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Beautifully Broken: Book 1: Volume 1 (Spellbound Prodigies) Paperback – 22 Jul 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: MOONLIGHT PUBLISHING; 2 edition (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976180421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976180425
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I really enjoyed this book, the synopsis says it all and when it tells you `every town has its secrets' - they aren't kidding! I love a good `witchy' book and this had everything you need. Shiloh was a great character, as she approaches her 16th birthday she starts to uncover things about herself that start to make sense after all the years of feeling `weird', having being able to see things that weren't there since childhood it all seems to slot into place. It's not surprising she's still afraid of the dark when the shadows hold things of nightmares and they've set their sights on Shiloh and the other kids in her town so she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. Even though she doesn't feel very brave and wants to run the opposite way quite often, she faces the challenge and is determined to see it through so that no more of her peers end up missing or dead. She grasps control of her burgeoning powers and owns it! I loved that about her and I also loved her humour, she was funny and brave whilst still being scared and vulnerable too and even when she was facing down demons she still found time for a little love with Trent, speaking of which, there's a boy with issues and a few skeletons in his family closet - enough to rival Shiloh's.
I really enjoyed the storyline, obviously witchcraft is a major factor because Shiloh is just discovering who she is but that's not the only `witchy' event because the town was founded by 13 families all with power and all trying to escape the persecution of the witch trials in Europe - So you just know there are many secrets to be found in Whispering Pines which had its own history even before the families laid claim to the land.
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I received part of this book as a free sample on the understanding that I would leave a review. While I would say that the author writes very well. I just could not get into the story line. I think the problem for me lies in the fact that this is clearly written for young adults. As someone very much older, I struggled with the characters, the relationships between them and the life styles of these young girls. I gave up on it at chapter ten. This is a book for young people, not for me.
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Love this series but can't find release date for next book
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Beautifully Broken is one of those books that drew me in because of the cover. I'd been oohing and ahhing over it for a while on Amazon, and finally just decided to go ahead and buy it.

The story follows sixteen year old Shiloh Ravenwolf, who when we first meet her is trying to fight off a ghost in her bedroom. As the story goes on we discover that Shiloh is a heritage witch, meaning magic runs in her veins.

As well as trying to life what passes as a normal teenage life, Shiloh is constantly seeing ghosts and demons everywhere she goes. With a recent rash of teenage disappearances in the small town, Shiloh puts two and two together and realises that this new ghost must be responsible and decides to investigate.

And to top it all off Shiloh is dating the new hottie Trent who has just moved to town, whose mysterious uncle spots something about Shiloh and takes her under his wing as a paranormal apprentice.

Overall I did really enjoy this book. There was a few small grammatical and spelling errors here and there in the book which did annoy me at the time. Beautifully Broken is a self published book, and I've come t expect small things like that from them now and again.
The character of Shiloh to me was a bit strange, at times I likes her and other I didn't. I though she was just whiny sixteen year old. I don't think the writing of Shiloh was constiant enough to make a reader fall into her worls.

I did however really like the setting of the book and the tone in which it was conveyed. Trent was a great character in the book and I especially liked the tension between Shiloh and her family, which seems like any real teenager's life.

This is a series which I will be continuing on with in the future.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 73 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal coming of age 3 April 2015
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a good coming of age story. It brings me back to those thoughts and emotions of growing up and figuring things out. Throw in some fantasy and paranormal elements and I'm sold, because who wouldn't love to live in a world where these things are possible? Author Sherry Soule combines the two masterfully in her "Spellbound" series. "Beautifully Broken" is the first novel in this series and it is amazing. The story of Shiloh and Trent, two teenagers who are coming together but also figuring things out in the midst of a mystery. Shiloh's secret is both a help and a hindrance. This is a great first installment that introduces the characters and story line quite well. Such an enjoyable read and highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent BOok 24 May 2016
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Meet Shiloh Ravenwolf. She sees things in the shadows. She lives in Whispering Pines, which is rumored to be cursed. Children have been disappearing in the town. Sometimes close together and sometimes not. This has plagued this small town and caused law enforcement to enforce a curfew to ward off the “serial killings” that have been happening. Only one problem with that theory is that there have been no bodies of the missing found.

Shiloh is almost sixteen and is almost done with school for the summer. When she searches for a summer job at the board at school, she sees a position for an assistant to help with the reconstruction of Ravenhurst Manor. This would help Shiloh get closer to her dream of being an architect. She is kind of leery of accepting the job at first because of Trent Donovan.

She first sees Trent at church and instantly has a crush on him. He has recently moved back to Ravenhurst Manor with his father. Trent is described as being the “mysterious new guy in town” and “scandalous.” Throughout this book, Shiloh is trying to figure out what the curse is on Whispering Pines and how to remove it before more kids end up disappearing. Trent’s uncle, who is also her boss, Evans, becomes her mentor in the paranormal. On top of all the magick, demons, curses and ghosts, there are the normal teenage experiences like arguments with the popular girl at school and romance.

This book reminds me of a scary movie that you are watching and you are shouting at the main character “DON’T LOOK BEHIND THAT DOOR!!!” It is thrilling and intense. Soule envelops you in the plot and made this book a real page turner. There are so many emotions that are happening between the characters, it is hard not to be immersed in this story. You never know what is going to happen next. I love that it is so unpredictable. The Spellbound Series is one series that I am anxiously awaiting the next book, Beautifully Haunted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Broken is an exquisitely woven tale of magick and ... 4 April 2015
By Ash - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully Broken is an exquisitely woven tale of magick and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your sofa.

I could practically feel the ominous vibes of the dark Shades in this story leaping from the pages. The author does such a fantastic job with the description that you feel as though you are standing next to Shiloh, the wind and leaves stirring around you as she stares the demon in the eye. I was truly mesmerized by the scenery in this, which is one of my favorite parts of reading. I could picture the town of Fallen Oaks so clearly in my mind, I got goosebumps on more than a few occasions.

Shiloh is a young witch who doesn’t have a very good grasp of the strange things that are occurring around her. Although she’s known she is different for quite some time, she’s lacked the guidance she desperately needs to navigate this strange world that she lives in.
But when her friends start disappearing around her and she discovers her own life is in danger, Shiloh finds an unlikely ally in Evans. What was supposed to be a summer job turns out to be an entirely different kind of learning experience for her.

All of the characters in this book are shrouded in mystery, and I wasn’t quite certain who was trustworthy or not. I feel as if there are a whole heap of secrets about to come creeping out of the woodworks in the next installment, and I’m dying to know what’s going to happen.

Though the odds are stacked against her, Shiloh is a strong and brave young woman who is ready to take on the impossible.

The Spellbound Series will transport you into a world of mystery, guaranteed to leave you wanting for more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good witch /ghost story 31 Dec. 2014
By L. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written story, school girl crushes on new hottie in town, finds out she's a witch, strange disappearances of young kids have been happening for years and it's all linked to the originally witches of the town. Shiloh is on a mission to destroy the demon who she believes is doing this and sages being haunted by the hottie ,Trents, moms ghost who killed herself years before. She comes to work at Craven Manor for architecture experience and also learns the Trents uncle is a paranormal expert who wants to mentor her. Her friend comes to visit and disappears which makes me think why would Trents uncle leave her in the manor alone anyways, when he know the danger and he's outside relaxing in the sun, unless he's got something to do with all this even though he's acting like a good guy. Shiloh also finds out, Darra her mom is a bad and very powerful witch who she has a very bad relationship with and is head of her evil coven.
I really hated how the book ended. Real cliffhanger. But I liked that there were a few chapters on Trents side of the story that lets you get to know him better. I will be reading the next book. It's gotten a whole lot more interesting after you get to know who everyone is which is basically what this book is, who and what people can do, what the past has to do with the present and how Shiloh is the thirteenth daughter and has a very big rule to play.
I recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazeballs 12 Feb. 2016
By Words Not Wars - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly amazing style of story telling. I could feel every hormone going through Shiloh a young teen not told she is a witch and a seer rejected by her own mother I felt that heartbreak and cried. Now there is a new hottie in town Trent and I can't wait to see if Shiloh and her familiar Charm will come undone by Trent or if he will help her save her town and her friends from evil.
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