Friday, July 26, 2013

ARC Review: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan

Title: Unbreak Me
Author: Lexi Ryan
Pages: 234 pages
Format acquired: eARC (ePub)
Publication date: May 31st 2013
Source: Received from the author (Thanks, AToMR Book Blog Tours and Lexi!)
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble



“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my fa├žade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

(Image and summary taken from Goodreads.)

Review:

I honestly didn't expect Unbreak Me to be so intense. I thought that it would be about a girl with some kind of tortured past and a guy would swoop in and save her but no, it wasn't just that. There was so much emotion enveloping the book and it was so hard not to get tangled up in it. My heart broke too many times to count and by the end of the book, all I could ask for was a happy ending. Sometimes healing isn't about finding the broken pieces and putting it back together wiith super glue, it's about letting the old shattered pieces go and creating something new. That's the beauty of second chances, we think that we don't deserve them, but we actually do. Maggie had to learn that the hard way.

There was a lot of tension at the very beginning of the book, you could already feel the anxiety and weariness of the characters right as the story started. Mainly because the first chapter was about the wedding of William and Maggie's sister, in Maggie's point-of-view which was really sad and painful. I honestly thought that it was a bitch move of Maggie's sister because why the hell would you date and eventually get engaged with your sister's ex? That's against every moral code known to women. My heart literally heart for Maggie, it was just another thing to add to her pile of growing sadness. *shakes fist at the world* (Don't worry, the wedding was held off. Not a spoiler.) But basically, that's how the book started but not necessarily the story...

Maggie was a great protag. Yeah, she had her weak and vulnerable moments but her strong and witty ones outweighed her painfilled ones. Maggie has continuously been dealt with a shit hand of cards and no one knows when it'll all get better. All the pain and anger that surrounded her turned her into such a sad and resigned person, but you could still see that spark burning through. At twenty-one years old you would think that she hasn't experienced a lot of things but that is such a lie. Age doesn't matter because Maggie has been through way more than most adults would have expected. She didn't deserve a minute of it, especially dealing with it alone. Maggie is such a brave and strong woman, I seriously look up to her like crazy. And through it all, she's shed some tears but still manages to find humor in the world. Amazing. Just, amazing.

I really didn't know whose team I was in at first. I was originally leaning towards Williams because he was so hellbent on fixing Maggie that I couldn't help but cheer for him and since they do have a history together, I just felt that maybe they deserved another chance to be together... but when Asher came, all my senses were lost. Here was a man just as broken and misunderstood as Maggie. Someone trying to fit into the world but feels like that his original spot has been filled up by someone else. His empathy towards Maggie warmed me up all over. He understood her and didn't try to fix what was already broken because he knew that no matter how much you tried to fix something broken, there will always be cracks showing. He was sensitive enough to know that wasn't what Maggie needed. Maggie needed someone to talk to without fear of being judged or hurt, all she needed was someone to comfort her and to not make her feel so alone. That was what she needed... and Asher knew that. William knew that she needed someone but he never took into consideration that she might not actually need fixing, and that was his fault to the end. Random but somewhere along the way, someone important but also unimportant makes an appearance. We shall see what you think of him/her. (There were so many words that I wanted to quote in this book but just didn't. Sigh. Lots of great stuff.)

Unbreak Me was a beautiful book, no doubt. It will make your heart ache and your eyes leak so many times that you shouldn't even bother counting anymore. I was genuinely surprised as to how much I enjoyed this book because I'm not normally into the whole drama/angsty side of books. The subject matter in this book is really heavy but it was so well executed that it wasn't even weird, just really sad. Unbreak Me is a definite favorite of mine and I really think that everyone needs to read this book. E-ve-ry-one. Lexi Ryan just knows how to write a book that enthralls and makes you feel, and those are always good things.

Rating:
.5

2 comments:

  1. Ooh, an eye leaker! I love a book where the 'triangle' is done in a way that you really truly like both guys. Sounds like this is one of those but man Asher sounds yummy!

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    1. Well said, Ali! It was hard to pick between the two but in the end, Asher won out. ;)

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