Review: Broken Shelves by Anne Malcom
Title: Broken Shelves
Series: Unquiet Mind #3
Author: Anne Malcom
Release date: September 22, 2017
Blurb Gina: Freshly brewed tea. Earl Grey, loose leaf. Rain on the windowsills. The smell of library books. Escape into worlds greater than this. Solitude. Invisibility. A quiet life. Maybe boring, but boring was never dangerous. Until I saw what I was missing out on. Who I was missing out on. The man who shattered my boring, safe life and lay it to ruin. The man I’d been in love with since I was a teenager. Who I’d been invisible to since I was a teenager. The man who just happened to be a world-famous rock star. Sam: Whisky. Neat. Leave the bottle. Crowd of hundreds of people. No, make it thousands. All shouting my name. Live fast. Die... Die? I’m too young, too famous and far too badass to die. Death doesn’t happen when you stop breathing, it’s what happens before that. Death is the monotony of life. The grave? Well, all the greats live there. You’re not a rock star until you die before you’re thirty. The grave doesn't bother me. Just the quiet. That is death in the life of rock. But then... her. She’d been there all along and I’d been too blind, too obsessed with the fast, loud life to realize where the real Nirvana lay. In the silence. Even the grave couldn’t hold me if I didn’t get her. And I’m a rock star. And a badass. And as stubborn as I am good-looking. I know how to get what I want.
I also know how to kill anyone who gets in my way.
When I first saw that Anne Malcom was coming out with a new book in the Unquiet Mind series, I was super stoked. I loved the first two books of this series, and I just couldn’t wait to dive right into this one.
Starting out, I really loved Gina and Sam. They both had some serious issues, some that ran much deeper than they let on, and I found myself getting lost in the story. Although Sam’s demons weren’t really expressed as much as Gina’s, I sort of figured it out. I wish Anne had done Sam’s POV a bit more, that way I could’ve gotten more on him and his background.
As the story went on, I realized that my feelings toward the book was changing. Not in a bad way, but halfway through and pretty much up until the very end, Gina really frustrated me. She wasn’t a bad character or anything like that, I just had a very hard time reading what she thought about herself. I get everyone has insecurities, and yeah it’s hard to overcome them, but the majority of the book was her belittling herself and I didn’t like that. Gina was a very lovable person, and she was everything you want to see in a lead heroine. However that back and forth with her body image made loving her hard at times. Especially when she would claim she was over it, and had moved forward, then the very next chapter it was back to her talking bad about herself. More than anything I wish Gina was real so I could talk some sense into her. Her body size didn’t matter to Sam and that was very clear. I just felt at times Gina was amazing and other times she was really frustrating. I hated to see a character like Gina just think such bad things about her and shield herself from the world.
Honestly the epilogue is what saved this book for me. It was a pretty good ending and it was one of endings I was glad happened. I wish I loved this one like the others, but it just felt very repetitive. I was also happy to see the other band members in Broken Shelves, so I really enjoyed that part. I just hope with the next book I’ll love it like the first two.
Other books in the series: Echoes of Silence (Unquiet Mind #1) Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iSczN1 Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2iRTKv9 Skeletons of Us (Unquiet Mind #2) Amazon US:http://amzn.to/2iWVKTu Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jrpg4l About Anne: Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon. Raised in small town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. For now, she's back at home in New Zealand and quite happy. But who knows when the travel bug will bite her next. Stalk links: Website: http://annemalcomauthor.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1675233696132142/