Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review+Book Blitz: Secrets of a Broken Girl (#0.5 Sorrow Series) by Mary E. Palmerin

Title: Secrets of a Broken Girl (#.05 Sorrow Series)
Author: Mary E. Palmerin
Genre: New Adult

Lyla Harper’s life has always been shadowed. With her childhood full of unpleasant memories that she tries to tuck away and forget about, she succeeds at putting on a happy front and convincing those around her that she is content. But she isn’t.

Meet Lyla Elizabeth Harper, a teen whose journey is less than ideal. She experiences heartache, loss, and bullying, but though it all she strives for hope. She counts down the days until she has the chance to start over in a new city unaware of her past. A city far away from the recollections that have scarred her physically and mentally.

In this prequel novella to Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow, you will be faced with the ghastly and horrendous events that plague Lyla, starting on the day of her eighteenth birthday, a day that changed her forever. Lyla thought that she was broken before, but she was wrong. Davis Moore, a twenty-two-year-old handsome cop and also Rigdon’s golden boy, steals something that is irreplaceable from Lyla on that fateful night on Brownsmith Road.

Others will challenge her will and strength, testing her and pushing her to the brink of giving up.

Will Lyla be able to trudge through the deep rut that she is stuck in to move to Chicago and start her life over? Or will the evil events consume her and leave her grounded, unable to lead a life free of pain?

**Graphic content, not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen**

Book Review

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I need to just put this out there because this book changed a piece of me. And I'm not sure if it's a positive change or negative change. All I know is this book is a gut wrenching emotional beginning to one of the best series I have ever read.

I've read a lot of gruesome romance novels. Some that I fell in love with others that I detested, but I have never read a book like this. It's a gut wrenching 65 or so pages of what teenager Lyla Harper deals with in her small town. She has such a deploring image of who she thinks she is that substance abuse, bodily harm and sexual harm play a heavy hand in how she forms from teen to adult. We start off in her last year of high school and all Lyla wants is to get to graduation so she can leave this small town and those who tortured her behind... but life is never that easy. We always have road blocks, but Lyla's are more like mini tsunamis... each one as deadly as the last to the point that you wish you wouldn't survive them, but they keep coming and you've got to hold on.

Lyla is a survivor. I don't care how anyone else wants to put it but that phrase sums up how I feel about her. The way she describes her emotional and physical pain had me cringing at times. There were so many times when I had to stop, put my iPad down, and wipe the tears that had escaped. I wanted to take away all of Lyla's pain in any way I could. I felt her to my core.

Overall, I'm giving this novella 4.5 STARS out of 5 STARS because Mary E. Palmerin writes emotion like I have never seen. She made me feel so much during this book. It's one of a kind and I will never forget this book. The next book Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow is going to be just as amazing, I know it!

Read by Taryn Lee on February 18, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on February 25, 2014

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About the Author

Mary E. Palmerin is twenty-six-years-young, is married and the mother to two small boys, and currently resides in Indiana where she is hard at work completing the Sorrow Series. She has been writing short stories and poems since she was a young girl, scribbling fairy tales down, writing poetry and short stories, all of which she has kept.

She loves to read and write. Every reader was a writer first. She enjoys telling tales that are emotional, raw, real life, and tragically beautiful. Mary strongly believes in evoking feelings through her stories and leaving a lasting imprint on her readers.

When she isn’t busy chasing after her boys and being a wife, her nose is stuck in a good book. She is a hopeless dreamer, appreciator of all literature, coffee addict, and tattoo lover. She enjoys traveling, red wine, HEA, and many fictional men.

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