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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days.
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Strange Chemistry (first published January 3rd 2013)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
From the summary : Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

2.5 stars. Yet another case of "great concept, poor execution." Don't get me wrong...I can appreciate a love story as much as the next romantic, but when a story is being marketed as a spin on Frankenstein, I expect to see more to that side of the tale. Throwing in names like Shelley and Franks every few
Anzu The Great Destroyer
He wasn’t just in my heart, he was my heart.

Long story short
Emma is your typical Mary Sue who lost her boyfriend and is trying to live with it. Lost as in he died. So you get lots of emo moments, of course. Some random day at Emma’s school a mysterious new guy appears.

Aaaaand insta-moment.

Aaaand electricity and thunderstorms.

After reading the spoiler rant book description you can probably guess the rest. If not, then this might be THE BOOK for you!

My thoughts
I requested Broken becau
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
2.5...A Fair and Flawed Story

I cry for everyone I’ve hurt withdrawing from life. Mom never stops stroking my shoulder, or my hair, a gentle contact anchoring me. I pull in a slow, deep cooling breath and realize the hurt has lessened. I feel scraped and stinging inside, gutted like the jack-o’-lantern sitting on the ground outside the clinic door. Except somewhere in the aching emptiness I see a spark, a flicker of my own, the light Daniel would’ve wanted me to finally find.


Emma Gentry
ARC supplied by NetGalley and Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review.

So after some pretty hilarious business while reading BROKEN, I have finally finished... and color me slightly impressed.


BROKEN is a FRANKENSTEIN retelling. It was very creepy and intriguing - though I'm probably biased because I'm a sucker for retellings.

Emma Gentry is a high-school girl who has just lost her boyfriend, Daniel, one of many victims to die or disappear mysteriously in a small town in Michigan. E
L.M. Preston
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a test reader I'd say this will knock your socks off. Can't wait for the release. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A book with wonderful writing that borrows on the famed tale of Frankenstein.

Emma hurries through the dark splashes of shadow stretching across the sidewalk. It is nearly dusk on a crisp October evening. The leering jack o' lanterns on the porches, a reminder of the season, watch her every move as she rushes home after spending the afternoon in the graveyard. It has been four months since her boyfriend, Daniel, accidentally died. Her heart still hurts from missing him, he
This review can also be found on The Dreaming Reader.

Alex FRANKS goes to SHELLEY High. Oh my, could this possibly be a FRANKENSTEIN retelling? Except now the monster has become a hot seventeen year old boy?!?!?


Joker approves of my superb reasoning skills.

This would've been a great book if it hadn't been so reminiscent of Twilight horrified. Rought had a lot of things going for her. She had a strong main character, a successfully enigmatic male lead, and a plot that any classic/YA lover
Nov 20, 2012 rated it did not like it

A good idea that was executed horribly. While I can understand every author has a vision of how they want their story to be told, there's still some things that just don't work. In this book's case, the writing was just all over the place with its tone. Sometimes it would delve into a darker gloomy prose and I'd think okay we're finally getting somewhere, but mostly it was just all shallow word vomit, complete with slut-shaming, subtle sexism, and awkwardly phrased ~*teen talk*~. Now I know the
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
The first this you need to know about Broken is that it has an interesting plotline, normal (read not annoying main character) and dashing hero.

The main reason I didn’t give 4 or 5 stars is- this book is meant for younger readers (13-16) even though it has some seriously disturbing scenes. After that awesome start the middle part of the book got a little bit repetitive. I really don’t need to read about every detail in the MC daily routine. Emma is still grieving the death of her beloved boyfri
Teno Q.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, horror, romance, arcs
First off, the blurb for this book spoils most of the story, so if you've read the blurb, then you've pretty much read the story up to page 340.

When I first started reading this, I was convinced that the author had been re-reading Frankenstein, and then Twilight for the first time, and decided to simultaneously deconstruct and also add a dark spin on Meyer's cliched love story. You've all heard this tale by now: There's a new kid at school. The protagonist feels instantly drawn to him or her fo
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Too bad Broken isn't going to be released in time for Halloween, because this is another book that kills it with the creepy atmosphere. A.E. Rought nails the gothic inspired horror, not only with easy stuff like spooky graveyard scenes or genuinely twisted nightmare sequences, but through her suspenseful writing style that sends out all sorts of warning bells. The actual story, though, leaves something to be desired, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book I so desperately wanted to end yet was stil ...more
I'm not that nice of a person. Yes I frequently bash books I don't like and I don't know how to act nice so take it or leave it.

What is a nightmare? According to the dictionary definition, Nightmare is a frightening or unpleasant dream or a terrifying or very unpleasant experience or prospect.

This is what I would like to call a nightmare. To call it otherwise would be sugar coating it.

The plot, well the plot...can't discuss it here, because then I would be saving you all from getting the experi
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this e-ARC through Netgalley.

Emma Gentry's life is forever changed when her boyfriend Daniel is killed. Her best friend, her love, her life. For months she is numb, going through life like a zombie. Without Daniel she isn't the same. It's like half of her is missing and her connection to life itself is broken.

Alex Franks is new to town. Cloaked in his ever present hoodie, he has a reputation to match his mysterious appearance. After an incident with a sticky locker results in a broken
Ingrid Jonach
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this achingly beautiful book (disclosure: we share the same publisher!).

If you are into romance - read it. If you are into the macabre - read it. Heck, if you are into reading read it! You will not be disappointed by this haunting novel about love and loss and oh-so-much heartache.

I actually started missing the characters as soon as I read the last line. I even missed Daniel who - as you know from the blurb - dies before the book even begins. He is a
May 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I think I might be too old for this book. Obviously, I like YA. (That's practically all I read at this point.) But sometimes, I just run across a YA book that's a little too, well, young for my taste. And I think Broken was one of them.

This book is REALLY melodramatic. I mean, seriously. Our MC, Emma, looks at the world with OMG-everyone-hates-me-and-my-life-sucks glasses, as many teens do. She's got a bit of an excuse since her boyfriend was killed, but I still found her constant angst and pess
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings, favorites
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Wow...I'm just a little bit speechless. Broken was magnificent!
This book was so good, I'm in awe of it.

Frankenstein is a story that hasn't had any retellings yet, so, when I heard about Broken, I was definitely willing to give it a chance. And I'm so glad I did. You'd think that a story as horrific as Frankenstein would be difficult to do, but this author not only did it, but hit it right out of the ball park.

The titl
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
I really should start reading the synopsis of what I read because the fact that BROKEN is based on something else only kicked in when someone mentioned Shelley High. And even that it's based on something else has me wondering if it really is... I should probably go with 'loosely based' because things went the way of Should have, could have, would have all over again:

Should have been less about the romance
Could have been less repetitive

(And were both those true)
I would have been more excite
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, for-review
A modern interpretation of Frankenstein, Broken has the romance some readers would like. Unfortunately, I never did see the romantic side of Mary Shelley's original work. Hence, this book simply missed the spot for me.

Emma hasn't really recovered over the loss of her boyfriend, Daniel. She spends most of her time at a cemetery where he should've been interned but by his parents' choice, he's reduced to ash encased in a jar perched on a mantle at home. She goes through life grieving for Daniel an
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My Thoughts
The overwhelming sense of loss and pervading grief that Emma Gentry feels after the loss of her boyfriend Daniel, engulfs readers in its beautifully woven shroud at the start of this story. You really feel for Emma as you watch her struggle for life, happiness, and peace.


Alex Franks...The quiet, intense, new boy who knows things about Emma and does things that only one person could...Daniel.

Alex is not written as the 'prince charming' that is going to ride in on his 'noble st
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Angry Robot for giving me this book to review.

Emma is destroyed after her boyfriend dies, and the only way she feels better is visiting the local graveyard which was hers and Daniel’s favourite hang out. But when Alex Franks moves to her school, she is instantly drawn to him and something is familiar about him. But as she grows closer to him Emma finds that something is seriously wrong with
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-galley of this book from Netgalley - Thanks!

I loved this book, although I didn't know it was a retelling of Frankenstein when I started it. Since I started reading the galley copy without checking to see what it was about, I missed the plot synopsis. After about three-quarters of the book, I started thinking I was really smart for figuring out that the story was a reworking of Frankenstein. Once I finished (and all along feeling really clever), I went back and read the plot synop

4.5 stars - I enjoyed it.

What a story, I loved it. I sat up all night reading it, I just couldn't put it down. It is a beautiful and horrible tale a new fresh version of Frankenstein. I didn't think it possible to re-vision this old tale but this author has dine it beautifully. Her characters are well developed and believable. It's a love story and a horror story. Fans of Twilight will love this, all ages will love it.

Emma has just suffered a devastating loss, months ago her boyfriend/love die
Jessie Harrell
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was creepy in all the right ways. Plus, Emma was a wonderful, believable character. Her family life felt very real (2 parents, both alive and caring though still PITAs). Alex was such a sweetheart I couldn't help but love him too. And the ending!! I won't ruin it for you, but you'll be flipping the pages as fast as you can. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, arcs
I was really excited to read “Broken.” First, the cover is gorgeous! I especially liked the heart in the “O” of the archway and the red background. Second, it’s billed as a “modern spin on ‘Frankenstein,’” which is one of my favorite classics.

Unfortunately, my excitement didn’t last long. But before I get into the bad, let me talk about what I did like about “Broken.”

Emma. I liked some aspects of her personality. Many of the other girls at Shelley High are catty and cruel, like clique-y teenag

I wanted monsters. Instead I got an 18 year-old sex god and a deer with a limp.

Broken was hailed as a fresh, new retelling of Frankenstein. That alone was enough to command my attention. I'm a huge sucker for retellings and they're certainly in abundance these days. That there was a Frankenstein retelling... I couldn't pass it up.

Unfortunately Broken is a classic example of an intriguing idea with a horrible execution (something I've dubbed the Matthew Pea
S.A. Larsen
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA & adult readers with a love for romance, the paranormal, strong female lead, & a bit of scare.
Recommended to S.A. by: I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
~A debut YA novel riveting with a morbid edge that will keep the reader reeling until the very last line~

The story opens nicely, sharing with ease Emma's relationship with her immediate family, BFF, and infectious pain over the death of her boyfriend Daniel. Her reaction to the new boy, Alex Franks, is just as easily understood by the reader: she's noticed him and his similar mannerisms as her dead boyfriend, and she doesn't like it. But for me, the reader, I liked it. Dribbles of intrigue and A
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am very well acquainted with Mary Shelly's Frankenstein novel. It was a requirement reading that I resisted at the beginning but then devoured. So to say I was excited to read a modern retelling of it is accurate. The synopsis doesn't even tell you much other than hinting on who Frankenstein's creation is and who he was reconstructed from. However I was both impressed by the direction the plot took but also disappointed by how the plot itself was handled. I might not be making much sense but t ...more
Bat Reader
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was almost a DNF, but as several reviews said that it got better at the end I stuck it out. Yes, it got better, but unfortunately it was too late.

Overall, the author needed to spend more time developing plot instead of spending half of the book's word count describing all the boring mundane aspects of life that we are already far too familiar with. The ring of a cell phone, breakfast in the morning, the ring of a cell phone(again), hooded sweatshirts, the ring of a cell phone(yes, again), g
This is first retelling of Frankenstein that i have read and i was not disappointed. This book was amazing. I don't know the exact story so i kind of just let this one unfold before my eyes. At the beginning of the book, Emma is still grieving the loss of her boyfriend, Daniel. A few pages in Emma meets Alex, a new boy in school. From the moment they meet Emma spots confusing similarities between Alex and Daniel. And the story takes off from there. The thing about retelling is that they're they' ...more
Okay I gotta say I was a little bit disappointed. Not in a huge way, but I had been SO looking forward to this book. A YA love story inspired by my favourite classic (Frankenstein)? I was SO FREAKING THERE.

The first third or so had me reeled in, and I never wanted to stop reading. And then it kind of got a little repetitive and started to lose some of the mystery.

I just learned that the sequel is written from Alex's POV, and can I just say: EEEEEEEEK. I loved Alex's character, and I cannot wait
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