Book Review: Shattered by Aubrey Coletti

20697802Title: Shattered (The Academy #2)

Author: Aubrey Coletti

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: February 2, 2014

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

School’s in session at J. Alter Academy, and for Toni, Joseph, Ann, Charlie, and their boarder friends, that means they are still at the mercy of its draconian ways. While suffering the harsh consequences of their attempted escape, the seven teens must also contend with the formidable Headmistress and her taste for human experimentation — with the boarders as her favorite subjects. The seven friends play a delicate, dangerous game as they seek to discover the secrets behind their school and their own unique abilities. Yet as they move closer to uncovering the truth, will one of them be forced to pay the ultimate price?

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Shattered is the second book in a series about delinquent teens who are sent to a high school for behavioral modification. I liked the first book, Altered, and started Shattered the minute I was finished reading it. I plan on starting the next book in the series as soon as I’m done with this review.

The Academy was started when the town was having a lot of behavioral problems with their teens. In addition to the town’s students, they have seven boarders from out of town. The Headmistress recruited them because of their special abilities. Along with those abilities they each also have a mental illness that the Headmistress believes they can overcome without the aid of medication.

In Shattered, the boarders continue to try to figure out how to get out of The Academy but they have to be more creative and stealthy than ever just to spend time together. The plan they conceive was not at all what I expected and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

This is not your typical young adult book. The students and their language are probably more realistic in this book than in most young adult books I’ve read. There is a lot of profanity, bickering, and self doubt. I got tired of some of the fighting, and the hateful things that were said sometimes, but there’s a lot of pent up hurt and anger in these teens so it’s probably realistic as well.

Aubrey Coletti’s writing style is easy to follow. The first book was good but I could see her growth from the first book to the second.

I liked Shattered and plan on starting the next book in the series, Evolved, today. I recommend it for young adults and adults alike. It does contain some profanity but not as much as the first book did.

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About the Author

(from Goodreads)

4970382I am a twenty-three year old songwriter, dancer, and author of the novels “Altered,” “Shattered,” and “Evolved,” in The Academy Series. I value my fans above all else.

Book Review: Altered by Aubrey Coletti

11794477Title: Altered (The Academy #1)

Author: Aubrey Coletti

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: June 6, 2012

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

When Toni, Joseph and Charlie arrive at their new boarding school, they are glad to leave their families – and respective problems – behind. Isolated as boarders, they meet a handsome senior with a personality like iced snake’s blood, teachers with a penchant for physical punishment, and four other outcasts who reveal that their being brought to the Academy wasn’t random at all. When the arrivals discover that their new school is engaged in “behavior modification” through electric shocks, isolation, restraints, and an ever-evolving set of methods to “fix” them, they declare war on their Academy. During their campaign of sabotage, they fight, hate, scorn, love, and begin to uncover the reasons why they were brought to the school. But as their war against the school escalates beyond their control, will they become the very things the Academy believes they are: dangerous, delinquent – and mad?

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Altered is the first book in a series about delinquent teens who are sent to a high school for behavioral modification. The rules at The Academy are ridiculously strict, which causes many of the students to rebel even more than they normally would. Often the students go ahead and do or say what they want, knowing and accepting the consequences.

Aubrey Coletti’s writing style is easy to follow for the most part. Once in a while I got confused about who was talking during a conversations and I would have to reread it. 

I think that the students and their language is probably more realistic in this book than in most young adult books I’ve read. There is a lot of profanity, bickering, and self doubt. The only difference is that in a regular high school there are some positives to balance out the negatives. The only positives in The Academy are the friendships between the characters.

I like the diverse range of the friends who come together to stand up against The Academy. They’re different races, different shapes and sizes, and have some amazing gifts as well as interesting mental illnesses. It bothered me that they don’t give any medication to these kids, no matter what mental illness they have.

I liked Altered and plan on starting the next book in the series, Shattered, today. I recommend it for young adults and adults alike. Be warned, though, it contains a lot of profanity.

Purchase on Amazon

About the Author

(from Goodreads)

4970382I am a twenty-three year old songwriter, dancer, and author of the novels “Altered,” “Shattered,” and “Evolved,” in The Academy Series. I value my fans above all else.