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The Shattering by Karen Healey
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Jul 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: action-adventure, mystery, urban-fantasy, young-adult
Read in July, 2012

I highly enjoyed this teenage drama/mystery with a supernatural edge. The town of Summerton had me enchanted from the start - a West Coast town where it doesn't rain? Certainly, there did seem something suspicious about it. It may be a fictitious place, but it reminded me rather of the small NZ country township where I grew up, Golden Bay. The characters are well developed, and showcase the ethnic diversity of New Zealand without any of them being a cliche. Healey develops her characters caringly, giving them distinctive personalities and traits, making them well rounded people that you could imagine hanging out with (or not, as the case may be). The story flowed at a goodly pace, with me figuring out what was going on approximately half a page before one of the characters jumped to the same conclusion. I laughed at the bits that were funny, cringed at the bits that were painful or uncomfortable, and felt my heart crumble just a little bit at a certain point nearing the end. Thank you Karen, and I'm sorry it took me so long to read this one.
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Sweetp-1 I just finished this and was totally picturing Takaka as Summerton.

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