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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beatifully Broken

Beautifully Broken (Spellbound series, #1) YA Urban FantasyBeautifully Broken (Spellbound Series, #1)
by Sherry Soule

Published August 30, 2011

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Thirteenth daughter. Heritage witch. Demon slayer.

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse…

Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. After she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him.

Complicated much?

After receiving cryptic messages from a creepy wraith, and then frightening threats from a demon, Shiloh finally begins to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist. Now Shiloh must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

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This was an interesting, fast-paced story, complete with mystery, romance, and a haunted house. A little creepiness? From the first scene.

I love the cover. The house is perfect. I can't say the picture of Shiloh is my favorite part, but I can get past that.

One thing about the book bothered me. It shouldn't have, but it really did. Shiloh is so obsessed with Trent, and goes all moony over him. Yes, I get it, she's a teenager. Love is end-of-the-world, life-or-death stuff for teenagers. I just wish she could have been stronger for herself. I think she would have made a bigger impact.

On the whole, however, this book is well done. It has one of the best things I can say about a book: the ability to really stick with you.

4/5 stars


1 comment:

  1. I am honored that you took the time to read, and write this extremely awesome review of my novel. I am thrilled that you enjoyed my brand of storytelling.

    And yeah, Shiloh was a bit "boy-crazy". So was I at that age! lol (wait, I still am. hehe) She's all love-struck in the first half of the book, but we all know that sometimes you can't change a bad boy...

    I sincerely hope your followers will decide to read the thrilling YA Spellbound Series, too.

    Happy reading,

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