Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez

Summary: 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?


Initial Thoughts: I don't even know how to start this review off. The book was such an emotional read. The writing and story was beautiful and heartbreaking. My emotions were all over the place. I would not read this if you don't like dark/heavy topics because this one is about sex trafficking, but the book was - and I can't say it enough - beautiful, heartbreaking, raw, and powerful.

The Characters & Story: Stephanie, or Steph, lives in a really abusive family not to mention her father is the head of the sex trafficking which makes matters worse. She doesn't have a very good view of herself but she is the kindest person there is. She loves her little brother Pacey and would do anything for him. Now for Kevin. He is her boyfriend but really these two are soul mates. Kevin knows mostly about Steph and her home life (not about being traded until later though) but he loves her so deeply you can feel it. He is always taking care of her and helping her forget and be happy and you can see and feel the love so strongly throughout the whole story. They are so perfect together, I love them so much. Steph also has Emma and Jude as her parents-not-really-parents who love her and take care of her because they are just that kind whenever she visits them. So Steph really has this whole family who loves her even though they aren't her biological one.

Her home life is bad but the people who love her make her life better. But Steph doesn't think she'll ever be able to get out of the life she has for fear of her little brother and the fact that if she leaves, will her father try and find her or just fill her place? She has no idea what to do or who to turn to. She knows that she has people who love her but doesn't think they can do anything because Steph finds out that the whole situation is bigger than just her and involves tons of people. She feels so hopeless and helpless and shattered that just wants out but knows she can't.

End Thoughts: The emotions that flow throughout the book are so deep and griping, you can't help but feel like you are really there. The writing was beautiful and heartbreaking and the topic was handled very well. Now it depends on whether or not you can handle this type of material but if you can I really would recommend it. 5 stars.

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