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After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong. The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The m After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong. The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride. Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own. But has she put her trust in the wrong place? And will the world survive if she has?


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After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong. The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The m After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong. The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride. Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own. But has she put her trust in the wrong place? And will the world survive if she has?

30 review for Shattered Secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Ever felt bad when you did a review on a book? Usually I don't..but I love the publisher's on this book. They publish one of my favorite authors and I am sad this book just didn't cut it for me. The blurb on this book makes it sound so good. Don't worry. It sucked. What I hated: The main character Abigail. Mary Sue all the way. All the boys love her. Wonderful parents, great gal and does no wrong. Oh she gets kidnapped and finds out she has powers that can save the world. Yep. Don't forget how beaut Ever felt bad when you did a review on a book? Usually I don't..but I love the publisher's on this book. They publish one of my favorite authors and I am sad this book just didn't cut it for me. The blurb on this book makes it sound so good. Don't worry. It sucked. What I hated: The main character Abigail. Mary Sue all the way. All the boys love her. Wonderful parents, great gal and does no wrong. Oh she gets kidnapped and finds out she has powers that can save the world. Yep. Don't forget how beautiful she is too. Can't forget that. The boys who are so crazy about her: I can't figure out which one I wanted to smack more. Dullsville USA The writing: No pacing, the story is all over the place, and never did make a bit of sense. What I liked: The cover is pretty That's it. I recieved an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher Curiosity Quills-who I hope forgives me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.) How pleased am I that this is over? 100 stars! Who would I recommend this to? People who loved Teardrop. Will I ever read this again? No. I cannot delete this off my kindle fast enough. I really didn’t like this book. This was one of those where I wondered if my ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ philosophy was actually going to kill me. I didn’t like any of the characters (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.) How pleased am I that this is over? 100 stars! Who would I recommend this to? People who loved Teardrop. Will I ever read this again? No. I cannot delete this off my kindle fast enough. I really didn’t like this book. This was one of those where I wondered if my ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ philosophy was actually going to kill me. I didn’t like any of the characters in this story, and really didn’t care what happened to them. The main thing I was thinking as I was reading this was ‘Someone shoot me. Please.’. The storyline was predictable and boring, the things people said were cringe-worthy, and I could feel my will to live bleeding slowly from my eyeballs with every darn word that I read. I didn’t care about the mythical creatures, I didn’t care about the freaking game, I didn’t care that a certain person could turn invisible, I just didn’t care. The ending was sweet, sweet relief! Overall; yuck, just yuck, 1.5 out of 10.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aneta Bak

    Abigail loves Derick. After sharing their first kiss Derick completely stopped talking to Abigail without a reason why. As Abigail comes back form her first date after suffering form the heartbreak, she is kidnapped and taken to a cabin in the woods. What Abigail is about to find out is that her life might not be as normal as she thought it was. With her family keeping secrets, a new threat and two boys fighting over her, Abigail is in a huge mess. I really wanted to give up on it when I started Abigail loves Derick. After sharing their first kiss Derick completely stopped talking to Abigail without a reason why. As Abigail comes back form her first date after suffering form the heartbreak, she is kidnapped and taken to a cabin in the woods. What Abigail is about to find out is that her life might not be as normal as she thought it was. With her family keeping secrets, a new threat and two boys fighting over her, Abigail is in a huge mess. I really wanted to give up on it when I started reading it, but I was determined to stick with this one till the end and write a review for it. If it wasn't for that I would have stopped reading. I kept putting the book down because it was really boring and I found the characters action to be silly and not a lot of action going on. A little after half way, the action pick up really well so the book got way more exciting, except the characters were still a little iffy to me. It wasn't until the last few chapters where the characters travel to a different place where I finally said "Oh wow, this is actually kind of cool." If the book was like that from the start I would have loved it, but sadly it wasn't. The main character Abigail was nothing special, there wasn't anything about her that made me fall in love with her as a character. There were moments where I could somewhat relate to her or sympathize her emotions but that still wasn't enough to make me like her. The swoon in this story wasn't that great either. I found him to be really annoying and childish at some moments, I was not impressed. Honestly, if it wasn't for the ending of this book, I probably would have rated it one star, but the end was so fantastic that it makes me want to read more of this story. I have no idea if I will continue on with the series, and I do recommend this book to people who don't really care for much action. Hopefully you like the characters and plot more than I did. Happy reading, -Aneta

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eureca Laurice

    DNF at 90% I can't bear to seat this in my currently reading shelf anymore. This is my 3rd almost-finished-but-I-can't-anymore books. It'll be 2015 and I don't want it to remind me my so slow-paced reading stride this year. I was cut by total half of read-book this year. Why dnf?? It's bad. This is fucking bad. I tried to be lenient, since the story has potential, oh well every story for me has its potential. But it's quite unique in a sense because it was incorporated with games. Games!! Yes, gam DNF at 90% I can't bear to seat this in my currently reading shelf anymore. This is my 3rd almost-finished-but-I-can't-anymore books. It'll be 2015 and I don't want it to remind me my so slow-paced reading stride this year. I was cut by total half of read-book this year. Why dnf?? It's bad. This is fucking bad. I tried to be lenient, since the story has potential, oh well every story for me has its potential. But it's quite unique in a sense because it was incorporated with games. Games!! Yes, games, you know the usual one that needs of handheld controls, yes that kind but it was badly incorporated. The world building was so shallow to the point of inanity. I highlighted a lot of my whines for this, but alas I'm too lazy. I usually write comments on every chance I remember, and write all the bad ones. It was usually the bad ones. As far as I remember the story, I hate the main girl she's too whiny, she's some sort of special snowflakes just because. No, just because she's the last of her kind, the last of the special kind. Darn, it was not handled well, I like me some special snowflakes, but not this type of special snowflakes. I go for a hard earned one, not because she was born to it. LoL, because I can't write anymore, I retrieve my notes: Here it goes: Abigail or Abby she's annoying, whiny, head-over-heels with Derick(the love interest), special snowflakes, everyone is in love with her because of her some specials sort of power. She's a daughter of different clans. She's so whiny, always, and so in love that I wanted to neck-chop her. She's so special that everyone wanted her dead. There's a lot of walking deus ex machina. Plotholes. Poor world buildings. Lots of romantic moments, lots of it. She was kidnapped. *cue moments* She was going to be killed. *cue moments* They are running for their life. *cue moments* They are hiding for their life. *cue moments* She almost got killed. *cue moments* They are all running from psycho- friend. *cue moments* Damn shit moments! Then I start losing it. I'm over, I'm fucking over this! Goodbye book. Now I wonder why I am doing this only now, I should have freed myself a long time ago. But past is past and now cheers for the future reads. Cheers! Overall rating 0.5/5  

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Abby is kidnapped by two psychopaths, tossed into the trunk of a car, and taken to a nasty cabin in the woods. She is rescued by two friends, and wakes up in the hospital. And that is only the beginning. Abby learns more about herself and her boyfriend, Derik, than she can possibly believe. How would you like to be kidnapped, learn you are adopted, and find out that you are not even human all in the space of a few days? This was a very well written, exciting story by Krystal Wade. It had just en Abby is kidnapped by two psychopaths, tossed into the trunk of a car, and taken to a nasty cabin in the woods. She is rescued by two friends, and wakes up in the hospital. And that is only the beginning. Abby learns more about herself and her boyfriend, Derik, than she can possibly believe. How would you like to be kidnapped, learn you are adopted, and find out that you are not even human all in the space of a few days? This was a very well written, exciting story by Krystal Wade. It had just enough of the Paranormal element in it. I enjoyed every minute of it! I will definitely be picking up the next one so I can finish the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Radiant

    After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong.The boy who saves her holds her heart.But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. I love Wilde's series ,so when Krystal asked me for a honest review i couldn't say no to her another fantasy adventure.Abigail life seems to be happy,normal with her parents who love her and her best friends Derick,who she loved always.Life's was looking up when After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong.The boy who saves her holds her heart.But Derick Crawford also holds secrets. I love Wilde's series ,so when Krystal asked me for a honest review i couldn't say no to her another fantasy adventure.Abigail life seems to be happy,normal with her parents who love her and her best friends Derick,who she loved always.Life's was looking up when she realizes even Derick might have same feelings as she has..but then he ignores her and her life's changed,but it's the small change from the mountain of changes shes about to face. And it begins with her kidnap,she hardly recovers from the rescue when her life is upturned knowing she is adopted and is a magical being -one who deals with emotions - as are her parents and the boy she loves.When Derick and Abigail start their journey to start the adventure to save the world,they are armed with only one weapon- a Book,A old massive book that will help them in their journey to the safe place and beyond.She has only Derick to trust and he her.But this adventure is not easy-filled with lies,betrayal and death-this is hard to deal and to easy just to give up. Abigail's realizes that the world around them has changed-enemy is taking over world and she has yet to know who to believe and who to trust,who to turn into.Every person around her makes her feel that they are not trustworthy,but what happens when she trusts the only one that shouldn't be trusted ? Though it feels very lengthy,the book is a roller coaster ride filled with adventure in every page.It leaves you with biting nails and its very unpredictable,i couldn't even guess the next scene.It was intriguing to the last page,made u run on toes.And yes also very confusing at various points too which is something that made me annoy and wanted to skip further to know what happens..lol..,but i guess its a part of book and we can't change it.I love Derick and Abigail's relationship-it was sweet,passionate and strong..that it can face any troubles when they are together!I am looking forward to next in series as it made me wanting more and more..i want to see more of Derick and Abigail and the Past/History where it leaded to this book. This series made me remember me one of the other fantasy series i read of Jessica Sorensen. Krystal-great work...again!Fantasy reader u better not miss it. Rating -4.5 !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kay Froebel

    I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of elements in it that worked really well. First and foremost, I loved the concept of beings existing parallel to our world with the ability to alter the affairs of humans. The whole actions being able to be manipulated by other beings isn't new, but Wade offers a great take on it. Her characters are another solid aspect. I absolutely loved Abby. She was sarcastic and independent which I really liked. I am a sucker for strong female roles. I also reall I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of elements in it that worked really well. First and foremost, I loved the concept of beings existing parallel to our world with the ability to alter the affairs of humans. The whole actions being able to be manipulated by other beings isn't new, but Wade offers a great take on it. Her characters are another solid aspect. I absolutely loved Abby. She was sarcastic and independent which I really liked. I am a sucker for strong female roles. I also really liked Mark. He wasn't as big as some of the other characters, but the impression he leaves is amazing. He is such a confusing character, but in a GREAT way. It's like he is changing, morphing into something else throughout the book and I am addicted. Then again, I always love the slightly crazy characters. Another aspect of Shattered Secrets that I liked was that it was truly written for YA. Too often I find myself encountering somewhat heavy sexual themes in YA books that feel a bit too graphic. Wade creates characters that are still teenagers, but are not as vulgar as they seem to be in a lot of other books. It allowed her focus more on the intricate world rather than sex scenes. I highly recommend this book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Everything about you has been kept a secret for 17 years. Then one after another the secrets come crashing down around your ears and demand to recognised. What would you do and how would you react? This is what Abby has to ask herself as she deals with being kidnapped after a date gone wrong. There is enough confusion, twists, turns, trust issues as well as what might be a slightly dodgy advice giving book to make this boo I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Everything about you has been kept a secret for 17 years. Then one after another the secrets come crashing down around your ears and demand to recognised. What would you do and how would you react? This is what Abby has to ask herself as she deals with being kidnapped after a date gone wrong. There is enough confusion, twists, turns, trust issues as well as what might be a slightly dodgy advice giving book to make this book absolutely absorbing. Who should Abby trust and who should she keep at a distance. I can't tell you that because I was second guessing all the way through and something would happen to change my mind again and again. This book is brilliantly written, with a well thought out plot line and a pace to match. The characters will interest and intrigue and keep you turning the pages. Definitely recommended for all Paranormal / Fantasy readers out there and it is YA so there is nothing there that shouldn't be. http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogsp...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey (A Bookish Life)

    The truth will out. Shattered Secrets is an excellent, unpredictable and highly entertaining YA novel from an author not afraid to take the road less travelled in her storytelling. Centred around the imagined existence of two opposing supernatural factions, it's a good versus evil match to the death. But as is often the case, the hard line between good and bad is often blurry when you examine it more closely, and no one is ever all one or the other. Having read another of Krystal Wade's books, I'm The truth will out. Shattered Secrets is an excellent, unpredictable and highly entertaining YA novel from an author not afraid to take the road less travelled in her storytelling. Centred around the imagined existence of two opposing supernatural factions, it's a good versus evil match to the death. But as is often the case, the hard line between good and bad is often blurry when you examine it more closely, and no one is ever all one or the other. Having read another of Krystal Wade's books, I'm getting the sense that with her, no character is ever quite safe. Not even the major players. She's kind of ruthless at killing people off, which keeps you as a reader right on the very edge of your seat. And here was no different. There were plenty of OMG moments, and you were always wondering what could possibly happen next. Shattered Secrets is a true YA - age appropriate, with nothing too sexual. Instead of that tactic, you are kept glued to the pages by the mystery, which was really enjoyable and although similar in theme to books I've read before, it was still unpredictable in its plotting. Another thing that will keep reader's attention was the interesting relationship dynamic between main character Abigail, and childhood friend Derek. Although their relationship is well established, they're at the start of a new phase, with slowly emerging romantic feelings that were too cute to ignore. Overall, a highly entertaining and fast paced read. Ideal for fans of authors such as Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 Stars ★★★★ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    I received an Advanced copy of this book to read from the author on the way home from work sitting in the back seat of her car on a daily basis. I promised to give a honest and fair review of her work. Fall in love with a boy. Then the boy leaves you. Your world is shattered. Then you get kidnapped and told they were going to kill you, and are rescued by that same boy. He does still love you. Then you find out you aren’t even human. What do you mean not human? Then that you were adopted. Could li I received an Advanced copy of this book to read from the author on the way home from work sitting in the back seat of her car on a daily basis. I promised to give a honest and fair review of her work. Fall in love with a boy. Then the boy leaves you. Your world is shattered. Then you get kidnapped and told they were going to kill you, and are rescued by that same boy. He does still love you. Then you find out you aren’t even human. What do you mean not human? Then that you were adopted. Could life get any worse? At least on the positive side the boy you loved still does love. You are to read a book that is twice the size of the bible and seems to write itself. You and your boyfriend run away to a small island down in Florida to keep away from the bad people. She is a Guardian, which basically means that she is to keep the evil ones where they are suppose to be, and that happens with her just being alive. Her boyfriend Derick can turn invisible and can charm people into doing what he wants. He is a Romancer. So they are staying on an island down in Florida and everything is a dream come true. Or is it. Everything is based off of the happiness of the two of them. A magic book that seems to answer questions.. or is Abby a bit crazy? Is her friend Mark a good guy or bad guy? Only time will find out. I have to say for a Young Adult book geared towards girls, this book is very well written, and is an easy read that anyone can pick up and read. I have read the authors other published books and have to say this is so far the best book she has published.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mara Valderran

    This was a really great read! I love the overall plot. I am a sucker for characters that discover hidden truths about themselves, and I love how everyone around Abby knew before she did, even her parents. I really appreciated that Derick didn't know everything. He just found out about everything surrounding their abilities and identities himself, so they sort of go on this journey together on the same page. Having a first person POV book with multiple POVs can be jarring, but I felt like Derrick This was a really great read! I love the overall plot. I am a sucker for characters that discover hidden truths about themselves, and I love how everyone around Abby knew before she did, even her parents. I really appreciated that Derick didn't know everything. He just found out about everything surrounding their abilities and identities himself, so they sort of go on this journey together on the same page. Having a first person POV book with multiple POVs can be jarring, but I felt like Derrick's POV was incredibly natural and fit really well. His POV enriched the story. And their voices were both very distinct. They have some ups and downs in their personal relationship, but there's not an overabundance of angst. They are two teenagers dealing with some really big, out of this world, problems, and we see them grow up quite a bit. They endure betrayal, lies, and loss, and never wallow, which is so refreshing to see in a YA book. I think the best way to sum up this book is to say nothing is as it seems. Abby and Derrick constantly learn this with every twist and turn, most of which you won't see coming at all. Krystal Wade never lets you truly relax, keeping you turning every page as the suspense continues to build. The fear and heartbreaks Abby feels are palpable, and the entire book is one huge adrenaline rush of plot twists and shocking turns. This book will make you cry, swoon, and gasp, and then come back for more. It is definitely a must read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Once again it just goes to show that the cover whore in me always wins out. I never cease to be lured in by a pretty cover and an alluring synopsis. While I would love to say this blew me away, it sadly just didn't. While it does have a pretty nice concept, good versus evil and lots of action I couldn't help being disappointed at the lack of depth to the characters that I so sorely need to really make a book stand out to me. The writing was a little all over the place, going back and forth from on Once again it just goes to show that the cover whore in me always wins out. I never cease to be lured in by a pretty cover and an alluring synopsis. While I would love to say this blew me away, it sadly just didn't. While it does have a pretty nice concept, good versus evil and lots of action I couldn't help being disappointed at the lack of depth to the characters that I so sorely need to really make a book stand out to me. The writing was a little all over the place, going back and forth from one character to the next and the thoughts of the main character, Abigail, a little scattered at times and hard to follow. And even though I didn't fall in love with the writing or the characters, again, that concept, powers of Abby's people and the parallel worlds was imaginative. Wade created something that while not completely unique was quite interesting and even entertaining. While I wouldn't write this series off, I definitely won't be jumping at the chance to read the next book but I would be curious to see where the author takes the plot and to see more character growth from Abby and her friends and new family.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hauck

    I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book just wasn't for me. I couldn't get into it, no matter how hard I tried. I didn't like the main characters. Abigail was a huge damsel in distress. She relied on Derick for everything and most of her thoughts were about him. She was inconsistent and jumped around from one thing to another, making the plot hard to follow. For instance, one minute she wasn't ready for intimate contact, then next she was focusing on going I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book just wasn't for me. I couldn't get into it, no matter how hard I tried. I didn't like the main characters. Abigail was a huge damsel in distress. She relied on Derick for everything and most of her thoughts were about him. She was inconsistent and jumped around from one thing to another, making the plot hard to follow. For instance, one minute she wasn't ready for intimate contact, then next she was focusing on going to bed with Derrick. She was like a caricature of a teenager. Only this teen was weak and dominated, unable to stand on her or make decisions for herself. Derick seemed to have no interests beyond Abigail. She was his entire life. In fact every member of her family or friends worshiped Abby in one way or another, making Abby a total Mary Sue. There was nothing intelligent about their actions or thoughts. It just wasn't my type of main character. The plot stalled about a third of the way through and I had to quit reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Bayliss

    I loved The Darkness Falls series, so I was excited to find that I loved Shattered Secrets even more! It's a fast-paced, high-stakes blend of suspense and fantasy, with a heavy dose of romantic and family drama in the mix. The book starts off fast with a love lost and Abigail kidnapped by a pair of psychos who seem to have some serious delusions about who or what Abigail is. However, these "delusions" turn out to be all too true. Abigail may have thought that boy troubles were her biggest concer I loved The Darkness Falls series, so I was excited to find that I loved Shattered Secrets even more! It's a fast-paced, high-stakes blend of suspense and fantasy, with a heavy dose of romantic and family drama in the mix. The book starts off fast with a love lost and Abigail kidnapped by a pair of psychos who seem to have some serious delusions about who or what Abigail is. However, these "delusions" turn out to be all too true. Abigail may have thought that boy troubles were her biggest concern, but she was wrong. This one is definitely a page turner, not only because it's well paced, but because Wade has created a story all her own. I really couldn't guess what would happen next! I'm looking forward to Charming!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie -Sated Faery

    Wow! What a thrill ride! The action starts right at the beginning with Abby’s kidnapping. She doesn’t make it easy on them, though, and that’s what I love about her. She’ll fight even if she thinks she has no hope of rescue. When she does get rescued it’s just the beginning of the craziness that takes over her life. The jerk next door that she’s been trying to forget is back in her life but she has to decide if she can trust him and believe all the other weird things that are starting to happen. Wow! What a thrill ride! The action starts right at the beginning with Abby’s kidnapping. She doesn’t make it easy on them, though, and that’s what I love about her. She’ll fight even if she thinks she has no hope of rescue. When she does get rescued it’s just the beginning of the craziness that takes over her life. The jerk next door that she’s been trying to forget is back in her life but she has to decide if she can trust him and believe all the other weird things that are starting to happen. Every page brings another surprise and an impossible situation for Abby & Derrick, they usually fight their way through but the stress of the unknown really starts to wear on them after a while. The story definitely kept my heart pumping! I can’t wait to find out what’s next!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen Estes

    Abby is your typical high school girl, or so she thought. After she survives a kidnapping, Abby learns the shocking truth about herself. The intriguing plot, detailed world-building, and clever teen voice made this a page-turner. Krystal Wade expertly weaves the fine line of making YA entertaining for both teens and adults. Her heroine Abby is not only relatable, but a believably strong and independent character - she's smart without the aleck, naive without being stupid, and vulnerable without Abby is your typical high school girl, or so she thought. After she survives a kidnapping, Abby learns the shocking truth about herself. The intriguing plot, detailed world-building, and clever teen voice made this a page-turner. Krystal Wade expertly weaves the fine line of making YA entertaining for both teens and adults. Her heroine Abby is not only relatable, but a believably strong and independent character - she's smart without the aleck, naive without being stupid, and vulnerable without being a damsel in distress. Adding in a little mystery, some plot twists, and um, totally hot guys makes SHATTERED SECRETS a winner! Anxiously awaiting the sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Tilton

    Ever since I've watched The Neverending Story, I've been searching for that magical book. When I first read the blurb for Shattered Secrets, I knew I just had to read it, and it didn't disappoint. There's something insanely cool about a talking book, even if it's not 100% trustworthy. Wade created a lot of lore for this story. The world is fully fleshed out with a unique history and superhuman abilities. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful page turning read with romance, fan Ever since I've watched The Neverending Story, I've been searching for that magical book. When I first read the blurb for Shattered Secrets, I knew I just had to read it, and it didn't disappoint. There's something insanely cool about a talking book, even if it's not 100% trustworthy. Wade created a lot of lore for this story. The world is fully fleshed out with a unique history and superhuman abilities. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful page turning read with romance, fantasy and paranormal elements and heart gripping action.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Phippins

    I must say that I really enjoyed Krystal Wade's newest novel. It will drag you in and leave you eager for the next volume. I must say that I really enjoyed Krystal Wade's newest novel. It will drag you in and leave you eager for the next volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Davis

    marked as to read; it looks exciting

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Adams

    I was Krystal’s editor for this book, so feel free to discount my opinion. But I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Abby and Derick as I did. :) Recommended for fans of fantasy and romance!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margaryta

    Thank you to Curious Quills Press for sending me a copy of the book, I’m grateful for the chance to read this book as it caught my attention and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for some time. Ah, this book frustrated me to no end. I can’t even come up with an exact rating for the book, but I think 1.5 would suffice in this case. It’s one of the few rare books that I can’t say I enjoyed at any part of the reading, and I think I can break the problems down to a shortened, point-form list: 1 Thank you to Curious Quills Press for sending me a copy of the book, I’m grateful for the chance to read this book as it caught my attention and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for some time. Ah, this book frustrated me to no end. I can’t even come up with an exact rating for the book, but I think 1.5 would suffice in this case. It’s one of the few rare books that I can’t say I enjoyed at any part of the reading, and I think I can break the problems down to a shortened, point-form list: 1) the relationship between Abigail and Derick was perhaps the most frustrating component of the entire thing 2) too many details were introduced during the entire story, so much that it wasn’t difficult to get lost and stay lost 3) the pacing off the book was off, by a lot Insta-love is key in gluing this book together. Although the reader finds out later than Abby and Derick have known each other for a while and have only now decided to be honest about their feelings, it still feels like insta-love and a very forced, amateurish relationship that isn’t up-to-par with even the other bad cases of YA teen love. So much of the book both are prattling on and on about each other, how much they love and need each other. The biggest advantage of first-person narrative is that you get to hear the main character’s thoughts and know what they feel. Abby’s were limited to either a constant stream of worrying about everyone around her or being angry at someone, or she was thinking about Derick and going on about them being together and how she feels lost, confused, in love with him, or whatnot. It was a cringe-worthy case of teenage love syndrome, and it didn’t feel like a genuine sort of relationship anyway. Some of their reactions were off in the sense that they tended to have episodes of overreacting that contrasted greatly to the general bland state of their feelings. I get that this is a YA novel that’s targeted towards adults, especially since teenage girls really are suckers for romance – really, I get it. But this one needed work in that department, to soften up the outright display of lust, obsession, and whatnot. If you were to attempt to draw a visual plot line of this book it would be a really messy squiggle. I don’t know how any of the previous readers could keep track of everything that was going on, much less draw the conclusion that the premise of the book was original or interesting. There’s layer upon layer upon layer of deception and lies that are piled upon both Abigail and the reader, and at some point it just becomes impossible to claw your way out. There are characters fighting, dying, arguing, attacking others but then apparently being the nice ones. There are terms being thrown around, like Kaloas or Favlosi, that you don’t understand until some point midway through the book where you kind of just have to go along with it and take it in whichever way you think the author wanted you to. The Safe Zone and Will and Megan’s initial reactions to meeting Derick and Abby took some time to understand and sink in. That’s another huge issue with this book – YA shouldn’t make you have to get a headache in trying to figure out what’s going on. It should be part suspense, yes, but there should also be certain lightness to the writing, characters, world, and various components of the story. That was missing in this case. The originality also didn’t shine through. It felt...thrown together. There was the typical ‘complicated but occasionally lovey-dovey’ relationship between the main character and the boy, there was another – potential – love interest who had a dark side to him, and then there was the unknown, magical world and secret powers. All are lovely and typical in novels these days, but they don’t have to be bad, as long as they are played around with and moulded into something different or unexpected. I still don’t understand what the amazingness of these creatures and this world is. They feel incomplete and not thought through, or even if they were explained it was done in such a back-alley way that it didn’t stick in the memory. The pacing is what encompasses all these things together and really shows just how strained the novel is, how fine a line the writing style is walking. Some previous reviewers stated that the pace is good in the beginning, slow and explaining in the middle, then really fast as it picks up near the end. I found it to be rushing through the entire length, maybe with the exception of the first two or three chapters. And this reflects back on the fast pace with which Abby and Derick’s relationship gets ‘serious’, how fast they leave Virginia, get to Florida, and have all their crazy adventures play out and witness people around them dying. The end though was a mushy catastrophe in that sense. I wish this was taken at a slower pace, the characters being given a chance to grow and develop a depth to them. I felt I didn’t know much about Abby beyond her crazy love for Derick and her confusion and anger towards the world. As a character she was, sadly, fairly easy to shut out and read about just from a surface point of view. There’s a lot of talking but very vague descriptions as well in this book, especially near the end when Abby goes to the temple/palace sort of building and it’s described, along with the people who are walking around in coloured robes. It was vague in a way that was disconnecting from the story, as if it were done just to fit the common YA novel ‘formula’ that seems to have self-developed. For once the summary of the book accurately portrayed what would be in the actual story. Sadly this time it was the story itself that was a big letdown, along with its characters, plot, and, well, almost everything really. It left me with a very confused and sort of ‘why did this matter’ kind of feeling at the end, which shouldn’t be the case even with a book that was written for the purpose of entertaining or engaging the reader’s interest. The whole thing was shaking at the seams from the crazy jumble that was inside. It could have been much, much better than this disappointing and confusing result I couldn’t take much out of.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madiha (Paper Skies)

    REVIEW: I'm having a hard time reviewing this book, because there were a lot of things I really liked about it, but quite a few things that were absolutely cringe worthy. About the pros: I have to say that I enjoyed Wade's writing a lot. It flowed smoothly and didn't sound odd or bumpy. The dialogue was realistic and it accurately portrayed the way teenagers talk, and it seems like Wade has been writing for dozens of years. Another thing I loved about the book was the story. The idea of Abby's kin REVIEW: I'm having a hard time reviewing this book, because there were a lot of things I really liked about it, but quite a few things that were absolutely cringe worthy. About the pros: I have to say that I enjoyed Wade's writing a lot. It flowed smoothly and didn't sound odd or bumpy. The dialogue was realistic and it accurately portrayed the way teenagers talk, and it seems like Wade has been writing for dozens of years. Another thing I loved about the book was the story. The idea of Abby's kind being emotions of humans and influencing them was so unique and original that I enjoyed going into the story. However, at the beginning of the story, I couldn't help but feel as if the whole kidnapping was orchestrated too well and Abby was kidnapped far too easily. I balled my fists and marched for the door. 'What now?' I slapped my hand over my mouth and mumbled an apology. Derick wasn't at the door. It wasn't Mark either. I didn't know who this guy was, but he smiled like he knew me, and he held his finger to his lips. 'Come outside, quietly.' Trembling, I glanced over my shoulder and saw Mom and Dad had already started the movie. (...) 'Dadd-' 'Hard way it is.' The stranger grabbed my hand, pulling me outside, then covered my mouth with a white cloth. Everything went dark. That was easy. Speaking of Abby...I like books that are more character driven; If I like the characters a lot, that's mostly enough for it to be a great book. Sadly, I highly disliked Abigail Nichols. I found her to be unrealistic, whiny, and largely two dimensional, with a horrible case of Mary Sue Syndrome. Also, I found her to be ridiculously thick and witless. Faced with situations that endangered her life, I understand how the mind not work properly, but when you're told something is going to happen, and told how to prevent it from happening as much as you can, you don't just ignore that kind of advice because you're hungry. Abby also trusted everyone around her too easily and believed everything they said; it doesn't matter that they weren't evil in the end, it was just a stupid thing to do. I liked that Abby was the one everybody was after, however. Sure, it's a bit overdone, but it's still fun to have your protagonist be a special type of hybrid that the monsters are out to get. Even if that protagonist gets on your nerves. No matter how many times Derick's father emphasizes the importance of her powers, she still acts clueless. (Abby said,) 'I still don't understand what this has to do with me.' His face flushed an angry shade of red, and he towered over me with flared nostrils and narrowed eyes, the momentary loss of breath he exhibited a moment ago regained with his fury. Even the good guys want to kill her. This is the girl the whole world is supposed to rely on. Aside from that, the love story is very prominent in Shattered Secrets. Usually I like that sort of thing, but the romance didn't blow me away. It was good - better than most romances I've read, but it still didn't wow me. However, Derick was a character I really liked. Sharp, quick, fast. I just wish Wade had gifted him with the ability to open planes of different worlds rather than Abigail. He would have handled it a lot better. All in all, this was a decent read, but I really wish Abby had more of a backbone. We're left at a cliffhanger, but I don't think I'll be picking up the sequel to the series, even though it really drew me in at the beginning. I do recommend it, though, because there are a lot of redeeming points in this novel, and I hope that Abigail Nichols evolves in the future of the series because if it wasn't for her, Shattered Secrets would have been an absolutely stunning read. You can also see this review and many more on my blog,

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Tarran

    Abigail Nichol's has just been out on a date with her childhood friend Mark. She's in the midst of trying to get over her best friend of 5 years, Derick, who kissed her and then hasn't spoken to her in 3 months. But that's about to change, no sooner has she slammed the door in Dericks face than she is kidnapped, stuffed in the trunk of a car and hog tied while a couple of psycho's play a video game and clearly take their role playing too seriously. Lucky for her Mark and Derick save her. Derick Abigail Nichol's has just been out on a date with her childhood friend Mark. She's in the midst of trying to get over her best friend of 5 years, Derick, who kissed her and then hasn't spoken to her in 3 months. But that's about to change, no sooner has she slammed the door in Dericks face than she is kidnapped, stuffed in the trunk of a car and hog tied while a couple of psycho's play a video game and clearly take their role playing too seriously. Lucky for her Mark and Derick save her. Derick holds her heart, but he also has a lot of secrets. One of them being that himself, Abigail and Mark are magical beings who guide human emotions and are fighting an invisible war that dates back to the beginning of time. Oh, and she's adopted. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Abigail and Derick run away to a place they think they can be safe and happy, with an old book to teach them about their history. But their troubles won't be far behind. The book is in a sharing mood, and it talks back. The book tells Abigail to keep a secret, thus creating an argument between Abigail and Derick, and ruining their safety. But the book is still trust worthy.....right? Shattered Secrets has a very unique premise and mythology, which is a fantastic thing in the current YA genre. This is what attracted me to the book in the first place. And this, for me, was part of it's downfall. Don't get me wrong, Shattered Secrets is intriguing, and it keeps you guessing, I couldn't guess any of the plot twists, and found myself being shocked and surprised. The world that was created, with the different planes, was detailed and well done. The characters where all written fairly well, I didn't really connect to Abigail, I felt like she was incredibly stupid more than once, and there wasn't much depth to her. Some of the other characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. My problem with the book is this; I understand that Derick and Abigails relationship is established, but when we come in to the book, the first few chapters make it seem like insta-love, we don't get to see any depth to their relationship as it builds up. The beginning of the book felt very rushed to me, everything was happening fast, and then it slowed right down to a snails pace for another chunk of the book. Because of this, I found myself unable to get in to the book properly, and when I eventually did, I was so bored anything could deflect my attention from it. I mean ANYTHING. The unique mythology is all well and good, but we learn the background and history of these people, as well as the mythology, from the mysterious old book. Don't get me wrong, it's an engaging way to do it....when you don't clog up the book with huge passages of text all on the background, which is kind of boring and you find yourself skimming to the important parts. It really bogged down the book more than once. Shattered Secrets is unique, and a new concept in a genre full of all of the same kind of books, but it's pace issues and boring reams of background information made it hard for me to stay with the book, and while I am intrigued, I don't think i'll be reading the second book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Shattered Secrets was a very intriguing start to the Book of Red series…. I thought the storyline was good, I liked the way Abigail’s world is changed through the kiss of the boy who holds her heart – Derick – and how it acts as a catalyst that unveils powers, secrets and a different world. For the most part the book is set in the real world with a supernatural tone to it – which I like – but then towards the ending, it takes on a more fantasy feel and I liked the blending of both. I thought the Shattered Secrets was a very intriguing start to the Book of Red series…. I thought the storyline was good, I liked the way Abigail’s world is changed through the kiss of the boy who holds her heart – Derick – and how it acts as a catalyst that unveils powers, secrets and a different world. For the most part the book is set in the real world with a supernatural tone to it – which I like – but then towards the ending, it takes on a more fantasy feel and I liked the blending of both. I thought the idea behind what Abigail is, is quite interesting and a lot of the book is devoted to that as we find out her heritage alongside her, so expect a lot of ‘getting to know you and your new found abilities’… the same goes for Derick too because a lot has been kept from both youngsters. I liked their romantic connection and I thought it ties into the story wonderfully, who doesn’t enjoy reading about love bringing out the best in people? and it brings out a lot in Abigail & Derick – so much so that their world will never be the same again. I liked the sense of danger that followed them throughout the book and it was easy to see how they found it hard to get on track, you really are as much in the dark as them and right with them when they don’t know who to trust. I liked that the enemy they had sent them running, setting up a run/chase scenario, it always adds an element of fear & danger to a plot when you feel that something is always behind you and that you’re not safe anywhere. I did think the characters were quite gullible but that’s understandable considering how little they know about their situation and there are always people hanging around to take advantage of that. I liked the magical element of this book even though it is still in its early stages, we are only beginning to see burgeoning powers of our two MCs but others that held it, used it well and gave us an insight into what to expect. As with most good books, good and evil are lines that are easily crossed or blurred so I feel that we have only just touched on the plans for Abigail and what people want from her. As the book title suggest, there are a lot of secrets… but how do our characters know which answers they can trust? Although this book was good, I think it opened up more questions than anything else, I was happy with what I read but as with all first books – we’ve gotten to know the characters, delved into their world, the players are placed – now we’ll see what happens next. 3*s

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Slager

    [Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Way back I reviewed Krystal Wade’s debut trilogy Darkness Falls. I fell in love with her style of writing and have been eagerly awaiting her next work. Shattered Secrets didn’t really sound like what I’d normally pick up but since I enjoyed her previous work I requested it on NetGalley anyway. The world-building was just as good, the characters were reasonably well fleshed-out and the plot was very fast [Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Way back I reviewed Krystal Wade’s debut trilogy Darkness Falls. I fell in love with her style of writing and have been eagerly awaiting her next work. Shattered Secrets didn’t really sound like what I’d normally pick up but since I enjoyed her previous work I requested it on NetGalley anyway. The world-building was just as good, the characters were reasonably well fleshed-out and the plot was very fast-paced but in the end I just didn’t like this one as much. It’s still good, mind you. But it’s not as good as the first series. My only real ‘problem’ with the story was Abigail, the narrator. She’s rather naive and constantly screwing up her own life. She tends to run headfirst into danger and although she can be intelligent at times (observing her surroundings when she was kidnapped) there are times I wanted to slap her. To be fair she does get better as the book progresses but because of her early behaviour I wasn’t quite able to connect as well emotionally. I wasn’t a huge fan of either male lead or the love triangle but at least both characters were well fleshed-out. The love triangle is generally well done but I would have liked to see something different. The plot was incredibly fast-paced, though. There were twists and turns around every corner as more and more information was revealed. What is Abigail really? And how can she stop an impending apocalypse when everyone is telling her to do something different? There are a fair amount of subplots that add tension to the main plot but it never really gets confusing. That’s good because if it was confusing you’d be totally lost by the time you got to the end of the book. Since most of the book is about Derick and Abigail discovering who they are I can’t give a solid judgment on the world-building but so far it’s really good. Krystal Wade has actually thought up some unique ideas for her magical beings and mixed them in with existing ideas to create the type of rich fantasy world I’ve come to expect from her. You really can’t fault her world-building. All in all, this book was pretty good. I’m definitely interested to see what happens next in the Book of Red series. I give this book 4/5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her. The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring. Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her. The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring. Finding out that she’s important in protecting the world from evil, that she’s adopted, that she’s not human and that the boy she loves might just love her too is a lot…especially in one day! This is a fast moving book for the most part and keeps you turning the pages. The mystery and twists and turns keep you guessing and the creativity of the story keeps you engaged. I really liked the storyline and, even though some parts were not as unique as others, there was enough here to make this a good read. I must warn you to read this book with care, however. What I mean by that is…pay attention! There’s a lot going on and the mysteries are not ones you will readily guess so, if you put it down for too long, you might feel a bit confused going back in. There are things going on here that will have you scratching your head but, no worries, all the mysteries unveil themselves in due course. So, it’s obvious I liked the storyline. Where this book fell down a bit for me was with the characters. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t feel as connected to Abigail or Derrick as I wanted to be. I needed more detail, more depth to their characters at the beginning of the book to help me fall in love with them. Now, I totally understand that it’s difficult to do that when the very beginning of the book is a complete roller coaster ride, however, I think that some additional character development would have helped me feel more a part of this story. On the up side…this is just the first book in the series and I’m sure we’ll get to know all the characters, good and bad, more intimately as we go along. Overall, this was a good read, a unique story, and good addition to the YA paranormal bookshelf!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    More of my reviews can be read on my blog Reviews For The Living And The Undead . Feel free to follow me. I love when people follow my blog. Abigail's life changes when she is kidnapped by two men she has never met. She has no idea why they took her, but soon they start talking about things that can't be possible in anything but a video game. Luckily, she is soon rescued by Derick, the boy she used to like, and one of her best friends. She soon finds out that her life is not going to get normal More of my reviews can be read on my blog Reviews For The Living And The Undead . Feel free to follow me. I love when people follow my blog. Abigail's life changes when she is kidnapped by two men she has never met. She has no idea why they took her, but soon they start talking about things that can't be possible in anything but a video game. Luckily, she is soon rescued by Derick, the boy she used to like, and one of her best friends. She soon finds out that her life is not going to get normal after this when she finds out that she is not human and instead from a parallel world. There are many people who would like to kill her and now Abigal and Derick must run away so they can survive. One thing I liked about this book is that is has decent world building. I liked reading about the powers, and Derick's was developed pretty well. However, Abigail hardly uses hers it seems which was disappointing. I wouldn't be surprised if it became more important in the sequel, but it almost seemed like this book could be done without her even having powers. Abigail is a strong main character, but she is also kind of a Mary Sue. All the boys want to be with her and it really gets annoying. Until recently I didn't think that all that many books did that, but it's not true. Lots of books do this and it's annoying. I don't think there is a single male character in her age group in this book that doesn't want to date her. Krystal Wade does have a reason for this, but I don't think it's a very good one. Derick also doesn't act like any teenage boy. He doesn't even act like someone my age if you ask me. He is much too mature. This is also fairly common for young adult novels, though. Also it seems like hardly any of the characters are from Earth. If people from their world are so rare then why are eighty percent of the characters in this novel from there. A good thing about this novel is the plot twists. I didn't see any of them coming. A lot of the powers were pretty original too and the plot itself wasn't all that bad. Overall I am giving this book three out of five. I will not be reading any of the sequels. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    BookHookup

    Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her. The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring. Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her. The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring. Finding out that she’s important in protecting the world from evil, that she’s adopted, that she’s not human and that the boy she loves might just love her too is a lot…especially in one day! This is a fast moving book for the most part and keeps you turning the pages. The mystery and twists and turns keep you guessing and the creativity of the story keeps you engaged. I really liked the storyline and, even though some parts were not as unique as others, there was enough here to make this a good read. I must warn you to read this book with care, however. What I mean by that is…pay attention! There’s a lot going on and the mysteries are not ones you will readily guess so, if you put it down for too long, you might feel a bit confused going back in. There are things going on here that will have you scratching your head but, no worries, all the mysteries unveil themselves in due course. So, it’s obvious I liked the storyline. Where this book fell down a bit for me was with the characters. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t feel as connected to Abigail or Derrick as I wanted to be. I needed more detail, more depth to their characters at the beginning of the book to help me fall in love with them. Now, I totally understand that it’s difficult to do that when the very beginning of the book is a complete roller coaster ride, however, I think that some additional character development would have helped me feel more a part of this story. On the up side…this is just the first book in the series and I’m sure we’ll get to know all the characters, good and bad, more intimately as we go along. Overall, this was a good read, a unique story, and good addition to the YA paranormal bookshelf!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tia Bach

    Rating: 4.5 stars, but worthy of rounding up Abigail Nichols thinks her biggest problem is trying to figure out Derick's reaction to their kiss, and why he's been avoiding her. Then, she's abducted by strangers with crazy stories and everything changes. Everything she thought she knew, even about her parents, proves to be wrong as she discovers who she is and what role she will play. She and Derick end up on the run with only a book to help them figure things out. Lives hang in the balance while t Rating: 4.5 stars, but worthy of rounding up Abigail Nichols thinks her biggest problem is trying to figure out Derick's reaction to their kiss, and why he's been avoiding her. Then, she's abducted by strangers with crazy stories and everything changes. Everything she thought she knew, even about her parents, proves to be wrong as she discovers who she is and what role she will play. She and Derick end up on the run with only a book to help them figure things out. Lives hang in the balance while they decide who, or what, to trust. So, wow! There are so many elements done well in this story. Memorable characters you can root for. Check. Keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. Oh yeah! Interesting and creative paranormal abilities. Yep. An amazing world with intriguing complications for our own world. Nailed it. Within the first few pages, I was entranced by the characters--as if I was in their world and they were manipulating even me. Plus, I love the conflict of finding out you have amazing abilities but not knowing who to turn to for guidance--even the most obvious choices, like friends and parents, are suspect. Oh, and I love that Derick is gifted but also confused about who to trust. Usually, the pattern is for the main character to be new to his/her abilities but falling for the experienced, knows-everything counterpart. I can only hope Derick and Abigail grow closer and end up trusting the same people--and the right people. I highly recommend Shattered Secrets to readers who want a romantic couple to root for in the context of a captivating fantasy world plus characters with original (and intriguing) paranormal abilities. Book two can't get here soon enough!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ashley

    Overall: Adventure Characters: Derick and Mark and Abby Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend if You Like…Mortal Instruments Book Boyfriend: Derick Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Sex Scenes: No Read at my blog: http://beautysinbreakdown.blogspot.co... Overall- Generally speaking I really liked this book. I enjoyed Abby and Derick's relationship. Dericks initial distance is explained quickly and yet its completely understandable (given the books' sci fi/paranormal element). The idea of a parallel un Overall: Adventure Characters: Derick and Mark and Abby Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend if You Like…Mortal Instruments Book Boyfriend: Derick Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Sex Scenes: No Read at my blog: http://beautysinbreakdown.blogspot.co... Overall- Generally speaking I really liked this book. I enjoyed Abby and Derick's relationship. Dericks initial distance is explained quickly and yet its completely understandable (given the books' sci fi/paranormal element). The idea of a parallel universe with other "beings" is nothing new (Sanctify and Mortal Instruments are only two examples) but I liked the authors writing style and the romantic aspects between Abby and Derick (can't say the same for Mortal Instruments! Yuck. As for Sanctify, thats just complicated but great story). Derick and Abby on the other hand seem like soul mates and I love that their connection remains throughout (no real love triangle) it seems that they are loyal to each other but not without their own tests and tribulations along the way. This book has plenty of twists and turns as Abby finds out that nothing in her life is what it seems. This concept is present throughout the book, and is in fact something to keep in mind when reading. Nothing is as it seems. This concept was actually really interesting. I found myself really falling in love with Abby and her need to love and protects those around her. Her character in particular was really well written.

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