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Tears of the Broken (Dark Secrets #1.1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,071 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
"Powerfully integrated vampire series."

An epic romantic fantasy. The entire series is a journey to watch one girl grow and find that love is something you fight for, not a gift you can take for granted, combined with a sexy vampire and a deeper, darker mystery lurking underneath it all.

Vampires do not care about the myths people believe. They feed on humans, walk in the
Kindle Edition, 483 pages
Published November 27th 2011 by A. M. Hudson
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Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Dec 03, 2011 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
Let me warn you right from the top that this is going to be a pretty gushy review. But I won't apologize for that! Tears of the Broken is my type of book! Yes, I'm a sucker for romance and this book is full of it! Yes, I love paranormal and this book has that as well. I admit to having the biggest, cheesiest grin on my face for a lot of the time as I was reading this. It was just like my favourite chocolate. You know how you just want to savour it so that it lasts longer, but you just cant... Yo ...more
May 17, 2012 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book. Absolutely awful. For one, new girl meets vampire boy, hmm sound familiar? The author ha clearly tried to change a few things to make it different from twilight but it's essentially The same.

Stories where the main character keeps hinting at some terrible event that happened in the past are frustrating, and this is what happens repeatedly in this book.

The main character is even more sullen and unlikeable than Bella, if that's possible, and it really seems like the author
Liz at Fictional Candy
I really loved this book for a couple of reasons. First – it had some really beautiful writing. In fact, I even highlighted one passage and sent it to a friend exclaiming how that is what the perfect guy should say. And second, it actually made me cry!

You start off with a brief introduction to Ara in a short prologue. As soon as I read the prologue, I was excited. Amara-Rose was born lifeless, and brought to life when her father took her in his arms. The imagery was sad, beautiful, and happy al
Khelsey Jackson
Mar 08, 2012 Khelsey Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ara-Rose was suppose to die from the minute she was born. When the life came into her her parents named her after her father's mother Amara which means everlasting. Amara-Rose everlasting blossom. After a car accidents left her with out a mother and a brother, her father comes and brings her home with him. Ara-Rose is not looking forward to going to school. She doesn't understand why she is here and they aren't. When he eyes meet a very handsome boy standing by the school front door she is speec ...more
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Ok, there were some Twilight similarities; how can there not be with the whole "vampire boy falls for troubled teen girl" storyline. But guess what - I loved Twilight, so that was a plus for me.

Now I really liked this book, but not quite loved. There were just a couple of things holding me back. First, (and this is a very minor issue, but it was troughout the book and it bugged me) Ara-Rose was from Australia, so she used the word Mum instead of Mom. What bothered me was that so did every other
Heather Robbins
Feb 16, 2012 Heather Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There was not a thing that I did not LOVE about this book. Extremely well written story. I totally got a feel for the world she has created. Story line flows well and easy to follow.

'Ara' as she has shortened her name, she is very well developed. She stays true to who she is through out the story and you can see her growth. I loved her. She has lost someone dear to her and that plays into who she is now.

David... Swoo
Jun 11, 2012 Janysa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nookcolor-ebook
I dont know how but I'm finding all these free books that are actually good! This book was no exception. I usually don't like the love at first sight crap. Because face it, it's bull crap! But in this book the author did it in a way where it works. Where it sounds believeable. I love how David is just the sweetest person, and when he standed up for Ara (which is what she likes to be called) aganist those girls I was like "AHHHHHHH!" You can't get a better dude than that. The only bad side to thi ...more
Michelle Lewis
Sep 18, 2012 Michelle Lewis rated it really liked it
Ara-Rose is a 16 year old girl who has gone threw so much, what with her mother and little brother dying in a car crash that Ara feels is her fault.Ara is packed up from her home and now living with her dad,step mom and half brother and leaving her best friend Mike behind.Ara is not happy about starting a new public school,but all that changes when she meets the devastatingly Handsome David Ara get's to know David she notices he is different and soon David is telling Ara his biggest da ...more
May 10, 2012 Ginifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh!!! Firstly, I'd like to address the author's disclosure on the book being written in Australian English. I have absolutely no problem with that. The protagonist is in fact from Australia - it makes absolute sense that her speech and thoughts are written in Aussie English. HOWEVER, the story is set in America and the American characters are speaking in Australian English, too!

Ara-Rose drove me bonkers! She is one of the most self-pitying, whiny, spoiled, selfish, annoying characters I have e
Kassandra De Troy
Jun 28, 2013 Kassandra De Troy rated it it was ok

Over all I enjoyed the story.
It pulled me in and for the most part kept my attention.
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What I didn’t like about it was that after the first half of the story there were points that were getting a bit too dragged-out and even repetitive (at least for me), because of that aspect it took away from the initial enjoyment of the story.
I wasn’t so much bothered by t
May 14, 2012 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-my-cup-o-tea
This book was over 1100 pages and if you take out the insane inner dialogue from the main character, the author would be left with a little over 100 pages. Of course, this book ended when the story wasn't finished. The more I read books that leave you hanging so you have to purchase the next one, the more irritated I get. If the work is good enough to stand alone, this reader will purchase the next one. Needless to say, I will purchase no more books by A. M. Hudson. It's free, but not worth your ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, young-adult
I LOVED this book. It's the right mixture of romance and paranormal. Throughout the book I had the biggest smile/grin on my face. The way the author has created the relationship between the characters had me either laughing like a little girl or yelling out loud. I enjoyed every single word of this book. From start to finish.

A.M. Hudson has created a great book that tells the relationship between Ara-Rose and David Knight. Ara-Rose has moved to live with her father after a hardship she has been
Megan Helke
Aug 27, 2012 Megan Helke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! it has twists and turns on every page that makees it impossible put it down.
Sometimes Ara aggrivated me a little, but i think her personality is so real. She isn't made a perfect, strong, independent person. Yes, in some ways she is very strong, but she isn't perfect which makes her very easy to connect with.
There are many heartbreaking parts in this book, and if your a very emotional reader you may even have watery eyes. I know i did.I definatley Have Knight fever! David is
Melissa Rheinlander
Feb 20, 2012 Melissa Rheinlander rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Rating) This is a very intense, intriguing, and sometimes emotional read! It kept me thinking and guessing. The main character Ara's past issues really make you feel for her as a young girl that has had her whole world turned upside down! A.M. Hudson does a great job of getting the reader invested in the characters. While reading I was reminded of Twilight a bit which was eventually referenced in the storyline. This first installment of the Dark Secrets Series ends with a cliff hanger... I ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading some pretty depressing books recently so I decided to read something a little more light hearted snd that's exactly what I got with Tears of the Broken. Ok so, it definitely reminded me of Twilight, the same concept but with very different prsonalities, but so what? I wanted something gushy and soppy and I wasn't disapointed.
I thought this book touched death and tragedy very well and even found myself choked up at one point through the book.
In some respects this book is just
This book could have been so good. It has its moments, but the main character is so extremely frustrating; I wanted to strangle her with my bare hands. Lord, have mercy on a reader. Please make a decision already, Ara. I also didn't get Ara's parents...or the undying devotion of the guys towards Ara. Well, I have a lot I could say, but I really don't have the energy to go into. This series (so far) just zaps everything out of you...and not necessarily in the best way. The first book is an OK rea ...more
May 19, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love love loved this book. We start off knowing Ara has a secret, one that has forced her to move half way around the world to live with her dad and his new family in america. We meet David, a mysterious guy with a liking for Ara, and the book goes from there about there romance and "secrets" We find out Ara's pretty quickly, and i pegged David's from the get go. The book ends with a sudden choice that has to be made leaving you hanging!.... making the next book a must read. What I liked about t ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! The author takes you on such an amazing journey with Ara and David. Even though it is literaly love at first site, the author allows you plenty of time to get to know each character and fall in love with their story. I loved how Ara was able to pull away from "the darkness" and find the light again through David, even with the slight "bumps" in the road. I can' t wait to read book two and see where this story will lead! I would highly recommend to take a chance on th ...more
I was so excited to read this book, but after the first half I couldn't read anymore. The book started out really well, but eventually I got tired of the characters. I am exhausted by these female characters that have zero self confidence, and never think they are good enough for the male lead. Even David got tiresome, after him always wanting to talk about things later. In the first half of the book, he barely revealed anything about what kind of a person he was. I can definitely see this book ...more
Jennifer Bookworm Coalition
Ok, so I don't write reviews, because in my opinion if you truly want to read a book... you will, regardless of what someone else's review said.
With that being said, if you like Twilight, read it.

Tears of the Broken reads a lot like Twilight and New Moon put together minus Jacob, the sparkling skin and the leaving parts. But with the threatening of leaving and all that vampy fun stuff. Ok I take that back, I do write reviews...but very small reviews. I don't have a way with words like others do
Dec 25, 2011 Ivy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I thought the book was good, although a bit slow in getting into the main plot of the story. Ara started off as a sweet character, yet depressed...but near the end her character seemed obsessed with David biting her, and being able to taste his blood, but not wanting to become a vampire herself. Hopefully, the next book will clarify her awkward behavior, and reveal Mike's role in the story.
Amie Denning
Feb 28, 2015 Amie Denning rated it it was amazing
Loved this

I originally got this book free and I don't have the book that combined the origina first two books. I was hesitant to read this book because I like so many others had just came down from the high of the twilight books.
First and foremost this is way better than twilight in my opinion it was written much better with more emotion and better description than twilight. Don't get me wrong I loved twilight but I have been in love with this book. It moves smoothly and it draws you in with lov
Jul 25, 2012 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ohhhhh!!! Thank you! Book two is out!!! This love story is so intense. I'm not sure how to explain this? He's a true Vampire with all the fixings and it's just too tempting to want to be bitten! David and Ara story is what a love story is made of. On to book 2!! Let's see what trouble these two will cause now. Lol
Marianne Parsons
A very exciting beginning to what becomes an excellent series I couldn't put down. You begin to get to know the characters and develop relationships with each of them. Ends with you dying to get to the second book which does NOT disappoint!! 5 stars for Hudson! This series completely had me. Cannot WAIT for her 4th book!
I haven' t read but I know the Twilight series, so I couldn't but notice the similarly storyline. But I 've already downloaded the second book because I think it will make a difference. I'll know soon.. As for Ara's conflicted behavior I don't mind, yet. After all she is a teenager and traumatized as well.
Tracy Beth

"A.M. Hudson's novel, Tears of the Broken, isn't the everyday, expected book about vampires and teenage love. It's deeper. The entire book is more an emotional character study than a novel with a perfect plot arc."
Diana Smith
Jul 30, 2012 Diana Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book!!! Once I started reading..I couldn't stop!! It's a very great vampire love story! Some people are comparing it to twilight....but I say it's WAY better!!! So if your into vampire love stories..then look no this book!!!!
Lisa Marie Main
Sep 10, 2012 Lisa Marie Main rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brings you in from the beginning and it's so heart wrenching yet you don't want to put it down. I couldn't wait for the next chapter, then the next one on and on it's good that I don't sleep much, I actually had dreams about these books..
Kristie Eck
May 27, 2012 Kristie Eck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this book was really good and a very nice romantic story! I read it on my nook for free, so I figured I would try it, and I absolutely loved it! Can't wait to read the next one!
May 05, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written book. I love the depth and complexity of both the characters and the story. There are so many strong emotional situations and choices faced and tragic loss to overcome.
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“ faze out, hear voices, and blame your tempered outbursts on a fictional creature living in...” he looked down at my stomach, “your belly.”
“Precisely. The boy catches on quick.”
“Who would I kill?” I asked, sitting up from him, wiping my face.
“Yeah, I mean, is it random, or do you choose them?”
“Well.” He grinned and picked an ant off the rug, then tossed it onto the grass. “I usually avoid eating comedians as much as possible.”
“Why?” I asked slowly.
“Because they taste funny.” His brows rose.
I imagined a tumbleweed rolling past as I listened for crickets. “That wasn't funny.”
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