Today I am posting my review of Shattered Promises for the blog tour! I absolutely adored this book and can't wait to read book 2.
Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen
Published: February 26th, 2013
Reading Level: New Adult
Paperback: 284 pages
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 truly loved this story! I am already a huge fan of Jessica's work and this just made that fan-girl feeling stronger. Shattered Promises involves a plot I had never encountered before. Gemma hasn't had a great life and she deals with the lack of expression emotions partly do to that fact. It's something she's tried to get used to. But one day the emotional wall breaks down and she realizes that something within her is changing. Around this time, she meets Alex. Alex is infuriating at first. He snaps at her for no reason and makes Gemma's blood boil. This instantly made me love them both because I can't help but be drawn into those love/hate relationships.
Gemma has no idea why she can't seem to get away from Alex but soon she finds out. Someone is after her and she is more important than she could have ever imagined. This introduces her to a world she never knew existed. The world-building in this book is excellent! It's so complicated but I never felt confused or put off by the details. I was completely entranced and couldn't make myself put the book down.
The other characters we meet in the story, Alex's sister and their "friend" Laylen. Wow, Laylen! You will love him, I promise! But each person brought so much to this story. I looked forward to finding out more about them as it continued.
Now, this book is 100% NA! These scenes were HOT! I was blushing like crazy. I felt it was the perfect type of romance that 2 young people have -- passionate, spontaneous, and fun.
After reading this book I immediately checked with Jessica to see when the next one is coming out. I will be reading it as soon as I get my hands on it.
If you are a fan of NA, or just awesome books in general, pick this one up! The plot, characters, and romance were written to perfection and made this completely un-put-downable!