At first, the transition from past to present was a little confusing but once I got into the book, I soon got used to it so it wasn't a problem at all.
I found that I liked the style of writing. It really helped to develop the character of Ian and I was able to gain a greater understanding of him and his state of mind. I think this was very important to the story and the themes which ran through it.
I did feel like the pace was a little slower than I would've liked. Some areas were a bit too descriptive which made them feel more drawn out then they needed to be. However this is just a personal preference really and I'm sure others will appreciate the amount of detail given.
The uneasy atmosphere and the supernatural element of the curse was definitely intriguing.
For me, the ending alone took Broken Branches up half a star. Although it didn't totally wrap things up and it left some things unanswered, I felt it was a fitting end to the book and the questions I had gave me plenty to think about after I'd finished.
Broken Branches was different from what I was expecting and definitely different from what I'm used to reading but I still found it enjoyable.
Overall I'm giving it 4 out of 5. It was a unique tale with an eerie gothic side and a supernatural edge which made for an enjoyable read.
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.