About the Book: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Month9 Books
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.
Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she’s forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.
About the Author:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.
Beautiful writing, imaginative world-building, and emotional character connections, OF BREAKABLE THINGS was a joy to read. It was unique and definitely not what I had expected going into it. I guess I was expecting something more contemporary angst-filled drama that focused on the protagonist’s struggle with her illness and impending death (clearly, I wasn’t paying attention to the blurb. I just knew I had to read this because look at that cover! And the author is a wonderful, sweet lady whose writing is just superb). Instead, I got a fantastical world with a mystery that sets the characters into an adventure in the After Life. You see, the story starts with the main protagonist’s death. Interesting, right?
The bond between Alex and Chase is so sweet and heartwarming. I love how Ms. Rolland takes the reader every now and then to the past where we get to see Alex and Chase’s relationship with each other while still alive. Ms. Rolland is a master at creating atmospheric emotional connections between characters so that you get swooped right into what the characters are feeling. She knows how to tug at your heartstrings.
As for the world-building, the After Life Ms. Rolland has created is nothing I’ve ever encountered in books I’ve read before. It’s fascinating and wonderfully intriguing–because the spirits don’t rely on their physical forms and abilities anymore, Alex, who was frail and breakable while still alive, is suddenly given a chance to enjoy a “life” without being constrained by the limits of her physical body. And she’s finding that she is much stronger than she thinks.
I also liked the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Alex’s mother, who suffered the same disease as Alex while alive and in death, also chose to be a spirit instead of moving on. There’s an intricate story behind the scenes, and though not everything is revealed in this book, I was glad to learn from the author herself that there is a sequel.
There are lots of tender, poignant moments in this book. Truly a wonderful, pleasant read!