Friday, August 15, 2014

I HEART YA 2014: Top Ten Hawt Male Leads & Sneak Peek: Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder

Shattered Soul

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Synopsis: Hellish Nightmare . . . 

If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.


In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.

(Mature Young Adult - contains explicit drug usage, language, violence, and sexual situations.)


Author Jennifer Snyder opens up about her favorite male leads from some of her favorite books.

1) Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins) – He’s the son of Lust…need I say more? There were so many swoon-worthy moments in this book it took my breath away! Not to mention this book was one AMAZING read!

2) Dean Holder (Hopeless by Colleen Hoover) – He was intense. With a little bad boy, a tattoo, and lickable dimples he was everything I love combined together. Yes, he did have a bit of a temper at times, but he stole my heart nonetheless.

3) Doug (Forget You by Jennifer Echols) – He was so misunderstood! He was just the right amount of nice guy and bad boy for me.

4) Beau Vincent (The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines) - Another bad boy, but this one has a southern accent and is a bit of a hell raiser!

5) Tristan Archer (The Archers of Avalon by Chelsea Fine) – Even though he’s a twin, there is just something to be said about a bad boy. I can’t get enough of them. He was dark and brooding like no other. I loved how unique the plot of this series was as well.

6) Gabriel Archer (The Archers of Avalon by Chelsea Fine) - What? They’re twins, I’m allowed to like both…I just happened to like Tristan a little more. ;) Gabriel was a sweetheart though!

7) Joe Fontaine (The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson) – Just his name is dreamy, right? He’s musically inclined, humorous, romantic, and all around swoon-worthy! There was nothing I didn’t like about the guy! And the book…such a good book!

8) Lucas (Evernight by Claudia Gray) – He had a mysterious vibe about him that I really enjoyed reading. He’s sort of badass too. I’m a complete sucker for the star-crossed lovers bit, so I really enjoyed this series.

9) Sutter Keely (The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp) – He was real. Yeah he was a teen alcoholic, but he was real. There was so much rawness and realism to the entire story that I feel in love with him for some reason. Maybe it was because I felt sorry for him, I don’t know.

10) Ian (The Host by Stephanie Meyers) – Yeah, I know, most talk about Edward or Jacob…they were all right, but Twilight wasn’t my favorite Meyers book, The Host was. I cried reading it. Ian was always a character who stood out to me in the book. I really liked him and was so thankful he got “Wanda” in the end!


I remember the first moment I laid eyes on her. First period, Algebra II with Mrs. Gilbert. I’d been sitting in class, doodling on a crumbled piece of notebook paper with a borrowed pen, biding my time until I could reach the water fountain in the hall. The date was April nineteenth, and I’d wake-n-baked that morning, testing out the potency of my new bag before celebrating on four-twenty, the unofficial holiday of every stoner.

The classroom door had opened and I hadn’t bothered to look up to see why. I’d been too consumed in making the swirls of smoke rising from the burning joint I had been drawing look realistic to care.

“Oh, yes, I almost forgot.” Mrs. Gilbert had fretted. “Class, we have a new student. This is Ali Carson; she comes to us from Charleston, South Carolina. Please make her feel welcome.”

I picked that moment to glance up from my all-important smoke swirls to check this new girl out and was dumbfounded.

She was the closest thing to an angel I had ever seen. I remember blinking a few times to see if she’d disappear, and actually questioning myself on whether or not my new bag had been laced with something which was just starting to take effect. But, she hadn’t disappeared, and my bag hadn’t been laced with anything.

She was real.

I stared at her for what seemed like an incredibly long time, allowing my eyes to slowly drink her in.

“Hi,” she uttered with an awkward wave to no one in particular.

Mrs. Gilbert had motioned for her to sit at the only available desk, which was in the second row from the window, two seats from the last desk, and kitty corner from mine. I watched her as she walked, unable to remove my eyes from her angelic face. Right before she had sat down, her eyes had flickered to mine as if she could feel them on her, and she’d smiled faintly.

I had smiled in return, but a second too late, she’d already sat and given her full attention to Mrs. Gilbert at the front of the room.

Now, two and a half weeks later, Ali Carson still consumes my mind like a thick cloud of smoke consumes the fresh air in a clam-baked car. I struggle daily to find the courage to talk to her, to do anything besides stare.


Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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