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The Broken Destiny (Broken #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  59 reviews
"You cannot know what light is if you have not experienced darkness"
Ava and her people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon for reasons she can't fathom. Upon meeting a boy from a different sector, her life turns into a beautiful chaos. She begins to feel things she isn't allowed to, thus motivating her to find out the truth about why her kind are so different, and why
Paperback, second edition 2014 , 358 pages
Published October 26th 2014 by Fire Quill Publishing (first published September 1st 2012)
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Sandra  Valente

Before I start my review, I have to say that this was one of the toughest I have ever written - for what I thought were good reasons. You see, I had already decided that I wasn't going to review The Broken Destiny. I met Carlyle on Twitter and to make a long story short, I've removed a whole chunk of it, we met personally a few weeks after for a big old fat chat – over coffee, of course. We clicked, talk daily and Bob’s your uncle. This book is
Carlyle Labuschagne
Aug 24, 2012 Carlyle Labuschagne added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: lovers of Scifi, fantasy, fiction, paranormal, romance,
Her Destiny is to rise above the fall ....
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Crossing dystopia with sci-fi with fantasy with High School is an impressive feat to get right and it felt like Carlyle Labuschagne did so effortlessly.

I won’t go into detail on the background because honestly it could probably fill pages and I'll still be missing something vital; but I will say that the world was complex but easy to understand as you were gradually introduced to its history, and ver
MeMe Belikova First lady Ivashkov
*squeals* This was such an AWESOME READ!!!!!! I will say I knew this book was going to be great even before I read the book lol I mean....LOOK AT THE COVER!!!!! It's beautiful and what makes a beautiful cover better? A GREAT story behind it! But anyway enough with the fan-girl action :)

This story is about Ava, who is the chosen one and is destined to change the path of the planet she was exiled to called Poseidon. Ava, along with others like her are called 'The Broken' because they are the third

Throughout my life I have been searching for something. Something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. Like an empty shell burning for life.

That was until the day I lay dying in the Prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut, only the hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life would have stopped the ancestor’s spirit from raging out. I gave
Carlyle Labuschagne’s The Broken Destiny takes its readers to a planet called Poseidon, a place where the Minoans fled to when Earth became no longer habitable. At the least is what the Council has told them. Third generations of The Broken, sixteen-year-old Ava, also resides in this planet and have always felt that her existence is more than what it seems. When she begins to ask too many questions, it leads her to trouble and gets saved by a Minoan boy. Everything she has ever known is about to ...more
Dean Mayes
"The Broken Destiny" is a richly constructed tale, brimming with detail and narrative that draws upon classic elements of fantasy, which Carlyle has skilfully re-imagined into her own signature brand. Her characters display a dynamism and voice that are accessible and visual. They are easy to invest in and one can really foster a relationship with them - which is important as the trilogy advances. Their individual arcs are established very well and they feed from the protagonist, Ava, effortless ...more
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
I was on among the original bloggers due to review this novel a few months ago. The tour and release of this novel was delayed. As I reflect on all that I've read, I know that this was with “just cause”. (And thank goodness for that!) If it was majorly flawed in any way, readers would truly have missed out on an intense read. The current synopsis is an excerpt from the novel, yet does this novel no justice.

The Broken Destiny tells the legend of how the “the Chosen one” ultimately became “the Bro
Wow!!! Amazing!! The journey you go on with Ava is so surreal. she has real life issues, and you share those with her through out the story. I am not one who usually likes sci-fi but The Broken Destiny is a must read!! It's full of drama, action packed and once you start, you can't put the book (or in my case ereader) down. Loved it!! I really can't say enough about this book. You will not be disappointed by it that's for sure. The Broken Destiny is about a world like no other, Ava is trying to ...more
What it's about: A girl, who is the 'Chosen One' has to find herself, in order to move forward, to fulfill her destiny.

What I thought: This is a wonderful combination of many different elements - Dystopian, voodoo, witches, and hunky saviours.

the good: Ava is such a wonderful character! She really brings this story to life with her adventure! She not only has to deal with threats against her life, but normal teenage angst as well - you can see this from the very beginning! Enoch, umm yes. Hunky
Ms. Labuschagne is one super talented story teller! I highly recommend this book! Don't pass this gem over!

Alisha Paige
Author of the best selling Circle City series
I loved this book!! It had me guessing right up until the end, and had me reeling at the end of it!! Can not wait until the second book is out!! Totally Team Troy!! Great job Carlyle!!
Emerald Barnes
Broken Destiny follows Ava, a 16 year old, who is “different.” She knows that she’s different and only wants to be normal, but she feels like she’ll never be happy. While she discovers the truth about her destiny in meeting new people after a vicious attack on her life, she finally comes to terms with her difference and accepts it despite her wishing she wasn’t different and destined to be something she never asked for.

She falls for the wrong guys; she makes mistakes; she isn’t perfect. But in
I have never been the kind of reader that goes out of the way to read paranormal reads. The back blurb has to seriously sound intriguing and like something I definitely want to find out the ending to, and as it happens it is only once in a while that I actually manage to find one that interests me to the point of any kind of interference will send me into a fit for the interruption, as was the case with this read, I wanted to stick a label on my head with the words " Go away I am reading!" .

Mimi Barbour
Broken Destiny – a book that is haunting and sad and dives into the life of Ava, a changeling who has been chosen to be a leader for her people. She needs to learn the requirements of witchcraft and understand about the prophecy in order to stand up to the witch doctor. This is to be her destiny - one she doesn't want – a role that she agonizes about continuously. After the destruction of earth, some residents escape to their dying planet called Poseidon through a magic travelling mirror and the ...more
The Broken Destiny is about a world like no other, Ava is trying to figure where she belongs and who she is. You go along this journey with her and your heart goes out to her, there’s no way a reader can’t connect with Ava on some level.
Ava has always been the one that doesn’t fit into the crowd, but she has her best friend Sam who knows everything abouth her and has been there for her. Their relationship is nothing but trouble in the faculties eyes and they are determined to separate them. Alon
All her life, Ava has had questions about her true existence. Questions that no one else has been able to answer for a very long time. Her mother's journal has given her a bit of insight as to who and what she is, but it hasn't been as forth-coming as she'd thought it'd be. The journal has succeeded in making her question things even more, inciting the urge she harbors deep within to find the answers to those very questions. She'd love nothing more to do just that, but the fact that no one else, ...more
 Lady Krishna
This book review was originally posted on my blog
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What I Liked:

-I liked the complexity of the whole plot. Everything seemed so thought out and planned out. It was very well written.

-The characters seems so complex. Everyone has a dark side. I liked that Ava wasn't perfect. She's the type of heroine, you wouldn't like instantly. She's the type that would grow on you. Ava is a strong girl but she's confused a lot of times. She's very frustrating but you empathize with what she'
I have said often that Fantasy is not my normal genre of reading, but everytime I read a new Fantasy novel I am pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it, which is not a bad thing as it has kept me reading them. Carlyle has built a world, plot, story and characters like I haven't seen since I read Patti Roberts Paradox series.

It was well written, well executed, the characters fit extremely well together. The anount of effort Carlyle put into the details made me feel like I was transported rig
D.H. Nevins
This is a fun YA story that flits between the genres of science fiction and fantasy to bring us to the purple world of Poseidon, where magic secretly pervades the world of technology, and genetically modified people live side-by-side with those who prefer more ancient ways.

The main protagonist, Ava, shows incredible growth as the story progresses. I was impressed by how the author slowly transforms her from a morose, self-absorbed teen into a powerful, sensitive being. The fact that Ms. Labuscha
I won't go too much into the synopsis of the story as you can read the blurb above. The Broken Destiny is an EPIC mix of sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian genres. It follows a young girl named Ava, who after being attacked by Zulus finds out that she is destined for great things and from here we follow her on her journey of discovery.

One of the great things about this novel is the setting. The planet Poseidon is a very unique and interesting setting. It's magical and yet very sic-fi at the same time
Ia Uaro
The Broken Destiny, reviewed by Ia Uaro of and

Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

ISBN: 978-1612048727 (paperback), ASIN: B009I3TE9S (eBook)

“The Broken” is a race of genetically enhanced humans, survivors of the destroyed earth who have migrated to Poseidon, an exotic dystopian planet. Three races cohabit this new planet: the Broken (humans), the Minoans, the Zulus—but strict apartheid segregation rules forbid them to interact. Poseidon is ru
Heather andrews
One Word: Troy! "I trailed my eyes over chiseled abs bulging through his gray vest coming to rest on his very rock-hard chest." I know the story is about Ava and her journey, but honestly all I could think about was Troy, (Very bad of me I know haha) I loved when he got pissed it was very very naughty and I liked it! "You're a selfish prick, a coward, and a little wimp with little sissy girl issues," Troy said. "I knew it from the first moment I saw you." I also loved how playful Ava and Troy we ...more
Tania Elizabeth
Through loosing herself she found herself.
A sci-fi urban fantasy fiction that will undoubtedly capture and enthrall you upon every page. I found this book to be an admirable and inspiring read as I followed the foot steps of a young woman by the name of Ava. I became in awe of of Ava’s strength and determination. Even in her times of despair, her constant battle of all she felt she had been deprived and of the need for others validation; she always held strong the hunger and the necessity for mo
Apr 02, 2013 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: signed
This story is about Ava, a teenage girl looking for her destiny and where she belongs. This cover called out to me!
I'm so glad I read The Broken Destiny, it was delightful and refreshing. It's full of mystery, intrigue, paranormal, romance and betrayal.

Her worldbuilding and plot is fantastic and creative. I really enjoyed her foreshowing about the past. At some point, I wish I was living on Poseidon. With the turn of every page there's a twist.

I loved Ava she was easy to relate too and she co
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'The Broken Destiny' is the first book in a young adult science fiction fantasy that centers around the people known as The Broken. Ava, our main character, is one of The Broken - she's actually the granddaughter of the founder of their civilization on the planet Poseidon. Ava feels like there's something missing from her life, missing from herself - and she soon discovers that she's right. After being rescued from a kidnapping attempt one night, Ava is taken to the Minoans' village - w
A long time after when Earth was destroyed, Poseidon is the new resident planet for human beings, along with the local Zulus and Minoans. Ava always knew she is different from others, third generation of the broken whose bloodline came from both human and Minoan. After surviving an attack from Zulus and rescued by a handsome Minoan warrior, she was brought to Minoan village where she begins to discover more about her origin and the prophecy that can change fate of the whole planate. Being carrie ...more
Michelle Book Briefs
This book is great for fans of fantasy that really like to explore new worlds. The world that Carlyle Labuschagne created is complex and really interesting. I wanted to learn even more about it than we did. I can't wait to explore her world more in the next book in the Broken series. The Broken Destiny is kind of futuristic, kind of dysotpian, and kind of coming of age. It is the story of Ava, a young girl who is different than everyone else. The story really is all about her growth.

Ava starts
"All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life."

Broken Destiny is a haunting and captivating novel, full of beautiful visuals that will capture your imagination and bring you to places you've never known. Heart-pounding and exhilarating, it will keep you flipping the pages!

Earth is desolated, destroyed by its habitants own hands, and now t
Caroline Waddell
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, to be completely honest, when I read the synopsis of this book my initial reaction was: huh? It sounded really confusing and I was worried I wouldn't really get it or know what was going on. However, actually reading the book was a totally different experience.

This story is all about a girl named Ava. She is a sixteen year old girl who lives on a planet called Poseidon after Earth finally became uninhabitable due to
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“With him I couldn’t be anything but myself and that scared the crap out of me, because I had never existed like that before.” 19 likes
“You cannot know what light is
if you have not experienced darkness.
How could you know what happiness feels like
if you know not what it means to be sad?
Right does not exist without wrong
Hate exists because there is love.
You are either driven by fear or love.
To love is not to fear.
It is to be godly.”
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