4.7/5-It took me over a month to finish this book not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the last few chapters I had left. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. The book made me so angry at times, yet still made me laugh a lot and cry too.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret. He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again?

(My Opinion)

This book was amazing, most of the characters flew off of the pages because they were so  funny and creative. Well-written without too much description or explanation in the first few chapters that it was a quick and easy read. A very moving tale about abuse where we learn the different sides to his family. The idea for this novel was executed almost perfectly with a good amount of flashbacks and touching moments.

Almost perfect in my eyes. There are a lot of books that I wished were tweaked a bit better or were a bit clearer on some parts so that I could put it up in my “Forever love and cherish” book pile. Swati Avasthi’s Debut novel could have been clearer on a few of the secondary characters. I wished she made Jace’s ex-girlfriend clearer and more history about his best friend.

Such an emotional book! I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it for the longest time because I didn’t want Jace’s adventure to end. I loved how his brother, Christian acted towards Jace near the ending because it surprised me, I thought Christian would have reacted differently. Also, the flashbacks about Jace;s old life and what he liked about it and what he despised because most of them were about his father. In this book, I loved how the relationships between Jace’s brother and his new friends weren’t too fast and they were very unpredictable while the slowly blooming romance was in fact that. Slowly blooming. Holy crap, the writing style was what I loved from authors. It was so easy to read that, the words flew off the page and I couldn’t remember if the book was past or present tense because I was so caught up in the story of Jace.

An amazing novel about getting over the past and fighting to not become the monster you’ve known all your life. A total must read for everyone. Swati Avasthi’s next novel will probably be a smash hit if its anything similar to Split.

Fracture By Megan Miranda

4.3/5-The idea behind this is really clever, I loved the plot. I was so excited for it because it sounded so cool. And the book was, but to an extent.

(Summary)

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

(My Opinion)

The idea for Fracture was amazing and I loved it a lot. It was really well written and a few surprising things happens in this book. Although the plot was good, the characters’ weren’t the best and seemed as if Megan Miranda didn’t know what to do with one or two of them. The most interesting character to me, was Carson because of his story and everything that had happened to him.

The relationship between Delaney and Decker is very complicated and yet it’s still typical. I wished Megan Miranda could have stayed away from their friendship and focused more on the weird sensations Delaney got.  Also I didn’t like how easily Delaney got pushed around by everyone in her life. I hated how Troy bossed her around even though they barely knew each other. The ending was so typical and plain that I almost threw the book out the window. I understand that authors’ have to end the book but it was so plain it bored me.

What I loved about this book was that, even though the ending was boring I was hooked since the very first page. I really couldn`t put it down. Megan Miranda didn`t waste any time writing unimportant things. One of my favourite parts about this book was how much pressure was on Delaney to help Carson out and to make sure that he was okay. It was interesting reading the way Megan Miranda wrote the scene and described what was happening while still making it interesting. Another part that I liked was the last scene between Troy and Delaney. I knew something was going to happen but I flipped out not only when she showed him but also when he chose to accept it. I actually loved that part and flipped out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about near death experiences and how it effects people’s lives. It’s also a great read for anyone who loves books with friendships that might turn into something more. Megan Miranda did a good job with her debut novel, I will be waiting to read her next novel, Hysteria which is coming out in 2013.