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(Otherworld #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  30,937 ratings  ·  842 reviews
In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty-first century — and become his next target…

Ever since she discovered she’s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she’s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who’s given birth. But thankfully
Mass Market Paperback, 460 pages
Published May 25th 2006 by Random House Inc (first published April 25th 2006)
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Emelie I just skipped from book 2 to 6 since I only wanted to read about Clay and Elena. It worked although it was quite clear that I missed some events and …moreI just skipped from book 2 to 6 since I only wanted to read about Clay and Elena. It worked although it was quite clear that I missed some events and characters’ introduction or relationship development in the previous books that they sometimes referred to. However it didn’t really affect my understanding of the plot etc. and I could enjoy Elena and Clay just as I wanted. I’m going to try and jump to the next Elena and Clay book which is book 10 and see if that works. (less)

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Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** 3.75 ***

We are back to Elena as the narrator and after three years of wandering if they should even consider having children, ever, Clay and Elena are heavily pregnant and having no idea how to cope with it. While trying to deal with the anxiety, they decide to mingle with friends so they have less time to think about it. This is how eventually they end up back in Toronto dealing with an interdimentional portal back to Jack the Ripper time London, which is spewing killer zombie rats, infecti
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some spoilers ahead. This was boring, sorry.

I developed no interest in Elena or Clay. Clay was one-dimensional. Elena was whiney. All other characters stayed flat.

The pregnancy lacked interest. Usually supernatural beings with a pregnancy have some interesting character development going on. Not here.

These are some of the most boring werewolves ever. Not impressed with the world building in general.

The sex scenes were not sexy. They just seemed like a required plot point to tick off.

The porta
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
After re-read in 2019, changing rating to 3 stars

“We sacrificed a mosquito. I bet that's what did it. It was probably a virgin too.”

I was happy to finally return to Elena's point of view after being away from her voice for a few books. This turned out to be the weakest of the first three starring Elena's POV, but it's still worth checking out.

We get plenty of Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Jaime, and the setting of Toronto with an unusual historical mystery involving magic. The Jack-The-Ripper lore was
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
As much as I hate to say it, but "Broken" is the weakest "Women of the Otherworld" installment so far. My dislike has nothing to do with the main characters (I remember not really liking "Dime Store Magic" strictly because I didn't really care for Paige or Lucas), but has a lot to do with the fact that "Broken" has a wish-fulfillment/filler quality about it. Allow me to elaborate.

The focus of this novel is... Elena's pregnancy. That's right, not a zombie outbreak accidentally caused by Elena whe
Woman Reading
3.5 ☆

Armstrong alternates the main characters in her Otherworld series. I opted to skip ahead to Broken #6 because I wanted to continue Elena's story from Stolen #2. Broken could be read as a standalone but I believe that it would be more appealing to those already familiar with Elena and Clay's idiosyncrasies. History is being forged as werewolves Elena and Clay are expectant parents after debating for three years whether to try for kids.
Jeremy sighed.
I looked at him. "And you thoug
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Reading Broken and Men of the Otherworld simultaneously allowed me to realize what I had long been suspecting, I read Armstrong for the men of her Otherworld, not the women. Strike that, I read Armstrong for the Werewolf men of her Otherworld, not the women.

I’ll admit that I shamelessly passed over Dime Store Magic,Industrial Magic and Haunted to get right down to business with Broken. I appreciated, even enjoyed inclusions of other supernatural races in Stolen, but it was Armstrong’s werewolf l
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
It's been a while since I've read the Otherworld series, and I'm finding myself a bit at odds.

I love (love, LOVE) the characters and their relationships/interactions. About 50% of the time I also love the plot. The other 50% of the time . . . not so much. Saying that I find (some of) them to be over-told or tired seems too strong, but it's also kind of the truth. I called Stolen the best retelling of The Most Dangerous Game that I'd come across. And that's true. But did I like The Most Dangerou
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated
A solid 3.5 stars, automatically rounded up, for this adventure with the Pack--a very pregnant Elena (narrating), Clay, and Jeremy go to Toronto on a simple mission that gets very complicated and decidedly strange. They wind up bringing in the other Pack members and candidate and, most importantly as it turns out, Jaime Vegas the necromancer whom we met in book #4 Industrial Magic.

It was certainly a joy to be back with these characters; I read most of the Otherworld series a few years ago, skip
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5/5 stars] Mini Review: Broken was a decent bounce-back from Haunted, with the added benefit of Elena once again as the POV. I’d heard this was another Elena book before diving in, and I admit to setting some expectations that it would also be another “werewolf” book with all the same intense feels as the first two. Er… kind of not the case. If anything, I’d call this a “zombie” book – with a hybrid of Elena’s great POV and the plot structure of the Paige books. Not a bad combination, because ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)
We are back to the pack!

First thing we learn? Elena and Clay are PREGNANT. That's a whole new thing. Since there has not been a known female werewolf besides Elena, there has never been a child with two people who have the blood of the wolves. Now there are. Elena doesn't know if she is able to actually carry a child to term, but they are going to find out because she is big and pregnant.

And Clay and Jeremy are crazy careful about everything. Need help carrying a chair to the patio? Don't worry
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
OMG! I just can't believe how freaking amazing this book was. I loved every page of it! It just kept getting better and better. Definitely the best book in the series so far. Much better than the rest, actually. I was expecting an amazing read but never one such as this one, with drama, adventure, suspense, and so much more. The best Urban fantasy book I have read in a while.I have been hooked with this series since book 1 and have not been able to stop reading it since then; one book right afte ...more
So we are back to Elena and the werewolves in Broken, not my favourite character I have to admit, (I much prefer Paige) maybe that makes me more a witchy person. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book, just not as much as the others.

This series is becoming almost like a supernatural detective series, and it seems now we are adding a bit of history into them, the previous including the story of Lizzie Borden. This one combines the story of Jack the Ripper, and I have to say I was really intrigu
Pam Nelson
Oh my gosh, my heart is so so full right now. I loved this book. It's about Elena and Clay and Ohhh I want to yell it but I don’t want to give away the story.
I just love this couple could it be because I read the first book 3 times? Who knows, all I know is I am always rooting for them and when Jeremy is in the story I want him to get a HEA he seems like he has been alone too long.

This was an interesting story with zombies from another time. We get to meet more vampires too. Oh and Jamie comes
Kelley Armstrong's books are becoming more and more difficult for me to rate and review. On one hand, her characterization and world building are some of the best I've read. But on the other hand, she apparently wants to be a mystery writer, and her plots have become formulaic. Le sigh.

Here is what kicks ass about this book: The Otherworld is amazing. Armstrong's strength as an urban fantasy writer definitely lies her her ability to create a believable, well defined, and engrossing world withou
Kat Kennedy
So I can't say I wasn't warned... realistically speaking I was warned once I was already three quarters of the way through it, but I was warned none-the-less!

Broken revolves around Elena and Clay as they go through their pregnancy while fighting evil and solving mystery and generally proving, yet again, that they're in love.

I love this couple. Absolutely love them to pieces. Bitten remains one of my favourite urban fantasy books to this day.

My problem was that the mystery in this book was painfu
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broken is the sixth book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, and it is yet another example of why Kelley Armstrong managed to work her way onto my favourite author list in no time at all. As with all her books I have read, this one kept me gripped throughout – I loved the characters, I enjoyed the storyline, and I cannot wait for more.

In Bitten, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series, we were introduced to Elena. I quickly fell in love with the werewolves, having
Jan 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars for the disconnected, slightly mundane beginning of the novel; 5 stars for the amazing Armstrong-style ending.

I won't lie; as much as I fangirl over Kelley Armstrong, Elena, Clay, and the whole werewolf world... I was initially disappointed over Broken. I skipped from Stolen to Broken (shamefully, I wish I'd had enough patience to read the three in-betweens first) and just felt like Armstrong had lost her touch to the werewolf world. Suddenly, Elena's POV wasn't about the werewolves, it
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this dark and grotesque tale!!
alicat ♡➹♡
I really enjoyed this next installment of the Otherworld series! Elena is now pregnant and it cracked me up to see Clay and Jeremy mother-hening her around. Of course given that she is the only female werewolf and her pregnancy is unprecedented (as far as the wolves know). There is just something about the dynamics of the pack that I love - they are truly a family and their playfulness is fun to read about. It isn't all about oooh I'm a scary werewolf. Plus I loved seeing Elena still be a badass ...more
4 Stars

When Elena Michaels is asked to pay back a favor, little does she know that she is about to unleash one of the most vile murderers of all time onto an unsuspecting world. Tasked with stealing Jack the Ripper's "From Hell" letter, Elena accidentally triggers a dimensional portal that enables zombies, plagues and even the notorious killer to appear in modern day Toronto.

Fast paced and action packed with strong world building and solid character development. Unfortunately, the Ripper
I really, really wanted to be able to give this a full 5 stars. I mean, the concept is fantastic...pregnant werewolf facing down what could be Jack the Ripper who came through a dimensional portal from his Victorian England home.

Kelley Armstrong is a brilliant author, and usually her works are almost flawless. Unfortunately, this one dragged, a LOT. In the previous novel of this series, Haunted, there were a couple of chapters that felt like filler that left characters going in circles and avoid
Diana Stormblessed
Sigh. I was so excited that we were going back to Elena's point of view. I loved the first 2 Elena books. This one not so much. The plot drags and there were too many "convenient" moments. I still like the characters but I found a lot of the choices they made in the book to be less than intelligent. The whole series feels very draggy to me. I'm not sure if I'll be continuing with it. ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Elena and Clay are back! In this installment of the Women of the Otherworld series Kelley Armstrong brings us back for a visit with Elena and Clay. Only now Elena is pregnant, pregnant and stir crazy with a couple of over protective werewolves watching over her, so when the opportunity for a "safe" adventure comes long she grabs it. Of course nothing is ever simple, and Elena's "safe" adventure leads to Jack the Ripper being unleashed on the streets once more, with the added bonus of his zom
Wendy Holcombe
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urbanfantasy, own
I'm impressed by Kelley Armstrong's ability to change her style of writing to match the character she is writing through.
However, I was disappointed in this book. I think it may be because I don't like Elena's character as much as the other Women of the Otherworld. Also, the story line was very predictable.
Since Elena used to be a reporter I did not understand why during their investigation she didn't pick up on obvious clues.
I'm also disturbed by how little she seems to be aware of her own bod
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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At a Glance
I did enjoy reading Broken, but I feel like it was a filler book. It really wasn't needed to move the series along. But I was excited to get another story about Elena and Clay.

The Good
We finally get another book with Elena and Clay. They are my favorite characters in this series. I loved them in Bitten and Stolen, which are the best books in the series so far. And I loved them in this book as well. Elena is 5 months pregnant. Being the onl
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Hm. My least favourite instalment of the series so far. For some reason I failed to drum up enthusiasm for this one, the plot line just didn't grip me and seemed unnecessarily drawn out with lots of unneeded descriptions of the pack's everyday motions bulking the story out.
The ending made me smile though. :)

I'm sure the next novel will be up to Kelley's normal awesomeness though.
Kathy Davie
Sixth in the Women of the Otherworld urban fantasy series revolving around strong supernatural women; it's been five years since Bitten , 1. The focus is on a pregnant Elena and the favor she owes Xavier.

My Take
It's all about moral responsibility. When you owe someone a favor, you pay it back. When you unleash hell, you shut it down, even if you are pregnant. And it's not easy in Broken, as nothing stays broken, and our fearsome threesome keep sniffing about, attempting to sort truth from fi
Sue Shep
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: armstrong-kelley
I’m really enjoying this series but I feel this book was long winded. It seemed to take me ages to read as I didn’t get that ‘can’t put it down’ feeling. All the action happened at the end and finished the story well. Still really enjoyed it.
Anniken Haga

What I said in my original review still stands, but I also wanted to touch on a few things that are more important to me now then they were in 2020.

I very much love Zoe and the rep she brings to this world, but I'm still miffed that we never got a book about her. I think she could have been a fun main character to follow, and a heist story practically writes it self in many cases.

Then there's T. As a disabled person - both physically and mentally - reading the parts about T really s
Jen Davis
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kelley Armstrong returns to her Otherworld roots, in this sixth installment of her series... by bringing back Elena as her narrator. We've only seen sporadic glimpses of our favorite werewolf over the course of the last few books. Those cameos were enough to assure us that she and Clay were going strong. And now they're closer than ever... Elena is pregnant.

Of course, she's a bit worried. After all, she's the only female werewolf, making her pregnancy unprecedented. But on top of her concerns, s
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

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“I moved up beside Jamie."I have to go."
She frowned at me. "Where?"
I pressed a hand to the bottom of my belly. "My bladder.It-"
Ah." She gave a small laugh. "We interrupt this life-or-death situation for a pregnancy pee break. Don't see that in the movies, do you?”
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