Title: Shattered Memories
Author: Susan Harris
Published: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller
Content Warning: Adult language, graphic violence, and sexual content
Recommended Age: 16+
Synopsis: A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing—the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she’s willing to forget the one person who could set her free.
Daniel Costello hasn’t forgotten about Alana, and he will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves. But first, Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family was killed.
The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family’s deaths before it’s too late?
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Shattered Memories playlist
This is such a good topic for Shattered Memories as I used song lyrics as chapter breaks! Each lyric ties in with what happens in the chapter. I won’t spoil the lyrics for anyone who plans on reading Shattered Memories but let me tell you a little about why I chose the songs.
It took me almost two months to find the perfect lyrics and songs to go accompany Shattered Memories. I wanted songs that showcased despair of Alana’s situation as well as the hope for the future. I needed songs that could signify how beautiful the love between Alana and Daniel is and how A simple lyric from a song, like a sentence or quote from a book can touch a reader or listener deep inside. Each of these songs struck a chord with me on some level. Music and writing come hand in hand for me and I would not be able to write without the inspiration music gives me. It’s hard for me to really describe how the lyrics tie in with the chapters but I think once you read it you will see why I chose the songs.
Here is my playlist! You can check it out on Spotify as well here: https://open.spotify.com/user/11135970205/playlist/13HduhV6ghDaNDsZFoBTLf
1. Paramore: Let the Flames Begin.
2. Kodaline: High Hopes
3. Bring me the Horizon: Sleepwalking
4. Muse: Sing for Absolution
5. You me at six: The Swarm.
6. Imagine Dragons: Bleeding out
7. Jack Savorretti: Once upon a street-
8. Young Guns: DOA
9. 30 Seconds to Mars: The story
10. Limp Bizkit: Build a Bridge
11. Walking on Cars: Don't mind me
12. Stained: Outside
13. Bring me the Horizon: Hospital for souls
14. Charlie Simpson: Down, Down, Down
15. OneRepublic: Tyrant
16. Passenger: Wrong Direction
17. Foo Fighters: All my life
18. Ed Sheeran: Give me Love
19. Imagine Dragons: Radioactive
20. Muse: Hysteria
21. Bring me the Horizon: Shadow Moses
22. Snow Patrol: This isn't everything you are
23. Matchbox Twenty: If you're gone
24. Paramore: Misguided Ghosts
25. Youmeatsix: Bite my Tongue
26. 30 Seconds to Mars: R-Evolve
27. Evanescence: Bring me to Life
28. Linkin Park: In the end
29. Paramore: Part II
Excerpt from Shattered Memories by Susan Harris:
Suddenly I was angry… angry at my parents for dying and leaving me alone… angry at Sophia for being too small to defend herself… angry at Daniel for giving me false hope… angry at myself for letting pathetic fantasies take over my mind.
I jumped off the bed and screamed. The next thing I knew I had used what little strength left to overturn the bed, scattering all the bedding to the floor. I took one of the pillows and beat it across the wall. Then I kicked the bin with such force it smashed into the door with a sickening thud.
While continuing on my furious rampage, the door slid open and strong arms captured me from behind, holding my own in place. I struggled to break free and kicked out, but those arms would not let me go. I cried in frustration and tasted the saltiness of the tears on my lips.
“Shush, Alana, please… come on… calm down for me or else they are going to shock you. Hurts like a bitch. Come on, girl… shush. I got you.”
Connors’ voice sounded in my ear, and he kept shushing me until I stilled in his arms. My legs gave out, and we both went to the floor. Connors loosened his grip on me but still held me tight. My sobs became louder, and the pain in my chest was so bad that I thought I was dying. Through my sobs, I heard Connors say that I was okay and to please just give him a minute. I heard someone argue with him, and he snarled and told them to piss off. The tears soaked my top, and I felt nothing but tiredness as I shoved against Connors, needing to breathe. He did not let go.
My god, I felt so lost. I closed my eyes and screamed out the last of my frustration and anger before tiredness won out. I gave in and let the darkness pull me under.
About the Author:
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy genre. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, anything Disney and psychology. If she wasn’t a writer she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.
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