Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Shackled by Angela Carling

Review: Shackled by Angela Carling

IN A GLANCE: A gripping story about a girl who is blinded by love, so much so that she doesn't see the warning signs that are right in front of her. Shackled is a powerful book that all teen girls should read!!

Title: Shackled
Author: Angela Carling
Publisher: Acacia Publishing
Format: Paperback ARC (Given to me for this tour and for my honest review!)
Pages: 202 Pages
ISBN #: 978-1935089-54-4
Buy This: Amazon

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 naïve and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


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 in 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 story.  I really enjoyed reading the book.  I want to commend the author for taking on this very hard topic and sharing it with all of us.  I know its one that is very near and dear to her heart mainly because she tells the story of her sister at the end of the book. 

I will say at times I wanted to climb into the story and yell at the characters and at other times I was sitting in my chair crying for them.  Angela Carling does a wonderful job at showing both Ryan's and Lucy's sides of the story, which in return gives us the details on why he is the way he is.   Not that it excuses his behavior in any way, but its always good to get both sides.   Angela Carling took a story about abuse and didn't cram it down the readers throats and that for me made this story more real. 

Overall, Shackled is a book filled with a very hard topic to discuss.  It's defiantly a good read and I can't wait to read more books from this tremendous author. 

Final Thought:

Any mother out there reading this review, please if you have a teen daughter get this book for her and have her read it.  It's a great way to get the warning signs out there and not be to pushy about it!


Plot: 19/20
Creativity: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Characters: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

98 out of 100 = 4 1/2 Puppies!!!

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