others. Jaxon and his friends and family give Bailey that hope that she so desperately needs in her life and I will be checking out the next book in the series - I'm dying to know what's up with Mia and Mack. 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-15 00:18
3 1/2 Stars for the 1st in the series
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

I would actually rate this 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the book and interestingly I liked the POV and how the author handled the narration. The main character spends a great deal of time talking to herself (even when she is speaking with someone) or writing her thoughts down. I liked seeing the self-editing that went on in her head.
I would definately describe this as a dystopia storyline although, the entire book centers around Juliette and her inability to touch people without risking killing them.

The entire story I keep waiting for the big betrayal and was gratified that it did not come. Somehow I think that would have ruined it for me. Although the suspense kept me engaged

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This is a multiple book story but I found the ending of part 1 was handled in a way that did not frustrate me as a reader. That being said and despite liking the story I'm not sure I would continue on to read the second in the series

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text 2016-07-31 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 95%.
Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds) (Volume 2) - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

On a whim, he leaned in and snatched another quick kiss, causing Jude’s eyes to widen in surprise. Snow vowed that would be the last time Jude would be surprised by affection from him. This man deserved to know he was cherished. He would receive the affection and devotion Snow had always longed for.



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text 2016-07-30 16:14
Reading progress update: I've read 78%.
Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds) (Volume 2) - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Snow followed his gaze and surprised them all when loud laughter spilled from his mouth. Jude stared at him in shock, his gut in knots because that warm, rich laugh rolled into him and clenched around his heart. And that stunning smile—the one that had poleaxed him earlier in Lucas’s place came back and stole all the air from his lungs.


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