Wednesday, January 7, 2015

REVIEW: Broken (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Broken
Author: Tanille Edwards
Series: N/A
Pages: 302
Date Published: Decemeber 1st 2014
Publisher: Fire Flies Entertainment
Format: Paperback
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conflict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a first love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.
~My Thoughts~
Milan is pretty much your typical supermodel. She's young, she's gorgeous, and she's deaf...wait, what? 

Perhaps because of her disability, Milan doesn't behave in the ways that "cliched" models would. She's not catty or mean, and while she's thin, she works hard at all the different aspects of her life from her friends to her job to her love life. She doesn't seem at all "look at me, look at me" and you genuinely want to follow her around and be friends with her. 

Blink and you will miss this one! Despite being around 300 pages, Broken flies by at the speed of light. It's YA with a twist, being that it isn't quite young adult in my mind, but it does focus on a young girl so has many of the same kinds of themes and issues as a YA book while simultaneously skewing older. It's just a tad unrealistic 

This is contemporary chick lit, so at times you get a sense that it may become dated before too long, but it is a good read until that point. I also like how Tanille mixes her media to make a multi-faceted source of material for her book. I'd give it a chance if you like Chick Lit at all! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
Cara—a mystery to me, at best—had just sauntered through the shutter doors. She gave Sierra and Frenchy a head nod. I guessed that was going around this season. Bold island colors were back, and so was the head nod. She walked over to the bar with a slight twitch in her hips. The guys surely liked it. I caught a few eyeing her as she walked by. I caught myself watching people at times. I was beginning to think that how people moved, rather than what they said, told you what they were really about. For a while now, I’d been finding it hard to believe what people said. My father used to say a lot of things that now didn’t mean anything. I didn’t even think he remembered. Maybe Dimitri was right. Maybe I shouldn’t remember so much. Part of why Sierra and Frenchy were my 24/7 was because they were the only two I could trust. Cara? Hmm. I didn’t have an instinct on her yet. The channel was blocked. And her walk was questionable.

Tattoos were always of interest to me. I watched as Cara walked over to the twins. Her star tattoo on her back peaked through her shirt. “Where’s Milan?” Cara asked the twins.

“Somewhere around here. What, you don’t want to hang out with us?” Sierra asked. Frenchy’s eyes searched Cara’s. Then she looked away.

“Want to locate Milan? Why don’t you start with her brother over there?” Frenchy pointed to Dimitri.
Clearly, they were annoyed with her. They wouldn’t sic Dimitri on her unless they wanted to best her. Cara’s eyes lit up. I was starting to feel a little bad. Hopefully she hadn’t fallen for the earring and the smile. I thought about walking up to her, but my gut told me to hold on.

“Brother. Try him, I might,” Cara said.

“I thought you were the girl who had the deal on everything,” Sierra said.

“Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t,” Cara said.

“He’s really friendly,” Frenchy said.

“Wow! I wasn’t thinking of that exact adjective,” Sierra said, nudging Frenchy.

I walked slowly through the crowd. I felt a tug on my arm. I turned around. A young boy had grabbed hold of my wrist.

“Can I buy you a coffee or something? You’re probably healthy. Too beautiful to be a coffee head. I mean … if you like coffee. Uh … it doesn’t mean you’re a coffee head,” he said.

I laughed. He was very cute—just a little young. He had light brown eyes, long, curly hair, and a nice smile. He was five-foot-10, maybe.
In my mind, there was him and there was Noel.

“I’m Andrew. What’s your name?” he said.

“I’m Milan,” I said.

“What are you doing around here?” he asked.

“First weekend out, right?”

“Oh. I’ve been out since last week. I was here. It wasn’t as packed. You know,” he said.

“Thanks for asking … about the coffee. I just have to get over to my girls. Maybe I’ll see you around, Andrew,” I said.
~Meet Tanille!~ 
Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children's green book series "Jordan & Justine's Weekend Adventures." She is also the author of the new media young adult novel with music "Cameo by Tanille." Th¬e Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels. Tanille has been writing since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.



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  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to review Broken. Happy New Year! Xo Tanille

  2. I liked the excerpt best and then the review. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. I will totally have to add this book to my "to-read" list.

  3. My son has a profound hearing loss, so that aspect caught my attention.

  4. I found an intriguing new book to add to wishlist and a giveaway. Thanks for the chance!