Friday, 5 September 2014

Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 2nd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again… While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child. With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole… 


Shatter is the last book in the True Believers series (I think), a series that I've really enjoyed and that has been consistently good. Following on from True, Sweet and Believe, Shatter tells Kylie's story and what happens when she meets science boy Jonathon (nickname: Darwin). It's my favourite book in this series and kept me hooked right from the get-go, especially when it became clear that Kylie and Jonathon were going to have anything but an easy relationship.

I like Kylie and Jonathon, both separately and as a couple. They have their flaws of course, but they seem more real than other people who've appeared in the True Believers series. I think that's because what happens to them is all too realistic and possible, and a lot of real life people experience their problems. It's refreshing to read about actions that have repercussions, though it's hard for me to talk more in-depth about what happens because of spoilers!

There are one or two aspects of Shatter that niggled me, mainly Kylie's mum's initial reaction to something that happens early on (really, would any parent act so calmly?!) and the whole sub-plot with Jonathon's professor dad. It seemed a bit rushed to be honest, though I can see how it propelled their relationship forward and created some extra drama for the characters.

Overall, this series has been a great addition to the New Adult library and I'm glad I read all four books. As far as I know this is the end for Jessica, Kylie, Rory and Robin, but if Erin McCarthy ever decides to continue their story then count me in. She has a good understanding of people in their twenties, and I hope she has more NA planned for us!

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