Saturday, January 5, 2013

Amy's View: Broken by A.E. Rought

Broken by A.E. Rought
♦publisher: Strange Chemistry
♦release date: January 3rd, 2013
♦paperback, 320 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: from publisher for honest review
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 cemetary 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.

Review:  Horrifically wonderful. Broken is a haunting Frankenstein-like story that will intrigue you from the very start. A twisted tale of love, broken hearts, and shattered lives.

Emma Gentry is a broken-hearted, emotionally absent girl trying to get through life after the devastating death of her boyfriend, Daniel. Not sure how she will finish her high school days, Emma finds herself starting each day with a breve of coffee (us Americans call it a latte) from the walk up window of the  Mugz in Chugz as she reluctantly scuffs off to school. But when Emma arrives at school one crisp chilly morning everything is about change. There is a devastatingly new student, Alex Franks, who feels just a little bit too familiar. From the moment their eyes lock and Alex unlocks Emma’s locker, her life takes on a dramatic and alarming new change.

Even though Emma feels that she is slowly falling apart, Alex still finds a way in to her everyday life, almost, in a way, haunting her days. The only problem is the more she finds herself around Alex the more she finds herself starting to live but also finds herself even more reminded of Daniel---from Alex’s eyes that looks just like Daniels with their little brown flecks in them to the way he can open her jammed locker and the way he calls her by Daniels secret nickname. As time goes on, Emma finds herself strangely attracted to him but also in fear of him. There is too much wrong with Alex Franks to overlook, and the similarities between him and Daniel are all too alarming. And Emma can’t help but constantly wonder how can Alex remind her so much of her dead boyfriend Daniel?

Delightfully from the first paragraph  this story builds into mystery with horrific consequences. Broken takes so many twists and turns I found myself not wanting to put iy down for fear of it losing momentum.  I was truly a captive of Broken's wicked tale. A must read for all you horror fans!

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  1. Great review! I'm really intrigued. I haven't picked up a lot of horror, but I might have to try this one out.

  2. There are too few YA Horror books out there, in my opinion, so I am definitely going to have to pick this one up! I love it when a book has a ton of plot twists that I can't see coming, which is exactly what this book seems to have. It also sounds creepy, which I always enjoy. ;)

    Fantastic review! I can't wait to pick this book up now!