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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: Bent Not Broken by Suki Sather

Delaney is an ordinary college student with good grades and a bright future in anthropology and a part-time job at the mall with her best friend for as long as she can remember. She loves music and is working to master Krav Magra. Her loving adoptive parents and three foster sisters are the center of her very routine, normal life. 
Delaney also struggles with strange dreams and feeling lost and afraid, and though her Death Watcher is always right next to her, she has no clue he is there in the shadows protecting her, or the truths about her past that make it so important for her to be shielded in the stability and normalcy those who love her crusade to maintain around her. 
The fight has only just begun in a war that has raged since the birth of humanity. 
Can darkness conquer the light or will Delaney awaken and decide that ordinary is truly over rated? 

THREE AND A HALF STARS (will only show 

up on Amazon as 3 or 4, so I clicked 4)

"Don't judge a book by the cover..." is an old proverb that every one of us has heard at some point or another.  The cover was simple, yet elegant.  The story inside, however, is not simple and "elegant" does not even begin to cover it.  The weaving of this fantastic world was done with near perfection.  

The title itself suggests at least something about the character--that she will be resilient and there will be challenges ahead.  I love the way that the author used the challenges to not only advance the plot, but develop the character.  It is a great mash-up of several different genres and leaves just enough to the imagination by setting up book two phenomenally.  

However, despite all of the positive things I found in this novel and how much I loved it, I had to look at it from an average reader's point of view.  One of the biggest things I found that caused a deduction of stars in my rating (and this is pure opinion...I could be wrong) was the switching of POV without any warning or separation.  I probably would have spent a little more time on the organization and structure of it in order to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the average reader and make it more difficult for the picky reader to nail you on it.  

With that said, I have to give a 3.5 star rating, but it will show up as a 4 star rating on amazon.