Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Characters are people too

What am I reading now?  Broken (A.E. Rought)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Creepy. Macabre. Chilling. Sinister. Psychopathic retelling of Frankenstein for the contemporary YA market.

You interested? I was! (Oh, it's not out yet. Yes, I'm in ARC heaven, reading several right now. Put this title on your calendar for January 3rd.)

Beautiful writing and raw emotional description make this a great read. Titled by the theme, the idea of broken twists and turns with new revelations in each chapter. The characters are intriguing, mysterious. Emma's life was crushed by the death of her boyfriend and she is haunted by his memory. Alex enrolls in her high school a few months later and immediately they are drawn to each other. But they both battle ghosts.

The book is dark and tense. Emotions and fears take center stage most of the time, but there is just enough humor (thanks to Emma's quick wit and Josh's ignorance and to Bree, Emma's best friend) to pull you through to the next tragedy.

Creating Great Characters

 What do you think makes a character come to life?

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

For me it's emotional connection.