Title: Every Shattered Thing
Author: Elora Ramirez
Source: ebook from author
Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?
*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*
Whatever it is, I can’t let him go. Even if he’s my biggest mistake. I can live through a mistake. My heart knows a thing or two about walking into a trap.
I am telling you right now do not read this book if you are looking for something that is fluffy, fun, and fabulous. Because you will not find the first 2 in this book. At all. You will find a fabulous read, but it is fabulous in ways that didn't hit me until after a good night's sleep. Well, not really good. I tossed and turned for a while after finishing this dark and twisted read. Now don't get me wrong. I loved this book. Way too much. But Lord help me if it didn't tear me up inside and make me prisoner to its words and emotions.
The story itself is an excruciating one. Stephanie's story is so utterly heartbreaking and absolutely sickening. The poor girl has been through literal hell and has lived to tell about it. How? I don't know. She is most definitely stronger than I would ever be. And to be honest, I don't think I have ever read something so dark, something so sinister. The scary thing is, this isn't just some fictional book to read and be done with. This crap happens every single day in our beloved country. That is the sickening part of it all. Some people are so deeply rooted into this life, there doesn't seem to be any hope.
But that is another thing. Even with all that Stephanie goes through, hope is such a strong under current for her. She recognized it in the sun rises. And so, with so much darkness penetrating her world, there was beauty in it too. You just have to look closely to see it.
My heart is slowly mending back together after this one, but I don't regret ever stepping into this story. Not one bit. And I look forward to more of Stephanie's story when the series continues on. 5 Very Emotional Stars!
Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.