Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review + Intl. Giveaway : Bruised by Sarah Skilton

BruisedBruised by Sarah Skilton

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publication date:  March 5th 2013 by Amulet/Abrams
Blurb:  When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else -- more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world -- full of dark humor and hard truths.

My Review:

**I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from Abrams And Chronicle Books U.K in exchange for an honest review.**

Amulet has really got a good handful of YA debuts this year.Their first 2013 debut,Splintered, won my heart at first read (because first sight wouldn't really count :P) and Bruised was no less fascinating.Yes,I've already fallen head over heels love with Amulet at their second debut read.

Bruised is one of the most unique YA contemporaries that I've read so far.It's not everyday you see Tae Kwon Do being a major focus in a YA contemporary.I bet that took a lot of guts,considering the risks of whether it would go along with the usual cup of tea for most YA readers.

But Sarah Skilton had no problem at all in adapting the story for the YA crowd.Not only that,she was able to portray the concept of one's passion for a sport through her story and has gone through lengths that no other YA contemporary author had dared to reach before.

With an admirable and strong female protagonist with a vibrant voice,a daring sport,and an unforgettable story,what more could you ask for?Bruised is one YA novel that will not fail to move people,even someone who is not much of a contemporary fan.


Abrams U.K has generously offered a copy of Bruised for me to give away to one INTERNATIONAL winner.Enter via the form below [I lost against Rafflecopter in my fight yesterday... :s] and see the rules on the form.
Good Luck!!! :)

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  1. I would like to thank you so much for this fantastic book giveaway! I adore the Young Adult genre, and am always looking for new books that are of interest. This sounds like a brilliant read and one that i really hope to have the chance of discovering! Thank you x

  2. Amulet is definitely killing it this year. I ADORED Bruised, and I am not a contemporary lover at all.

  3. So great to hear that!And you're right!Amulet really is killing it this year!I've read THREE of their 2013YA debuts so far and loved every single one of them. xD

  4. Everything about this book sounds wonderful to me. The unique premise, the touching situation, and the great main character. Thanks so much for a GREAT review. I've put Bruised on my to-read shelf.

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode


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