Sunday, December 18, 2011

ARC Review: Fracture

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: YA Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2012

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening? --Goodreads

Well, it’s official.
I have a bit of a soft spot for some YA Contemporary now, though I’m still a bit nit-picky and it’s hard for me to get into it all of it. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
At least the few contemporaries I’ve read this year haven’t been disappointing, and they’ve only had me wanting to read more into the genre.

Fracture wasn’t all contemporary. It had a slight paranormal edge to it, but not in the creature kind. More in a mental kind of way-- clairvoyance, perhaps? A psychic ability of some sort that Delaney developed.
I really liked how the author described Delaney’s senses during moments--the smells and the feelings she experiences. The emotion was chaotic and realistic, and the writing was smooth. I read through Fracture in less than a day because I absolutely could not put it down. It’s one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you constantly want to know what’s going to happen next.

I had some minor nitpicks though. I didn’t like how Delaney’s mother was characterized. There was something just… off… about her quite often. I understood her issues and all- but I didn’t get the whole sudden mood shift from caring mother to depressed/neglecting/angry and then back to caring. It felt forced and in a way, unrealistic to the storyline.
I also saw the ending coming a mile away. Maybe too much foreshadowing.

Nonetheless, I was engaged thoroughly, intrigued, and enjoyed it. It’s refreshing to read a stand-alone that doesn’t feel like it’s left an open-ended ending with well-crafted details and characters. Fracture is definitely one to look for in 2012.

4 stars!



1 comment:

  1. This is one of the books I look forward to reading in the coming year. I love your review. I have started reading more contemporary. I'm like you...some I love, some...not so much.

    ~Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead


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