Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: Broken by Mary E. Palmerin

Publication Date: December 22, 2013
Series: Scars and Sorrow Saga
Rating: 5 stars

Official Blurb: 

Lyla Harper's life has always been shadowed. With her childhood full of unpleasant memories that she tries to tuck away and forget about, she succeeds at putting on a happy front and convincing those around her that she is content. But she isn't. 

Meet Lyla Elizabeth Harper, a teen whose journey is less than ideal. She experiences heartache, loss, and bullying; but through it all she strives for hope. She counts down the days until she has the chance to start over in a new city, unaware of her past. A city far away from the recollections that have scarred her physically and mentally. 

In the first book of the Scars and Sorrow Saga, you will be faced with the ghastly and horrendous events that plague Lyla, starting on the day of her eighteenth birthday, a day that changed her forever. Lyla thought that she was broken before, but she was wrong. Davis Moore, a 22-year-old handsome cop and also Rigdon's golden boy, steals something that is irreplaceable from Lyla on that fateful night on Brownsmith Road. 

Others will challenge her will and strength, testing her and pushing her to the brink of giving up. Will Lyla be able to trudge through the deep rut that she is stuck in to move to Chicago and start her life over? Or will the evil events consume her and leave her grounded, unable to lead a life free from pain? 

**Graphic content including underage drinking and drug use, non-consensual sex, and self-mutilation. Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.**

Broken is a book that tugged on my heart strings. To be so young, and have that much depression, and self-loathing just broke my heart! I was rooting for Lyla the whole book, hoping that things would turn around for her. All she wants is to get out of Rigdon, a small town in Kansas, where there aren’t many secrets. Becoming a loner, she’s closed off, using alcohol, drugs, and a razor blade to make herself numb. One night in particular changed her forever, she loses her innocence, making her feel even more worthless.

I really enjoyed reading this book, it gave me insight into depression, and how it can affect a person. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, there are some dark things that happen and know that this isn’t a love story by any means. I hope you connect with Lyla, like I did, and hope to see her find herself beautiful and not broken after all. Even though what Lyla went through is heart wrenching, the ending made up for it. I know there is more to her story and I look forward to reading about it.

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