Title: Beautifully Broken
Author: Sherry Soule
Publish Date: June 30th, 2011, Moonlight Publishing
Thirteenth daughter. Heritage witch. Demon slayer.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms. Yet she is determined to discover the connection between them before it’s too late.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list. And Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
It sucks to have a destiny, especially since Shiloh would rather spend her summer being a normal girl who worries about clothes and boys, not the supernatural. But she’s never been
normal and the stranger things become the more her own magical senses awaken.
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, she will begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
Definitely not something you would catch me reading. But, I decided to try something new. Change things up. I’m happy I did. Beautifully Broken, a paranormal romance novel, had a lot of twists and turns, a non-predictable read. Sherry Soule writes incredibly good for a debut author. Being only her first published novel, I had just little expectations. Sherry met them.
Shiloh Ravenwolf is a descendant from a line of witches. Some good, others that dabble in the dark arts. Shiloh is on the good side, only using her magick for simple things and a protection spell. The protection spell is used against a demonic force that is trying to steal her soul and drink her blood. With that in mind, Shiloh took a summer job at the town’s haunted house, trying to get answers and get closer to the guy she has her eyes on, Trent. In the end, Shiloh finds more than she thought she’ll learn and uncover secrets that people would bury.
Fast-paced, thrilling, humorous, and mysterious book this was. It gave me creeps, but at the same time made me crack up. Reading Shiloh’s dialogue made me believe she was fearless, which I love in a protagonist. Even though Shiloh was, in reality, scared as a chicken, her words made me think differently. The only downfall in the book is that the more important stuff didn’t get a lot of spotlight. It didn’t make me not want to read the story, it just left me curious about things.
I certainly plan on reading the next book in the series. The ending was a shocker; I truly didn’t expect it. I really want to know what happens between Shiloh and Trent. I recommend you check this book out if you are a paranormal romance fanatic and love a good chiller book. I hope it leaves you on the edge of your seat.