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A Shattered Moment

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Description

In the new series by the bestselling author of the Woodfalls Girls novels, six friends—fresh from high school graduation—discover that the future can come at you from out of nowhere.

This is Mackenzie’s story…


Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college.

When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be.

A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 09, 2015 – In this heartfelt but lugubrious new adult romance, King creates an admirably authentic portrait of PTSD. Mackenzie Robinson was in a terrible car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Some of her friends were killed, and Mackenzie was left with a case of survivor's guilt as disabling as her injuries. She manages her second year at University of Central Florida by withdrawing from human contact and focusing on her studies. When Bentley James sees her in the library, he recognizes her: he was the EMT who pulled her out of the car wreck and kept her alive. Bentley resolves to break through the walls that Mac has created and show her that she's more than an unlovable recluse. King takes the time to depict the daily aftermath of trauma. Unfortunately, the result is slow pacing, which the flat writing and sporadic purple prose ("He ripped my heart out with razor-sharp teeth, shredding it until it was a bloody pulp") do little to ameliorate.

Customer Reviews

Review: A Shattered Moment, by Tiffany King

*4.5/5 stars, rounded up due to lack of half-stars.*

It took me a little longer to get my hands on this book than I would have liked. When a Tiffany King novel comes out, I’m always eager to dive right in. Now that I’ve finally read A Shattered Moment, I can say that the wait was worth it. This book is another to put on my favorites shelf.

One of the great things about this book was that King packed in so much emotions without being heavy handed about it. There’s love, loss, anxiety, fear. It’s all within the pages of this book, but it’s spread out well and written to grab a readers’ attention, their heart, but not tear it out completely. Just tugging on it a little. A book dealing with issues like this one did could have gone overboard with it all, but I don’t think it would have worked well, that way.

It’d be hard to discuss what I enjoyed about the plot without chancing spoilers. It’s not that anything super crazy happened, but I think it’d best to go into this one blind. It’ll help everything have the full impact it deserves. What I can say is that this is another book with great characters, from King. I enjoyed the chapters from Mac’s POV best. What her character has to struggle with and through, seeing it through her eyes is the best way to let the story unfold. I didn’t mind Bentley’s POV either, though I felt like his voice changed a bit abruptly nearing the middle of the book. It changed for the better, though, and at first I wasn’t his biggest fan even if he was a nice guy. Even King’s secondary characters, while they’re seen and heard from only briefly, worked well.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the Fractured Lives series. I’m not sure what’ll have in store, but with writing like King gave readers in this book, I’m eagerly awaiting its release.

A Shattered Moment
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: New Adult
  • Published: May 05, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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