Book Review: Unbroken (A Ruined Novel)

Unbroken (Ruined, #2)Unbroken by Paula Morris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book's cover (much like "Ruined") is really pretty and captures the mystical and drizzly-day feeling of the book itself.

I did like "Ruined" better. I'll say that upfront. The story seemed more cohesive and Rebecca's part in it was much clearer. It was alos a lot more intense than this book. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but the book itself was just... less.

Anton was back-and-forth in this book just like the first, but it was less justified and more obnoxious this time.  Toby is still psychotic. Aurelia is more obnoxious, nosy, and frustrating. I liked Ling's character and was glad when Rebecca finally confided in her instead of spending (read wasting) half the book waffling over how to get around her friend. I suppose... well, I suppose that's the thing I struggled with most in this book. It's set over the course of a week (spring break) and yet nothing even happens until the eleventh hour (the last full day). So much of the time is spent with the main character wondering about her relationship with Anton, worrying about getting involved with ghosts again and how her dad would be sad/mad/worried/whatever, trying to find a way into a boarded up old house without ever actually even casing the place, and just generally being indecisive.

We meet some great new characters. Raf is very likeable as are his friends, his aunt, and his whole fmaily of "Indians".

The story behind the locket is intriguing, but we spend very little time on it.

Overall, I liked the book but I wasn't wowed by it. I'm not tempted to read it again, or even really to own it like I was with Ruined.

Not a waste of time, but not great, either.

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