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Broken (Otherworld #6)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  27,070 Ratings  ·  760 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, 444 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Bantam
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Linn there will be some gaps when it comes to friendship and the other characters in the books. I would not recommend skipping books, but think it is…morethere will be some gaps when it comes to friendship and the other characters in the books. I would not recommend skipping books, but think it is possible.(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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“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 certainly unique although not my favorite side-pl
Cathy (cathepsut)
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
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Women of the Otherworld series
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
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Armstrong Pack Lovers
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
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
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
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

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? Do
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
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.
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 zombie
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
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.
Wendy Holcombe
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, urbanfantasy
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
Katie Michaels
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
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Basic Plot: Elena and the pack accidentally unleash Jack the Ripper and must close the portal that let him into modern Toronto before the city falls to cholera, plague rats, and old-fashioned murder.

The fact that Elena was pregnant throughout the novel made the plot a bit more interesting than even the general plot suggests, which should have been damned interesting on its own. Jack the Ripper is one of those fascinatingly macabre bits of history that tends to pull in an audience that might have
(Audio) Ahhhhh, Clay and Elana are pregnant ! Extra Alpha Clay is the hovering dad to be of the century. Really he gets a gold metal for it. Too bad Elena is not on the same thought wave. She wants adventure and excitement. Her pregnancy is new to all, female were's are extremely rare and there is no records of pregnancy. So, along comes what seems a simple easy case to take the edge off, but with all things supernatural nothing is easy Elena had me screaming at her to "just let it go, take care ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was fairly disappointed with this installment in the Otherworld series; I missed the action and excitement that usually seems to follow Elena. I found Broken had wayy too many references to Elena's pregnancy (I got that her stomach was getting in the way the first couple times it was mentioned; I didn't need to keep having that fact shoved in my face). The absence of Clay's sarcastic dialogue (with whomever was annoying him), and his frequent temper tantrums had me forgetting that he was a con ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I am totally into Elena & Clay..seriously!!!!!! As I continued reading this really marvelous series, I found myself loving this couple more and more.

I have to admit that the plot was not as exciting as some of the other books - all the zombies, Jack the Ripper.....what made it an enjoyable read was the secondary characters......Jaime Vegas (totally awesome), Jeremy the Pack Alpha (totally fascinating), and more of those wacky witches, demons, mutts, Cabals....ooh I am so into this series.

Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series and am glad to get back to the werewolves. This one finds Elena very pregnant. The pack is approached to retrieve a document. It turns out that this document is the infamous 'From Hell' letter believed to be written by Jack the Ripper. Events conspire so that the pack is left to deal with not only Jack, but also unkillable zombies, a vampire, a sorcerer, and a few other wee beasties that are best left for the reader to discover. Just some light Halloween reading. :)
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urbaine
Quasiment un 5/5.
Certes l'intrigue est peut-être quelque peu moins "prenante" que dans d'autres tomes, mais le travail sur les personnages est vraiment superbe.
J'ai particulièrement aimé le rôle de Jaime et l'apparition de Zoé la vampire.
Quel plaisir, également, de retrouver notre meute de loup, et une Elena quelque peu "gênée" par son tout nouveau corps !!!
Bref : ça se lit, ça se dévore, et ça donne envie de lire la suite.
Mmme Armstrong est définitivement une des auteures phare d'ubran fantasy
Pam Baddeley
This is the second of the author's werewolf books I've read - I read Stolen some years ago but can't recall a lot about it, so I didn't have background knowledge of any of the characters.

In this, the protagonist, Elena, is heavily pregnant which is a great event as she is the only known female werewolf. Her partner, Clay, and pack leader Jeremy, are both very solicitous to the point where they are driving her stir crazy. So to relieve the boredom, she persuades them to fulfill a commission to st
❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
While I enjoyed this book, and loved going back to the Pack, it was not my favorite. Elena, a female werewolf, is pregnant with werewolf twins (which is basically unheard of in the werewolf world.) Much of the story deals with her pregnancy. The rest of it deals with a letter that contained a portal, unleashing "Jack the Ripper" and a couple zombies. Elena and the Pack go through a lot just to close up the portal and keep the Pack and the babies safe. It's hard to believe someone pregnant with t ...more
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“We scarified a mosquito. I bet that's what did it. It was probably a virgin too.” 124 likes
“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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