Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour Stop! Shattered Soul- Review

Shattered Soul 
by Jennifer Snyder
Published on: 5/14/11
Genre: Somewhere between Young Adult and New Adult

Hellish Nightmare...

If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.


In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.

My Rating: 3 1/2 Coffee Cups

Ok, let me start by saying this is NOT a love conquers all kind of book. This story is dark and heavy and gritty and angry and even a little bit disturbing. 

Seth Bradson's life pretty much sucks. He lives in a crappy area with his drug dealing, douchebag of a brother Calvin and his drunken, unconscious more that conscious mother (who, when she is conscious, you just want her to pass out again). His brother is a crystal meth dealer who snorts almost as much as he sells and has tweaker friends and girls hanging all over him to do the same. He is also the major factor in Seth's use of the ridiculously addictive drug. Seth's only escape is his best friend Trip. Trip, takes him in when Calvin takes out his anger physically and he protects him from inquiring eyes and ears at school. Trip is all he has until one fateful day in April when he meets Ali. 
To Seth, Ali resembles an angel. Innocent, pure, untainted and most of all knows his demons and accepts them. She has her own issues, namely absentee parents who don't really seem to care about her. They start doing the "little stuff" together- weed, Xanex, Oxys. Until she comes across a small baggie in his room with rocks of meth. There was a voice in the back of his head saying he shouldn't give into her request to try it, that it goes against everything that he feels for her. But, at the same time, she is old enough to make up her own mind. 
You want to dislike Seth for putting Ali on this path, but you can't. His feelings for her are real, he wants to try and be protective of her, but he's so messed up that you feel bad for him and everything he goes thru. The spiral their relationship takes after her first taste is heartbreaking. And the ending is extremely unexpected (although a tad bit much and a little bit abrupt). This story makes your stomach go into knots, your heart squeeze and there are some parts where I literally held my breath for fear of what you just knew was going to happen.  

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Tidbits on the Author:

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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