Author: A.E. Rought
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Source: ARC For 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 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. (taken from goodreads.com)
Anyone who has read my reviews knows I don't enjoy writing negative reviews. However, there was just no way I could review Broken without spitting out some negative critiques. I'll try to keep it short and simple so I don't clog my website up with too much negativity.
As I was reading, I stumbled across more than a few sentences that were oddly phrased. I found myself rereading passages, confused by some of the syntax and miscellaneous facts. Insignificant details seemed to penetrate every other sentence. Sometimes an entire paragraph would be devoted to the way Emma's phone lit up or some other unimportant description. These unnecessary tidbits of information annoyed and bored me, and I disliked Rought's writing style overall.
Pretty much every romantic cliche ever found in literature is present in Broken. Dark, mysterious boy? Check. Love triangle? Check. Extremely cheesy confessions of undying love? Double check. Maybe triple check. Trust me, I'm about the most romantic person you've ever met, but even I gagged at some of these ridiculous, mushy scenes. The romance was just not enjoyable.
The only reason I didn't flunk this book completely or stop reading was the potential. Not going to lie, I wanted to know what was going on. Even so, I almost flung this book at several walls. And out a window. I had to push myself to finish it. In the end, the story wasn't even worth the frustrating hours I spent with this novel. The plot was ridiculous and completely unbelievable.
Overall, I found Broken to be cheesy and boring. I won't be recommending it to any of my friends.
Man I hate writing negative reviews.
*hides under covers*