Book Review: Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland


Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise.

Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.

About the Author:

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.


My Review:

There seems to be quite a few book around (especially YA ones) that deal with death. I’ve always found it an interesting topic, and it’s amazing how many unique ideas that authors can have that incorporate it. I found the story interesting and the characters likeable. It was very well written and had some lovely turns of phrase in there.

From a writer’s perspective, the book was a bit slow to get going. It seemed to dwell on irelevant information and take the character round in circles. With YA being such a competitive genre and books in general having to compete with such things as social media, video games and socialising with friends, a teen read needs to grab you by the throat from the very first page.

I love the front cover – so creepy and beautiful, this will definitely make it stand out on the virtual book shelf.

Overall I’d give Of Breakable Things 4 out of 5 stars – an interesting, well written book.


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