Shattered (book review)

Shattered was written by Sophia Sharp.  It is the first book of the Dream Realms Trilogy.


Laura Cubus was perfectly content with her life. A junior in high school, she felt perfectly normal. She had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.


But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Laura's school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Laura becomes determined to find out the truth.

As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.

And for the first time in her life, Laura is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run rampant.

I have to share that as I was reading the book I was a little surprised by the editing errors.  Spelling.  Grammar.  It was distracting.  But, I liked the story and characters.  I do wish there was more to the characters... and that the story and setting were more fleshed out.  I kept thinking I really liked what the story could be if it was a higher quality.  It wasn't until I finished the novel and already downloaded the second book in the series that I looked up Sophia Sharp.

Sophia Sharp is a 19 year old college student.   She wrote and edited the book by herself and then self published.  At 19.  While in college.

Um... I was lucky I finished my course work and passed.  (Freshman year was not my friend.)

Sophia Sharp has now published 4 books.  And to jump ahead, I've now read 3 of the 4 books... and she has seriously improved.  She pays attention to her readers comments and suggestions.  She's worked to improve editing errors.  She fleshed out her characters and story line so much that her trilogy ended up actually needing to be 4 books.  (Book 3 ended up needing to be split into 2 "parts"). 

So, I would recommend this book on story idea and characters... but if you decide to read it keep in mind that it's probably not going to technically be considered good writing.  It gets better.

And the author is 19!!!!  Color me impressed.