Lizzy Ford Book Club Review: Fractured Innocence by Julia Crane

*Warning 17+ due to sexual gritty topic and language.
Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance’s current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it’s like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

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Chelsea Ingham:

5 STARS!!!!!

I was not sure where this author was going with this series. It is one of those books that deals with a real life situation that is hard to handle with. I have no experience with dealing with human trafficking but this author has really understood what goes on in the human mind when faced with being raped and being told over and over that it is your fault. I was a little distant at first but I could not put the book down. I had to know what happened and how this story played out. I loved the way kaitlyn delt with the victim. She treated her like she was fragile but also strong at the same time. I look forward to reading more from this author and see what is next for Kaitlyn.

Cherrie Cruz Directo:

The book is a bit sensitive because it deals with human trafficking. It pains me as I read it. Sometimes I can’t get myself to read every word because the details were so vivid that I could actually feel the physical pain, anger and hatred of Aaliyah, the victim. The author really showed the contrast of being a victim and being saved…being around evil people and being with good ones. I couldn’t stop crying throughout the whole book. It was a nice sequel for Kaitlyn and Lucas but this book mainly touched me because of Aaliyah and Noah. Despite the evil around the world, this book proves that even with the slightest goodness in even just one of us, there is hope. I’m truly honored to have read this book.

Barbara Gordon:

5 STARS!!!!!

In Fractured Innocence, the sequal to Freak of Nature, we see the story jump between Kate & Erik (and of course Lucas and some new characters) and Aaliyah, a victim of a horrible crime. Aaliyah’s story broke my heart. She was a happy-go-lucky typical teenager until the day she & her little brother get abducted based on her rare look (she is dark skinned with blue eyes) and are brought to a horrible man named Vance who is a child trafficer. Aaliyah suffers in unmentionable ways, and we wonder throughout the whole book if she will survive and be saved in time. We finally see Kate & Erik go on their first mission, accompanied by a jerkwad of a friend from Erik’s past, Ace. Ace is gruff and abrasive and jealous and a total douche. But he does redeem himself in my eyes, and makes for some good giggles along the way.

This book was a great read and brought attention to a HUGE problem that is still rampant in the world today. My wish is that somehow, someway, someday, these people can be stopped.

Patrick Gordon:

The book fractured innocence continues where the first book left off in the hunt for Vance. In this book we see just how much evil this man can really do to a poor innocent girl named Aaliyah. My heart breaks for her and what she suffers in the book. I was also amazed by the courage and strength she has found by the end of the book. In this book we also see Kaitlyn and Lucas continue there relationship. We also meet several new characters Ace and Nick. I think this book overall was a very good book and I look forward to when the next one comes out.

Jess Landram:

5 STARS!!!!!

Fractured Innocence is so emotional! I think at various times I wanted to laugh, cry, kill someone, hug someone, and protect someone. Julia Crane dealt with human trafficking in a very honest, stark way. I really appreciated how she addressed the sexual and mental abuse. It wasn’t turned into anything pleasurable, just gut wrenching angst.

Aaliyah and her brother are kidnapped after school one day. Immediately they are separated and Aaliyah becomes the newest obsession for Vance. Kaitlyn, Lucas and the team are her only hope of survival, although Aaliyah would rather be dead. Kaitlyn is learning about her new emotions as well as her anger regarding the missing children.

I think my favorite quote from the whole book is regarding Noah talking to Aaliyah ” You said you couldn’t fix shards of glass. I wanted to show you that with enough time and patience a beautiful image will emerge. Different, but no less beautiful. ”

Linda Terrutty:

4.5 STARS!!!!

I have to agree with everyone else…book 1 was good because it introduced us to Kaitlyn, Lucas, and Harrington. Their history, especially her evolution and the trust they built together, but there wasn’t a whole lot of excitement…at least no where near this book. This book took us to that next stage where Kaitlyn and Erik are actually going on their first mission together, and it’s a doozy. I really liked how well the author told this story. Although the subject is one we hope to never encounter, it wasn’t detailed enough to have you wary of reading the whole book, but still portrayed what Aaliyah was facing and how daunting a task it was to survive it.

If I have one complaint, it was how fast Dasvoik was killed after they eventually caught up to him. I would have liked to have seen him beaten, drugged, whipped, cut, and anything else fitting his crimes against the women and children he stole and sold. Yep, I can definitely be a little blood thirsty when it comes to people mistreating or abusing the innocent.

I would definitely recommend this book to others and surprisingly, I don’t believe you absolutely have to read book 1 first.

Ginelle Blanch:

5 STARS!!!!!

This book had a subject matter that was hard to read at times and very graphic. It dealt with human trafficking. But, Ms. Crane did a fantastic job with it. While we know it happens, it’s not talked about much. This is a detailed look into what happened to a girl named Aaliyah when she and her brother were kidnapped. Enjoyed reading more about how Kaitlyn had grown a bit more into herself and her role in helping to recover Aaliyah and the other prisoners. It was great to read more about Lucas and Erik, Harrington, Adams and Dr. Chambers. They all work very well as a team. I was really happy with how the book ended and I’m eager to see where Ms. Crane takes Kaitlyn next.

Tiffany K Halliday:

4 STARS!!!!

Picking up nearly where we left off the first time, we are back with Harrington, Lucas, Kaitlyn, and Erik and headed towards their next mission. Vance Dasovik — the target, not a threat. There IS a difference.

Aaliyah is walking her little brother, Darrius, home when both are abducted off the streets of Detroit. Soon, Aaliyah is thrust into the bowels of hell, her innocence taken from her, and subjected to a sick bastard’s base desires and torture. Her only concern is to survive so as to save Darrius, her little brother.

Kaitlyn, Luke, and party are preparing to attack Vance Dasovik and bring him down. There is no “bring to justice”; this man is a blight on the face of humanity, sexually torturing and raping young girls and engaging in human trafficking.

While Kate and Lucas are dealing with making her blend in more, and then dealing with fits of jealousy and expressing their love for one another physically, Aaliyah is being raped, tortured, beaten, and mentally broken.

This was NOT an easy read. It was quite difficult to get through the horrors that Aaliyah was facing, which thankfully were never explicit. Perhaps that made it worse? My imagination took off and my heart hurt for this poor innocent.

There were a few grammatical errors, mostly misuse of apostrophes when a plural was wanted. Not huge, but often enough to be noticeable. Still…this was a kindle-bruiser for me as I could not walk away, I could not put it down, I HAD to know if Aaliyah and the others were saved or not!

The ending was satisfying and yet not nearly as satisfying enough for I was harboring very vicious feelings towards Dasovik that I wanted to see play out. I am looking forward to the next in this series as I want to see this crew grow together and form fast, lasting friendships!

About the Author

Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

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Posted on January 13, 2014, in Lizzy Ford Book Club Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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