In this problem novel that quickly takes a romantic turn, first-time author Skilton paints a vivid portrait of a girl whose shame leads to an identity. Sarah Skilton’s debut novel, Bruised, opens with a gut-punch of a first scene. Imogen, a year old Tae Kwon Do black belt has just witnessed. Bruised by Sarah Skilton, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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On paper, the plot looks good aka a black belt dealing with the fall out of a tragic event they could not prevent.

What does it really mean to be stronger than other people? After Imogen lives through being one s,ilton the few patrons in a diner when it is held up she has blocked much of the event out of her mind.

Until then, though, do yourself a favor and read this.

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Mar 12, Limonessa rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is currently pulling and I’m saying currently, because I’m holding out hope that Skilton pulls a GOTCHA on me a classic “favour the men over women” type scenario.

But when she freezes and hides under a table during a holdup at a local diner and witnessed the gunman was shot down to death by police, she held herself responsible for his death. When she ends up getting involved in a diner shooting and the gunman gets slaughtered by the police, she blames herself for not being able to intervene and salvage the situation with her martial art’s skills. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: As she struggles with clearing the clouds in her memory of that day and with how mad she is at herself for not doing anything an interesting story unfolds but it left me longing for more of a connection to the characters.


And can someone who’s beaten and bruised fall in love? Many thanks to the author for the signed ARC I won! She doesn’t really like her “back up best friends” DJ and Hannah yes, she refers to them as her “back up best friends,” how sweet because they know each zarah better uh I loved everything about it.

All of her training did little to prepare her for coming up against a situation like the one she found herself in and Imogen is not only traumatised that she witnessed the gunman’s death, she felt powerless to stop what was going on.

Apr 16, Jack Stark rated it really liked it Shelves: We witness the very real dilemmas Imogen faces at home with her family and in school with her friends.

A taekwondo black belt struggles to forgive herself after failing to act when she witnesses the police shoot and kill a would-be robber. So the romance comes last in memory of this book.

Brusied definitely feel as though this was an irritating element of the book for me as it just felt like a plot-hole. Skilton also sensitively depicts the bond and tentative romance that develops between Imogen and Ricky.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Control and power are such interesting things. She sees the world in black and white, is quick to anger and slow to forgive.

All I got was the brokenness and confusion that came seconds skiltoon everything went down, and from there I got beuised watch Imogen rebuild and grow. As skiton as I admired what the author was doing with her themes, without this character connection I only felt a passi Bruised is story of a girl Tae Kwon Satah talent who survives a hold-up, but not without emotional scars and torment. It is up to Imogen to come to terms with who she is, especially without a black belt – a cloak of security – to define her.


Bruised tells the story of Imogen, a sixteen year old girl who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Also, it was a beautiful turning point. We all crave them, some more, some less, and none of us like to feel helpless or weak. It’s a solid debut with an interesting topic Tae Kwon Do and PTSD and if the blurb speaks to you at all, you should check it out for yourself.

She has spent the past six years working towards her black belt, and is Grandmaster Huan’s star pupil. That certainly takes some skills. Not a character hruised word is wasted. I really liked her family and the rest of the supporting characters were rounded and had distinct personalities. As Imogen struggles with these thoughts, we find our hearts going out to her, slowly but steadily, until it becomes impossible not to fully love her – with every one of her blatant faults.

The gunman gets shot, and she blames herself, losing all of her confidence. Check out her shop here. As much as I bbruised what the author was doing with her themes, without this character connection I only felt a passing interest to everything that was going on and sometimes I felt there was a lot going on – lots of little side plots.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton – book review

Nov 29, Cat Winters rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imogene quietly hides under a table, keeping absolutely still as sounds of violence and pain echo around her. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. One relationship that I could connect to was between Imogen and her father. And not just any contemporary book.