Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: Shattered Memories by Susan Harris @SuzHarrisWrites @CleanTeenPub @JaidisShaw #Giveaway

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Title:  Shattered Memories
Author:   Susan Harris
Published:  June 16th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Dystopian Thriller
Content Warning:  Adult language, graphic violence, and sexual content
Recommended Age:  16+


A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing—the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she’s willing to forget the one person who could set her free.

Daniel Costello hasn’t forgotten about Alana, and he will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves. But first, Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family was killed.

The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family’s deaths before it’s too late?

Excerpt from Shattered Memories by Susan Harris:

Suddenly I was angry… angry at my parents for dying and leaving me alone… angry at Sophia for being too small to defend herself… angry at Daniel for giving me false hope… angry at myself for letting pathetic fantasies take over my mind.

I jumped off the bed and screamed. The next thing I knew I had used what little strength left to overturn the bed, scattering all the bedding to the floor. I took one of the pillows and beat it across the wall. Then I kicked the bin with such force it smashed into the door with a sickening thud.

While continuing on my furious rampage, the door slid open and strong arms captured me from behind, holding my own in place. I struggled to break free and kicked out, but those arms would not let me go. I cried in frustration and tasted the saltiness of the tears on my lips.

“Shush, Alana, please… come on… calm down for me or else they are going to shock you. Hurts like a bitch. Come on, girl… shush. I got you.”

Connors’ voice sounded in my ear, and he kept shushing me until I stilled in his arms. My legs gave out, and we both went to the floor. Connors loosened his grip on me but still held me tight. My sobs became louder, and the pain in my chest was so bad that I thought I was dying. Through my sobs, I heard Connors say that I was okay and to please just give him a minute. I heard someone argue with him, and he snarled and told them to piss off. The tears soaked my top, and I felt nothing but tiredness as I shoved against Connors, needing to breathe. He did not let go.

My god, I felt so lost. I closed my eyes and screamed out the last of my frustration and anger before tiredness won out. I gave in and let the darkness pull me under.

My Review:

I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Alana McCarthy has been sentenced to die for the murder of her whole family; her mother, father and her little sister. Alana is sent to prison to await her execution day. The law states that no child can be executed. Everyone must be eighteen years of age to be put to death. Alana can't figure out why she has been sentenced for the murder of her family when that is the last thing on earth that she would ever dream of doing. She doesn't understand how she could kill her family in cold blood. But she can't prove that she didn't do it because she has lost a whole year of her life.

Not only has she forgotten what happened the night her family died she has also forgotten the man she is in love with. The only friend she has ever had in her whole life. She loves Daniel with all of her heart and he loves her just as much if not more but she can't remember him. It is tearing Daniel up inside to know that the woman he loves doesn't know who he is. Daniel knows that Alana did not kill her family. He knows that she is not that kind of person and is not capable of killing anyone and he is determined to do whatever it is that he has to do to help her get her memory back and prove that she did not kill her family.

Shattered Memories is not what I expected it to be. I never thought that I would love it as much as I did. I knew when I read the summary that I had to read it but there was no way that I thought it would be this good. Connors Alana's guard will crack you up. He will have you rolling in the floor with tears streaming down your face while at the same time almost Alana will have tears streaming down your face because you can feel the pain she has in her heart, the pain of being told that she killed her own family and not knowing if she killed them or not.

I have thought for a long time now that the brain was a powerful thing and now after reading Alana's story it has just reinforced my belief in just how powerful it is. Alana's brain shut itself off because she couldn't or wouldn't be able to deal with the loss of her family and the horror of what happened to them. Her brain had to shut itself down until her heart was able to accept that her family was no more. That they were gone and she would never see them again. It was the only way her heart could deal with so much pain.

I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read Shattered Memories and get to know all of the characters in the book. There is no way you can't love most of the characters in this book. Susan tells Alana's story so well that you forget that you are not a part of her world. Once she pulls you in you are hooked for a very long time. Alana, Daniel and Connors will live in your heart for a long time after you have read the last word and it will leave you wanting more.

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About the Author:
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy genre. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, anything Disney and psychology. If she wasn’t a writer she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.

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