Monday, 4 June 2012

Review | Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture 
Author: Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Genre: Young AdultParanormal  
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★

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? Source Goodreads

Review: I seem to be on my own when I say that I didn't really enjoy this book. I scroll down the reviews on Goodreads and see either glowing four or five stars with lengthy reviews that follow, but I didn't really get it.
This book caught my attention as soon as it was released. The description had me hooked and the hint of a paranormal twist forced me to pick it up. I wish I could say that it lived up to my high expectations.

Fracture reminded me, in terms of both the plot and the writing style of a Point Horror book. If you don't know what that is then it was a form of teen fiction "back in the day" with a quick but not too in depth plot. Funnily enough I love Point Horror and tend to pick them up whenever I find them, but the difference is that I'm expecting that brief encounter with the plot, the distance between the reader and the characters and basically the rubbish story, and I use rubbish in the most affectionate term possible. (you know rubbish as in those chick flicks that you love to watch but deep down you know that they really aren't that good?! I know you know the ones.) I wish I could hold Fracture in this warm fuzzy part of my heart where all my Point Horror books live but I can't. Teen fiction has come a long way since then and I have become accustomed to expect a lot more from a book.

I also became slightly irritated by the authors use of delaying the mystery. I'm sure that you know the one. Where one character knows all the answers but the character that we're reading from the perspective of is too busy freaking out over something or another to finish asking, even though that's the main reason that they are there. I have no idea why authors do this as for me it doesn't feel natural. I feel that if I was in the same situation and someone had all the answers, I'd want to know! I end up yelling at the book, "tell me already!!!" haha. Maybe it's just me.

In saying that Fracture wasn't "that" bad. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't for me. It took me a while to get though it as the plot didn't grip me, well at least not until the last 70 pages or so and the ending just left me feeling rather blerrr... Fracture was also a very short book that I should have flew through, but I felt that through the haste of the book I lost that all important connection with the characters. I couldn't even connect to the love interest, which is a shock for me as I usual fall madly in love before that main character even realises that someone else exists. haha.

Overall for me the plot was a little bland. I felt that the paranormal aspect was short lived and the main focus was upon the meaning of life and certain worthiness of one individual living over another instead of the action packed mystery that I was expecting. I personally rate it rather low because I just couldn't love it no matter how many time I try to force myself to. In saying that I wouldn't tell you not to read it. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean that you wont. This could turn out to be one of you're favourite books and who am I to tell you not to read something?! 


  1. The synopsis of this book sounds really catchy. I hate when authors delay mysteries as well. Especially when it's obvious as a reader. Great review! :)

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  3. hi Katie, great review :D
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  4. Hi Katie.

    I have heard alot about this book and this is the first negative review I have read. But as a lover of all things paranormal about books I will keep your comments in mind.

    Like Elizabeth I would also like to tag you in the Liebster Award

    Love Rie x