Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shattered Glass (Shattered Glass, #1)Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ebook, 1st Edition, 360 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Dani Alexander
Edition Language English
Some mild spoilers -- maybe.


I really, really enjoyed this book.


The Characters

Admittedly, I was concerned whether the MC, Austin Glass, was ever going to mature. I found him funny, quick-witted, shallow and hurting. Even though he had it all, he wasn't nearly complete. It took nearly the entire book before he even began getting it together. Luckily, and a credit to the author, he didn't lose his better qualities to become whole.

Rabbit/Peter is such a well developed character that it felt like he was constantly in flux. That doesn't seem to make sense, but I think it's what it can mean to be well developed. He has so many sides, so many elements that it was fascinating to watch and see his character evolve.

"Try to think of me as a person, Austin. I know that's a novel idea for you, but I'm not just a whore."

Austin and Peter? [I can't believe that Peter kept 'taking' the whore word from Austin. I really thought that was going to be the deal breaker. So glad it wasn't and in fact, I think that by allowing Austin to keep using it, Peter helped Austin SEE what he needed to seeThe two together worked so well in their connection that I didn't care for one minute that their relationship was so quick to emerge.
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SPOILER --

I can't believe that Peter kept 'taking' the whore word from Austin. I really thought that was going to be the deal breaker. So glad it wasn't and in fact, I think that by allowing Austin to keep using it, Peter helped Austin SEE what he needed to see; inside himself. 

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Cai, YES, more please.

"Rabbit's the rock we cling to when we're drowning. He needs a mountain to hold him up, not another storm that'll wear away at him."

Darryl, oh honey, he had me at the first swing of his hips. I think there is a lot to discover about Darryl and I can't wait to read more about him.


The Writing

If you read my reviews, you know that I don't really care for first person writing. In this book, I didn't really even notice the first person perspective, after the first few pages or so. I think that is because the writing didn't dwell heavily on long, drawn out introspection from the MC. Instead, the writing was quick paced and snappy. I did find myself a bit confused a couple of times and needed to re-read the segment to make sure I understood what was being said between the lines.

The Story

As I mentioned, the writing was quick and so I found myself surprised with the slow build up and incremental layering in the plot. I didn't expect to find both, the character's plot lines AND the police investigation, to have the depth that they did.

As a person who is considerably older than the primary characters, I could have been easily distracted by the quirky, youthful references but there wasn't anything that I couldn't identify, so that did not distract me from the story. In fact, it actually added to the feeling that these twenty-something's were handling big world complexities very well. There were many elements of emotional and physical obstacles to overcome and the way they were worked through left me wholly satisfied.

I look forward to reading more from Dani Alexander, there is much here to keep my attention. Very well done, indeed.


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