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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

{New Release} BBReview: "Broken Beautiful Hearts" by Kami Garcia

   From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!
BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS is now available at all fine retailers. Order your copy today!   
From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.


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BBReview:
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Broken Beautiful Hearts was my first Kami Garcia book. I'll hold for gasps and sounds of shock and disbelief. I know, I know. And no, I don't know what's wrong with me. I don't have a really good reason for not reading any of her earlier books, besides the fact that I couldn't get into Beautiful Creatures, even though I loved the movie. So, I finally gave this book a chance and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. I am so happy that I have finally read on of her books. It was so good and I really enjoyed her writing style.


My number one thing that I loved is that I don't have a whole lot in common with Peyton, but I was able to relate, understand, and connect with her so well. I mean I didn't play sports in high school, I don't watch MMA, I'm really not a sporty person at all. I haven't gone through anything traumatic. Right off the bat we don't have much in common that I could relate to, other than being strong, independent, sassy women. Yet still I was able to relate to her. It really is all thanks to Kami Garcia's writing. She is seriously such a good story teller and she really got in the minds of her characters.

I also really loved that nothing in this story felt rushed, or not thought all the way through. It had such a great pace and made complete sense. Here is the best proof I have that not only is Kami Garcia's an amazing author, but that this story is an addictive read: This book is over 400 pages, yet I read it in 3 days. I stayed up one night until 11am reading it. YEA!

My favorite part of this book was definitely the romance. It is red hot! Kami Garcia was able to do something very tricky in this book. Peyton has gone through something very traumatic with a boyfriend not too long ago, but she is able to love and trust again. Now, I know there are many books out there that deal with that same subject, but were they done well? Better question, were they done this well? From the minute Peyton meets Owen she is attracted to him, so I knew she was going to eventually fall for him, but the fall was done so well. I didn't find a single part of their romance rushed. Especially for someone with a traumatic past. She tried not to fall for Owen, but she could see that he and her ex were not the same. She also had a lot of great male role models to remind her that not all guys are the same either.

I think that is something else I really loved about this book. It isn't just a great romance. It is story saying that bad things happen to people every day, but how you choose to deal with them is what matters. You can choose to be a victim or you can choose to be a survivor. I absolutely LOVED the romance in this book, but I loved even more that Peyton was able to overcommon her issues in life. She was finally able to see the bright side of things and get over the things holding her back from being happy.

Overall:
I highly recommend this book to any one who loves a steamy romance. I also highly recommend this book to anyone who wants more than just a romance in their books. This story has such a good positive message about overcoming what holds you back in life and to choose to be a survivor. If you're like me and you've never read a Kami Garcia book before, I demand you try this one. There aren't enough great things I can say about this book. Absolutely stunning!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

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EXCERPT: 
April narrows her eyes. “I’d be careful if I were you.” “Or what? You’ll throw lip gloss at me?” I almost laugh. I’m done here.
Grace stifles a smile as I pass her on my way out, and I stop. This girl deserves a break. “By the way, your friend, and I use that term loosely”— I gesture at April—“didn’t dump Christian. He dumped her. She was whining about it before you walked in.”
“You bi—” April shouts at me as the door closes.
That was fun.
Sticking up for Grace cheered me up a little.
The stadium has emptied out for the most part, and the sight of the green field makes me feel like running. As a striker, it was my job to move the ball down the soccer field and score goals. The team relied on my speed.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t play soccer. Dad spent hours dribbling alongside me—him with a standard soccer ball and me with a toddler-sized version. He stood in front of a flimsy net we’d made out of PVC pipes, and played goalkeeper for hours so I could practice my corner shots. I lose myself in the memories.
“Hey! Watch—”
I look up in time to see a guy’s broad chest before I walk right into him. My knee gives out, but he catches my arm.
“Nice save,” he says, as if I’m the one who kept him from falling instead of the other way around.
I jerk away from him. The combination of hearing Reed’s voice a few minutes ago and feeling a guy grab me from out of nowhere . . . it’s too much.
“You okay?” Brown eyes that look even darker against his pale skin.
It’s Owen, the mystery guy from the parking lot. “I’m fine.”
“You sure?”
Why won’t my pulse slow down?
“Yeah. I have to go.” I take off in the opposite direction, embarrassed.
I bumped into a guy and almost jumped out of my skin? This isn’t me. I’m the person who never flinches during horror movies.
The leg brace makes me feel helpless. What if a stranger had grabbed me instead of Owen? Knowing I couldn’t run or fight someone off terrifies me.
Or if someone tries to hurt me again.
Mom and Hawk are exactly where I left them. The Twins have returned from the locker room, freshly showered, and they swapped their football uniforms for jeans and T-shirts. The four of them are huddled together talking. They’re probably discussing my fragile state. They think I’m too traumatized to hang out at a stupid party. But I’m not the damaged person everyone thinks.
I refuse to be that girl.
I walk up behind the Twins and squeeze between them. “So when are we going to that party you were telling me about?”
   
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“Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
   

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About Kami Garcia:
   
Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times–bestselling and Bram Stoker–nominated author and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller Unbreakable and its sequel, Unmarked. Kami is also the author of The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos and The Lovely Reckless.

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years and coauthored her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and their dogs, Spike and Oz.


     






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