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Of Breakable Things [Kindle Edition]

A. Lynden Rolland
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Book Description

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is like living on death row for 17-year-old Alex Ash. The only thing holding her together is Chase, the boy next door. When Chase tragically dies, Alex follows shortly thereafter. But the afterlife is not what she expected. Filled with limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex is forced to choose between moving on, forgetting her years of pain and suffering, or lingering as a spirit to get another chance, in ghostly form, at the life and love that death cruelly stole.

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About the Author

A. Lynden Rolland is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, thunderstorms, and autumn leaves. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (April 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILZ69IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Breakable Things will catch you by surprise! December 1, 2014
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If you haven't read this you simply MUST!! The story is a fresh take on life -and love- after death. Beautifully written, the compelling characters and relationships will take your breath away! Rolland challenges perceptions of young love and soul mates while throwing in a dash of supernatural. Alex and Chase will make you fall in love all over again! And if he's not your cup of tea, take your pick from any of the other swoon worthy LaSalles. Rolland masterfully pairs present action with flashbacks giving you a well rounded view of the entire story. Warning, every single character will worm their way into your heart and take up residence! Of Breakable Things left me desperately wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, exciting and unique April 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, the cover! Amazing, right!?

Of Breakable Things was a unique and very engaging story of the afterlife. There is a nice blend of mythology, paranormal and fantasy, and I loved the underlining meaning of the whole story. The mind is a powerful thing.

Rolland’s writing is very smooth, and the world building was very solid and fascinating. I was initially worried about how I would connect to Alex and her relationship with Chase, but there are flashbacks, showing us beautiful and heartwarming scenes throughout the book. We see how the connect, and how Alex’s relationship was strong with not only Chase, but the other brothers as well.

We get more than just Alex’s POV. It alternates between quite a few characters throughout the book, and while this is something that I don’t like, it was well done and very insightful to the story as a whole. There was a lot going on, and it was nice to see more a bigger picture than just the Alex bubble.

Alex, being frail and breakable in life, soars in the afterlife. She is very strong; able to do things that takes other spirits a long time to perfect. It was interesting trying to figure out why, and also why everyone was so nervous around her. She is loving and her connection to Chase and his brother’s was so sweet. I also admired her for not succumbing into the hate and cliques.

My Peeve – Since we get several different POV and the flashbacks, it took a little time to figure out what was going on. Other than that? Nope. :)

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I really liked it! Of Breakable Things is a fun, exciting and unique blend read that will appeal to many readers. I am hoping for a sequel, because there are a few unanswered things. I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop reading it May 1, 2014
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Whoever wrote this sure captures the thoughts and feelings associated with VEDS. I can't stop reading it. It is nice to read about a child's perspective as my children have it too, yet many of the feelings are not foreign to an adult. I like the rich fantasy/imagination of the after world. Thanks for writing this book whoever you are.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I knew it was about a girl with a rare sort of "wasting" disease and that somehow her life started after she died, and that was about it.

But y'all, this book! Immediately, I was sucked into the writing. I'm a huge fan of great YA stories with a bit of literary flair to the language and this didn't disappoint. I underlined a ton of beautiful sentences.

Anyway, this is the story of Alex Ash, who upon her death, is given a choice of two doors. One is basically "heaven", the other is to return to her life before as a spirit. Because there's a chance she might find her tragically deceased best friends, a group of four brothers, the LaSalles, she chooses afterlife.This is where as a reader, I was kind of like whaaaaa? Rolland has built this amazing spirit world where newbies (the newly dead and young) are kept for eight years to learn about how to be a proper spirit before they are sent out into the world. At times, the school environment and professor relationships rang a teeny bit like Harry Potter but in my mind that is an excellent thing. Love those big casts of characters and twisted relationships.

Attention to visual details in the environment and wonderful thoughts on humans as energy and mind over body and the capacity of our brain really made this a JRo kind of read. Yes there was romance (though I was torn, even after the big "thing" at the end, I may ship the one I'm not really supposed to, of the LaSalle brothers that is) and it was never really a love triangle. More like the whiff of potential (and like I said, oh that whiff :)), but it was the world and the thoughts on who we become after death that I loved the most.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great world building and characters! August 31, 2014
Of Breakable Things is a novel that begings with its heroine’s death. Then again, Alex, said protagonist, has been dying all her life of a rare illness that rendered her fragile and unable to do all the things she wanted to do. But through all of that, there were always the Lasalle brothers, first among them Chase. Chase and Alex shared a connection that was plain for anyone to see, though neither of them ever dared to really act on it. When the Lasalles all died in a tragic accident, Alex died inside as well. With her mother dead and her father placing the blame on her, there was nothing and no one else to live for.

Yet death doesn’t have to be the end. Souls with enough energy can choose to stay behind as spirits, and this is what Alex chooses with the hope that Chase made the same decision, that they could meet again. On the other side, Alex enters the spirit town of Eidolon, where new spirits are taught about the rules of their afterlife and how to use their powers. It’s basically like boarding school for the gifted dead, and Alex turns out to be plenty gifted. I really liked that since her body was always weak, her mind had to grow all the stronger and she now profits from that.

However, all is not dandy in the city of the dead. People stare at Alex because of how much she resembles the mother she never met… yet no one wants to answer her questions about her. Also, the other Lasalle brothers are there to take Alex into their midst again, but Chase is detained for breaking the rules. There is something more brewing in the town of Eidolon. Banshees have been sighted, which is highly unusual for the region. Things have gone missing.
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I just love this story. I wasn't ready for it to end. The descriptions make it so real. No one knows what waits for us, but this is a version that I could accept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The world in this book sucked me in and refused to let me back out.
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A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. As a child, she spent much of her free time compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a notebook she still keeps. She is a former English teacher, so she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing. Of Breakable Things is her first novel.

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