I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shattered Secrets by Krystal Wade
Series: Book of Red #1
Published by Curiosity Quills on March 3, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong.
The boy who saves her holds her heart.
But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.
Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride.
Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own.
But has she put her trust in the wrong place?
And will the world survive if she has?
The premise of Shattered Secrets is interesting, the idea that there is a parallel universe to ours containing beings who can change our feelings is intriguing. However the author, at times, spent large chunks of the book describing the mythology, which, while interesting background, slowed the story.
The start of the book feels rushed, with the idea that it’s insta-love for Derick and Abigail, it’s only later in the book that we find out that the relationship has developed over time and that they were childhood friends, who are at the start of a new relationship. I wish this had been made clearer sooner.
The beginning of the book is fast-paced and you are never quite sure what it going to happen. However this did not do enough to hold my attention, and it was easy to put the book down, even in the middle of a chapter (which is something I hate doing).
I also couldn’t connect to the characters, especially Abigail. Why do all the boys have to be attracted to her? Why? Also she at times came across as quite naive.
Overall I loved the idea behind Shattered Secrets and I wish that it was enough, however I found it too easy to get distracted (which should not have been a problem as I am writing a law essay at the moment), and while I made it to the end I do not think I will bother with the rest of the series.