Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Fracture

*We'd like to welcome our newest Lark, Jen, to the nest. Jen's information will be added to the about us page soon. Also, her signature isn't quite done yet, but I'll get it added to the post as soon as it is. Show her some comment love since this is her first review here at Reading Lark.*

Published By: Walker & Company
Publication Date: January 27, 2012
Page Count: 272
Buy it at Amazon or IndieBound
Source: Provided by Publisher
Audience: YA

This was really really good. I think that anyone who thought The Body Finder byKimberly Derting was good will really like this. It's not the same, but it is similar and different all at the same time. Just as enjoyable in terms of plot, theme and characterization. The only thing the Body Finder has that this lacks is a little more heat, if you know what I mean! ;)

The main character, Delaney, survives drowning in a frozen lake, when she was technically dead for 11 minutes. She shouldn't have survived, and things get weird when she wakes up. First of all, she has brain damage but no apparent effects from it. Secondly, she suffers from strange feelings which drive her increasingly strange behavior, and thirdly, she becomes the target of a stranger's curiosity. Troy is a bit of a mystery for a lot of the book, and his character arc is developed really well.

Delaney has a lot of issues to work through, and many of her relationships are affected by her miraculous survival, including how she relates to her best friend, Decker. He is positively lovely, and is quite welcome to sweep me off my feet anytime!

If I had a minor complaint, it is something that generally always annoys me - characters who, when told what they are desperate to hear, still can't get their acts together to do something about it. That kind of selfish martyrdom really winds me up. Fortunately the character in question here isn't an idiot for too long. :)

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 -despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. 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?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.


  1. i so want this 1
    tnx 4 sharing you're thoughts

  2. This sounds like a great book. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Great review, Jen!

  3. this is on my top 10 want list..thanks and great review!

  4. Great review Jen! You've caught me! Adding to my TBR list now. I love that kind of stories (: Thank you!

  5. Great review, Jen! I can't wait for this to be released! I love your descriptions of Troy and Decker...now I'm even more excited to get my hands on a copy. :)

  6. Ooooh! How exciting! Thanks for the comments guys!

  7. I am enjoying The Body Finder series but do feel it falls flat in the heat department:p That is great that this has similarities with more heat:) I love the whole dying and coming back concept and am anxious to read this. Thanks for your thoughts!

  8. Really great review!! It sounds so different and that is what I like about the book. Reading the review makes me what to read it and find out all that's going on.

  9. I did enjoy The Body Finder and would have loved a little more heat in it so it is funny you said this one has that missing element. Thanks for the introduction! Definitely will have to put this one on my list!

  10. This was such a refreshing read for me. I'm definitely going to be reading this author for sure in the future. It was really good!!

  11. LOVE this book and Decker!! It was brilliant:)

    Lovely review:)

  12. Thanks for the review. I have a fascination with the near death experiences and would love to see what the author's take is on them.

  13. I'm beginning to like Delaney's character very much! Should be an engrossing read.

  14. This sounds really good. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review! And I gotta add The Body Finder to my wishlist too ;)

  15. I would love to read how this story ends. Interesting plot!

  16. Great review :) The plot synopsis for this intrigued me, and I'm glad the book lived up to it. Hopefully I get the chance to read this one in the coming months.


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