Title: Broken
Author: A. E. Rought

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Emma is in mourning following the untimely death of her boyfriend, Daniel, he had been her everything and she his. But just as she’s picking up the pieces of her life, the mysterious Alex Franks joins the school – his mannerisms, the way he looks at her, it’s like she knows him already. That can’t be possible though – can it?

What’s good about it? The final climax of the story is actually quite intense and I did genuinely want to know the result.

What’s bad about it? I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it. I was so utterly disappointed too. A modern twist on the Frankenstein story – I thought I’d love it, I loved the original and I do love a good retelling. But this … the main character Emma – so little is learnt about her; she likes coffee, she’s mourning her ex – boyfriend and she’s in love with Alex. Oh, and she likes vanilla biscotti. I know it’s the nature of a romance, but I was hoping to know a bit more about her.

I was so irritated by the fact the main character’s love interest is Alex Franks (who also happens to be the Frankenstein’s monster of this story – that’s not a spoiler by the way, I do like to avoid those, it’s pretty obvious from the get go which part he’s playing) and that they attend Shelley High.

For those who haven’t read the original Frankenstein, the author was Mary Shelley.

Emma also hints at reading Frankenstein for school. She hints at it, and sees Alex’s scars and notices that he’s so like Daniel, but makes no potential connection.

Also it would have been more interesting to learn far earlier on that there had been several disappearances.

The verdict? I received an early copy of this in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll be honest. I was so disappointed by this. I honestly thought I’d really enjoy it. If you’re not familiar with the Frankenstein story you might enjoy this, the romance between Alex and Emma is highly emotive and the final showdown is intense. But I just didn’t like it.


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