Review: “Fractured Glass” + Author Interview

December 25, 2014 Author Interview, Book Review 0

 Review: “Fractured Glass” + Author InterviewFractured Glass by Jo Michaels, Tia Silverthorne Bach, Kelly Risser
Published on: December 24th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 422
Genre: YA Supernatural
Format: eARC

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)
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What if other worlds existed alongside your own? What if you could travel through them and truly escape reality?Sloan and Harley Glass were born moments apart; but, despite their differences, the sixteen-year-old twins couldn’t be closer. They’ve held their tongues each and every time their mother has uprooted them—often moving across the country with little notice. They’ve learned to accept change. But what is Mom running from?They discover they’re travelers—half-descendants of those who can traverse an entire universe of parallel worlds known as fractals. When the past catches up, Harley is kidnapped and taken to one of those distant worlds. Now, Sloan must garner her courage and find a way to rescue her sister. Traversing the worlds isn’t the hard part; it’s surviving the elements and the creatures lying in wait to destroy everything in their path.Will the Glass sisters be able to save the fractal worlds from the kidnapper, or will everything fracture and crumble around them?

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My Thoughts
This was one of these books that got better and better the further you got into it. I found it really hard to specify a genre because really it has a bit of everything: supernatural, thriller, mystery, sci-fi and romance. It’s got it all!!!

I have always really liked “twin stories” especially those which involve some kind of magical/supernatural link between them. Although most of the story is spent with just Sloan we do get some nice moments with both sisters together.

I liked Diego from the beginning but I wont deny that he lacked a bit of interest at the beginning and at times I found him slightly wimpy. He liked Sloan but was too scared to do anything about it, and it wasn’t until they were separated that he seemed to find his confidence. He was put through some pretty difficult situations but always kept his head and helped out, but without being the whole macho man type of guy.

The story was unique for me as I have never read a book like this one before. There were times at the beginning when I lost it a little bit (in the confusion of all the fractal jumping) but once I got to grips with where I was I really settled into it. There were some good little twists and turns along the way, some I saw coming, some I didn’t, and it was just the right amount of everything for me: action, romance, mystery and magic.

I don’t read that many collaboration books as I have been stung a few times with some really bad ones, so I am always a little wary. With this one there was nothing to worry about as I often forgot that it was written by more then one person. There was no obvious ‘chapter one written by author one, chapter two written by author two’ moments and the whole things just flowed brilliantly.

“Would it have eaten me?”
“Assume everything will eat you”

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Final Thoughts

Although only a stand-alone I feel that this book would make a great start to a series as there is so much more to discover and so much more to develop within all the various character relationships.

Re-Readability: I could definitely travel the fractals again.

I would recommend this book to: People who like thewhole supernatural thing, books based on travelling to different worlds, twin stories.

Check out my reviews for other books by N.L.Greene:
Illusions Begin . Magic Unfolds
Twisted

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The Author's

So, I got the honour of interviewing all five of the lov
ely ladies that were involved in the creation of this book. That’s FIVE INTERVIEWEES squashed into one little blog post. Here’s what they had to say:

1) Favourite Character?
Casey – CALIX. Yes, it was necessary to use all caps for his hotness. He’s dark, mysterious, somewhat broody and funny at times. Did I mention he was hot?
Jo – Diego
Kelly – Elba
Nichole – Deigo, I love his nerdy yet cute personality. He’s the guy that’s waiting in the shadows for the right time to sweep up the girl and steal her heart.
Tia – Sloan. I love strong female leads who will stop at nothing to protect loved ones.

2) Favourite Quote?
Casey – “We have to make a break for it. When I tell you to run, you run like your life depends on it. Because it does.”
Jo – Harley interrupted her sister. “Does that boy want to be a headline? What an idiot!”
Kelly – Elba quickened her pace and they all followed suit. “There are things in this world you don’t want to encounter.”
Diego sighed. It was a common theme in the fractals, wasn’t it? He thought about his childhood obsession with Star Wars and wondered where the Endor fractal was. Could there be a world filled with fuzzy teddy bear creatures? Why did everything he encountered have fangs and teeth and a death wish for humans?
Nichole – “Okay, number one: have any of my clothes been harmed in the process of all this?”
Tia – “We’re in the realm of Dream’s and Darkness. It doesn’t cost us much energy to charm a few shirts and jeans…By the sad state of your current outfit, I’d say you might welcome the options.”

3) Favourite part of writing Fractured Glass?
Casey – The collaboration with Tia, Jo, Kelly and Nichole was one of the most fun I’ve ever had. We each brought so much to the table that Fractured Glass wouldn’t have been the same without the five of us. It was like one epiphany after another in our critique and planning sessions. What started as an idea tossed around while hanging out under an umbrella-covered table on the patio of the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel at UtopYA turned in to such an amazing story…..one that
I hope, like Celine Dion’s heart, will go on and on.
Jo – Reading the new sections and being surprised by what happened.
Kelly -Collaborating with Tia, Jo, Casey and Nichole was by far my favorite part of this project. This story is extremely creative and original, but I’m not sure it would be that way if only one of us had written it. Our combined efforts really took this to a new level. I’m so proud to be a part of this project and to know these amazing women!
Nichole – The best part was working with this amazing group of ladies. Not only are they talented and have some of the most vivid imaginations I’ve ever encountered, but they are sweet, encouraging, and honest. It’s hard to find people to work so closely with and it is a POSITIVE experience, but ours truly was. I learned a lot and got to write an amazing book in the process but I also formed a relationship with each of these ladies that I know will forever be special to me!
Tia – Working with my co-authors: Kelly, Casey, Jo, and Nichole. I was so excited to read each section and see how the story progressed. I find our discussions so inspiring. I wish I could write every book this way… an author think tank.

4) Hardest part about writing Fractured Glass?
Casey – For me, it was making sure that my story and writing flowed with Tia and Jo’s sections. My section, fantasy, is in the center of the book. So, I also had to set things up that Kelly and Nichole could run with when they finished out the novel. And did everyone ever deliver! I cannot wait until people read this book. It’s unlike anything I’ve read and I’m so proud to have
been a part of such awesomeness.
Jo – Being sure all the personal details, character personalities, and world building were synchronized.
Kelly -When you’re part of a team, you don’t want to be the one that lets the team down, so that pressure was always there (self-inflicted, of course). The way that Jo organized it, though, actually made the entire process very pain-free. I was worried in the beginning, but truly, once I was writing my section, I was completely immersed in the story.
Nichole – My initial anxiety was the hardest part. I wrote the final section so I’d read and seen each of theirs before I wrote mine. I was so worried I wouldn’t produce a story they were happy with.
Tia – Since I wrote the first section, I had the dreaded blank page. Added to that, I didn’t want to disappoint my fellow authors, especially since I am such a fan of their work.

5) What would your perfect fractal be like?
Casey – Sigh. I might make a fractal of very deliciously perfect, sculpted men who would give massages and feed grapes to weary travelers. Sloan and Harley might never leave, though. Poor Diego and Calix.
Jo – Unicorn pegasi that let humans ride would be everywhere *grin*
Kelly – My perfect fractal would have magical creatures, but only those that like humans (and I don’t mean as a snack!). I would love to see unicorns, mermaids, elves…and give everyone the ability to fly. That would be fun. I also like the idea of the pink water in the Mu
llings’ fractal. Add beautiful trees and flowering shrubs, crystal clear lakes, and delicious fruits and vegetables. Then, maybe throw in some dubious beings, like sprites, because too much perfect might get boring.
Nichole – Mine would be peaceful and relaxing, full of beautiful animals, rare creatures, and vivid colors.
Tia – A beautiful place of harmony where I’d be surrounded by loved ones. Of course, unicorns and fairies (and many other magnificent creatures) would grace the land. But, my favorite area would be full of all things sweet: rivers flowing with white and milk chocolate, trees full of caramel pieces, flowers with brownie and cookie bites, and much more.

Have you read anything by any of these authors before?

If you got to create your perfect fractal what would it be like?

 

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