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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Monsters lurk where you least expect…

Charlotte has always felt ordinary compared to her two best friends at the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute. Not enigmatic and daring like Ariel or beautiful and brilliant like Devon, Charlotte has never quite met the standards of the school—or those of her demanding mother. But with Ariel and Devon by her side, none of that mat
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Matt Pavloff I've read Breaking (but not Burning) and I don't think the first installment is necessary. It probably adds to the story, but Breaking stands fairly w…moreI've read Breaking (but not Burning) and I don't think the first installment is necessary. It probably adds to the story, but Breaking stands fairly well on its own.(less)

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May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was sold at prep school with a hint of paranormal, but that doesn't seem like what we got. I didn't read the first book of this series, but companion novel usually means that you don't need prior knowledge. Now I'm wondering if it would have helped...

I struggled with Charlotte. I understand being upset about the suicide of your BFFs, but it felt like her inner monologue was glamorizing suicide. She kept thinking things about "not being brave enough" to join her friends in the dark.

There was a
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first book by Danielle and I am abso-freaking-lutely a fan of hers now! As soon as I read that this was a suspense/thriller type of book, I was all for it. No questions asked. The dark undertone that it seemed to ooze with every page made me too giddy for words and I wanted it to last a lifetime.
Going in, I knew NOTHING about this world and I just found out that I read the 'second' book in the series. They actually seem to
rachel ☾
Breaking definitely delivered the venomous thriller it promised. It was short, sharp and shiny. I managed to whizz through it in one evening, the very night that it appeared on my front door. It helped that the beginning was edgy and drew me in but I will say that it didn’t quite manage to perfectly pace the intensity throughout the story. Maybe because of the character’s mild reactions to the twists and revelations? I understand why they acted like they did but their passivity really dampened m ...more
Marie the Librarian
Well this was interesting. It all got solved a bit too quickly at the end but I like how it was also an open ending.
DNF at 17%. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I am really sad about this. I loved her first book in this series, and when I saw this book would be a book set in the same universe + boarding school + mystery? I just had to have it. I just needed to read it.

Sadly, I can't like Charlotte, I wonder how she is even still at that school, if it is so prestigious as it is said it is. Then again, I can do a good guess and I think the word we are looking for is money. :|
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

While BREAKING certainly met its goal of being a thriller, I was mostly disappointed with the book. The hints of the supernatural were disappointing and though it kept my interest, there were too many questions left unanswered for me to be completely satisfied with the read.

To be fair, I read BREAKING in one sitting. It kept me completely glued to my seat, and I was desperate to know how it ended while I was reading it. Once I finished and thought abou
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, arc
I received this from Netgalley in return for an honest review

2.5 Stars.

Charlottes' two best friends committed suicide and she want to find out why. While packing up her things in her dorm after being 'asked to leave', the private and prestigious boarding school she attends, she discovers a bottle with the instruction 'drink me' so naturally she does. This turns out to be one of three clues and so she convinces her mother and the dean to give her one last shot. What she doesn't tell them how
Manon the Malicious
*3.75 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte’s two best friends both killed themselves in the last few months. She is obviously devastated but she’s also certain that something was up with them… Just before being asked to “take some time off” from school, she finds a clue that one of her friends left her. That clue is labeled 2/3.
After packing and deciding to give up, she changes her mind and wants to go back to school to figure the whole thing out.
Mar 28, 2017 added it
The book "Breaking" by Danielle Rollins was all in all a very dramatic and interesting book. It is about this girl named Charlotte that had always been a distant and quite person. Charlotte didn't live up to the other kids that went to their school. Neither did Ariel or Devon that's why they all got along. But next thing she knows both of her best friends have committed suicide and she has no idea why. But she finds a bottle that was from Ariel and she drinks what was in it. Soon she starts to l ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed the characters that Danielle created, the story did not have that pull I'd expect to go along with the mystery aspect. Overall, it's a forgettable story that I wanted more from.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. The pacing was intense and the story drove me to keep reading. I read with horror, with tears and with curiosity. I loved the characters and I'm quite excited to read the sequel because I assume with that ending, there will be a sequel.
I...I...this book was just terrible. Before I read this book at the request of a co-worker, I read the jacket and told her my worry that it would glorify suicide to some capacity. And this did. Twice. In the second chapter: "Devon followed Ariel to that dark place knowing I would never be brave or strong enough to meet them there." Then a page later "Nice girls don't kill themselves. Nice girls get left behind. Nice girls cry in their beds alone." But then there is this severe departure. The plo ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, physical-2017
Super quick read and easy enough story to follow. It was slow to build up speed. I had to get about 60% through before something really happened. The ending felt rushed and maybe a little predictable but it read like a stand alone. I'm slightly curious about the next book.


When I requested this ARC, I did not know it was the companion novel to Burning. It does not read like a companion novel so I can say if you choose to read this without reading the other, you will be okay.

Charlotte, the MC,
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know what compelled me to request this book. I hated the first book, which isn't a good start. I think it was the cover, or the synopsis, or maybe I just decided to give the companion novel the benefit of the doubt. Breaking, however, did not land high enough on my scale to either make me enjoy the book or save it from its predecessor's fate. I didn't like Breaking. I thought it was glamorizing suicide. I thought it was over-dramatic. But, most of all, I thought it lacked the umph necess ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!! I finished this book five seconds ago and my mind has officially been blown. The characters are crazy, so vivid and just there !! Everything that happens messes with your brain, leaves you with questions, and makes you gasp... the story is genius! Mysterious, creepy, dangerous, cruel: and all in the best way possible. This book needs a sequel so bad. I'm so surprised I've never heard people talking about it!
This book has many mentions of suicide, but it's not really talked about in
Abby Lewis
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Win (sort of).

Ah. I loved every second of this book too... and could not put it down! I hope there are going to be more in this series. And if you haven’t decided that then please do decide. I want more! ANd if you read this book... you will too! Brilliant series so far!
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good thriller & great sequels
Last year I read a very creepy and fascinating book called Burning. So when I received the companion novel last week from Bloomsbury Australia, I couldn't wait to read it.

Charlotte attends a prestigious boarding school because her mother is a very busy doctor who travels a lot. Weston isn't the ideal home, still she's managed to make two friends who are more like family. But when Ariel and Devon commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte's left all alone and with so many questions.

Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog

"But I dream of the woods again. Shadows and laughter and running. Searching for the two people I can never find."

Ugh, I really was considering whether writing a review of this book or not, because honestly? I feel like I don't know what to say about it. Did I enjoy it? Probably. Did it blew me away? Definitely not.

The thing with this book and what made me buy it in the first place was the cover and because
3.5 Stars


The dark and gritty, almost fairy tale-like quality of Ariel, Devon, and Charlotte. It almost read like magical realism with a sci-fi twist. I adored the dreamy, twisted idea of them being archetypes of fairy tale princesses whose mothers either abandoned or neglected them and all they had was a sisterhood. Yes, that. Yes.

The characters are imperfect. In fact, they arent even really likable for the most part. The more Charlotte reminisces about Devon and Ariel, the mo
Stephanie Ward
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'Breaking' is an incredibly well done YA thriller that fans of the genre are going to devour. Mysteries and thrillers are at the top of my favorite genres, and by this point it's a bit hard to fully capture my attention. This book grabbed me right from the very beginning and sucked me into Charlotte's world. I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting. I loved all the twists and turns, the secrets and lies, and the supernatural aspects the author included. It made the story uniqu
Victoria Spicer-Stuart
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
*Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children's Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
'Breaking' tells the story of teenager Charlotte Gruen, a senior at Weston, a private boarding school for privileged and talented students. I notice that in the Goodreads description of the book, it says that Charlotte attends The Underhill Preparatory Institute - not sure if the name of the school was changed after that was written? Neither here nor there. Breaking is a companion book t
Ally (book__ventures)
This was my first book by Danielle Rollins. Breaking is the companion novel to Burning. I did not read the first book in this series, but this companion novel almost seems like it could stand alone and does not need prior knowledge. I really wanted to like this book. It had all the ingredients and making of a 5-star YA thriller/mystery, but it just came up short.

The characters were not fully developed. With Charlotte being the main character, she was the one to be the most developed. But, even
Karen Barber
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A chilling start and I really liked the idea behind this.
Our narrator is, understandably, upset as her two best friends have committed suicide. She is struggling to keep focused in school, but when she gets a message left by one of her friends she is determined to do whatever’s needed to stay there while she tries to work out what’s happening.
The spoiler-free review will just mention that a school is a great place to hide secrets. Sometimes the people who are meant to be looking out for you are
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Breaking is the exciting follow-up to Danielle Rollins' Burning! Though, it's considered a companion novel, I would still recommend reading Burning first. There will be characters and events from there that will be mentioned in this one that without prior knowledge of them, it might leave you a bit confused. I found Breaking to be a bit more...myster
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Review to come
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, english, ebook
1st book i read from this author and I really like it!
I planned to red her other books as well!
Jen Knapp
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewing this from the perspective of my teenage self (though that is becoming far away and long ago): A fast-paced read, Breaking mixed realistic fiction with a bit of the supernatural. (Characters may or may not die from being burned alive--from the inside out.) Character development was a bit lacking--I didn't find myself caring much about them. But all in all, it was fun and easy and had stuff teens would probably like: make-out scenes, teens "being bad," adults being evil/"the enemy," a my ...more
Lovely Loveday
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Breaking by Danielle Rollins is a young adult novel that is scheduled to be released on June 6, 2017. Rollins writing style is very addictive, capturing your attention and holding on till the very end. The plot line is very intriguing yet sad at times. The story is about Charlotte who is a very quite person who is somewhat of a loner. She just isn’t like the other kids at her school. Neither is Ariel or Devon which is why they always get along. Soon the story takes a sad and dark turn when both ...more
DNF 15%

I usually attempt to at least get halfway through a book before I put it down, but there were two things about Breaking that irked me. TW//suicide mention, rape

1. This book romanticizes suicide. Though it's not as bad as some other YA books I've read, it still treats suicide as something scary/taboo, and cool, which is not a viewpoint anyone should support. It made me uncomfortable. Not only that, but the main characters personality traits were a) defiant, and b) apathetic, which just di
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