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The Brokenhearted

(Brokenhearted #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,546 ratings  ·  315 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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Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Apr 23, 2013 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
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
Aug 06, 2013 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
Jade Walker
Jul 22, 2013 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
Mar 08, 2013 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...
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone Who Knows Nothing About Batman
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ 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.

Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

While the first half of this book was quite slow and hard to get into, I found I quite enjoyed the second half. It took me a while to get into the story as I found it to be a bit unbelievable and I found Anthem to be extremely naive, but by the end I wanted to keep reading and the cliffhanger has left me wanting more. It was also beautifully written.
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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
Mar 01, 2013 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
Mar 10, 2015 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
Mar 31, 2013 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
Feb 21, 2013 marked it as to-read-soon
Jul 13, 2013 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
Feb 01, 2013 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
(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.

Feb 13, 2015 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…

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Oct 29, 2013 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 01, 2015 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.
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?
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
2/22/19--Oh boy. This is...painful. As in cheesy and larger than life, and slightly ridiculous kind of painful. For example, the streets in the bad part of town are named stuff like Arsenic, and Thorn. In the good part of town, we find streets like Catechism Way and Banker’s Alley, where—get this—there’s the town bank. I’ll give it a few more chapters, but I have no idea if I’m actually going to be able to finish this. 🙄 (Especially considering the serious case of insta-love going—“Sure, just me ...more
Kira Simion
Jan 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Fun fact: I actually bought the second book of this in 2015, but I have never even read the first one. :/
It's a curse of mine. ;-;
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed

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
Emma (Miss Print)
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 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
Rachel Webb
Aug 28, 2013 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
Apr 06, 2015 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
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist, dystopian, ya
A unique superhero story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The problem is that the world-building is almost non-existent and feels like the author just patches it up as it goes. Still, recommended as a character-driven story. The plot twists though were visible from a mile away!

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История уникальной супергероини, и читала я её по большей части с удовольствием. Проблема в том, что построения мира здесь почти нет, и кажется, что автор его придумывает по мере развития сюжета, да и "сюрпризы" пов
Jennifer LeBlanc
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have seen other reviews that compare the city of Bedlam in this book to Batman's Gotham City, but I really don't see the comparison this book is it's own story which I'm sure had inspiration from various others, as all books do. I thought it was a great story and can't wait to read book two.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
It's really bed this book is so underrated. It was really good!
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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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