11 February 2014

Book Review: Shattered Promises (Shattered Promises, #1) by Jessica Sorensen

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Published: 24th February 2013
Pages: 372
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Gemma, Alex
Date Read: 4th February - 10th February 2014
Rating Given:
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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.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.
(A re-imagining of my young adult book, The Fallen Star, told as a New Adult Paranormal)

I bought this book as it was a freebie on Amazon and it sounded very interesting. I was really excited about reading this book especially after loving another book by the same author but Shattered Promises left me feeling a little let down.

 Shattered Promises has had a few different covers and I think that this is one of my favourite versions as I love the colour and the use of stars in the background which is in keeping with the story.

This book is one of the most confusing books that I have ever read as there was so much going on and the closer I felt to a conclusion the more questions was thrown at us. I really couldn't get into it and there was times when I was close to not finishing it but there was a couple of times when I would start to like it which was why I never put it down. There was a lot of paranormal creatures in this book, you name it and they where either in it or mentioned but it did feel different to a lot of paranormal books that I have read which I enjoyed. The romance side of the story was completely unbelievable as I didn't feel like there was any chemistry between Alex and Gemma or even Laylen. I felt the ending did improve the book as it got interesting and now I do want to find out what happens next it's just I don't want to actually read the books.

I never warmed to most of the characters as they where either annoying or untrustworthy. Gemma had only just got her emotions back and she seemed to be feeling them all at the same time which did make me feel sorry for her, however there was a lot of times when I just couldn't believe the things that she was doing. For one of the first times I really didn't warm to the main male character Alex as when we first actually met him he was a jerk and when he was being kind I felt like there was a reason behind his kindness. Laylen was one of the few characters that I actually liked as he seemed more trustworthy than any of the others and he didn't seem to have an ulterior motive.

Overall I was very disappointed with this book but there was times when it was ok.