Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten


Title: Shattered Glass
Author: Teresa Toten
Format: Paperback ARC
My Rating: ★★★ (3.5 Stars)

Synopsis (Provided by GoodReads):

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.

My Thoughts:

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of a young girl named Toni, who was orphaned at the age of three. The orphanage that she was raised in burns down and she is forced to leave the comfort of what she called home and the “sisters” that she grew to know and love over the years.

Upon reaching the city, she sets her sights on finding out where she came from and what happened to her that caused her to have burn scars on her body. She is constantly haunted by nightmares and memories of what she believes to be her own mother causing her harm.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable. It was fast paced and I grew to love many of the characters, quirks and all. However, I got pretty annoyed with the main character, Toni, quite a lot. I had to keep reminding myself that she had a sheltered life, hence the reason for her naivety. Still, it did bother me how gullible she was and how trusting she was especially when you take into account her past. She believes that her mother tried to kill her, so I would think that she would be a bit more apprehensive toward others.

Despite that fact, I thought that this book was well written and very intriguing. I was unable to guess the outcome, which is always a plus. I absolutely loved the conclusion to this story and found it to very uplifting. Overall, a very enjoyable read.