Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blog Tour: Fracture

I am honored to be participating in the Bloomsbury Blog Tour for Fracture. Please check out this book as soon as it is released. Incredible <3 ~

Author: Megan Miranda

Release Day: January 17th, 2012

Source: Publisher ARC

Summary: (back of book) A lot can happen in eleven minutes. Decker can run two miles easily in eleven minutes. I once wrote an English essay in ten. No lie. And God knows Carson Levine can talk a girl out of her clothes in half that time.

Eleven minutes might as well be an eternity under water. It only takes three minutes without air for loss of consciousness. Permanent brain damage begins at four minutes. And then, when the oxygen runs out,full cardiac arrest occurs. Death is possible at five minutes.Probably at seven. Definite at ten.

Decker pulled me out at eleven.

Review: I love this book. I shy away from stories of grief because I find they can burden me with passivity and reflections which convey the message perfectly alright, but leaves me feeling heavy when I finish. Fracture manages to be full of action while retaining the theme of dealing with loss and the difficulty of healing emotionally from traumatic events.

Delaney Maxwell is an intriguing main character. Written, she is very much alive and the unique star of an action-y whirlwind of a story. Her voice is clear. Her actions are realistically precise. And her flaws are subtle. As a person, Delaney is inherently "good". But her choices can be questioned. She does get some lee-way because she is technically supposed to have a malfunctioning brain, but there are some things you just shouldn't do.

Like kissing three different boys. And not really regretting or making much of scene out of it. Delaney also shouldn't have gone back to the scene of where she almost died. Her addled brain seemed to make her feel more in control this time around, but Delaney makes questionable choices throughout the novel.

In the end, it isn't as much growth in maturity that I find in her as a person, but more of an acceptance that there are some things that cannot be changed in the world. Delaney was strong, willfully confident in herself when she needed to be and sometimes when she should have checked herself. The story makes her such a believable character!

Megan Miranda had me justifying Delaney's irrational decisions because of her story. Delaney wasn't supposed to be alive. There was bound to be damage. She was manifesting weird paranormal symptoms after her meeting with Death. So as a character, everything worked for me.

Throughout the book, there is uncertainty, a tad sense of Delaney's "crazy". highs of emotion and plenty of plot to make a story of grief into something more. Enjoy!

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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