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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908844302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844309
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,507,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Self-proclaimed nerd, A.E. Rought has spent most of her early life in libraries and bookstores. It's no surprise that she turned to writing shortly after creative arts college. She has novels of varying genres, and different pennames, published since 2006.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Bookwyrm on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Emma is destroyed after her boyfriend dies, and the only way she feels better is visiting the local graveyard which was hers and Daniel's favourite hangout. But when Alex Franks moves to her school, she is instantly drawn to him and something is familiar about him. But as she grows closer to him Emma finds that something is seriously wrong with the Franks family.

Broken is a modern retelling of Frankenstein set in an American high school. One problem with this book is that if you read the blurb you find out about three quarters of the story.

I liked Emma a lot as reminded me a bit of Bella in the beginning of New Moon but with backbone, because while it is perfectly natural for Emma to be grieving for her boyfriend, she still lives a semi normal life. Also she is not afraid to stand up for herself, and when she finds out stuff in this book, she acts like most people would. I also liked Alex as he is a tortured soul who is as confused about everything as Emma is.

I feel that the story lets the book down as for almost all the story it is just teen angst and high school drama, however, thankfully it picks up about two thirds of the way through and you wanted to find out want happened next. The best thing about Broken is how chilling it is, I won't tell you how as it might spoil some of the story, but Rought does a brilliant job creeping you out.

I would recommend this to people who like YA paranormal romance like Twilight or Dearly Departed by Lia Habel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma @ Book Angel Booktopia VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Told in first person narrative from Emma's point of view, overcome with grief at her boyfriend, Daniel's death she is barely making it through each day. You can feel Emma's loss emanating from the narrative, from the very beginning the story tugs on your heart strings, the grief Emma feels is so realistic you can't help but be pulled into the emotions, such a moving portrayal of grief.

When Emma feels an inexplicable connection to the new boy at school, Alex, she can't help but compare him to Daniel. Apart from some physical resemblance between the two there is the same mannerisms and gestures. The connection between Alex and Emma is intense, something is compelling them to be together. The idea of a soul-mate connection between them immediately comes to mind which in turn leads to a multitude of questions regarding the origin of these feelings Alex has for Emma when he has only just met her.

As the plot unfolds so do the corresponding questions regarding things like:
How much of a person do organs retain if they are transplanted? Is a persons soul a part of their body or a separate entity? How far would you go if you could for the person you love? What would you be willing to do to keep the person you love? Where do you draw the line between love and the quest for power?

Alex is a wonderful, utterly swoon-worthy character. Although he has undergone so much trauma and altered his lifestyle according to his compulsion to be with Emma he is without regret and doesn't question if his feelings are real. As a reader you can't help but wonder if Alex should really be so willing to give into these intense emotions. Alex makes the point that he has never been happier, that his life before Emma was controlled and planned out but not by him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2013
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Wow! Can I use just one word to describe this book? I am utterly gobsmacked by this author's talents. This modern interpretation of the classic tale of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is overflowing with atmosphere which is extremely chilling at times. It may be a retelling of sorts, but it oozes originality. The descriptive language used sends a chill down your spine as Emma goes in search of the truth. I don't think the author liked her characters much because she put them through hell. Although I have been told that is a sign of a fantastic story and in this case that is most certainly the truth.
This book is super creepy and doesn't hide from the nastiness of life. There are scenes that will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book. Rather gory but extremely compelling. The use of metaphors and similes really adds to the foreboding and I dreaded how the story would end. I loved the way the author linked her descriptions to medical terms such as the description below.
'Outside the mall is boring, makes no structural sense, with stores sticking out like cancerous growths from a bone white lump.'
Poor, poor Emma, how she has suffered. Still struggling with the guilt at losing her boyfriend and then discovering something extremely familiar about him within Alex Franks. As you read on, it becomes obvious why she is so entranced by him and you can't help but agree with her, so I was more than happy with the instant love scenario going on between them. Yet as the book progresses, you watch as she puts her life in danger, and you find yourself holding your breath every time she encounters danger. I loved how quickly their relationship evolved. It was full of passion and need and felt exactly as it was supposed to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leo Elijah Cristea on 10 Jan. 2013
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Broken is not what I was expecting.

From the cover and the comments surrounding the book, I expected something a little girlie for my tastes (being a guy and liking YA fantasy... sometimes, it is wall-to-wall girls and love triangles...). I expected romance, romance, romance. This is not what Broken is about. Broken is about so, so much more than just a love story.

Guys: if you don't like romance to dominate your reading and have looked at the cover/blurb and thought "hmm...", don't disregard Broken just yet. Girls: if you're just as sick of romance and love triangles and girls constantly torn between suitors and you've seen the cover and the comments and are unsure, don't disregard Broken just yet.

Broken is a gorgeous, Gothic romance fantasy horror. And it really is all those things. It's not scary as much as it is creepy and disturbing, but other than ghosts, that's just my kind of horror, so I'm there. It is fantastic to see a book claim to be a horror hybrid in fantasy and actually bring it to the table.

As for the romance? Well, Broken is a book that would fall apart without it; a perfect echo of the hearts and minds of the main characters. It is a beautifully written story that doesn't disregard the concept of love as being cheap. Moreover, it does not imply that teenagers and young adults "don't know what love is". Anyone who has felt their heart skip a beat or muddled their words or been inexplicably drawn towards someone knows what love is.

Emma felt that way about Daniel. Even after he died.

Since then, Emma has been a hollow shell, moving mechanically through life as she nurses her broken heart. It's not only her heart that's broken.

"It doesn't beat for me.
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