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Shattered Promises

(Shattered Promises #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  13,957 ratings  ·  861 reviews
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.
(A re-imagining of my young adult book, The Fallen Star, told as a New Adult Paranormal)

For twenty-one year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. She knows nothing about her past and has been haunted by the same monsters in her nightmares for the last few months. Unemotional and numb to life, she feels disconn
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jessica Sorensen
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favs
Erica Ravenclaw
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one

Warning: colorful language abound!

Shattered Promises is absolutely ridiculous.

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Now lets all be honest with ourselves for a moment, shall we? When you see a book with a title like this on top of a cover like that there are certain assumptions that are fairly safe to make. Chief among them is that this is not literary genius with deep characters and a multidimensional plot. Instead rather you conjure up a little dash of insta-love, controlling love interest who is moody and borderline abu
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m not a huge fan of paranormal books but this story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The main character Gemma is just fantastic and Jessica Sorensen’s writing had me hooked!

"For as long as I can remember, I've never been able to feel any emotion. Sadness, happiness, love; they are all just words to me. They have no more meaning or importance than the shoes on my feet."

Gemma is a senior in college with gorgeous violet eyes who has NEVER experienced an emotion. She has been an ou
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gemma’s life has not been normal. She has lived her twenty one years numb. No feelings, no one who loves her or cares, and no one she loves. She grew up with her distant grandparents, and now she lives a lone in an apartment by her school.
Why do people laugh? What makes them cry? Smile? What allows them to love? These are the questions I’ve asked myself for nearly the last twenty one years.
What makes people feel?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to feel any emotion. Sadness,
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult-Paranormal Romance

Can you imagine spending your life void of any emotions
no happiness,
no sadness,
no lust,
no love,
no hate... Just, nothing... Empty. Well, that's the life Gemma has led.

As far back as Gemma can remember she has spent her life isolated and emotionally disconnected from the world. She has no friends and her grandparents may as well be non existent because they show her no love or
Jessica Louise
Jan 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Jessica Sorensen can do no wrong, other then leave me with a cliffhanger at the end of a brilliant book , lol!
Can't wait for this next read!!
Her life had been a cold and lonely existence. No one seemed to care about her, even the grandparents she lived with. Even Gemma couldn’t summon any emotion in her life, she just was, just existed. If was like the day her parents died, even though she can’t remember them, her heart and soul shut down. Graduating and leaving home, she has a few years of college under her belt, still moving in a cocooned world of not feeling, until suddenly, there was color and she did feel something, was it emoti ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, supernatural

That's the feeling I'm left with, ending Shattered Promises just now. I started this book thinking times and times again "What? What the heck? But why? WHAT? I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS!". Yeah, I was more confused that the main character...

When you meet Gemma, she's in college and you learn that she doesn't have feelings. No anger, no pain, no love, no nothing. Which is pretty interesting and intriguing, right? Then, all of a sudden, all of her emotions come alive at once and..I gues
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!!

I loved it!!! Such an interesting and unique story!!!

“Why do people laugh? What makes them cry? Smile? What allows them to love? These are the questions I’ve asked myself for nearly the last twenty-one years.”

Gemma has been living without experiencing any emotions for the last 21 years. Until one day when she suddenly felt everything...and she starts crying without a reason. After that...she slowly starts feeling. This is all new to her and she doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t
Mar 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
In twenty one years, Gemma, a beautiful girl with violet eyes, was never able to feel anything. She never had any kind of emotions. She doesn't have friends, her parents died when she a was baby and she lived all her life with her cold hearted grandparents. Not that she would mind, after all she have no feelings.

“For as long as I can remember, I've never been able to feel any emotion. Sadness, happiness, love; they are all just words to me. They have no more meaning or importance than the shoe
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
My initial assessment holds true.

At first, I made it to up to 41%
I had to stop.

>It was the umpteenth time he'd subdued her with his body to "calm her down".
>By that point I was simply, "Alex, I dub thee Douche bag. Capital D"
>Because the next time he did the same thing, I really did hope she'd "calm down" with her foot up his ass.

And to think I was liking all the confusion of her maybe I'm crazy/maybe I'm not at the beginning. Now that? That was a promising start, it had me thinkin
Blech. About the only good thing I can say about this is that the writing itself wasn't awful. (I'm talking mechanics here, the pacing was terrible.) Alex, the main love interest, is rapey and is so moody he might as well be bipolar. Our protagonist, Gemma, reacts strangely to situations and is difficult to relate to. Characters ramble a lot. Despite her supposed interest in Alex, Gemma still seemed pretty willing to jump a secondary love interest's bones, which made me dislike her even more. (N ...more
Jessica's Book Review
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I don’t know how Jessica Sorensen does it but each book she writes sucks me in hard and doesn’t spit me back out! Her writing takes me to a whole new place that I don’t ever want to leave in this imaginary world with amazing characters and sexy male leads. Shattered Promises is like nothing I have read before from Ms. Sorensen. I adored The Secret of Ella & Micha, I devoured The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, and now I am completely in l
Kristin Campbell
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cd_authors
This is not like Jessica's other books, AT ALL! She takes the Fallen Star series and turns into an erotic rollercoaster ride of emotions. Get it? Gemma? Emotions? Imagine never feeling any emotions and then BAM! they all hit you, and Lust, is the strongest one to feel. Yeah, that's Gemma.

I loved Alex in this version! He's so different from the original series. He lets go of his emotions, and doesn't try to push them down as much as before.

Nic was alot easier to dislike. He's more aggressive an
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't even have WORDS to describe this! This book blew me away! The story is so unique and the characters are fantastic. I was up all night making sure I read every last word and now I can't wait to see what happens next!!

Highly recommend this!!

Oh, and did I mention that it's HOT!? As in, some of the hottest stuff I've read? Yes, it's true!
Mary Tatar
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mary Elizabeth's Review

Jessica Sorensen's re-imagining of the Fallen Star Series was like reading a whole new book. The series was perfect. I enjoyed the series immensely. The story was so unique. Now adding Alex and Gemma a few years older was so intriguing. This series has so much to do with discovering and understanding your feelings, that it was a real hit for me. I was introduced to these characters in a new light. Alex and Gemma were able to pursue their feelings in a whole new way.

I found the Fallen Star series by JS to be enjoyable, and when I saw this (basically just the characters when they're in college and a few years older, plus a couple of sexual situations) I was really excited to read it, because I've been a little obsessed over NA books lately.

But, I was so disappointed with this. When I read the prologue (which was fantastic) I thought, "Yeah, this is gonna be a great book!", and it just .. wasn't.

Gemma, the protagonist, I found to be very unlikeable. At
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
1. I got this one for free on don't judge me.
2. It belongs to the new adult genre and it is delicious...the simple fact that I typed that statement has me judging myself.
3. It is basically a Mortal Instruments rip off with explicit sex scenes, so if you didn't like one, you may not find joy in the other.
4. For those of you who did enjoy mortal instruments and didn't know about this book until you saw it pop up in your feed, you're welcome :)
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is absolutely amazing! Jessica has taken a story I adore, kicked it up a notch and then turned it on it's head. I love that this is a NA paranormal read. It is like a little gift wrapped bundle of my favorite things. Here are ten random reasons why I think this book is made of amazing topped with awesomesauce and sprinkled with spectacular:

1) It is an "I can not put this book down and if you even think about asking me to then you should be very afraid" book.

2) There is a scene so hot i
Heather andrews
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH OMFG! AHHHHHHHHHHHH (temper tantrum done!) Alex I love you but man oh man you made me work for it! Your such an ass at times, "Suddenly his expression slips into a scowl. "I'm sorry, but did I give you permission to put your hands on me?" UGH come on Alex! Of course I forgive you as your just to sexy for your own damn good, "He is leaning back in his chair with his arms tucked behind his head and his eyes are half open. His shirt is riding up and his rock hard abs are peeking out. ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I feel like a guppy out of water. I'm an incoherent, babbling fool. This book seemed to suck the words right out of my head but I'll try to make this review worth it. I think New Adult books by the likes of Jessica Sorensen, Rachael Wade and Jennifer Armentrout may have ruined YA books for me. Now before you go throwing books at my head, just hear me out! This book has the anticipation with all of the angst you'd expect from a YA read except it is more graphic and has follow through. I'm an adul ...more
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5

Shattered Promises is definitely an intriguing story where we see paranormal on a completely different level. You definitely get a mix of fantasy, paranormal and a little bit of mythology all thrown together and this book and I definitely liked the factor in this book and being honest there are a shit ton of questions. What makes this book so interesting is all the unknown answers, the never ending heated moments, the questioning of how to respond to a hot character, etc.

The main chara
Stina Rubio
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Everything that comes from this author is gold! It's as if she is Midas and turns everything to gold, in a good way. I haven't been disappointed by anything she had written. I thought her NA novels were fudging amazing, and they are don't get me wrong. But I love when there is Paranormal things involved and that just made it better. I read it in once sitting as I am sure others will too. Jessica keep it up and keep them coming, you are fantastic.

Shattered Promises is suspenseful, sexy, an
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am torn between 3.5 to 4 STARS! I have mixed feelings re this start of the series.... And it's FREE right now...

For the free purchase links and my review, click here : SLITSREAD
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Origianl review posted:

WOW. That’s the first word that comes to mind. I’m just a teensy bit obsessed with Jessica Sorensen *hold thumb and forefinger apart*, in fact it was the Fallen Star series that introduced me to her work so for her to do a reimagining of the series made my year! Not gonna lie I was thinking how she would go about doing this and whether it would actually work, and all I can say is she nailed it! Lemme just say you don’t need to read
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gemma Lucas is a 21 year old college student. She has never been normal and has absolutely no memory of her past. How can you really be normal when you are numb to any feelings and have eyes the color of violet? She was raised by her grandparents due to her parents being killed when she was really young. Her relationship with her grandparents is... well, let’s just say they treat their newspaper better than they treat her. Gemma grew up disconnected to everything and everyone. She is numb, she ...more
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog!! :) :)

As it states this is a reimagining of her YA series The Fallen Star. I absolutely love the fact that she's started doing this for a couple of her YA series. While I'm not saying that there's something wrong with them I really enjoy those for the genre that they're in. They're great! But it's also just as fun to hear these stories on a bit of a higher level. Instead of being in high school, they're in college so the age level is different. The situations are di
Jan 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read, arc, blog-tours
I was so excited when Jessica announced that she was making The Fallen Star series into a New Adult Fantasy series as we were going to get a whole load of hot scenes and that is exactly what Shattered Promises had! The plot of this book was the exact same as The Fallen Star but it was like reading a brand new book! There were some new scenes added and some scenes were changed or more was added in or taken away from them! I have to be honest and say that I did find some scenes a little bit rushed ...more
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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