Allow me to elaborate. The focus of this novel is Elena's pregnancy. That's right, not a zombie outbreak accidentally caused by Elena whe As much as I hate to say it, but "Broken" is the weakest "Women of the Otherworld" installment so far. That's right, not a zombie outbreak accidentally caused by Elena when she opens a Jack the Ripper's old letter, but her growing stomach. I am all for babies and weddings and such fluff, but not in so much detail.
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The constant clutching of Elena's stomach, the vitamins, the eating, the buying of baby furniture, Clay's and Jeremy's relentless hovering over her, it just gets annoying very, very quickly. Even more, the way both guys act in this novel totally emasculates them IMO, they behave like two middle-aged aunts instead of paranormal hunks I've known them to be.
I think Elena's pregnancy should have been completely edited out of this book, with the exception of a couple of flashbacks maybe. As a part of the novel, it overpowers the story in a painful similarity to "Breaking Dawn. Normally Armstrong's books are filled with fresh mythology and engaging mystery of some sort. No new mythology is introduced.
The zombie lore is paper thin and evasive and even Elena's strange pregnancy is never explained it is accelerated and what happens during the Change is still a mystery to me. The case itself is convoluted, there is a lot of running around and reuniting with various familiar characters from other Otherworld book for no other reason than to help fill the pages because they obviously add very little to the investigation. And finally, the bad guys are just a joke.
Two zombies who can be killed with no efforts and the main guy whom I will not name who wants to get to Elena for some stupid reason. After this assessment you'd think I totally hated the book. That's not the case. It is somewhat enjoyable. There is some great dialog and overall the story is fast-paced and a quick read.
But I just expected Elena's and Clay's novel to be much better. Something to look forward to! View all 6 comments.
Shelves: Reading Broken and Men of the Otherworld simultaneously allowed me to realize what I had long been suspecting, I read Armstrong for the men of her Otherworld, not the women. Strike that, I read Armstrong for the Werewolf men of her Otherworld, not the women. I thought for sure, that because this book contained a majority of my most favorite Armstrong characters, that I would love Broken but no such luck.
Perhaps writing so many non-Pack focused books prior to writing Broken caused Armstrong to lose sight of what made her books so special in the first place, her werewolf lore. The story was mildly entertaining, though incredibly far fetched and certainly breached into wish fulfillment territory. I like Elena, I truly do, but she definitely became a Mary Sue in this installment. Clay and Jeremy were worrying mother hens and while I could certainly see Clay as being overly protective, when is he not? He would be appalled by what was done to him in this story. Armstrong crippled him, literally!
Regardless of all the many, many flaws contained in Broken , I still enjoyed it. And damn, that woman can pen some steam! View 2 comments.
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Er… kind of not the case. Not a bad combination, because [3. I hope this book marks the upward swing of the series. I just can't believe how freaking amazing this book was. I loved every page of it! It just kept getting better and better. Definitely the best book in the series so far. Much better than the rest, actually. I was expecting an amazing read but never one such as this one, with drama, adventure, suspense, and so much more.
The best Urban fantasy book I have read in a while. I have been hooked with this series since book 1 and have not been able to stop reading it since then; one book right afte OMG! I have been hooked with this series since book 1 and have not been able to stop reading it since then; one book right after the other, but I never was so thrilled with one of them as I am with this one right now. My favorite supernatural species in this series:the wolves, and this book is all about them, so what can I say?
A damn terrific read!
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I'm not gonna write what the book is about as you can all read that in the book summary, I'm just gonna say what I think about it instead. So let me tell you that if you're a fan of Shape shifters and enjoy reading Urban Fantasy, this is the read you have been looking for. I just got to the point where I become extremely obsessed with a series. It has been so long since I added a book to my "obsessions" shelf that I can't even remember which series was the last one to get in it. Right now I don't think it is better than any of them but it's really getting there, definitely has the potential for it.
I still believe this series can do much better. Can't wait to finally get to book 7!
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Starting it right away. I have so much to do right now with work and study and this series is the only thing I can think about.
Boy I'm gonna have a big problem if I can't stop reading it. I just hope after book 7 this obsession slows down a bit. View all 10 comments.
So we are back to Elena and the werewolves in Broken, not my favourite character I have to admit, I much prefer Paige maybe that makes me more a witchy person. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book, just not as much as the others. This series is becoming almost like a supernatural detective series, and it seems now we are adding a bit of history into them, the previous including the story of Lizzie Borden. This one combines the story of Jack the Ripper, and I have to say I was really intrigu So we are back to Elena and the werewolves in Broken, not my favourite character I have to admit, I much prefer Paige maybe that makes me more a witchy person.
This one combines the story of Jack the Ripper, and I have to say I was really intrigued when I read this on the back. However, do not let it mislead you. The Jack the Ripper theme does wear a bit thin, I'm not really sure where she was going with this but again, its supernatural and fantasy so who knows?
The beginning of the book leads you into the story without giving too many details into the plot too soon. Kelley takes her time setting the scene and bringing you up to date with Elena and Clay as we have been away from them for a few books. Kelley is so good at explaining the way things work in her world, and reminding you of all the different 'species' traits, their strengths, their weaknesses and so on.
You really can get a good understanding of this world she has created. Most of the book is set in Cabbagetown, Toronto. A nice normal town where supernatural occurrences should not be happening. I like the fact that the book is set in the real world and isn't over complicated by being in a complex fantasy world. So what didn't agree with me? Well, we got dribs and drabs of action, this is not as gory as the others in the series although there is one pretty disgusting bit.