Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: Broken by A.E. Rought

  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

My Thoughts

This is a difficult one for me. In the end I did enjoy it to a point, but it took a long time to get there. I am a fan of Frankenstein and have read a few different retellings on it so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately, for the majority of the book I found myself completely bored. It was tedious going through Emma's school day with her. I get that they are at school because they are teenagers, but do I really need to go to all of her classes and hear about every insignificant detail of her day? If even a quarter of it actually had anything to do with where the overall story was going, I wouldn't have minded so much, but it was so much wasted time to read though all of it. And the characters weren't likable enough to keep me entertained through all of the unnecessary page filling. Wow, this review is off to a really negative start. Let's hope I can bump it up a bit in the rest of it.

Okay, now onto Emma. I feel bad for her, I really do. Not only is she mourning the death of her boyfriend, but she keeps seeing his bloody body and having crazy dreams too. The thing that bothered me about her was that it was like she wasn't even trying to mend herself. She just wanted to wallow in the pain and every other thought or sentence out of her mouth was something about Daniel. When Alex comes into the picture I was so happy that she finally had something else to occupy her mind, but then it was just Alex or Daniel and I just wanted to bang my head on the wall. She wasn't a great character to me. As with the title, she is broken, though I am pretty sure the title is supposed to be implied about Alex and not her. Oh, and her mom... total freaking psycho. I don't think she was ever friendly or not yelling at Emma. And she is rude to Alex. I mean seriously, I don't blame Emma for being embarrassed. Her mom didn't even know Alex and she is cold to him right off. I am totally going off topic now. That's because I really have nothing more to say about Emma I guess.

Alex was about the only redeeming character in this book for me. I enjoyed the parts with him in it. He cares about Emma a lot, but he also is unsure of things. As the "secrets" (Not really secrets considering the synopsis pretty much tells you the whole book) come out, he becomes even better. He is appalled by what has happened and I felt bad when Emma holds it against him, when obviously his dad is the wacko and he had nothing to do with it. Anyways, some of the things he said had me swooning. He is totally sweet. He is very protective of Emma too and even gets into some major trouble standing up for her. He will always choose her first.

I feel like I don't even need to go into the story because if you have read the book synopsis you have pretty much gotten the book without the hundreds of pages worth of boring school day and lunch shenanigans and the sulking endless missing Daniel thoughts coming from Emma. Up until almost 60% of this book I really didn't think I would finish it, but at that point, it finally started to go somewhere. Slowly. At least it was progress though right? So then we are puttering along getting a bit more of the story and then the last 5 % is pretty great, action filled and a bit suspenseful. I should have just read the last 20% of the book and would have gotten the same thing out of it as reading the whole thing. In general, the characters weren't well developed, with the exception of Alex, the story took too long to progress, and there is a lot of stuff that I felt was not needed in the story. It was interesting and I found myself intrigued at times, but besides the strong ending, I had a hard time getting through this book.




13 comments:

  1. Ugh it sucks that you had a hard time going through this book! My sister didnt enjoy it either, and gave it 2 stars as well... I dont think im ever going to pick this one up! Great review amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. I was so sad about it. I really wanted to love it and it just didn't do it for me. :(

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  2. Uh oh. Here we go *rubs hands together and scrolls up to read*

    The reading of the school day sounds tedious and painful. Why all the unnecessary detail? Doesn't make sense! Alex sounds pretty good but I think the girls reaction to everything would have me really mad. Way too much info in the synopsis is so annoying! I'm happy you made it through this one and made me feel better about my decision to skip it!

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    1. The synopsis pretty much tells you the entire book without all the tedious, boring, agonizing droning on. There were a few good spots, but it was almost torture reading most of it.

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  3. I love Frankenstein retellings as well but I have heard such love it or hate it with this book I decided to just pass. I might take a look sometime.

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    1. I would definitely get it from the library if you decide to read it. I was going to pass on it, but was intrigued. I wish I had just gone with my first instinct.

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  4. Congrats on making it through this one - even though it dragged so much. I'd been seeing this one around and getting curious about it but I think I'll hold off now. Thanks for the great, honest review love!

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  5. Hmmm. This book has not been on my radar at all, and now I'm glad. I can tell you tried really hard to like Broken, and find the positives for your review. You did a great job!

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  6. What a bummer. Not sure this is my thing but I'm sad you didn't enjoy it very much.

    Valerie

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  7. I have heard some mixed things about this book. I don't think that it's one I would enjoy. Sorry it wasn't really your thing though!

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  8. Sorry hun. That stinks. Doesn't really sound like my taste either. Great review though!

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  9. Great review Amy! I love Frankenstein too but that's too bad that this one just took a while to get into. I was curious about this one but probably going to pass on it because I really struggle with books where the characters aren't developed very well.

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  10. Sorry you didn't care much for this one Amy! I know how much it sucks when you look forward to a book only to be let down. Although I enjoyed the original Frankenstein novel, this book really doesn't interest me much.

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