Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway!)

Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez
Every Shattered Thing
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review
Description from Goodreads:
Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?

*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*
This is one of those heavy subject books that seems so interesting when you first see it, then you pick it up and actually start reading and kind of remember that yeah, you actually have a heart. And it doesn't just swoony-swoon over Guy Chambers. It cares about things. And it actually CAN care about a female MC, even when you don't necessarily like her a whole lot.
I don't particularly like Stephanie. She was boring to me. But I'm not even going to try to pretend I exactly know what it's like to live her life. Through her eyes, though, it was extremely frustrating. It's not even like her predicament was a huge secret. And...just...FRUSTRATION.
But, you know what? I like this book. Because it CAN frustrate me for an actual, logical reason that makes me THINK. I'm a firm believer that when a book gets into my brain this much because it portrays serious issues that well, then it's something worth paying attention to.
Honestly, it's not my favorite novel addressing something serious like this, but it IS a good one. It held my attention and curiosity, and it told a story that I'm glad to have read. The writing wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad, either. I just felt that the vocabulary was somewhat out of place at times. Words were used in such a fashion that they didn't feel entirely real, like something Stephanie or Kevin or maybe even Jude would say if they were people I knew in real life.
Okay, not that I've mentioned both Kevin and Jude, I'll tell you this--no. No love triangle. Jude is a father-figure to Stephanie and I think he's great. I adore Kevin, too, but actually in a book boyfriend way for him. I think Stephanie is so, so lucky to have both of these people in her life, as well as Emma. I thought Emma was awesome.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Every Shattered Thing if you can handle the dark premise and it's something you enjoy reading. Rest assured, Elora Ramirez does a superb job at doing this topic justice.
About the Author
Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Suess and writing anywhere she could find the space—including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, and her husband's lavender liqueur.
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