Her emotions slowly surface and she starts experiencing love, happiness, and anger, feelings she never knew existed. But they leave her confused and she doesn’t know whether to embrace them or run away from them.
Her life only gets more complicated when she meets Alex. Sexy, arrogant, and secretive, Alex can get under Gemma’s skin like no one can. Yet she’s drawn to him by an invisible connection she has no control over. She’s also seen him before. In her nightmares.
Every part of Gemma’s mind is screaming at her to stay away from Alex, but every other part of her is begging to get close to him. But the closer she gets, the more she realizes Alex knows more about her than he originally let on.
As secrets about her past unravel, Gemma’s life becomes threatened. She needs to figure out what’s going on, before she winds up dead. But the only person she can turn to for answers is the one person she isn’t sure she can trust.
Now don’t get me wrong I love the Fallen Star series, but I totes love this more. Probably because it was better suited to my age, either way I thought it was great and I fell in love with the characters all over again. Gemma was a much stronger character in this book, I found her to be a little too easy when it came to Alex but in this I felt she definitely gave back as good as she got. She’s strong, honest, sweet, amusing and mature. It felt like she was meant to be this age rather than in high school, it helped make the adventure that much more exciting and went a long way in getting you to connect with her. She’s always known there’s something not right with her, I mean her emotions? Non-existent. Enter Alex and his sister Aislin, and everything she knew is blown to pieces. She’s different alright, in fact she’s special and she has a big purpose to fulfill. We are thrown into a world of myths, stars, witches, Keepers, vampires, faeries…essentially all things paranormal. The attraction between her and Alex is magnified by like a bajillion in this reimagining, and I loved every bloody second of it. One criticism I have from the Fallen Star series is that I didn’t feel there was ENOUGH chemistry I didn’t feel like it was strong enough to have its desired effect, you know us going all crazy for them to get together. But in Shattered Promises Jessica smashed it, the heat between them is scorching and the sparks that fly practically jump out at you. I mean all that sexual tension built, and built till it finally went BOOM!
"Gemma, I think I should stop...I don't want to. You make me...Fuck, you make me feel alive."
“I can’t stop with you.” There’s a plea in his voice, like he’s begging me to make him stop.
“I can tell when you’re lying by the way you’re biting your lip.” He lets his weight descend back toward me. “Just like I can tell when you’re pissed off by the way your jaw tenses.” His body is back on me and I lay immobile beneath him as he continues with his voice softer. “Just like I can tell when I’m embarrassing you because your cheeks turn pink.” His face lowers towards mine and I notice for the first time that he has a faint scar just below his eye. His breath is hot against my ear and neck; my eyes uncontrollably shut as he whispers, “Or how I can tell when you’re getting turned on by the way you get distracted and how your body shudders.”
I give this book 5 wonderful stars and recommend to all. I think there was a lot of pressure for Jessica to deliver this as reimagining, it could be a success or it could be a fail. I can’t tell ya’ll how happy I am to report it is definitely a success, and in my humble opinion 100xs better as a New Adult than YA. Jessica does not disappoint, not that I thought she would I have literally all her books and I have no complaints I love them all. That said, I cannot wait to see what happens next, I mean the cliff-hanger was awesome as it served its purpose, to drive me insane with want for the next book. So my loyal minions, what are you waiting for? BUY NOW!