Monday, October 8, 2012
Review: Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
First in the Spellbound series
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Thirteenth daughter. Heritage witch. Demon slayer.They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse…
Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. After she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him.
After receiving cryptic messages from a creepy wraith, and then frightening threats from a demon, Shiloh finally begins to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist. Now Shiloh must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
Let me start off by saying how much I love witch books. And books with a small, creepy town. And a witch book set in a small, creepy town. There's something so interesting about a book set in a town with a dark past and secrets just begging to be unearthed. In the small town of Whispering Pines the dark isn't always still and shadows don't always stay just shadows. At least not for Shiloh Ravenwolf who has a very logical fear of the dark. Something is different about where she lives and when a secretive, hot boy moves into town and she agrees to spend the summer helping out at his reportedly haunted house learning just how different is about to get very dangerous.
Shiloh was a great main character. She was quirky-in a good way-and had a lot of spunk. She was very original and seemed to know who she was and what she wanted. I liked Trent very much. He had so much to him. He was cocky to hide his insecurity and inside he was kind of broken. They both were. Which was why they worked together so well. There relationship was slow and it was very back and forth at times but it was really sweet. They had problems and they worked through them together. I did not enjoy Shiloh's mom but I really liked her dad. All the twists and turns made me scared for the characters I liked but suspicious of pretty much everyone too.
One of my favorite things about this book was how spooky it was. There was ghosts, demons, and a creepy house all mixed up with this back story that I was dying to figure out. Ravenhurst almost seemed alive at times and I was a mix of excited and scared whenever Shiloh was there. There was twists and secrets and so many things I never saw coming.
Beautifully Broken was a roller-coaster ride that I was sad to get off of. It was creepy, different, adorable and the perfect read for the month of October. Go buy this book, get a big bag of Halloween candy and a comfy chair and don't get up until you've read every page and most likely eaten all the candy.