Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Broken by Travis Thrasher


Pages: 288 
Publisher: FaithWords 
Source: Publisher 


Laila had everything a girl could want. She was wealthy, beautiful and living a charmed life. Laila wanted more, and as a young rebellious teenager she has made many mistakes. She abandoned her family, and vowed to make her way in the world. After many wrong turns, she's now a young woman on the run. She's broken, shattered and running away from a horrendous, disgraceful past. While working as a call girl, she was forced to shoot and kill a man when he threatened her own life. As much as she tried to run away, the memories and the guilt remain with her. To make matters worst, strange things have been happening to her, and she knows she's in danger. She's in a different town trying to start over and live a normal life but you can never forget the past. She afraid, and petrified. A stranger has been stalking her, and he admits that he knows what she did. She knows he wants something from her but she doesn't know what, he prefers to play games and keep her guessing. While he is following her everywhere, she has been seeing her dead victim everywhere. How can he be appearing in front of her if she killed him? Can anyone help her? She hasn't spoken to her family in years, and she doesn't believe they would want to help her. Laila is lonely, she has no hope, no faith and she's constantly living in terror. Will she survive or give up? Everyone has their limitations... 
 

There were times when I loved this novel, and other times I felt like I was forcing myself to read it. Travis is constantly changing point of views, and I felt that there was an issue with the flow. It felt forced, and challenging. I wanted to like Laila but I could not relate to her. Broken was an uncomfortable read, I felt like Laila was an unreliable witness. She withheld so much information. As each new character was introduced, I was confused trying to figure out why they were in the story. I was not comfortable with the supernatural aspects of the story. I found them unbelievable and the story less credible. I'm not even sure the Christian Fiction element was relevant. I felt like it was more supernatural and out of place. As a thriller, I enjoyed it but there was something missing. I wanted more, and I was left unsatisfied

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for your honest review. I had not seen this book before either but the cover is pretty and I might have picked it up solely based on the cover. Another example of why you can't judge a book by its cover.

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  2. Sounds a little disjointed.. The cover is cool though, lol!

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  3. Sorry to hear that you couldn't really connect with the main character. I hate it when that happens! Especially when a book leaves me unsatisfied. :/ Thanks for your honest review!

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  4. Sometimes I really like when a character is unreliable as a witness and I get to question whether or not I can trust them, but I can definitely see how it wouldn't work in some contexts. It's always hard when you finish a book and you're left feeling unsatisfied, makes me want to hurry up and pick up another book in the hope it will blow me away! Thanks for the review Jennifer!

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  5. Christian fiction kind of scares me. I just feel like I won't relate. It sounds like while this one has potential, it didn't live up to it.

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  6. I have never heard of this book before, bit it doesn't sound like your typical Christian fiction, and that intrigues me for some reason. I am sorry to hear that this wasn't a totally stellar read for you though, but it sounds like something that I might like. Great review on this one!

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  7. Too bad about this one. Sounds like it could have been an interesting story if the writing was better.

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  8. Aww that's too bad about the book. It looks to be a pretty good read but I'll trust your judgement on this one and pass. Sorry it dodn't keep your interest.

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  9. Aww, it sucks that this was one of those books for you, Mrs. Q! :( The story sounds really intriguing on its own but I hate it when books feel forced too. It either makes things feel choppy or makes it hard to connect with characters!

    But thank you so much for the honest review, Mrs. Q! I can always count on you for awesome & honest reviews, no matter what! :)

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  10. Thank you for the honest review. The book looks very interesting, but I hate books that feel forced. I hate when a book leaves you unsatisfied. Hope the next one you read is better.

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  11. I have a hard time with books that don't flow smoothly. Thank you for your honest review. I think this is a book for me to skip!

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