For as long as Gemma Lucas can remember, she has felt nothing but emptiness. It doesn’t help that she was raised by grandparents who never showed her any affection. Things change when she starts having dreams which somehow begin to unlock her emotions.
A few weeks later, she meets a stranger on the college campus; a guy she has been dreaming about. When they touch, electricity shoots up her arm. It just so happens that this guy, Alex, and his sister, Aislin, are new in town and are in Gemma’s astrology class. When the three have to work on a project together, Gemma can’t help but feel drawn to Alex, but she gets extremely conflicting messages from him. When the monsters from her dreams start appearing in her waking life, she can’t help wonder if she’s mad.
But something isn’t right with Alex and Aislin and Gemma doesn’t know what it is. However, as her emotions begin to get stronger, long-buried secrets are revealed. Can she trust her new friends? She might not have a choice…
What intrigued me about this story was that it is a re-imagining of one of the author’s other books, The Fallen Star, which I reviewed here, as part of Indie Only 2014. And this made me curious. The original was a YA paranormal story, whilst this re-imagining is an adult paranormal romance. I have read books where the stories remain the same but are told from a different characters viewpoint but this I had never come across.
I enjoyed this world the author created, one full of witches, vampires, monsters, demons and many other paranormal creatures beside. And as for the characters, I thought they were well-developed and engaging. My favourite was probably Laylen, but I thought the conflicted relationship between Gemma and Alex was gripping. It isn’t hard to feel for Gemma as the story progresses; for her to go from feeling nothing, to feeling everything and then wondering if she will lose her emotions again is a gruelling thing to suffer.
The only problem I had with reading Shattered Promises was that I could recall too much of The Fallen Star and the stories kept conflicting in my head. But that really doesn’t have anything to do with the book nor the author’s efforts. After all, the books are aimed at different audiences and probably not intended to be read by both. That being said, I did enjoy this re-imagined story, possibly more than the original. And, if you are a fan of paranormal romance, I would recommend you give this a read or if YA is your thing, The Fallen Star.