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Series: Shattered Promises #1
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
(A re-imagining of the young adult book The Fallen Star told as a New Adult Paranormal)
For twenty-one year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. She knows nothing about her past and has been haunted by the same monsters in her nightmares for the last few months. Unemotional and numb to life, she feels disconnected from everyone. Until the very first day she cries. After that, nothing in her life is the same.
Her emotions slowly surface and she starts experiencing love, happiness, and anger, feelings she never knew existed. But they leave her confused and she doesn’t know whether to embrace them or run away from them.
Her life only gets more complicated when she meets Alex. Sexy, arrogant, and secretive, Alex can get under Gemma’s skin like no one can. Yet she’s drawn to him by an invisible connection she has no control over. She’s also seen him before. In her nightmares.
Every part of Gemma’s mind is screaming at her to stay away from Alex, but every other part of her is begging to get close to him. But the closer she gets, the more she realizes Alex knows more about her than he originally let on.
As secrets about her past unravel, Gemma’s life becomes threatened. She needs to figure out what’s going on, before she winds up dead. But the only person she can turn to for answers is the one person she isn’t sure she can trust.
I WAS ALL OVER THIS. I was more than all over this. I was actually hopin for this as I read The Fallen Star. Yes plz.
So, I read this book in, like, a day. I’m not sure how big a role having already read The Fallen Star plays in that fact, but it nevertheless remains.
Right off the bat, Shattered Promises feels more powerful than the basis on which it was spun off (although, give me a break about the new name–it’s awful). It’s literally like 10 times more emotional and moving and readable than its foundations, and it actually makes a lot more sense.
I don’t like that Gemma and Laylen got almost turned into kind of a “thing” for a few scenes, but I’m hoping their relationship stays what it was in The Fallen Star, and that’s platonic–but important. I mean, Laylen is Gemma’s first real friend, and I do find that essential to the book as well as to Gemma, but keep it there. Don’t make this a love triangle. Pleasseeeee.
Other than that, I sense a lot of improvement from Sorensen. What can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure of mine that I enjoy this series. And, my God, the writing isn’t stellar, but it is light-years ahead The Fallen Star series’ writing. It’s less choppy, more evocative and believable.
Like I said, guilty pleasure. Sue me, I liked it.