Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace #1) by K. Anne Raines (excerpt + review )

Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace, #1)

From goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained her rock and confidant. Her life irrevocably shatters the day her grandfather dies.

The day of his funeral sets off a chain of events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true, and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.

Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t fathom existed and does everything she can to thwart the destiny suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch those around her suffer the consequences.

Torn between the man who’s come to protect her and the one sent to destroy her, she teeters on the edge of decision, trying to come to grips with who she is, what she wants and what all of that means for her, those she loves and the rest of mankind.

Title: Shattered Grace

Author: K Anne Raines

Genre: Young Adult

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Author Bio:

K Anne Raines is the author of Shattered Grace, book one in the Fallen from Grace Series. She is a Washington State University graduate and the senior accountant at a local firm in her home town. K Anne’s impassioned but regular commitment to chocolate covered raisins inspires creativity at home…where ever the raisins are, there she is with her laptop. A lover of great sushi and other fine food, K Anne prefers coffee in the morning, the right wine in the evening, and her fireplace at all times. A Northwest native, K Anne Raines is the mother of three, cat lover, avid exerciser, and blanket hogger.

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“It wasn’t your fault,” Quentin said softly as he came up behind her, touching her briefly on the shoulder before lowering himself to sit on the edge of the coffee table. He leaned toward her, resting his elbows on his knees as he stared into her eyes, his expression conveying his compassion.

Grace raised her tear-filled eyes. “It wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in the car with them.” Tears spilled over her lower lids, blurring her view of Emily’s picture glowing from the cell phone she still gripped.

“Look at me.” Quentin lifted her face with a gentle finger. “It was my fault. It’s my job to keep you safe and I failed.”

She heard every word Quentin spoke, but couldn’t cling to them like he intended. Every one of her friends could have died—because of her, not him. Visions of caskets and grieving families had her pulse quickening. Worry festered in the center of her chest—circling and tearing at her until what rose forth was anger. With every beat of her heart, the anger pulsed stronger. No. In her head, she said it again. No. The word ricocheted like a war cry through her cerebral cortex until it owned her, heart and soul. Energy channeled through every inch of her body. A shiver chased behind it. Those she cared for and loved would not pay for what she was.

In that instant, Grace felt the power of her choice thunder through her like an electrical current. Just like Seth in the movie, she chose to be what she was meant to be, and not to shed what she originally thought was a burden. Newly determined, she leveled her gaze with Quentin’s.

“What do I need to do to make sure they never hurt anyone I love again?”

Quentin gazed back at her, his features rearranging themselves into an expression flat and cold—deadly. “You train and you fight back. You let me do my job. And we don’t let them win. Ever.”

Resolve steeled her voice. “We won’t.”

This is the story about a Chosen, one who is brave and fierce.  One who has been kept in the dark and everything she once believed to be true, is not.  One who will protect those she loves as well as Pandora’s Box.  Did I entice you?  Who doesn’t love a book about angels, filled with suspense and a love triangle?

K.A Raines has created a colorful story about the existence of the Chosen, specifically, Grace.  Her world is literally turned upside down after the loss of her grandfather and the pain she feels is heartbreaking.  But the loss isn’t the only thing that has rocked her world off its axis, it’s the news that Quentin, her Guardian is about to share with her.  Growing up she always thought she was odd or even a freak but as the story progress we learn it’s a gift and not a curse.  She’s able to sense emotions by simply touching someone whether it is for one second or a minute.  With that ability brings a burden of knowing the truth even when you don’t want to.

Quentin, Guardian to Grace has fallen in love with her against his better judgment but he’s unable to articulate what he feels for her without breaking the rules.  In trying to have some semblance of self-control and keep Grace safe, without knowing it he pushes her into the arms of Darius.  Darius who is Fallen and should be forbidden but Grace is a gal who is determined to do what feels right in her heart.  There was something missing from this love triangle and it’s understanding who Darius really is.  Why is he so attracted to Grace and why does Grace feel that connection to him? To me, that was a missing piece that was crucial to understanding their relationship.  And Quentin needed more of a chance and that wasn’t explored…I’m all about a push and pull but he was discarded before he was given his opportunity.

Grace evolves throughout the story and she fosters relationships that truly become important to her.  Amanda is the perfect example and I wasn’t sure where that friendship was headed and then BOOM…it was the emotional rollercoaster I needed.  It was heartbreaking but to see Quentin also become involved and help with such a delicate matter was beyond touching.  There were a few relationships throughout the story that I thought were really interesting which added more mystery to Grace’s world and I absolutely loved that!

At times I thought the story slowed down too much and details that should have been an important were missed.  With that being said, K. Anne Raines writing style is fantastic and the dialogue between all the different characters felt genuine and natural.  I’m looking forward to what the next book in the series will bring and I hope it will involve more of Quentin!



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