Friday, April 18, 2014

Booktour review: Of Breakable Things ~ Amy Rolland






Title: Of Breakable Things
Author: A. Lynden Rolland
Series: Of Breakable Things #1
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Language: English only
Number of pages: 300 p.
Age category: Young Adult



Synopsis

A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.

Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door.

Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise. Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.

About the author

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school.

She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, thunderstorms and autumn leaves. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Review

Wow, this book blew me away, in it's originality. Yes I know I have said this about several books, being original. This was again something totally different, I never read a book that was set in the afterlife. And if the afterlife is this relaxed I wouldn't mind dying. 

The main character Alex and her "brothers" the Lasalles boys, are an interesting bunch. Alex is a newbury (a newbie in the afterlife). At the beginning of the story we find Alex on the crossroad of going to what I think will be heaven or staying kind of "earthbound". She choses the latter, because that is where Chase, one of the  Lasalle brothers will be. And she has chosen right. 

The bond between all brothers and between the brothers and Alex great to see. Except Chase and Jonas, Gabe and Kaleb really see Alex as their little sister. Chase and Alex have another sort of connection, they are in love, but also share their minds with each other. 

The story is never boring, being told from various perspectives, which was the only downside of this book. Sometimes is was a bit confusing who was telling the story, it could use a bit of fine-tuning there.  As I progressed, the book got better and better. What I loved most about this book were the letters from Eviar. They were beautifully written, and gave this book that little extra touch. 

Then there was "the final battle" and the promise of something more. No cliffhangers but it will leave you wondering. I am really happy that I signed up for this book tour, because is was a splendid read!

Rating ~ Waardering

Perfect ending, great characters, interesting setting makes this a 4 star read!


Quotes

Seeing the Lasalles was like finding the missing pieces of her heart. But it would be Chase, she knew who would be the adhesive to hold it together. ~ Alex
Sanity. Insanity - The lines between the two blurs in dreams. ~ Eviar 
Love, she believed would ride the wind util it found the sky shining it's beauty on the world below. Perhaps that is the only thing truly immortal. 

Music

I thought this was fitting, with the whole situation where Alex is still alive and Chase is gone, and when they are finally reunited.


This song popped in my head just after I finsished reading.

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