31 May 2012

Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Published: 17 January 2012 by Walker Children's

Pages: 262 (hardback)

Genre/s: YA, Paranormal

Source: Own library

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More Info: Megan Miranda's website ~ Megan Miranda's blog

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

My Thoughts

I started reading Fracture at hour 21 of a 24-hour read-a-thon that I participated in in April, and if I'm completely honest, I picked it up because I was looking for an easy read. The idea of the book is a good one, and although I'm not the biggest paranormal fan out there, I liked that it wasn't about vampires, or werewolves or paranormal creatures as such, but more psychological paranormal.

Delaney is a likeable character- she's not overly popular or drop-dead-gorgeous, instead she's just a normal girl who finds herself in an increasingly disturbing situation, and I really liked Decker, who stuck with her through everything. I didn't find Troy as intriguing as I think he was intended to be.

I loved Ms. Miranda's writing style - clean and well balanced with good dialogue, and the whole story is well-paced.

Parts of Fracture are intense and emotional and the climax had me flipping furiously through the pages, but I really wish there had been more focus on the paranormal element (yeah, I just said that. Really!) which would have taken it from a good book to a great book.


  1. Great review..this keeps getting shoved around my wishlist. I am bummed that the paranormal elements left you craving more. The ending sounds intense. I may order this from the library.

  2. I do agree with you on the paranormal focus part. :)

  3. There's no doubt it's written well and I liked the characters, but I wanted more of Delaney's powers!

  4. I really enjoyed this one...it was definitely a bit light on the paranormal elements but I felt it balanced well with the plot and character development!

  5. Wow that read-athon sounds exhausting! Congrats on completing the task! I've seen this around before but haven't really gotten around to reading it.

    Talk Supe

  6. Awww, too bad you didn't love this one. I did! Though I imagine going into it wanting a light read may not have helped!

  7. I've been wanting to read this for a long time. I'm very curious about the paranormal aspect. I love when itt is something unique and not just vampires or witches. Very curious to learn about Delaney.



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