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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  40 reviews
After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school, asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naive and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be-true suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptur ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by acacia publishing (first published May 30th 2012)
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
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4.5 STARS
Genre: YA-Mature Romance Suspense

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
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Misty Baker
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 Stars***


I remember once, when I was really young, having a conversation with my grandfather about strength.

“Your eyes are the strongest part of your body Misty. You remember that and you’ll be just fine.” He said to me.

I thought he was out of his mind (of course) since (not only) was I dumb and completely naive, but he towered over most men I knew. 6 foot tall and made of stone, only second to my father he was the most intimidating person I knew. Insisting that my eyes, (the same eyes tha
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
This story was so realistic. I liked Lucy as a character, but also felt like she was a bit naive.Though I admit that I am not a fan of Ryan in the least, obtaining his viewpoint did put the novel in perspective and explained a lot to me in terms of his actions, especially as I began to understand his home life. Highly recommended for anyone!
Wanda
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful novel. At the end of the book the author wrote a note describing how abuse affected her. And basically her sister was abused and she mentioned a time that he beat her. That one incident she mentioned made me cry. Cry with pain at what I avoided and many other women didn't. Raw and intense.


Here's the full review:

To be honest, when I picked up Shackled I wasn't sure what to expect. But I really enjoyed this story. This book puts a shine on domestic abuse. Any kind of abuse is
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Steffy
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Stars: 2.5/5

Shackled is a very disturbing book…because of the subject it’s dealing with: Abusive relationships. I had seen a Tyra show a few years ago about naïve high school girls getting into these abusive relationships.
You get Lucy point of view along with Ryan the…’abuser’ you see them get into that unhealthy spiral, Lucy is not aware of how far he is going until it’s almost too late and how he doesn’t even realize how messed up he really is.
I think every teenage girl should read that book…
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Michelle
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
o.O GO READ NOW! Oh how I wish I could write my full review NOW. But I'm on a blog tour so must wait! All I can say is. I finished it in less than 2 hrs. I Gripped my nook the whole time. And I cried. Oh man.. And this is from a reader who tends NOT to like contemporaries!

- As many of you know, Contemporaries are not something I tend to venture into when it comes to reviewing. However when Angela inquired about me reviewing shackled, and shared information about Respect month, I felt like this
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Charlie
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you know a young lady, please buy this book and give it to her – no matter if she’s 14 or 34. This is a story she needs to hear…maybe a story she’s finding herself living in, or suspect’s a friend is living in.

Carling writes a crystal clear picture of a controlling, abusive relationship when young Lucy and her family move to Washington. Ryan is a pretty, rich boy who takes an instant liking to Lucy, but things soon start becoming too much. Ryan cuts Lucy off from his friends, isolates her and
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Antonia♥
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘’Shackled’’ is one of the best books I have EVER read. After reading it, I became an emotional wreck. The story is so complex and beautiful, you will beg for more, believe me. But the most important thing is that ‘’Shackled’’ has an important message for everybody. Unfortunately, nowadays, many girls are in Lucy’s situation and it’s not OK. If you read this book, you will be dumbfounded.

Everything changed when Lucy Taylor moved with her family in a new town. She was the new girl and HE put his
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Oana Ungureanu
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oana: Finally, here we have the review of Shackled. So, Irina, I have read Shackled before you did, and I kinda had my steady oppinion. I tend to think you got a bit different oppinion from mine. Did you have any initial expectations from Shackled?

Irina: Hey. I'm glad you asked me this. Okey, I really didn't know what to think about Angela's book. I haven't read a synopsis or reviews or other stuff, I wanted to be surprised..And I was surprised. And hell yeah, I really enjoyed the book. But you
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The Sweet Bookshelf
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me first say that for some reason I kept thinking there would be a paranormal aspect to this book. Without that it would be an abuse story. Having been through an abusive childhood, if I'd know it, I wouldn't have read it at all. I don't like to think about it. I feel the summary should mention something about that.


Lucy is likeable enough. But, I didn't feel that bond I usually get with a character. I wanted to know her more. The story is mainly told through her point of view except for a f
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
To say this was a powerful novel would be an understatement. This was so much more.

This novel was truly so well written. So well voiced.

Sensitive topis of abuse can be so hard to write about but Carling handles this so well that it will blow your mind.

I am actually a little speechless to be honest. Maybe I should just say that the characters in this book are completely unforgettable and that I will be thinking about them for a very long time. Long after the book has been put down and long after
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Krysten
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That's what I thought. What an incredibly powerful novel.

This is a book about abuse and was written because of how abuse affect the author's life. Her sister went through her own situation and this book shows you that abuse can come in many shapes and forms and that a lot of times it's hard to see at first what's happening.

I loved this book. I could not put it down. From the second I started reading I found myself wanting to find out what would happen next. It's heartbreaking because Lucy g
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Sara
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shackled is a book about abuse and controlling behavior. This book was very good and well written. Lucy and her family have just moved to Washington, and on her first day of school she meets the charming Ryan. Soon he is asking her out and she is very intrigued by him and thinks she is in love. But soon Ryan's behavior starts to change, and soon Lucy is feeling scared and trapped. It even includes and anklet to keep track of her location at all times, and she is trapped wearing jeans to hide it ...more
Tamsen
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down. I think every Mother of a teen, a teen or dating Woman should read it. It is about a teenager who moves to a new city and finds the most popular boy in school is interested in her. She can't believe it! He seems almost to good to be true. The longer the romance goes the more she begins to "feel" like something is not right.
Very well written and good character development. It is scary how fast we can get involved with someone without really kno
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PopcornReads
ARC Giveaway & Review: We’re participating in the Indie Author Giveaway Hop, and are delighted to have Shackled by Angela Carling as our giveaway. This is Angela’s second book and it covers a very important subject, domestic abuse – specifically boyfriend abuse; however, it does that in a way that doesn’t lecture or preach. The way we’re taught to be as girls sets us up, no matter how smart or competent or self-confident we seem, to easily fall prey to the predators in this world. This is a ...more
Jaedyn
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it was such a good book. perfect length and amazing details. it was like i was watching the book instead of reading it.
Kristina
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon!
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
SOOOOO Good!!!!!!! :D Full review coming soon!!
Morgan
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Review to come...
Kim Justice
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
First of all lets just take a minute to say these are the types of books that are easy reads. Just not because of the number of pages but because once I start reading I can not put it down till I am done.

The characters are likeable and believable and the connections:

To read more of my review: https://breathoflifebookreviews.blogs...
Avery Olive
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved Angela Carlings Unbreakable Love, I thought it was a sweet, sensual love story touching on the paranormal but I was blown away by her latest novel Shackled.

After reading the back cover blurb you get a small sense of what the novel is about, I knew what I was getting into, sort of, but once I read the dedication, I knew I had to sit down and read it right away.

This is a story of triumph. It tugs at your heart because sadly this subject isn’t given the attention it deserves. So often are
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Amanda (Born Bookish)
New girl Lucy moves to Washington with her family when her dad gets a new job. When the good looking and seemingly perfect, Ryan gives her a tour of the school, Lucy immediately falls for him. Their relationship moves at super speed before Lucy realizes just how deep she’s gotten herself, only by then it’s too late.

I was a little nervous about reading this book, knowing it focused on an abusive relationship, but I think the author handled the subject really well: portraying the ugliness of abuse
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Autumn Review
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, review, blog-tours
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 tota
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A Book Vacation
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Carling writes a compelling novel that had me on pins and needles. Lucy is a very naive teenager, as many teenagers are, and her story is extremely compelling—one I think all females should read, especially as abuse in relationships comes in all forms and crosses all age barriers. This isn’t just a book for teens, but for all women.

I found myself, on many an occasion, vocally chiding the characters, especially Lucy, as the novel progressed. Unfortunately, Lucy tends to make poor decision after p
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Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
While I have not had the chance, yet, I was dying to read her first novel Unbreakable Love (the cover is hot!). So imagine how thrilled I was when Angela Carling asked me review her new book Shackled. On the first day of her new school, Lucy notices Ryan... and he notices her. Quickly they become inseparable. Lucy notices little things about Ryan almost immediately that make her a little uneasy. Lucy also starts to notice Ryan's best friend, Mason.

I was impressed by how Angela Carling tackled su
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Patricia Mckelvy
While I have not had the chance, yet, I was dying to read her first novel Unbreakable Love (the cover is hot!). So imagine how thrilled I was when Angela Carling asked me review her new book Shackled. On the first day of her new school, Lucy notices Ryan... and he notices her. Quickly they become inseparable. Lucy notices little things about Ryan almost immediately that make her a little uneasy. Lucy also starts to notice Ryan's best friend, Mason.

I was impressed by how Angela Carling tackled su
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Irinna
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
THIS IS JUST A SMALL PART OF THE REVIEW. HERE IT IS THE LINK FOR THE WHOLE ONE: http://bookaholic29.blogspot.ro/2012/...


Oana: Finally, here we have the review of Shackled. So, Irina, I have read Shackled before you did, and I kinda had my steady oppinion. I tend to think you got a bit different oppinion from mine. Did you have any initial expectations from Shackled?

Irina: Hey. I'm glad you asked me this. Okey, I really didn't know what to think about Angela's book. I haven't read a synopsis or r
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Misty Rios
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that every teenage girl should read. I know I will definitely be passing it on to my daughter. Shackled addresses the often overlooked issue of abusive relationships.
It effectively takes place in high school because that is often when the trouble begins. Girls will often do anything to keep a boy's affection and to maintain their social status, oftentimes putting themselves in danger.
I loved that Angela Carling allowed us to look into the minds of both the abused and the abuser.
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Tamikia
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry but I just couldn't like this book. Some of it was just so far fetched at times and no I'm not talking about unrealistic in the over the top Lifetime movie way either. But the whole crap where he spies on her with his dad's help was just stupid plus what's the worse type of fluff to put in what's supposed to be a book about a serious matter? A love triangle! That's right the main character had another guy who was the abusive boy's best friend in love with her (and who I also wonder if ...more
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
This is one of those books that I wish I could bring to the high schools in my area and hand out to every girl that goes there. Shackled, is a very compelling story about a girl who is new and town and ends up falling for the hot guy in school. But, danger is right around the corner and she doesn't see it.

The topic in this compelling and non preachy book is domestic abuse, more specifically boyfriend abuse. Its a hard topic to read and the author does an amazing job at painting both sides of the
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Raised in Palm Springs California. A desert rat that writes Young Adult novels and loves all kitties and her family. Can be bribed with chocolate. Published books, Unbreakable Love, Shackled, Becoming Bryn, The Secret Keeper and In The Dying Light (book 2 of the secret keeper series) out in March 2016!