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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

I really got into Fracture. We're without heat in my house at the moment (which is rarely a problem in Texas, but my heat decided to stop working during the 6 cold days we have a year), so ya know, it felt like I was RIGHT THERE. Brr....
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) Best Names Ever. I love the names of everyone in this book. I tried to change Sophie's name to Delaney. But she's pretty set on Sophie. Anyway, Delaney, Decker, Carson, I think these names were great, and I know that probably something strange to like about a book, but I do. 2) Unique idea. I haven't read a whole lot of books that deal with this kind of, being dead and coming back to life ramifications. I mean, when they don't end up as zombies. Nom Nom Nom. (I should say that I'm writing this review at 12:30 at night, after frosting cupcakes all night. There's no telling how much sugar I've ingested at this point). Plus, even Delaney's death is a mysterious concept to me. I mean, deadly ice? Seriously, the only ice we have is in the freezer and when we're feeling classy, we put it in our wine glasses. Okay, that's not entirely true, but I thought that whole idea was clever. 3) Decker. Did anyone else just want to scream, so kiss already!? I did. Want to, that is. I thought Decker was one of those guys that I'd want to take home to meet my parents. He was so sweet and concerned about Delaney. I loved their friendship, and the underlying tension. 4) This book freaked me out a little! That I honestly didn't expect. It was more than one thing though, that frightened me. A lot of the time I was just scared out of my mind for Delaney. And there are some other things that happen that I don't want to give away, but definitely be prepared for some...emotional suspense. 5) Great pacing. I read Fracture all in one night, because I was just being carried forward by the plot. There was really some great timing to the whole story, and it's easy to open the book and not emerge for several hours.

What I Didn't Like: Well, now that I've talked about the great pace of the story, I'm going to turn it around and say at the very, very end, I had to go back and re-read a bit. I actually don't think it was moving too fast, I just think that I was so into the story, and I was on the edge of my seat that I wanted to finish, to know what happened. I was trying to absorb it all so fast, and there was so much happening at once that I got a little confused. This one's on me, but it is something to watch out for, if you get as caught up in books as I do.

Overall thoughts: A seamless plot line and an angsty main character, not to mention a mysterious guy and some good old fashioned sexual tension make Fracture well worth the read. I suggest you settle in for this one, because once you start, you won't want to put the book down!

Overall rating: 4 shots

This was read as part of my Debut Author Challenge 2012!


  1. I'm reading this next week and I can't wait! It seems liek a really interesting story.

  2. Interesting review. We just got this one in at the library, and I might just have to grab it.... Well done!

  3. Yes, I wanted to scream at them, repeatedly, to finally kiss. It was frustrating, but it was awesome at the same time. :D

    Great review! I'm glad you liked it. I'm desperately hoping that there'll be more books by Megan Miranda in the future. :D

    Fictional Distraction

  4. I also found the plot rather creepy. I also agree on Decker, I just wanted to hug him!

    Preet @ AWR

  5. I've been thinking about reading this one. I keep seeing it at work, passing it by with a lingering "hmmmm, maybe later", and now I think it's firmly being placed on my tbr list. By the time May/June comes around, I'm going to be overwhelmed with wonderful books to read. (Including "Insurgent"!!)

    Kim @ Book Munchies

  6. I loved this book!

    Great review!

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

  7. I really liked this book, though the relationship bet Del and Dereck made me a little frustrated/ but all and all it was all good. great review.


  8. Kate - It was definitely an interesting story. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    Annette - Haha, thank you! I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

    Carina - I know, I'm looking forward to reading more from her too. Seems like she's got some really unique ideas!

    Preet - Glad I'm not alone in being creeped out by certain aspects! Awe...Decker!

    Kim - I know how busy you've been, I'm surprised you've had time to read anything! But for sure give this one a chance when you get the time!

    Nerd Girls - I'm glad, and thank you!!

    Lalaine - I know, didn't you want to shake them sometimes and be like, OPEN YOUR EYES!! They frustrated me some too!

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Y'all are awesome!

  9. Awesome review - you're right, it is funny! *giggles*

    Now I kinda want to make cupcakes. But I only have chocolate icing and I like vanilla better.


    This book definitely was emotional. And most of the time when I read about death or see it in television, I'm moved but ultimately fine, but at points, Fracture had me really thinking about death and that's a scary place to go to. But the story was amazing.

  10. I hopped over to your review from your WoW post. :)

    Anyway, I agree with you about the names. I didn't really expend the energy to think about that at the time, but she really did a wonderful job with them. Sometimes it feels like authors have dug too deep into dictionaries of uncommon names to make their characters unique, but these are all in a believable realm of not-too-common.


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