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BROKEN by CJ Lyons, Review, YouTube Interview, & Special Pre-order Price Before Nov. 5
Oct 30th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

BROKEN by CJ Lyons

Published by Sourcebooks Fire, 336 pages

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Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page

The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now… or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.

My review:

I met CJ Lyons at the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brilliance, a thriller that will pull readers into the lives of Scarlet, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the verge of death. Her goal is to spend one week in a regular high school experiencing a regular teenager’s life. There’s nothing “new” to the bullying you’ll read about – the kids that tease Scarlet for being different. That can be found in any school. But what is different is Scarlet’s remarkable story. It’s what makes headlines in the news. Scarlet’s life and death situation, her relationship with her family, and her relationship with the two young men who come into her life and help her to “see” things differently, make this medical thriller intriguing. Though there are plenty of descriptions of Scarlet’s problems, readers will not be overwhelmed or unable to comprehend what’s going on with her. As the story unfolds and you discover more and more about Scarlet’s issues, readers will want to keep turning the pages to learn more and more of her story. I highly recommend that you do NOT read anything at the back of the book until you finish the novel. There are too many hints in the Q & A that will give away plot points, so resist the urge to read them!

Definitely recommend this novel for those who want a break from dystopian and fantasy. Perfect for those who want a different twist to contemporary.

Interview:

An interview with CJ Lyons and her niece Abby, who was the inspiration for the character in Broken. Abby actually has Long QT Syndrome, the same heart condition the main character suffers from.  CJ diagnosed her 20 minutes after she was born.

Post-BEA Reads: ALL IN NEED @SusaneColasanti & BROKEN @CJLyonswriter + Giveaway
Jun 7th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Both Susane and CJ attended the 2013 YA Author Blogger Rooftop Party, which I hosted again this year. (More later, I promise, including some phenomenal giveaways.)

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2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party – Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and Susane Colasanti and her boyfriend Matt Harrington

When it comes to romance and soul mates and good guys with flaws – because let’s be honest NO ONE IS PERFECT – Susane Colasanti and I could be soul sisters. I was fortunate enough to meet her boyfriend Matt at the party, and without any doubt they are the BEST couple. They’re proof that the love you find in romance novels DOES exist! (I’ve had that with my husband since I met him at seventeen, so that’s proof #2.)

So, what does that have to do with Susane’s novel ALL I NEED? Watching Matt and Susane, I realized afterward that Susane wrote a novel about that kind of special love. No, Skye and Seth, the main characters in ALL I NEED, are NOT Matt and Susane, but their love definitely reminds me of the two of them.

ALL I NEED is about finding that one person who helps you be the best you can be. It’s about the one person who can bring you the greatest joy and  bring you to tears. It’s about the one person you want to be with because you enjoy each other’s presence. And it’s about finding your way when distance can tear you apart. Anyone with an ounce of romance in their blood will enjoy reading this sweet romance. Yes, women, there are guys out there like this! They’re not just made up. Susane’s proof and I’m proof. But in the meantime, if you haven’t found that guy, read ALL I NEED!

 

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CJ Lyons also attended the Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brilliance, a thriller that will pull readers into the lives of Scarlet, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the verge of death. Her goal is to spend one week in a regular high school experiencing a regular teenager’s life. There’s nothing “new” to the bullying you’ll read about – the kids that tease Scarlet for being different. That can be found in any school. But what is different is Scarlet’s remarkable story. It’s what makes headlines in the news. Scarlet’s life and death situation, her relationship with her family, and her relationship with the two young men who come into her life and help her to “see” things differently, make this medical thriller intriguing. Though there are plenty of descriptions of Scarlet’s problems, readers will not be overwhelmed or unable to comprehend what’s going on with her. As the story unfolds and you discover more and more about Scarlet’s issues, readers will want to keep turning the pages to learn more and more of her story. I highly recommend that you do NOT read anything at the back of the book until you finish the novel. There are too many hints in the Q & A that will give away plot points, so resist the urge to read them!

Definitely recommend this novel for those who want a break from dystopian and fantasy. Perfect for those who want a different twist to contemporary.

For more information, click here: BROKEN

FIRST GIVEAWAY FROM THE ROOFTOP PARTY: an ARC of BROKEN & an ARC of ALL I NEED

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