Shattered Into Beautiful by Mel Ballew

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Her Magick is destined but true love forbidden.

After beautiful Sylver Kyllienne Brady meets death at the hands of her boyfriend, Roland Parks, she transcends into Summerland. There, she reunites with her mother and finds her soulmate, Zander. Pulled back to the earthly plane, she must embark on a journey of discovery. She uncovers a truth. She is the descendent of a long lineage of powerful Witches. She must learn to control her power, protect the family’s Amulet and Book of Shadows. Sylver has no idea what awaits her. And, this is only part of her discovery.

Lives unravel as secrets are discovered and mysteries unfold.

Everything changes when she meets Zander Emmett –a vampire. Zander is gorgeous, exotic, sexy and unbelievably wealthy. He is also the one person a witch, such as Sylver, must avoid. Their love is forbidden but their souls draw them together like a magnet. Their bodies ignite, passion soars and their souls are left discovering, not only each other, but their destiny. His life holds secrets and enticing mysteries of his own that propel the parallels of their worlds to climaxing heights.

Will their colliding worlds separate them? Will Sylver embrace her destiny? Will realizing what is expected of her and falling soul-fully in love with Zander – the vampire she is forbidden to love, just leave her breathless?

Or, will she forever be Shattered Into Beautiful?


~~Danielle’s 4 Star Thoughts~~

This is a great start to this new author’s career. Her writing is mature and flows with ease. The story is told by Sylver in the first person, although there are some confusing point of view changes. The chapter transitions are also a little awkward, but easily fixable and don’t affect the overall story. While the story is fresh and creative, most of the characters reflect stereotypical stock characters and there’s a bit of an over kill about eyes and eye color. I am a true romantic and crave the stories that involve courting and a chase and put me on the edge of my seat for every intimate milestone. While the story involves romance I would call it more raw sexuality rather than romantic intimacy. I am a total prude, so my preference is the latter, but those who like raw would appreciate these scenes. Overall, I like the story, but I didn’t necessarily crave it. There was an interesting twist and you are left with some unanswered questions and a cliffhanger to set up book 2. With that being said I would recommend it if you are looking for an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal series.

Main Characters:

*Sylver: I love her name, which proves to define meaning within the story. She is relatable and real.

*Jay: The stereotypical flamboyantly gay interior designer best friend who has his own piece in the world of witches.

*Zander: The good looking Greek God vampire who has a sweet and dangerous side.