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A Promise That Delivers: A Review of Jessica Sorensen’s “Shattered Promises”

Goodreads.com Description: “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 the young adult book, The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen, told as a New Adult Paranormal)

My Thoughts:

Jessica Sorensen’s Shattered Promises is an interesting paranormal adventure. This book is supposed to be a retelling of a young adult story for new adults. Well, I never read the previous version, but I think this version works.

At first I was skeptical. The cover and description prompted the purchase. Upon reading, however, I got lost. The main character, Gemma, seemed one-dimensional. Then, Sorensen reveals that the MC is devoid of emotion. That would definitely make a person a little one-dimensional. The story picks up when she discovers emotion and meets the electric Alex.

Sorensen’s story line and characters are inventive. The plot involves a quest and the usual girl meets boy scenario. However, the quest involves a fallen star that somehow is INSIDE a person (Gemma). So, naturally the girl is anything but usual and the boy is even more strange. Every time he touches her or comes near they radiate electricity. Of course there has to be a love triangle. But, even Sorensen’s triangle is odd. It includes a sexy vampire!

Shattered Promises had me laughing at parts and sighing in others. It was a book I couldn’t put down–humor, sex and mystery all in story. Thankfully, I purchased the next book! I highly recommend this new adult book.

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