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The Brokenhearted (Brokenhearted #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,243 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic acciden
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by HarperTeen
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Apr 26, 2013 Giselle rated it did not like it
Nope, not torturing myself again. After Taken it's all that I can take. I'm not even writing it up, I'll just post this convenient chat session >.<
Khanh (the Grinch)
A poor-little-rich-girl Mary Sue turned vigilante of a heroine in a watered down imitation of Gotham City.

There was little about this book that didn't make me cringe; it was insufferably terrible, the plot deviated in a nonsensical way. The heroine is an insipid, overly imaginative idiot of a girl. She takes her life for granted, she makes irrational choices. She is a terrible daughter, a terrible friend, a terrible vigilante. She lies to her family. She lies to her friends. Anthem steals from h
Jacob Proffitt
After a really slow start, this book finally got itself together and went... nowhere. I was intrigued by the possibility of a YA superhero novel with a young girl protagonist. Some of that eventually panned out, though whoever wrote the cover copy on this book should be fired (a bionic heart? really? Maybe someone should go back to remedial reading before venturing into writing for the public...).

So Anthem Fleet finds herself with some neato superpowers (eventually. The book meanders a lot befo
Apr 25, 2013 Isamlq rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-galley
One would think Batman meets ballet something different. One would be wrong. Try Googling Batman, ballet, dance or any combination thereof; you’d be surprised how not-quite original the concept of this book was. I mean, consider: (view spoiler), (view spoiler) or (view spoiler)

As is usual for me, I didn’t bother with the blurb and dove straight in, so by the first chapter, it was apparent that someone had been heavily influenced by a very pa
Jade Walker
Jul 22, 2013 Jade Walker rated it did not like it
Mrs Kahaney, there is such a thing called world building and in the very massive young adult market its pretty darned important. Unfortunately, you are seriously missing it and in this book it was pretty necessary so this book seriously dropped in my rating just because of that. The whole bleak world and silent vigilante with improved skillz was all well and good, but why is the world so bleak? Who are the bad guys and what is the motivation? Who is this mysterious The Hope that keeps being allu ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it

This is a case where I'm glad I didn't turn a book down that I was interested in SIMPLY because of a few negative reviews. I liked it a lot--yes, there were some predictable parts, but I was interested because it promised a superhero/ comic book like story and hey, that's what I got. Yes, the setting was like Gotham. Yes she has crazy abilities, almost a spider sense if you will. And you know, I thought it was pretty cool. I'm no expert on DC comics or anything, and maybe if I was I'd feel diffe
Oct 22, 2013 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Okay I just can't do it anymore. I have never and I mean NEVER had a DNF but this book *kicks wall* I just can't finish. I feel so defeated! I got to just over 100 pages and the storyline is just too unbelievable and there are so many plot holes already forming that I know there is no saving this one for me. Oh and not to mention the instalurve that happened within a week and the crazy kidnapping plot fiasco that followed. Yeah just not my cup of tea...
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"Time heals all wounds. Not all of them, it turns out. Some wounds cut too deep, and some kinds of heartbreak aren't temporary."

Often times, a book with a spectacular premise is announced and the blurb immediately grabs you. I read the blurb for The Brokenhearted and couldn't help but download an ARC of it. I really didn't believe this book would be anything like The Dark Knight or Cinder and it turns out I was right. I was skeptic
Howdy YAL
Nov 02, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone Who Knows Nothing About Batman
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: Morbid Curiosity
Posting the full review here for now since Booklikes is currently down and my blog is going through some maintenance right now (i.e. I'm slowly but surely going over to Wordpress).

Disclaimer: Obviously, I do not own DC or Marvel comics. Really, you’d think I’d be writing a YA blog if I owned either company. No, I’d be doing cameos on The Big Bang Theory and be firing whoever thought it was a good idea to recon Catwoman’s origin story into a twisted version of what you see on Batman Returns.

Apr 16, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
“You have no idea what you’re saying,” Ford insists. “A girl like you? They’ll eat you alive. You won’t last ten minutes in there.”
“Don’t be so sure of what a girl like me can do.”

Meet Batgirl... I mean, Anthem Fleet.

Okay, I'm a 100% Marvel fangirl so I don't know much about DC Comics but as far as I can tell, The Brokenhearted is a light version of Batman. Or Batgirl. Whatever.

Anthem is rich young ballerina whose life is already planned. Until one day she meets a cute guy, falls in love, discov
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Anthem Fleet has always lived in the shadow of her older sister who died. When she meets someone from the wrong side of town and falls in love with him, she feels like she’s finally found something just for her, when suddenly Gavin is kidnapped, and she’s expected to pay the ransom.
Can Anthem get Gavin back? And should she really try to do it on her own?

This was a really good YA sci-fi/dystopian, with some great twists, and I really enjoyed it.

Dec 11, 2013 Tez rated it it was ok
The thing with book packagers is that they make what they THINK readers want - rather than what readers ACTUALLY want. Or maybe they know their target market, and I'm just the wrong demographic. (Therefore your opinion doesn't count, Tezzy; because it wasn't made for you...)

Hey! I wouldn't have even tried the novel if it didn't appeal to me in some way. An experimental bionic heart, a city called know I love medical shiz and asylums. And I do love Jax and her mad science. Hillside P
Apr 09, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
Okay, so in my mission to read ALL THE REVIEW BOOKS on my Kindle before they expire, I tested out this little beaut.

In the beginning, I was ENCHANTED. I feel like I'd stepped into a Baz Luhrmann movie, BUT INSTEAD IT'S A BOOK. It was all alive and vibrant and colorful and there was a handsome passerby who happens to become a focal point and object of swoon and YAY. I love objects of swoon.

But then shit got cray.

And things got weird.

I usually like weird shit, too.

I really liked where this book
Lauren Stoolfire
I'm still trying to figure out why Bedlam City wasn't just called Gotham City - it would really simplify things. And, I wish this was about that crusader Batman almost cleaning up Gotham City for good -- I mean, the Hope and Bedlam City -- see what I mean?
Aug 30, 2013 Lauren rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5

I tried very hard to like The Brokenhearted more than I did. While it has some really fantastic moments, and a few characters I loved, they weren't enough to save the story for me as a whole. The beginning of the book was especially rough. In fact I barely made it past the first 75 pages. But I was told by a friend that it would get better, and I was determined to see that happen. While the second half was an improvement over the first, the story didn't get better enough for me to give
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 13, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I’ll be honest- half of the reason I chose to review THE BROKENHEARTED was that I was under the impression it took place in Chicago. (I had to search long and hard before I found a copy of the original description I read). After being burned by the last book about ballerinas I read, I had pretty low expectations. Luckily, THE BROKENHEARTED surpassed my expectations and more-what I got was a gritty superhero novel that read as vividly as if it were a gr
Aug 02, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read-soon
Feb 13, 2015 Phebusa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
En bref, certains aspects de l’histoire ne sont pas du tout crédibles. Mes attentes ne sont pas comblées car je trouve dommage que la dimension du cœur mécanique ne soit pas du tout développée et que la romance prenne autant de place. C’est dommage car l’univers a du potentiel ! A recommander tout de même aux amateurs de Batman ou encore de The Arrow, les justiciers masqués…

Review :
Apr 23, 2015 Ceres rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-finished
J'ai sincèrement essayé d''avancer le plus loin possible dans ce roman, sans succès. Et pourtant il me faisait vraiment envie avec sa superbe couverture et son résumé attrayant. Mais des les premiers chapitres, j'ai senti qu'entre ce livre et moi, il n'y aurait aucune connexion. Au final, j'ai préféré l'abandonner, plutôt que de m'obliger à rester dans un univers qui ne me correspondait pas.
Mar 07, 2015 Noémie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 j'ai mis beaucoup de temps à le lire. Parce que j'avais peu de temps mais aussi parce que l'histoire au final est une sorte de justicière dans un pseudo gotham( bedlam). L'effet seconde chance est pas mal mais toute s'enchaîne trop vite pour être crédible.
Apr 10, 2015 Galleane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ce premier tome n'a pas été une mauvaise lecture, mais elle est loin d'être excellente. Les idées de l'auteur sont bonnes, elle a construit quelque chose de très sympa, voire même de très attirant, mais au-delà de ses bonnes idées, l’exécution n'est pas toujours bien servie. De nombreux manques ne permettent pas toujours d'apprécier ce que l'auteur propose, il y a des explications essentielles qui sont passées sous silence, et le manque de développement général n'arrange pas tout ça. Les bonnes ...more
Rachel Webb
Oct 07, 2013 Rachel Webb rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
Hyped as a cross between The Dark Knight and Cinder, I was so on board for this book it was ridiculous. However, maybe that was the problem. If you're going to say it's a cross between two such amazing works of entertainment, you have to follow up and unfortunately this book fell short. Both the Dark Knight trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles quartet are really about the world the characters live in and Nolan and Meyer do amazing jobs creating these worlds and we understand the characters more. The ...more
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)

When I first read the synopsis to this and saw the "Dark Knight meets Cinder" line, I was all like, 'Oh, yeah. I've GOT to read this one!' Unfortunately, as exciting as the blurb makes this book sound, it really fell flat for me and didn't do the blurb justice. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it really didn't deliver with its execution.

Kahaney does a good job of setting up her futuristic, crime-laden world- and I was really intrigued in the beginning. However, I found it wasn't ver
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
Anthem Fleet has spent her life in the shadow of the dead sister she never met; a replacement for a lost daughter against whom she will never measure up. A talented dancer, the daughter of two of Bedlam's most respected citizens, Anthem appears to be a girl with a bright future. Everyone thinks she's lucky.

Everyone is wrong.

When Anthem meets a boy from the South Side--the absolutely wrong side of Bedlam--it feels like she is finally waking up. Her real life, the one she has been waiting for, see
I wanted more world building and explanations, but I did like the story itself. At least the last half of the book. Considering all the bad reviews I've seen, this was better than I expected it to be.
Nova Zaiden
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I feel like this author doesn't know the meaning of pacing - or if she does, she definitely didn't apply it. - Nova @ Out of Time

I should've known not to read this one. I've heard... things about it and I know it isn't really the type for me. However, I was at Goodwill and it was two bucks for a hardcover, so why not, right? Anyway, I side with the majority when I say that this book was a waste of my time.

May 12, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it
The Brokenhearted was an okay read, but it bored me in places.

Anthem could be slightly annoying at times, but other than that she was an okay character.
The thing i liked most about her was her determination to save the person she loved.

The character that i hated the most was Will. He was such an ass!

The pacing was quite slow in the beginning, and took a few chapters for it to pick up.
When it did pick up, i started to enjoy it... but then after a while, it went back to being a bit slow.

Jeretta Hall-Robinson
Feb 22, 2016 Jeretta Hall-Robinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
I didn't read any of the reviews before I picked up this book. I just read the blurb on the back. And I have to say, I love it!! I know that others may not care for it, but I really enjoyed the character of Anthem and how her character developed over the course of the book. She went from shy, fragile, and weak to confident and strong. I also loved the characters Ford, Jax, and Serge. They were great. Gavin was a great character until the end....and that came out of nowhere!
The concept was great
Mar 11, 2015 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

OH. MON. DIEU. LES CŒURS BRISÉS est une ÉNORME surprise. C'est un roman qui m'a coupé le souffle et qui m'a vraiment, vraiment, vraiment scotché. Je ne m'attendais pas du tout à être aussi époustouflé par l'histoire d'Amelia Kahaney. L'univers est riche et saisissant, les personnages sont adorables et l'action – bordel, l'action – est OMNIPRÉSENTE. LES CŒURS BRISÉS est un récit explosif, palpitant, dynamique et saisissant. C'est littéralement une véri
Adelaide Metzger
This is unreal for me. ME! The young woman who’s primary genre of interest is Star Wars/Transformers/Asimov science-fiction and hard core dragon-dappled/Tolkien fantasy, gave a YA, Harper Teen, 15-16-year-old-female-audience-aimed book a 5 out of 5 stars!!!

The reason is I actually loved this book and the experience it gave me.

I walked into B&N to window shop while waiting for a bowling class to start not to buy anything (mainly because I was very crucial to save my money for gas on my car
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Amelia Kahaney grew up an easily sunburnt child in San Diego, CA and Hilo, HI. At age 12, self-exiled from surf camp due to lack of coordination, Amelia sought refuge in her local library and spent the rest of her summer filling up yellow legal pads with her first attempts at fiction. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English, she lived in Portland, Oregon and Quetzaltenango, Gu ...more
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