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The Fragile Things (Part I) [Kindle Edition]

V. Shaw
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The beginning of an epic four-part horror serial.

At seventeen-years-old, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living in a council estate with Tony, her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family and friends, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.

Beautiful and strange, Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her lonely existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.

When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins.

But with the news of Morris, Tony’s sadistic best friend and drug-dealing partner, being released from prison, Jennifer knows it’s only a matter of time before his path of vengeance leads to her and Ebony, too.

With a cast of memorable characters, a village full of secrets, and a gripping story, The Fragile Things is a layered tale of friendship, hope, survival and what it truly means to be human.


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About the Author

Has worked under a variety of aliases, including this one. For fun rather than necessity, but you never know.

V has two websites:
welcometoblackcross.com
vshawauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Product Details

  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Pendle; 1 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIF3OD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Well done. December 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Fragile Things (Part 1) is a story brimming with dark secrets and even darker inner conflicts. The two main characters meet through unlikely circumstances, both compassion and the need for survival. It is not until the story progresses that they find that their situations, although quite different, are eerily similar. Whether it be kicking an addiction to drugs or a vampire struggling with the basic need to feed, these girls are forced to wrestle with their own morality while maintaining their sanity.
I am a sucker (no pun intended) for a good vampire story. As long as it contains a good plot, compelling characters and an original twist on the sub-genre. V. Shaw does not disappoint. The story paints a human aspect to Ebony, the vampire's plight. Her new friend Jennifer and the motley array of other players are well described and easy to relate to. The town of Blackcross is described so clearly that I feel like I have been there, and of course cannot wait to get out.
I will be definitely getting my hands on the next installment of this series very shortly. The first has left me dying for more. Well done V. Shaw, well done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fragile things part 1 October 4, 2013
By Candy D
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I am drawn in by curiosity about these characters from Blackcross. The author never gives too much away but keeps up the pace steadily until the final words. Ebony is clearly otherworldly with her descriptions . Nothing is given away or told outright. No black lines to fill in with color like a paint by number. Instead, a steady drip of information about the characters allows them to take root slowly in the reader's mind and grow therein.
I'll be Waiting for part 2 to continue the tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, great read May 2, 2013
By Seraph
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I really enjoyed this story. I got part 1 as a sample because it was free but didn't know what to expect but as soon as I started reading about Ebony I couldn't put it down. The story so far is thoughtfully crafted, with a good pace to events- I feel like I get a clear picture of what's going on but the author doesn't waste words; the style of writing is interesting enough to remain unique in as few a words as needed while still having style. Some sentences have a poetic or almost lyrical flow to them. The characters are unpredictable so that found myself unable to guess their next move or what would happen next which was a reason to keep reading- looking forward to next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to this horror series May 31, 2014
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Two lost souls. Jennifer is a teenage former addict and Ebony is her strange new neighbor. After an argument with her boyfriend, Jennifer leaves and goes into the woods. Ebony extends a helping hand and expects nothing in return. Something Jennifer isn't used to. She might be able to change her life with the help of a good friend. But then she learns Ebony's secret and may not survive to return to any life.

I was a little lost at the beginning, but as the story unfolded, I became more intrigued with Ebony and my heart went out to Jennifer. Two very different characters that complemented one another so well. Great characterization.

The tale has marvelous tension and a constant edge of creepiness. A good start to this horror series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read , well worth the download April 1, 2014
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A great read, excellent aurther, it did keep me reading, which is good. If a book dont catch me a the begginning I dont read, which it did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed at The Hungry Monster Book Review March 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fragile Things is a somber look at the bleak lives of council estate residents (which is a form of government housing) Jennifer and newcomer Ebony. Jennifer, a recovering heroin addict, struggles for a life that she can call normal while Ebony fights to keep the monster inside of her from coming out. They both struggle to find something to live for in a town where the only interesting thing that’s happening is your routine drug deal. In the midst of their troublesome lives they stumble upon each other and find comfort in each other’s friendship and mystery in each other’s lives.

The first things I noticed about Fragile Things is the writing, very concise contemporary writing that’s intriguing in its simplicity and underlying eerie foundation. I was endlessly interested to see what kind of odd situation Jennifer would find herself in and I was constantly wondering (or worrying) when Ebony was going to let her demons take over and rip someone to shreds. Fragile Things is a short read and ends rather abruptly, but sets up nicely for the rest of the series and leaves you with a definite feeling that something peculiar is going on with the people and the town.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating January 23, 2014
By ZRM
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Yes, there's enough vampires stories and this genre has been done to death. So it's always refreshing when someone can actually breath some life in this done to death genre. Well, this is what the author of Fragile Things does. The author actually uses harsh subject matter that most people can recognize and mixes it with the supernatural to create a compelling horror story. This makes this story amazing. I highly recommend it because I think that you'll enjoy it thoroughly.

This book is being billed as the first in a series of Horror stories, but it is so much more than that. These girls could be living in your city right now. There are many children forced to live in circumstances that lead them down a wrong road very early. Jennifer is just such a one, addicted to heroine from an early age she has finally beaten that demon, her boyfriend was her dealer but he has since gotten out and then she meets the vampire Ebony. They become fast friends, they bond on a level that few people ever understand.

Ebony, looks to be about 17, but she is much much older, you see, Ebony is a Vampire. She had not been close to anyone, at least anyone who lived to tell about it afterward. There was just something about Jennifer that struck a chord with her. Being around her, caring for her kept the serpents within her at bay -- for a while. What seems to be a promising friendship suddenly spirals out of control. Jennifer unwittingly sets off a reaction that allows her to witness the monster that Ebony really is.

Part I ends here and leaves you ready for more. It is a shame that we have to wait but it is sure to be well worth the wait if this first part is any indicator. The story moves fast without leaving you feeling like you are missing important information. Put this one on your must read list today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Kim Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars no good
Never finished it. Very confusing - didn't seem to make any sense and I didn't like it. Guess I should have read the intro better.
Published 13 months ago by Lee Dyche
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel held my attention, waiting on book 2
Interesting take on a reluctant vampire, recovering addict, abusive boyfriend story. I'm cheering for Jennifer to make it out clean and alive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, dark and engaging
I won't repeat a summary of this since other reviewers have already done a great job of that. I will say I found this story interesting. It's dark, disturbing, and well-written. Read more
Published 14 months ago by word addicted
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next saga
It's all about building good characters in a novel, and here Shaw has a collection of them that would not be out of place with a top rated TV series. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jan Heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb storytelling gives you the chills.
Jennifer has kicked her long time drug habit, but temptation is great as she's living with her drug dealing boyfriend, Tony. Read more
Published 20 months ago by laurathomas61
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong characters grab the reader.
I found the storyline at the beginning of this book initially clumsy and a trifle disjointed. However, right from the start it was the characters who caught my attention and kept... Read more
Published 21 months ago by R P Rochford
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Has worked under a variety of aliases, including this one. For fun rather than necessity, but you never know.

V has two websites:
http://welcometoblackcross.com
http://vshawauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

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