Saturday, 20 September 2014

ARC Review: Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters

Author: Tawni Waters
Pages: 368 pages
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Received From: Simon & Schuster Canada
Status: Standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town’s bigotry and her father’s violent threats.

Growing up in conservative small-town New Mexico, fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents—an abusive, close-minded father and a detached alcoholic mother—raised Mara to be like all the other girls in Barnaby: God-fearing, churchgoing, and straight. Mara wants nothing to do with any of it. She feels most at home with her best friend and older brother, Iggy, but Iggy hasn’t been the same since their father beat him and put him in the hospital with a concussion.

As Mara’s mother feeds her denial with bourbon and Iggy struggles with his own demons, Mara finds an escape with her classmate Xylia. A San Francisco transplant, Xylia is everything Mara dreams of being: free-spirited, open, wild. The closer Mara and Xylia become, the more Mara feels for her—even though their growing relationship is very much forbidden in Barnaby. Just as Mara begins to live a life she’s only imagined, the girls’ secret is threatened with exposure and Mara’s world is thrown into chaos.

Mara knows she can't live without Xylia, but can she live with an entire town who believes she is an abomination worse than the gravest sin?


Beauty of the Broken is not one of those "light" reads- it's raw, emotional, and gives you a lot to think about while reading it. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling something, and it took me awhile to actually write the review for this wonderfully heart-breaking story.

The story is not the "easy" type, for a lack of a better description. This story is raw, and at times, take a dark turn. The novel puts our main character, Mara, and her brother Iggy through some tough situations that no one should ever go through. But there are nice moments, moments of hope, and they really do tug at your heart strings.

This novel is really a story about broken relationships, new found romances, and of course the craziness that is family, and a girl named Mara who comes with flaws but still does her best to keep carrying on.

Beauty of the Broken is not a book where you'll get a happy ending, where all the characters will solve their problems and an epic romance at the end. Tawni Waters creates a dark, haunting, yet lovely and wonderful book that will leave you with tears in your eyes and a roller coaster of emotions. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

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