E-ARC Review: Fractured

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Fractured (Mirrorland, #1)
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Release date: September 14th 2013
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Series: Mirrorland # 1 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
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When Piper discovers an old antique mirror on the attic of her new home, she has no idea what terror she unlocked.

Eerie shadows lurking in the night and estranged voices crying out for help are only the beginning. As Piper’s world comes crumbling down, she realizes everything that she believed was imaginary, might have been real all along.

Something is very wrong with that mirror. And if she doesn’t find out what, the mirror might end up killing her. 
With some help of old and new friends, Piper tries to get to the bottom of the mystery. One thing is for certain: the mirror preys on the guilty. But what exactly is she guilty of? (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Shaz of Fiction Addiction Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

The thought of the blurb makes me cringe. It's unsettling and bothering as it was described. I was excited to be scared and to be lost in horror. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Fractured really did have a nice premise. But somehow, I felt it wasn't executed in the best way. The whole mystery behind that mirror was a little creepy. The bottom line is, the mirror preys on the guilt. I was wondering what Piper was guilty for. Was she guilty about her dad? For the most part, I thought she was. As the story went on, I got hints as to what she was guilty for. That, for me, was the confusing one. You see, there was a twist. A twist so big that I guess most wouldn't have seen. But there were hints. Pretty small ones at that. I guess it depends on the reader on how will he/she interpret the things happening to Piper. Since the twist didn't come strong for me at that point, I somehow lose interest. It was like, it was just dropped off as a fact of the story. I didn't see its progression as it went on. Yes, maybe there were small hints but I think they're not enough. Though I have to admit that some of the scenes were eerily scary and unusual. I got uncomfortable at times because it was that uncomfortable. 

Some of the characters were not that present. How do I say it? It's like they've been acknowledged by the story but their presence weren't. I felt that they should have been present more in the story but no, they weren't. Maybe their presence would have given the story a stronger pull.

At some point, I felt dragged. But the curious me was so winning that I finished the story. And I'm glad I did. The ending, I can say, is probably one of the most stressful yet exciting scenes I've ever read. 

I didn't really enjoy Fractured but I didn't dislike it. I just wished that the twist was executed in a better way. Maybe you'd enjoy this so give it a chance!




 About the Author
Majanka Verstraete
Majanka Verstraete is a twenty-two-year old Belgian law school student. Writing is her passion, and has been ever since she learned how to read.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.

Her debut picture book, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, released on May 20th, 2013. She has four books coming up in September 2013. The first is another picture book in the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series, titled Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch. Then there’s the first two books of her debut chapter book series titled Weirdville, The Doll Maker and House of Horrors. Her debut young adult novel, Fractured, the first book in the Mirrorland series, will release in September as well.



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