Debut: November 22, 2012
Snuck from: Carmen @ Book Me!
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.
Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 45
This was a very tragic journey. I would have never, ever gussed that book would take this heavy course, like being on the high of romance is walking the edge of the cliff down to misery and violence and everything broken. Flawed is really a perfectly fitted title. And the danelion seed head on the cover? It's a flower pretty in the summer for the kids to play with, but it's not really considered beautiful -- which pinpoints the drama of this story exactly.
There was a constant rift between the tension and violence in the O'Brien's home, and the first tender, then deep love between Sarah and Sam. At first, it was really sweet and light, like first spring sun rays and butterfly wings, and then it grew, tall and strong, like a sunflower. I found me wishing to read more about how they spend the little time they had together, because they were such a perfect fit, they would've made the most mundane experiences feel like a little miracle.
On the other side of the door, violence spiraled out of control with Sarah's brother James who made all the wrong choices, and made them alone. He was such a sad character, I dare say the saddest I have come across in YA so far. I cried and wished I could go back and re-write him a happy ending, because with all his faults, he still would've deserved it. I'm glad Sarah always stuck to him and didn't even hate him at the very end, after all the wrong he did her over the last weeks, more than he did her good.
Before the catastrophe at the end, there was two more incidents that had my guts in nots, though. I wouldn't have guessed they were just steps up a ladder to a more dramatic ending, because they were horrible enough by themselves, nothing to joke about, nothing that should be the ground stone for a wall bound to fall and crush the builders. I read them, was horrified, and it only got my hopes up more that they would make it through all this. Just rememerbing the feeling has me sniffing again, darn. *sniffle*
I advise you to read this if you need a good cry, and can handle a good heartbreak, coz that's what this book will do to you -- it's inevitable.
Area Scan: Style: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 4/5