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Shattered Soul

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Hellish Nightmare.

If Seth Bradson were to describe his life, those would be the two words he would choose. Preferring to cope with his crappy existence and horrible home life by spending his days in a drug-induced haze, Seth coasts through life. Until the moment his path crosses with Ali Carson. In her, Seth finds something he’s been subconsciously seeking—a new drug, one
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Published May 14th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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NightlyReading
Sep 22, 2011 NightlyReading rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Author interview at NightlyReading:
http://nightlyreading.wordpress.com/2...

I had started this book and did not stop until finished. Since it is a short read, it only took me a couple of hours, but I was addicted to finishing the story of Seth and Ali. I had wanted to read this book for a while now and once I had it in my hot little hands, I could not resist temptation. I had to start it.

The Storyline…..

I can only sum up this story in one word….gripping! Ms. Snyder took a story and wove it into o
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Be warned, Shattered Soul is not a happy-go-lucky story. If you didn’t get that from the title alone, then take it from me; this book is gritty and raw, with heavy drug usage by and around the main character Seth. Despite all that, Seth is almost a sweet guy. He’s in a difficult situation – his father ditched the family, his mother is an alcoholic, and his brother is both addicted to and deals drugs. Seth likes to drown the world out with weed and has, on occasion, hit the harder stuff.

Yet he’s
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.Lili.
Aug 17, 2012 .Lili. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***SPOILS THE END*** I gave this book four stars even though I only want to give it one. I didn't like this book at all but it wouldn't be fair to the author to get a bad review because the book wasn't what I was expecting. I realized with the title and subject matter it wasn't going to be a peaches and cream kind of book. The book was everything everyone else previous to me mentioned but I read to escape my problems and this book quite frankly depressed the s*** out of me. I like the happily ...more
Autumn Review
Nov 28, 2011 Autumn Review rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I was hesitant to read the book for one reason, it's sad. However, I'm glad I did even though I was tense and emotional throughout. It is a dark book with disturbing situations, but JS has such an incredible ability to give you an almost virtual reading experience. I felt like I was with Seth throughout the whole book. I could picture what he looked like, where he was, what he was doing, and I felt like I could feel his pain. I literally wanted to reach through and pull him out to help ...more
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
This review and more at Sab The Book Eater

Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a happy book. In fact, it's soul shattering. Yep, the title basically says it all. Now I know what you might be thinking, "If this is not a happy book then why did you read it, Sab? Why are you reviewing it? What's the point?"

Well, the point is this: It's a book. You don't just read a book because it has a HEA. You read a book because of the journey it takes you on - happy or sad. And this book definitely took me
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Once Upon a Twilight
Seth is a very sad soul. His alcoholic mother doesn't care about him or what he does, his brother beats him up and is a major drug head. He is in love with a girl (Ali) that he feels is totally out of reach and has a cop for a Dad! A lot of this book takes place in Seth's head, but that actually makes this book quite interesting. Seth knows that the path that he is going down is headed for trouble. It is headed for a life like his mother and his brother. He knows that he does not want this for ...more
Steph Campbell
From the blurb, this may sound like a similar premise to a lot of YA books out there.
But the ending?
You won't see it coming.
At all!
Well written and well edited!
Nice debut from this author, I look forward to reading more!
RO Mejia
Seth Bradson is a teenager, who walks around with a disheveled appearance, shaggy brown hair, and as he puts it, "muddy brown eyes." Seth goes every day to school in wrinkled clothing, baggy shorts with holes in them, and doesn't care what he looks like. He is being brought up, (if you can call it that), in a house with a drunken mother, and his half-baked, drug dealing, sadistic, controlling, scumbag brother, Calvin. He fears his brother's wrath, is disgusted by his lack of ethics, but does ...more
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
This was how I dealt with my life. Every time I snorted a line, popped a pill, or smoked a bowl I was dealing with it, coping with it the only way I knew how.

OH. MY. GOD. My poor, poor heart!!! Why do I do it to myself? Why do I read these books that send me on such an emotional roller coaster? I'll tell you why. Because despite my heart getting ripped to shreds, I love books like this. Books that scream reality. Books that you can picture so clearly in your head. Books that make you think.
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Kylee
Mar 27, 2013 Kylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life's a bitch, and then you die."

Shattered Soul is such a tragic, heart wrenching, make you ugly cry story. It was either going to be an epic fail for me or I was going to cry, I cried. If you think Shattered Soul is going to be some super happy story, turn around and don't look back because that's not what you're getting. My sister is a recovering meth addict and I can't explain to you how disgusting the drug is or how it's truly like a tornado that rips families apart. My sister fortunately
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Charlie
"Life's a bitch and then you die. So, fuck the world and let's get high."


The title fits this novel so, so much! When I agreed to read this for a review, I seriously thought I knew what I’m putting myself into, but damn, my heart was definitely shattered after reading this book.

I’m not new to this drug addiction theme since I’ve been writing my research paper since high school with this as my topic, but reading about it and making it seem like it is more real and part of someone’s life, plus
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Oana D. H.
Apr 28, 2013 Oana D. H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating:3.5/5.

"Life. Life’s a b***h and then you die. So, f**k the world and let’s get high."


Shattered Soul is a book about drugs and how everything can get worse in just one second.

Seth's life was never easy.Between his drunk mother and drug dealer brother all Seth knows is that his life is never going to get better.

Even if i liked how sometimes Seth thought i have to admit that i hoped that maybe something will change and the book won't be like how it started until the end.
I'm not a big fan
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Christopher
Jul 21, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartrending and desolate. Jennifer Snyder weaves a wonderful story about the cost of addiction and the struggle to win free of it. Seth and Ali start on opposite sides of the addiction spectrum when they meet and as he starts to break the grip it has on his life, she gets further drawn into it.

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Reading in Black & White
Where to start with Shattered Soul? Reading this book was like taking a walk on the dark side and thinking I was not going to return. The first paragraph sets the tone for the entire book:

“Life. Life’s a bitch and then you die. So, fuck the world and let’s get high. That was my motto. I’m not sure where it came from or where I first heard it. Hell, I could have read it off a bathroom stall somewhere for all I know. My point is this, it doesn’t matter where it came from; it stuck with me, becomin
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Nicole Tetrev
Mar 03, 2013 Nicole Tetrev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life. Life's a bitch and then you die. So F*** the world and let's get high."

That is the opening statement of this book. I'm going to tell you after reading the synopsis I was expecting a very dark and emotional read.
When Seth first sees Ali he thinks she is the closest thing to an angel he has ever seen. Lets just say that Seth's home life is less then ideal with a drunk for a mother and a drug dealer for a brother . Meeting Ali seems to flip a switch inside of Seth he starts turning down thin
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Renee
Mar 24, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW:

So the subject matter is really what pulled me in. Can you fall in love with a pot smoking kid from a bad home? Yes. Oh wait that was for me too and my answer is also YES! Seth is not a bad kid. He has a bad mother and brother, but really he needs love! When he meets the "new" girl Ali he just falls hard. I loved the way they were portrayed. Seth was doing his thing, but the guy was smart. He knew how things were and he knew what he could do and what he couldn't do. He his brother and his
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Radiant
Oct 05, 2012 Radiant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating - 3.5

Seth has been carefree and cared for nothing.Living in a place where ur mother wakes only to drink,where ur brother is climbing ladders of drug dealing ,where u sell stash to ur friends to make money and get high at every momemnt u want is not a place anyone want to be but seth has always lived it and is living.

But when he meets Ali..the sweet and innocent girl who is interested in him..he thinks theres lot of other ways to get high.They say when u are in others company for a longgg
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Stephanie Parent
As much as I love to read, I don’t always identify when people say they “couldn’t put a book down”…as an easily distracted worrywart, I can almost always put a book down no matter how good it is. So it really means something when I tell you that, reading the last few pages of Shattered Soul on the subway on my way to work, I found that I had to continue reading while I walked out of the station and up the elevator… I truly couldn’t stop until I reached the last sentence. I don’t want to spoil it ...more
Becky
Oct 13, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
**Copy of book provided by author for honest review**

For additional reviews please visit http://realitybites-letsgetlost.blogs...

If you are looking for a sappy love story where boy meets girl, girl saves boy and they all live happily ever after, then keep looking. You are not going to find any of that here. This book is a very raw and edgy look into the real life consequences of drug use. And there is not pretty or happy about it.

Shattered Soul is a short read but heavy on subject matter. Seth i
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Aimee McGill
First a big thank you to Jennifer Snyder... I won this book from Goodreads giveaway and it was in my mail 4 days later :)

Now on to the review... I must worn you this is my first real review so I hope its ok and I don't give the plot away because this is defintely a book you wanna read...

I was suprised how emotional I got while reading this book. I felt every emotion that was written and even a few I didn't see. This is a story of addiction and what it will do to your life and what it will cost y
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Tara
Jul 13, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be a first for me, I don't know what to say to accurately describe this book. At first, I was taken aback by the heavy drug use and descriptions, by the last 20 or so pages it became a book that I will insist my kids read when they are a little older as this type of scene is more prevalent in their social world. I was not expecting the ending at all. I was holding out hope for the happy turn but instead ended up with a pile of tissues. Sad thing is that this read is something out of ...more
Mayu
1.8

Dolorosa, triste, y real en muchos casos. Una novela sobre como la droga va devorando el alma de las personas, hasta destrozarlas, y sobre como ese camino, solamente puede llevar a un mal final. La vida que rodea a Seth es increíblemente triste, y todo lo que acontece en los últimos meses de su vida también. Y me da una pena enorme, porque Seth tenía un buen corazón, a diferencia del mundo que le rodeaba, y ha sido triste y doloroso ver como su alma se iba derrumbando más y más, rota por quie
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Na Deela
Ok, so first of all, I just found another favorite, so I'll have to find a paperback copy soon since I read the Kindle version. This was a pretty dark story. I was amazed and frankly thankful for just how real everything was. The situations, the characters, everything. I immediately connected with Seth. I wished so much that I could make his decisions for him, and Ali too, for that matter. Its unfortunate, but these things do happen all the time and a lot of people tend to avoid the topic. I ...more
Jagged
Sep 10, 2012 Jagged rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
I stopped reading this book half way through but then I decided I would just finish it even though it wasn't doing anything for me.
First of all, it's one thing to describe the horrible repercussions of doing drugs and it is another to encourage it. And quite honestly, most of this book was spent encouraging drug use. And that was just damn horrible. It was portrayed as the way to deal with horrible life choices and horrible circumstances, but also as a way to celebrate and have fun--but acceptab
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Liz Cee
Aug 05, 2013 Liz Cee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know what it is like to be addicted to hard drugs, but I have had addictions to other things (reading, food, goodreads.com). To be serious, this book is more than gritty realism and even though I haven't the personal experience to compare it to, I completely believe that.

If I hadn't known better, I'd almost believe it non-fiction.

This book is heartbreaking in so many ways. You are rooting for the main character to rise above his dismal circumstances.

Please read this book. I can't say mo
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Sonia Walsh
Jan 18, 2013 Sonia Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I'm still quite shocked out this ended. It's left me feeling sad and it's scary how things like this actually happen. I liked the fact she didn't prettify it up and make out that its easy to stop things, the writer made it seem so real. Although this ended in a way I wish it didn't it always ended the way it probably would in the real world so as I said the writer has done amazingly. I'm a sucker for happy endings so really wanted to Seth to have that with or without Ali. But it's defiantly ...more
Pamela Foreman
Mar 27, 2013 Pamela Foreman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is amazing! This was a wonderful story about not just what happens when drugs enters the picture, but it shows us the pain that is happening in everyone’s lives that we fail to see. I wasn’t sure I’d like this book given the topic and having grown up in the “Just say no!” era, but this book is not just about drugs. It’s about pain, deceit, love, heartache and death. It makes you want to urn for more, exhibiting the same qualities of drug abuse and addiction. It’s one I would ...more
Ria
Our loved ones are precious even if not plentiful they make us laugh and smile we should be grateful for that. Shattered Soul shows us exactly why.

My Rating

4.0 Heart wrenching, Soul shattering, Life changing, Earth shaking Stars. This is a read that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

Full review to follow...

Laters
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Holy crap! This is one of the grittiest, heart wrenching and real young adult book I've read to date.
Heavens, I felt like my heart dropped reading this, it was confronting and I honestly had no idea what to expect.

Review to come after book tour.
Alana
Jan 14, 2013 Alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap balls, did not see the ending coming. It was one of those books you think about for a few days after reading. What a roller coaster of a book. Very well written. Read the book in 4 hours, couldn't put it down.
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“Le había dicho una vez que nunca sería demasiado tarde para dejarlo y yo me lo creí. Ahora, sosteniendo su cuerpo sin vida en mis brazos, supe que había sido una mentira. Existió su “demasiado tarde”. Ahora. En este momento.” 1 likes
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