Sunday, 15 January 2012

***Review*** Fracture by Megan Miranda




Released : 17th January 2012
Series : No
Format :Kindle
Source : Digital ARC Netgalley
Author Site: Megan Miranda
Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Review:

I was given a copy of this book to review from Netgalley.

The story is about Delaney Maxwell the main protagonist.  17 year old Delaney is a carefree teenager with her whole life ahead of her.  But one accident changes all this...... whilst out with her best friend Decker they are crossing a frozen lake to meet friends when all of a sudden the ice fractures plunging Delaney into its wet, icy darkness.  Eleven minutes pass before she is pulled from the cold water, her heart has stopped beating and she has to be revived by a panic stricken Decker.  Medical professionals are left baffled, because eleven minutes is a long time for the heart and brain to stop functioning.  But Delaney is a miracle, apart from cracked ribs and bruising she is fine, her brain scan shows significant brain damage which leaves the doctors baffled. However this miracle comes with a hefty price..........Delaney experiences a strange sensation, a pull that finds her drawn to the dying.  Is she predicting death or is it something more sinister like causing it???  She meets a stranger called Troy who she finds out has a lot in common with her, there is something very dark and mysterious about Troy and Delaney needs to find out more.

This book gripped me from the start, fast paced and very addictive.  I just had to find out what happened to Delaney the main character.  I managed to finish this book in just over two days which is a sure sign of a good book.

This book is suitable for younger readers; there are no graphic or adult content.  A perfect YA novel.

I loved the writing style of this book; the words were flowing off the page.  I would definitely read more books by this author as I think this book was very well written and the story was very imaginative.  I liked the good mix of characters, some of them were deep and complex and this was shown throughout the book.

Sometimes the relationship between Delaney and Decker had me pulling my hair out in frustration; you could clearly see they liked each other but neither seemed to accept the signs.

I was really happy with the ending, it did take me by surprise and I was not expecting it; which is good as I tend not to like predictable books.

You may be wondering why I am gushing about this book but have only given it a four and a half star rating and not a five star rating, well the simple fact is that my top ratings are given to books I want to read again straight away.  I did enjoy this book a lot but I’m not itching to pick it back up straight away.  There was just a little something missing, what it is? Well I just can’t put my finger on it......

Story rating: 4.5/5 - I would recommend this book as I think it is very unique.
Cover rating: 5/5 – a beautiful and haunting cover; it certainly fits the story well.  I would pick this book up for the cover alone.

About the Author:
Megan Miranda was a scientist and high school teacher before writing Fracture, which came out of her fascination with scientific mysteries—especially those associated with the brain. Megan has a BS in biology from MIT and spent her post-college years either rocking a lab coat or reading books. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor. Fracture is her first novel.

39 comments:

Jean Vogler said...

Thank you for this review. The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it. Definitely on my TBR list!

Donna said...

thank you for the great review. I just received this book for review. Can't wait to get started!

LisaILJ said...

Thanks so much for your review. I got an ARC for this a million years ago at BEA and never got around to reading it. I really need to pick it up already.

Red said...

Great review. I really like the idea behind the book and with the glowing review definitely think I'll pick it up.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the review!
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The Night Bookmobile said...

I also liked this but agree there was something missing. The writing was good but the relationship between Delaney and Decker was frustrating, I agree there too.

Kathrine Roid said...

Hmm. I'm not sure whether I want to pick this book up or not. Romances - especially those that make you want to pull your hair out because the two just aren't. getting. together. - aren't my usual fare. But I highly value writing style and endings often make the book for me.

primrose said...

Phew! I'm so glad that this is not a part of a series or something..just grew tired of them. Is it YA romance or a paranormal romance?

Julie73 said...

Thanks for the review Jen - another for the wishlist! x

Diana_Dimovska said...

I have wanted to read this book so much... I must get my hands on it somehow :D Thank you for your reviews :)

Best regards, Diana :)

druidgirl said...

Great review,I would really love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

TayteH said...

Drawn to dying? Interesting. Very interesting. Well, thanks for the review!

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Tristan said...

This book looks so amazing! I cannot wait to read this book! The way you talk about it makes looks so captivating! Thanks for the review!

Sayomay said...

Great review Im def gonna get this book now!

Jessica said...

I was drawn to this book first and foremost because of the cover, but secondly because of the concept. I grew up in the north, with unbelievably cold temperatures, and ice fishing, snowmobiling, skating, etc. are all just a part of life. Needless to say, there have been plenty enough incidents where people have fallen through the ice. There was one that I can remember, where a young girl fell through the ice, and was found over an hour later. She survived, because of the extreme cold. This book reminded me of that, and my interest was instantly peaked.

Great review!

SaraEchelon5 said...

This sounds like a really nice book. I'm too curious, I definitely want to know what's Delaney's and Troy's problem. Good reviews, this makes me more interested in reading it. :)
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kimba88 said...

I love words that flow of the page and capture you..this is on my wishlist. Great review

Little Sprites said...

Thanks for the great review...hadn't heard much about this book, but now I am for sure adding it to my tbr list.

jwhitus said...

I like your reason for the 4.5 reading. That makes sense. Thanks, I'll add this one to my ever growing TBR list. If you have time, come over & visit. Thanks.
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xSweetEternityx said...

I also enjoyed this book and won an ARC through a giveaway. However, I wish that they explained it a bit more on the paranormal aspect of this book: to predict death. But I couldn't put it down and I liked it a lot!

Rica said...

Thank you for the review.I heard a lot good things about this book.I'll add this one on my wishlist!

Vendea said...

Thanks for the review. I bought this book on my journey in England, so I am excited to read it.

Shane R. said...

Based on your review I think I will definitely love this book. It sounds very interesting.

Jaime Lynn Lester said...

I like reading others reviews about Fracture. It is funny to me how so many people can love a book and 1 or 2 just have issues with it. Usually I am one of the ravers when others don't like a book.
In this one, I am one of the few. I liked the book okay, it did hold my attention. The writing was amazing and the story was interesting and unique in today's world of YA books. My big problem with the book is that I was DEPRESSED and SO TICKED OFF through the whole book. I wanted to just jump into the pages and shake all of them for being such Debbie Downers and making such idiotic decisions. I just,...... arrrgh! I guess on the other side of it, Megan did a fantastic job jerking such strong emotions out of me.

Either way, it is nice to read others reviews and get different perspectives. I hate giving bad reviews. It makes me feel bad. So it's nice to see it another way! Thanks for your review. Sorry for rambling. This is what books that don't sit well with me do to me!

Jaime Lynn- GFC

Reviewing Shelf said...

This sounds like a great book!

Jenn@OwlReadIt said...

I just bought this book last night, I'm looking froward to reading it and your review made me want to pick it up sooner. Darn review books holding me back. Great review!

mimz said...

Thanks for the review! I've read so many positive reviews, I'm now sure I have to read this. :D Definitely on my TBR list. :)

layen said...

Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to read this after stumbling upon its synopsis. And after reading lots of positive reviews, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy :D

BookAttict said...

Thanks for the review. This book has been on my wish list for a while, but I keep hearing so many wonderful things about it, so I guess it's going on my shopping list for my next trip to the bookstore!

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Cricket said...

I really liked this book, it was intense but it was a good read. I liked the subject matter,a nd it was handled well. Great Review!

jwhitus said...

I love how you explain your reasons for the rating you give. It really helps put it into perspective. Thanks!

Diana_Dimovska said...

This book is a must read. Sounds so intriguing... The review was great, now I must get my hands on this book ASAP! :D

Dark_Calling said...

thankd for reviewing this book,im dying to read it it seems very very amazing <3 im glad u enjoyed it

linda said...

This is next on my TBR list, it sounds like a great read, I really enjoyed your review

Wolfswan1 said...

I saw this book and thought I would put it on my wishlist but just never got round to doing it. I am making the time right now. Thanks for you review.

Krista said...

I don't like the idea that she is drawn to death, but I might give the book a try. The cover is gorgeous too!

Timmi said...

This sounds like a great book. I have seen the cover art around but had no idea what the book was actually about. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

Lisa Harwood said...

Great review. I wanted to read this book for a while, and now after reading this, I want to read it even more

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