Review: Half Dead & Fully Broken by Kevin Craig

Posted March 10, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Half Dead & Fully Broken by Kevin Craig

Half Dead & Fully Broken

by Kevin Craig
Pages: 207
by Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Carter Colby is the most unpopular teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren't the hottest, most popular boy in school.

When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother’s face. He felt invisible before the accident, but with Marcus dead, everybody turns away from him in mourning. How can he blame them? He can't bear to look in the mirror.

When Carter begins to see Marcus' ghost, Mr. Wonderful’s quest to save the world and spread happiness may not be over after all, even in death. Marcus knows that Justin Dewar, the boy who drove the truck that crashed into his motorbike, is struggling with the guilt of taking a life. Melanie, Marcus’ mourning girlfriend, was also hit hard by the tragedy. Marcus wants to make things right before it's too late.

With Marcus' help, Carter experiences love and friendship for the first time in his life. But is Mr. Wonderful’s helping hand enough for Carter, Melanie, and Justin - three kids fully broken by the tragedy - to save one another?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

I love it when you start a book, not knowing what to expect from it and you end up loving it! Half Dead & Fully Broken was a bit strange in some ways, but it was also very heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. Very weird.

Half Dead & Fully Broken is about Carter. His brother just died in a horrible accident. Not just his brother, his identical twin brother. Before the accident he was invisible, now everyone sees him, sees his dead brother. But his brother is not completely gone yet. He’s still there and only Carter can see him. Marcus knows that his girlfriend took his dead hard and that Justin, the boy who crashed his truck into his motorbike, is drowning in guilt. And he wants Carter to help them.

I seriously didn’t know what to expect with this book. It’s contemporary, with a bit of a paranormal twist to it. It’s subtle though and it works. Everything just made sense in this story. It was heartbreaking most of the time. Of course it was. But it was also very sweet. I can’t really describe it. It was a perfect balance of everything and I really liked that. I couldn’t stop reading either, I was hooked from page one. Seriously.

I loved Carter. He’s always felt invisible next to his popular twin brother. But now everybody sees him. No, they see his brother in him. And it’s even worse for him. He has to see his brother every time he looks in the mirror. And then he also sees his ghost and he feels real but he isn’t. I loved how much he grew in this book. I also felt for Justin and Melanie. I loved Marcus too. I wasn’t very fond of the romance at first, but it grew on me. In the end I did like it.

Half Dead & Fully Broken is heartbreaking, bittersweet and kind of wonderfully weird at times. I definitely want to read the sequel! Recommended to readers who love to torture themselves with a tearjerker that has a paranormal twist.



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