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Shattered Secrets

(Book of Red #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  61 reviews
After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant.
She couldn't be more wrong.

The boy who saves her holds her heart.

But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.

Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The m
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Curiosity Quills (first published March 2nd 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2014
Ever felt bad when you did a review on a book? Usually I don't..but I love the publisher's on this book. They publish one of my favorite authors and I am sad this book just didn't cut it for me.

The blurb on this book makes it sound so good. Don't worry. It sucked.

What I hated:
The main character Abigail. Mary Sue all the way. All the boys love her. Wonderful parents, great gal and does no wrong. Oh she gets kidnapped and finds out she has powers that can save the world. Yep.
Don't forget how beaut
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.)

How pleased am I that this is over? 100 stars!

Who would I recommend this to? People who loved Teardrop.

Will I ever read this again? No. I cannot delete this off my kindle fast enough.

I really didn’t like this book. This was one of those where I wondered if my ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ philosophy was actually going to kill me.

I didn’t like any of the characters
Aneta Bak
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Abigail loves Derick. After sharing their first kiss Derick completely stopped talking to Abigail without a reason why. As Abigail comes back form her first date after suffering form the heartbreak, she is kidnapped and taken to a cabin in the woods. What Abigail is about to find out is that her life might not be as normal as she thought it was. With her family keeping secrets, a new threat and two boys fighting over her, Abigail is in a huge mess.

I really wanted to give up on it when I started
Eureca Laurice
DNF at 90%

I can't bear to seat this in my currently reading shelf anymore. This is my 3rd almost-finished-but-I-can't-anymore books. It'll be 2015 and I don't want it to remind me my so slow-paced reading stride this year. I was cut by total half of read-book this year.

Why dnf?? It's bad. This is fucking bad. I tried to be lenient, since the story has potential, oh well every story for me has its potential. But it's quite unique in a sense because it was incorporated with games. Games!! Yes, gam
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Abby is kidnapped by two psychopaths, tossed into the trunk of a car, and taken to a nasty cabin in the woods. She is rescued by two friends, and wakes up in the hospital. And that is only the beginning. Abby learns more about herself and her boyfriend, Derik, than she can possibly believe. How would you like to be kidnapped, learn you are adopted, and find out that you are not even human all in the space of a few days?

This was a very well written, exciting story by Krystal Wade. It had just en
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant.
She couldn't be more wrong.The boy who saves her holds her heart.But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.

I love Wilde's series ,so when Krystal asked me for a honest review i couldn't say no to her another fantasy adventure.Abigail life seems to be happy,normal with her parents who love her and her best friends Derick,who she loved always.Life's was looking up when
Kay Froebel
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of elements in it that worked really well. First and foremost, I loved the concept of beings existing parallel to our world with the ability to alter the affairs of humans. The whole actions being able to be manipulated by other beings isn't new, but Wade offers a great take on it.

Her characters are another solid aspect. I absolutely loved Abby. She was sarcastic and independent which I really liked. I am a sucker for strong female roles. I also reall
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Everything about you has been kept a secret for 17 years. Then one after another the secrets come crashing down around your ears and demand to recognised. What would you do and how would you react? This is what Abby has to ask herself as she deals with being kidnapped after a date gone wrong.

There is enough confusion, twists, turns, trust issues as well as what might be a slightly dodgy advice giving book to make this boo
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The truth will out.

Shattered Secrets is an excellent, unpredictable and highly entertaining YA novel from an author not afraid to take the road less travelled in her storytelling. Centred around the imagined existence of two opposing supernatural factions, it's a good versus evil match to the death. But as is often the case, the hard line between good and bad is often blurry when you examine it more closely, and no one is ever all one or the other.

Having read another of Krystal Wade's books, I'm
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an Advanced copy of this book to read from the author on the way home from work sitting in the back seat of her car on a daily basis. I promised to give a honest and fair review of her work.

Fall in love with a boy. Then the boy leaves you. Your world is shattered. Then you get kidnapped and told they were going to kill you, and are rescued by that same boy. He does still love you. Then you find out you aren’t even human. What do you mean not human? Then that you were adopted. Could li
Mara Valderran
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was a really great read! I love the overall plot. I am a sucker for characters that discover hidden truths about themselves, and I love how everyone around Abby knew before she did, even her parents. I really appreciated that Derick didn't know everything. He just found out about everything surrounding their abilities and identities himself, so they sort of go on this journey together on the same page.

Having a first person POV book with multiple POVs can be jarring, but I felt like Derrick
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Once again it just goes to show that the cover whore in me always wins out. I never cease to be lured in by a pretty cover and an alluring synopsis.

While I would love to say this blew me away, it sadly just didn't. While it does have a pretty nice concept, good versus evil and lots of action I couldn't help being disappointed at the lack of depth to the characters that I so sorely need to really make a book stand out to me.

The writing was a little all over the place, going back and forth from on
Michelle Hauck
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This book just wasn't for me. I couldn't get into it, no matter how hard I tried. I didn't like the main characters. Abigail was a huge damsel in distress. She relied on Derick for everything and most of her thoughts were about him. She was inconsistent and jumped around from one thing to another, making the plot hard to follow. For instance, one minute she wasn't ready for intimate contact, then next she was focusing on going
Sharon Bayliss
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
I loved The Darkness Falls series, so I was excited to find that I loved Shattered Secrets even more! It's a fast-paced, high-stakes blend of suspense and fantasy, with a heavy dose of romantic and family drama in the mix. The book starts off fast with a love lost and Abigail kidnapped by a pair of psychos who seem to have some serious delusions about who or what Abigail is. However, these "delusions" turn out to be all too true. Abigail may have thought that boy troubles were her biggest concer ...more
Jackie -Sated Faery
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-paranormal
Wow! What a thrill ride! The action starts right at the beginning with Abby’s kidnapping. She doesn’t make it easy on them, though, and that’s what I love about her. She’ll fight even if she thinks she has no hope of rescue. When she does get rescued it’s just the beginning of the craziness that takes over her life. The jerk next door that she’s been trying to forget is back in her life but she has to decide if she can trust him and believe all the other weird things that are starting to happen. ...more
Jen Estes
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Abby is your typical high school girl, or so she thought. After she survives a kidnapping, Abby learns the shocking truth about herself.

The intriguing plot, detailed world-building, and clever teen voice made this a page-turner. Krystal Wade expertly weaves the fine line of making YA entertaining for both teens and adults. Her heroine Abby is not only relatable, but a believably strong and independent character - she's smart without the aleck, naive without being stupid, and vulnerable without
Eliza Tilton
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since I've watched The Neverending Story, I've been searching for that magical book. When I first read the blurb for Shattered Secrets, I knew I just had to read it, and it didn't disappoint. There's something insanely cool about a talking book, even if it's not 100% trustworthy.

Wade created a lot of lore for this story. The world is fully fleshed out with a unique history and superhuman abilities.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful page turning read with romance, fan
Cynthia Phippins
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must say that I really enjoyed Krystal Wade's newest novel. It will drag you in and leave you eager for the next volume. ...more
Yolanda Davis
Feb 21, 2014 marked it as to-read
marked as to read; it looks exciting
Emma Adams
I was Krystal’s editor for this book, so feel free to discount my opinion. But I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Abby and Derick as I did. :) Recommended for fans of fantasy and romance!
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Curious Quills Press for sending me a copy of the book, I’m grateful for the chance to read this book as it caught my attention and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for some time.

Ah, this book frustrated me to no end. I can’t even come up with an exact rating for the book, but I think 1.5 would suffice in this case. It’s one of the few rare books that I can’t say I enjoyed at any part of the reading, and I think I can break the problems down to a shortened, point-form list:

Madiha (Paper Skies)

I'm having a hard time reviewing this book, because there were a lot of things I really liked about it, but quite a few things that were absolutely cringe worthy.

About the pros: I have to say that I enjoyed Wade's writing a lot. It flowed smoothly and didn't sound odd or bumpy. The dialogue was realistic and it accurately portrayed the way teenagers talk, and it seems like Wade has been writing for dozens of years. Another thing I loved about the book was the story. The idea of Abby's kin
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Abigail Nichol's has just been out on a date with her childhood friend Mark. She's in the midst of trying to get over her best friend of 5 years, Derick, who kissed her and then hasn't spoken to her in 3 months. But that's about to change, no sooner has she slammed the door in Dericks face than she is kidnapped, stuffed in the trunk of a car and hog tied while a couple of psycho's play a video game and clearly take their role playing too seriously. Lucky for her Mark and Derick save her. Derick ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Shattered Secrets was a very intriguing start to the Book of Red series….

I thought the storyline was good, I liked the way Abigail’s world is changed through the kiss of the boy who holds her heart – Derick – and how it acts as a catalyst that unveils powers, secrets and a different world. For the most part the book is set in the real world with a supernatural tone to it – which I like – but then towards the ending, it takes on a more fantasy feel and I liked the blending of both. I thought the
Carrie Slager
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Way back I reviewed Krystal Wade’s debut trilogy Darkness Falls. I fell in love with her style of writing and have been eagerly awaiting her next work. Shattered Secrets didn’t really sound like what I’d normally pick up but since I enjoyed her previous work I requested it on NetGalley anyway. The world-building was just as good, the characters were reasonably well fleshed-out and the plot was very fast
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her.

The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
More of my reviews can be read on my blog Reviews For The Living And The Undead . Feel free to follow me. I love when people follow my blog.

Abigail's life changes when she is kidnapped by two men she has never met. She has no idea why they took her, but soon they start talking about things that can't be possible in anything but a video game. Luckily, she is soon rescued by Derick, the boy she used to like, and one of her best friends. She soon finds out that her life is not going to get normal
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Boy is Abigail’s life complex! Everything she thinks she knows about herself, her friends, her family and the boy she cares for is…well…wrong. She’s not just a normal girl and her life is much bigger than she believes. She’s more important to the world in which she belongs which, by the way, is the not the one she calls home. It makes her head spin…and sometimes the reader’s head spins right along with her.

The world created here is definitely unique. And Abigail’s introduction to it is jarring.
Tia Bach
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 stars, but worthy of rounding up

Abigail Nichols thinks her biggest problem is trying to figure out Derick's reaction to their kiss, and why he's been avoiding her. Then, she's abducted by strangers with crazy stories and everything changes.

Everything she thought she knew, even about her parents, proves to be wrong as she discovers who she is and what role she will play. She and Derick end up on the run with only a book to help them figure things out. Lives hang in the balance while t
Elizabeth Ashley
Overall: Adventure
Characters: Derick and Mark and Abby
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend if You Like…Mortal Instruments
Book Boyfriend: Derick
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Sex Scenes: No

Read at my blog:

Generally speaking I really liked this book. I enjoyed Abby and Derick's relationship. Dericks initial distance is explained quickly and yet its completely understandable (given the books' sci fi/paranormal element). The idea of a parallel un
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