Review: Unbroken by Melody Grace

Posted 12 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

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Review: Unbroken by Melody GraceUnbroken by Melody Grace
Series: Beachwood Bay #1
Publisher: Self Published on March 11, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 170
"Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane. Emerson Ray was my hurricane...."

Juliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Beachwood Bay—and fell head over heels in love with Emerson. Complicated, intense Emerson, the local bad boy. His blue eyes hid dark secrets, and just one touch could set Juliet ablaze. Their love was demanding and all-consuming, but when summer ended, tragedy tore them apart. Juliet swore she’d never go back, and she’s kept that promise… Until now.

Four years later, Juliet’s done her best to rebuild the wreckage of her shattered life. She’s got a great boyfriend, and a steady job planned after she graduates. Returning to Beachwood to pack up her family’s beach house to prepare it for sale, Juliet is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her future. But one look from Emerson, and all her old desire comes flooding back. He let her go once, but this time, he’s not giving up without a fight. And Emerson fights dirty.

A heartbreaking history. An unstoppable passion. Torn between her past and future, Juliet struggles to separate love from desire. But will they find a way to overcome their tragic secrets—together? And after so much damage has been done, can a love remain unbroken?
Favorite Quote(s):

“Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane.”

Favorite Character: My favorite characters are tied between Daniel and Lacey. They’re such great, well written supporting characters that I can’t help but be drawn to them.
First Line:

“Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane.”

My Musings: Unbroken was all that I thought it would be. It was a mix between heartbreak, heartache, and a passionate love that consumes everything in its path. Melody Grace was written a beautiful debut novel. In this novel, we follow Juliet as she is shoved back into the town where her heart was broken four years prior–and the man who did it is still there. And he will do anything to get her back. Regardless of the fact that Juliet has created a new life for herself–a new, steady boyfriend, a job lined up, and graduation in the few coming months, Juliet cannot help but be pulled back into the hurricane that is Emerson Ray.

I really enjoyed reading from Juliet’s point of view. She was such a complex character–constantly going back and forth between what was safe and what her heart desired. She had genuine feelings towards those that she let down, as well as her first love. She was also a very relatable character–the feelings that she felt about Emerson, the panic attacks, the anxiety–they were all portrayed in such a way that nothing felt too piled on. They seemed like a natural progression of the way that Juliet was dealing with everything in her life. Emerson is a character that I was bouncing back and forth between for the duration of the novel. At some points, I could not tell if it was all a game to him or not, and that left me heartbroken for Juliet. However, as the story unravels and we learn more about why the way Emerson acts the way that he does, it is impossible not to fall for the rugged man that Emerson entails. Emerson and Juliet’s romance was that envious, all consuming love that seems only to appear in books. It’s the love that everyone wants to experience in their life.

I also enjoyed Lacey and Daniel’s characters. They were very well developed supporting characters, and they created a strong support system for Juliet. At times, I found myself rooting hopelessly for Daniel–he was truly a nice guy that deserves someone to love. Lacey is the same way. She was a hilarious character that always managed to brighten any tense or depressing moods that Juliet, and consequently the reader, felt over the course of the novel. She was a great source of comedic relief, and I often found myself laughing at her quirky personality.

This novel was completed with a fantastic ending that tied up loose ends from the course of the novel. Coupled with beautiful prose and smooth writing, Melody Grace has managed to write a superb, exciting New Adult novel about a recklessly love that remains unbroken.

4 Stars

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About Melody Grace

Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.


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