Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez - Review, Guest Post & G!veaway


Hi guys! Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez. I have my review of the book and a guest post from the author.


  • Publisher: Elora Ramirez
  • Publication date: 8/25/2013
  • Series: Come Alive , #1 
  • Source: eARC provided by the tour host for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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*


My Thoughts

This book completely broke me. It was disturbing, dark, gritty, emotional, and amazing. I will tell you right now, the mature content warning is there for a reason. This book has some majorly dark situations that are very hard to read at times. This wasn't a very long book, but it did take me two days to finish because I needed a mental break. I had tears in my eyes for more than half of this book. The secondary characters made this story for me. They were all well developed and were such a huge part of the story. As hard as this book was to read, it truly was incredible. It will stay with me for a long time I'm sure!

Stephanie is one of those characters you want to hide away and protect, but she is the type of person who won't let you. She is ridiculously strong and somehow manages to not completely fall apart despite all she has gone through, and continues to go through.She has a great boyfriend, Kevin, but everything else in her life is a mess. Her father is abusive to the point where it made me cringe, her mother is an alcoholic and also abusive to a point. They are both mentally abusive.  I don't tend to use quotes in reviews, but this feels necessary. 


" My life is a mess", she whispers, "and it all started with you. You were the mistake. We never meant to have kids and then we got pregnant with you." (Stephanie's mom talking to her.)

"I regret the day you were born. You mean nothing to me, you little bitch. Nothing. You're the worst mistake of my life." (Stephanie's dad after beating her.)


Thankfully she has Kevin in her life. He is so caring and kind. He knows what she is going through and still sticks by her. He wants so badly to protect her and keep her safe, but he knows that she won't leave her brother behind in a situation like that, and even the authorities are tainted. The situation is much worse than he thought. Beyond feeling the need to protect her, it's more than that. He loves her and it hurts to know what is happening to her. I have a few great quotes from him too. 

He pulls back and looks me in the eyes. 'I'm going to find a way to keep you safe, Steph. I promise."
"You deserve every good thing this world has to offer - including my love. And I'll spend my life proving to you that you won't ever have to worry about it being there."

"Promise me that no matter what happens you will always remember this night as something beautiful. Where instead of feeling worthless, you felt loved. Instead of hiding in fear, you fought and won. Instead of feeling hopeless, you remembered what it felt like to come alive."

This book was quite an emotional ride. I have read books on abuse. Mental, physical, and sexual. This book was all of those combined. It's not just Stephanie's story though. Yes, it's mainly about her, but there is more to everything going on than what she goes through. It's much bigger than just her and her family, and how absolutely horrifying things are in her house. I don't want to give anything else away, but just be prepared to read things that could make your stomach turn, your heart ache, and your tears flow freely. There were a few small inconsistencies in the book like her losing her cell phone, then almost right after taking it out to check the time, but those small things didn't really bother me much. I was so wrapped up in the sadness and darkness of the story that I just wanted to get to the end, hoping that Stephanie would find a way out.  Truly a heartbreaking book, but worth every tear!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the tour host in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Guest Post

Since this book made me cry numerous times, what better type of guest post to ask the author to do than top 5 movies that make her cry!!

Top Five Movies That Make Me Cry

  1. Tree of Life -- Ive never been one to really get into concept films, but for whatever reason this movie sucker-punched me in the gut. Between the family dynamics and the narrative, I spent the entire time watching it in the theatre gulping back tears.
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild -- Hushpuppy beasted her way into my heart. This was the first movie I ever went and watched solo and I left the theatre haunted and changed.
  3. Perks of Being a Wallflower -- the ending. GAH. THE ENDING. And here’s the thing: I read the book like, five years ago or something and so I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, RIGHT?! Wrong. Totally blocked the most traumatizing scenes and so it was like finding out for the first time.
  4. The Great Gatsby -- That scene where Lana Del Rey is in the background singing “Young and Beautiful” and then they all go to town and chaos ensues and Gatsby stands waiting for Daisy outside her house and then goes home only to wait for her by the pool and then...yeah...it’s depressing. I cry every time I read it, too.
  5. Moonrise Kingdom -- My husband and I are adopting. And so this movie touches on a  LOT of the tender spots. Plus its just a fantastic screenplay. 
Great picks!! I have only seen 2 of those, but now I am interested in seeing the others.  

About the author

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. Suess 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 loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, and her husband's lavender liqueur.

Links:
Website: http://eloranicole.com/
Author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eloranicolewrites
Twitter: http://twitter.com/eloranicole
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786742.Elora_Nicole_Ramirez
EVERY SHATTERED THING Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18158307-every-shattered-thing

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12 comments:

  1. Wow. This one does sound like it would be an intense and emotional read. I do like books like this, but I need to prepare myself. Great review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Seriously intense! Glad it worked for you.

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  3. This does sound like a very intense, and well-executed, story. I tend to love books like this, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
    Great review, Amy!

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  4. Oh wow. This one sounds SO emotional! I would probably only be able to read just a little at a time because it would break my heart. It sounds good though, really good!

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  5. Wow! Emotional doesn't seem to be a strong enough word. I do tend to go for darker, more gritty books often, so I think I may really enjoy this one. Great review! :)

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  6. This sounds incredible! I'm trying to read a bunch of dark books since I want to write one, so I'm going to try to fit this in soon--I already own it.

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  7. Just reading those little snippets make me want to go all," HULK SMASH!" This sounds emotional and something I want to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oh man, you have sold me on this book. I had never heard of it before but just seeing your updates while you were reading it had me pining for it already. It seems like this is just my kind of story.

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  9. Wow, this sounds like an intense read! As you know, I've had a very hit or miss relationship with a lot of NA titles, but I've really lucked out with a few lately, so I may give this one a try sometime. Thanks for the review! The author's movie picks are great, too. Definitely piques my interest in her book.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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