Title: UnShatter Me
Author: Michelle Diana Lowe
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: August 3, 2015
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for review.
Nineteen year old Alena Pavlis moved to Surrey, on the outskirts of London, to escape her past. Now, heading off to college, she hopes that she can finally move on and begin a brand new chapter. During her first day at Capendale University, she meets Phillip Gregson, the cute streetwise guy who introduces her to a whole new world. At first, Phillip seems to be the answer to all of her problems. Yet quickly she finds that her childhood trauma is creeping in, and so are outside influences which begin to drive a wedge between the couple. As the relationship reaches its breaking point, Alena starts to pursue her own dreams and aspirations. Just as she is finding her feet again and preparing to audition for Capendale’s choir, the Coolette Singers, a perilous series of events turns her life upside down. Left with no other choice, Alena must confront the demons of her past head-on, even though it means risking everything.
First off, let’s start by talking about the cover. Guys! It’s so gorgeous! I’m not usually a big “people on books” person, but wow, this cover is stunning.
UnShatter Me really satisfied my New Adult craving. Sometimes I get so caught up in reading books about 16 year olds, and I really just need to follow the story of someone who’s actually my own age. It was refreshing following someone who’s in college, and has some freedom over their lives. After a rough start in life, Alena is trying to start over at school, and she thinks that she finds that new start in Phillip Gregson. He’s handsome, witty, and dangerous. Alena is immediately drawn to him, and they start up a whirlwind romance. For a while, things go well. Alena has a great boyfriend, and she’s even made new friends. However, Alena soon learns that you can’t run from your past forever, and there comes a time when you must face the music.
As you could probably tell from the synopsis, there are definitely some dark themes throughout the book. Don’t go into this story expecting characters who are perfect. Alena and Phillip are both deeply flawed, and both have their own personal demons. Throughout the book, they have to work together to overcome. I thought that their relationship was a bit quick to start, but enjoyed them together. Their relationship starts off with a bit of a “what the hell, why not?” feel, but they do develop some serious feelings for each other.
It’s a bit strange that I feel like that I have to mention this, but this book IS set in the UK, so the characters sound like teenagers from the UK. I only feel like I have to say something because a lot of times in YA and NA, European characters still sound American for whatever weird reason. The author is from the UK, so you don’t have any of that. If you’re not familiar with British slang, you may have a few “wait, what?” moments, but nothing too bad. Just throwing that out there for those of you reading from America.
Overall, UnShatter Me was a grittier NA love story that I ended up enjoying quite a bit. I give it four out of five stars.