Title: Shattered Soul
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Release Date: May 14, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Romance
If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.
In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
This was how I dealt with my life. Every time I snorted a line, popped a pill, or smoked a bowl I was dealing with it, coping with it the only way I knew how.
OH. MY. GOD. My poor, poor heart!!! Why do I do it to myself? Why do I read these books that send me on such an emotional roller coaster? I'll tell you why. Because despite my heart getting ripped to shreds, I love books like this. Books that scream reality. Books that you can picture so clearly in your head. Books that make you think. Books that make you feel. Let me tell you, Shattered Soul ticked every one of those boxes and then some!!
And I wasn't just some bad boy who was nothing but a punk kid looking for trouble. I was raised around trouble and because of it, I was troubled to the very core.
To say that Seth has a tough life would be an understatement. It fact it's incredibly crappy!!! Although his mother is there physically, she offers nothing of what a mother should. He receives no love and no care whatsoever. But he has his older brother to take care of him right? Wrong!! His brother is a bigger disaster than his mum. Calvin is an addicted drug dealer. He is controlling to the extreme and takes great pleasure in the pain that he causes Seth.
And so Seth seeks to numb that pain and take refuge from his life with a mix of drugs. And then Ali enters his life. Seth see's her beauty and her goodness and knows that there is no way someone like her could ever be interested in him. But they start spending time together and she makes Seth want to be a better, stronger person. But Maybe Ali's life isn't as perfect as it looks.
I absolutely loved Seth. Did I find him swoony? Hell yes!! But more than that, I wanted to hug him and have him as part of my family so that he could experience all the things he should have experienced but missed out on. I wanted to offer him comfort and show him that there is good in the world. I wanted to protect and care for him. And I wanted him to not think so little of himself. He was capable of so much good and had so much love to give.
Being around Ali had become intoxicating. She had become my new drug of choice, the one that I preferred above all others.
I loved that Ali could see the good in Seth. I loved that she brought some happiness to his life. But there were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her. And then the next minute I wanted to help her and stop her from heading down the path she was on.
This book shows how quickly addiction can take hold. How even though you may think that you can handle and control it, it doesn't work that way. Before you know it you're in too deep.
Shattered Soul is not a fluffy read despite there being moments of light. It is deep and there is darkness, but it is a book that you won't be able to put down. Jennifer Snyder is an exceptional storyteller. A truly amazing book!!!
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