#Review: Of Breakable Things – A. Lynden Rolland
All her life, Alex Ash has lived a fragile existence. It’s not because she’s wanted to, mind you. It’s because she was born that way. Part of her has always resented the fact that she’s been so breakable. Anything and everything hurts her, and there’s nothing she can do about it. Or so she thinks.
Her life is further shattered when she unexpectedly loses the one thing she’s loved the most–her beloved Chase LaSalle, as well as the rest of his family. Deep inside, she knows that all things happen for a reason, yet it’s hard for her to accept that he’s well and truly gone. So much so, that she eventually chooses the one path that just might take her to him.
With death comes clarity, and Alex soon realizes that perhaps things aren’t what they seem to be. In the new world she now inhabits, things are certainly different. Granted, she’s no longer breakable, but that doesn’t mean she won’t experience pain and heartache like she did when she was alive.
Knowing that Chase and his brothers are around in this ghostly world, Alex does her best to blend in, and get used to the way things are now. Sure, things aren’t easy, but she’s willing to learn whatever is necessary in order to make her new life bearable. Sadly, doing so might not be the best choice for her.
The secrets surrounding who and what she is are slowly percolating. Though she’s not sure as to what’s going on around her, Alex is determined in finding out what it is that people seem to be keeping from her. Part of her knows that she might not like the truth, but knowing is better than being kept in the dark about everything. If only people were more forthcoming, however. It would make things so much easier in the long run!
Of Breakable Things was honestly a great read. I enjoyed it so very much. The book tackles death in a very unique way, leaving you wanting to know more about the world the author has created. Alex and Chase are two beautifully bonded characters whose love persists even in death. Granted, not everything turns out right for them, but that’s the beauty of having someone to love. You live, you learn, you love, and you grow together. (I actually get to use my own favorite quote here, hehe.) I hope there’s more to come for these wonderful characters. The book is certainly series material. Thanks for such a great story!
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A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.
Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise.
Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.
About The Author:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school.
She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, thunderstorms and autumn leaves. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children.
She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.
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