Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Spotlight: Shattered (Perfect Little Pieces #2) by Ava Conway


Perfect Little Pieces #2

By: Ava Conway

Published: January 5, 2015

Publisher: Pocket Star Books

Source: eARC from publisher for an honest review

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GR's Summary:

In this thrilling and sexy new novel following Hollow, a psychiatric intern starts to question her values and training when she falls in forbidden love with one of her patients. 

For the first time in her life, Mia Horton isn’t afraid of the future. Equipped with a new major, a new internship, and a new life, she is finally able to put the past behind her—that is, until she meets Flynn McKenna. Flynn’s boyish charm and rugged good looks make her feel things she doesn’t want to feel, shaking the foundations of her carefully constructed world. With Flynn, Mia craves things she knows she can never have and wonders if she’ll ever be rid of the silent curse that seems to plague all of the women in her family. 

Well on his way to being the youngest mixed martial arts champion in the world, Flynn uses fighting to provide for his impoverished family. Then one day an accident forces him to the sidelines. His failure to achieve success devastates his parents and starts a downward spiral of guilt and self-loathing that lands him at Newton Heights Mental Hospital. He has given up on all hope, when a gorgeous young intern helps him see that there’s more to life than winning, and that love is the most valuable prize of all.

Perfect Little Pieces Series:
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My Thoughts:

Shattered is the first book that I've read by Ava Conway, and a book unlike any other.  It was a fairly quick read and had my attention from the very first page on.  While it was the second book in the Perfect Little Pieces Series, it can be read as a standalone. 

Shattered is the story of young and ambitious college student, Mia Horton.  She is excited to begin her new internship at Newton Heights Medical Institution.  All of her hard work in school has finally lead to this moment, and she has high hopes that her internship will open doors to her future career as a Psychologist.  As she gets better acquainted with the patients, one in particular fascinates her.  Flynn McKenna doesn't seem like he belongs in a long-term mental facility.  He's caring, compassionate, and intelligent.  As Mia and Flynn begin to spend more time with one another the lines between patient and  mental heath intern begin to blur in to something way more.  Mia is determined to give Flynn hope for his future so that he will fight for his recovery, whereas he believe that he will only cause Mia ruin.  

Shattered was such a gripping story.  The plot was unique and refreshing, which had me turning pages with the need to discover how Mia and Flynn's story would play out.  I loved watching the character growth that Mia underwent throughout the story.  At the beginning of the story she looked at the patients as beneath her, and by the end she finally saw them as people just like her.  While Mia had every intention of rehabilitating Flynn's life, he's the one that really healed her.  She found someone to share her pain and burden's with.  Flynn made her look at life from a different perspective, and this was a beautiful thing.  These two characters had a deep emotional connection and healed one another.

My Rating:

I loved Shattered, by Ava Conway, and highly recommend it!  It was such a brilliant story that made me reflect on my own life.  As Flynn spoke his words of wisdom, I though of what he said about living in the moment, as opposed to always looking toward the future.  He referred to how people stop noticing the beauty around them because they get so absorbed in their own lives.  I think this is very true.  I made a mental note to try to cherish the small miracles all around me, and live in the moment more.  This story was entertaining, but it also spoke to my heart on a deeper level.  If you are looking for an excellent story that is outside of the box, I suggest you give Shattered a read!

My Favorite Quote:

"Stay away from me, Barbie.  I'll only ruin you."  (eARC, Loc. 1828)


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About Ava Conway:

At fourteen, Ava snuck her first romance novel into bed and read it by flashlight. There she met her first “book boyfriend” and has been hooked on reading ever since. She often prefers book-boyfriends to the real thing, and believes that a gooey, fudge brownie is a little piece of heaven on earth. When she’s not writing, she’s stumbling through her Zumba class (have to work off those brownies somehow), obsessing over the latest PINK song, or feeding her addiction for reality television.

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