Broken by A.E. Rought
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 rating: 2 of 5 stars
I really should start reading the synopsis of what I read because the fact that BROKEN is based on something else only kicked in when someone mentioned Shelley High. And even that it's based on something else has me wondering if it really is... I should probably go with 'loosely based' because things went the way of Should have, could have, would have all over again:
Should have been less about the romance
Could have been less repetitive
Could have been less repetitive
(And were both those true)
I would have been more excited about the outcome.
The set up: she’s girl-broken and he is boy-mysterious, average enough, right? But then things seemed to be going the right direction when it’s explained why she’s broken: pining over a boy long gone this despite it being a little frustrating because it’s so obvious that’s it’s all about her suffering and her not being able to cope. I think tapping into hot boy suddenly entering the picture is getting old as a means to shakes things up, but that’s precisely what happens here. He’s all scarred but more beautiful for it because hiding from others’ eyes, he’s fails so spectacularly (cos’ he’s so hot and all).
And this could have been so much more than a girl standing in front of a boy, saying she loved him… had it simply been just that girl standing in front of a bodiless grave, saying she missed him. I truly believe that had things stuck to where things started, I’d be feeling more than, “Well, that was interesting.” I fear BROKEN is going to be one of the plenty books that I’m doomed to have few fuzzy memories of.
The middle was a waste of effort on my part because it was all just the same thing over and and over and over again, and not even touching on what could have been dark or scary! They should have focused on the Frankenstein bit and not the epic romance of her pining over dead boy and being all conflicted over new found feelings for the hot mysterious one. Hmmm, you could even say there’s a love triangle here except one of them's dead!
The only part that actually had me excited was once I hit 81% then it was all boom boom boom… and kind of sort of scary… I would have loved this years ago, but with so many other books having passed my brain this one was just OK.
Thank you Netgalley
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