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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Intense and Emotional. A must read for teens and parents!

    Spoiler Free Review
    4.5 STARS

    Disturbing, Creepy and Scary
    Have you ever seen Sleeping with the Enemy?
    Well this book is a teenage up to date version.

    ' As i focus on taking one Breath at a time, the pounding of our footsteps on the damp pavement reminds me of a wildly beating heart and I find myself comimg back again and again to one thought. How did I get in this mess? Then with sickening clarity
    i remeber. Oh, yeah, i was the new kid.

    Shackled has a young girl falling in love with the wrong guy.
    Lucy Taylor has just relocated to Seattle, Washington with her family. Leaving behind the only home and friends she has ever known in Minnesota. On Lucy's first day she meets Ryan Hillstead. Ryan is the elected school counsel rep who was assigned to show her around the school. Lucy is attracted to Ryan and she suspects that he is popular. Her suspicions are confirmed after she overhears girls gossiping about him.

    On Friday night Lucy is up in her room when the doorbell rings. She knows it is not for her since she has yet to make friends at her new school. So when Lucy hears the familiar deep male voice speaking to her mother she is SHOCKED. Ryan. Ryan came by to see if Lucy wants to join him and his friends at the beach for a bonfire. She gladly accepts.

    Things move fast Lucy finds herself spending more and more time with Ryan. The two become a couple. Slowly Lucy starts to see another side of Ryan. A colder side. All to late she realizes Ryan is not the sweet, loving well put together boyfriend she thought he was. NO. He is controlling, Possessive and manipulative. He is also out to keep Lucy all to himself. In Shackled.

    Bone Chilling. This book is told in multiple pov's. Although you mainly get Lucy's pov throughout most of the book. The author also provides a whole lot of inner monologue. But i did not mind one bit because it allows you to see the characters emotions and how they face internal battles of right vs wrong. I think everyone should read this book. Mother, Father, Sons, Daughters, Sisters and brothers. Because Abuse and Domestic Violence can effect everyone.
    Lucy- Sweet and naive.
    Brecken- An awesome friend. the small glipmses we get she proves to be a good friend to Lucy.
    Mason- Love him. His love for Lucy proves to be the motivation she needs to fight.
    Ryan- Controlling and super possessive. Not at all whom he betrays to be.

    My Ratings
    Characters- Likeable
    Writing Style- Honest, Compelling and at times creepy
    Plot/Storyline- Good
    Steam Factor- Low very Pg-13
    Overall- I Loved it!!! Read It!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    I'm going to start by saying that as a mother, this was an emoti

    I'm going to start by saying that as a mother, this was an emotional read for me. I kept picturing my daughter or nieces responding this way to a boy and it made me hurt. I'm going to try very hard not to reveal any spoilers, but you may get the idea based on my feelings.

    Lucy. I liked her as a character, but also felt like she was a bit naive, therefore making bad choices. She never really had a boyfriend before, so when Ryan starts paying attention to her, she feels special. I get that. I totally get it. It didn't make it any easier to see her falling for a guy who clearly has some deep issues. In the end though, Lucy does recognize that this is not a healthy situation. Thank goodness.

    I really couldn't stand Ryan, even from the beginning. He just seemed too good looking, too perfect, but also seemed to be way overprotective and overbearing. I'm all for an Alpha male, but he gave me the creeps. That being said, near the end, I had developed some compassion for him based on the situation. He was raised to be the way he was and I really think he knew his behavior was wrong. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Now on to Mason. I really liked Mason and felt like his character was a bit underplayed. He really seems to be a great guy and genuinely cares for Lucy. I would have liked to have seen him more in the story.

    As for the story, I mention that it was a bit difficult to read. It's because of the subject matter. I liked the story and I liked the way it developed, but it was hard to read. I found myself involved in the story and in the characters lives. I wanted to wrap Lucy up and take her away from Ryan. I have one qualm that I have to mention. Most of the book is written from Lucy's POV, but there are a few chapters with Ryan and Mason's POV's written in third person. That just bugged me. I think it would have flowed better if all POV's were told in first person.

    So, I bordered on rating this a 3 or a 4. The reason I went with the 4 is because I kept thinking about it later on. I've had over a week since reading the book and it's still very fresh in my head. Reflecting on the story now, it reads like it would be a good script for a show or movie. I would recommend this book, but be advised that there is some difficult subject matter.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    When reading the back cover of this book, I did not know how I w

    When reading the back cover of this book, I did not know how I was going to feel reading about an abusive relationship. However, Carling has managed to tactfully portray a very real problem in today’s society. I could not put this book down! In the beginning, it starts like any other romance book. Boy meets girl, boy and girl go on a few dates, and inevitably boy and girl become boyfriend and girlfriend. But then, a darker force is brought into the equation. Domestic abuse is something that people do face and the characters go through the full range of emotions throughout this book. It only took me four hours to get through the whole book and I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what Lucy would decide to do.  I applaud Carling for taking on the task of writing about such a sensitive topic and succeeding so well. And to all others, I encourage you to read this book! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012


    It was okay

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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