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Broken Aro

(The Broken Ones #1)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,280 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don't know anyone around you, and some of them aren't even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with s ...more
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Untold Press
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Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf
I don't remember last times I had such mixed feelings on a novel as much I had reading Broken Aro. I loved and hated it at the same time.

I don't know what to feel right now. I really liked the scene setting but I think that Wylie herself didn't really know her end goal for presenting Aro. She was either presented a child, or a woman, with no golden middle,that one key element that was missing. Transition.

SPOILERS BELOW!

Aro is fifteen. Not five. At the beginning she is described as the youngest i
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Jo
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
It was with great trepidation that I signed up for this R4R. It is always tricky when you read something that you have give an honest review for that you really didn't like. I have to say that from the very beginning I was absolutely delighted with this novel. It had great characters who were diverse and had a lot of depth. Family is a strong theme throughout the novel, and I loved how Aro desperately needed a family to feel whole. Sometimes we get so consumed with individuality that we
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Airicka Phoenix
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I want to start this off by saying one thing: daaaam! I could just kick myself for not reading this sooner. It was imaginative, unique, fast pasted, the characters were wonderful, realistic and just heart warming.

Aro is only 15, probably one of the youngest YA characters I've ever read. But you can tell she's young, but she's a fighter. A survivor and that's what made me love her. I love my girls full of spunk and kick
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Sean Hayden
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've said it before, "This is Wylie's best work yet." It's sort of amazing to watch her grow as an author. Wylie writes characters that you want to be in every story she tells. Every book she puts out, her character development increases tenfold. Now instead of wanting TO BE the character, you ARE the character. Written with such emotion, you feel every danger, every hope, and every fear. Broken Aro is a must for any library, young or old. I guess what I'm trying to say is BUY THIS BOOK, YOU'LL ...more
Tushar Patel
3Star
“In friendship I shall bind my heart and soul to yours. Forever beside you I shall stand. Together or apart always will I be with you. Eternal friends we shall ever be.”

It’s ok kind of book, the plot and character are god but story is slow and nothing much hyphening.
A girl name Aro (Arowyn Mason) in her fifteen year life cherish by her seven brother after their parents death but her this wonderful life is about to change, when enemy attack her city her brother try to flee from the city. I
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

After her city is invaded and has fallen, 15 year old Aro wakes up on-board a slave ship and is believed to be a boy thanks to her brothers disguising her before the city fell. Some of her cell mates are one of her brother’s friends, Kei a fey who has some connection to Aro and the mysterious Prince. After the boat sinks and they make it to the shore, they think they are safe but it is not that straight forward with
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Tom
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm...I love all the male characters in this book! But I'm a dude...so not loving the heroine is kind of a sticking point. The heroine came across as whiney and maybe a little spoiled. I didn't hate her or even dislike her just didn't love her. Now I want a book on Damon! The dragos is really cool and I'm interested to see where this goes. Hopefully there will be more of him.

I liked it and will be moving on with the story.
Lisa
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I really loved this book. I Aro and all of the others. They all protected each other and worked very well together. I also liked the fact that the story flowed so nicely and did not veer off in any weird directions. I can't wait for the next book.
Cindy
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved the British term "gobsmacked", meaning utterly astounded or astonished, and that's exactly how I felt after finishing Broken Aro. This is one of the most intriguing fantasies I have read in a long time, and I felt like I was under its spell from the first page right through to the jaw dropping revelations at the end which I didn't even see coming.

Arowyn (Aro) Mason's city falls to invaders and she finds herself captive aboard a slave ship bound for an unknown land. What follo
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J.A. Campbell
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
A page-turning tale of impossible love, unusual allies, betrayals, and high adventure. I couldn't put it down.

Ms. Wylie weaves a compelling tale about Aro the youngest and only daughter in a family of soldiers. When their home is attacked by an enemy army her world is turned upside down. First she's captured by slavers, then cast into the sea and left to survive in a strange land full of strange creatures. With some unlikely friends she'll find a new family and impossible love on the far shores.
L.L. Hunter
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I thoroughly enjoyed this. The diversity of supernatural creatures was amazing and all throughout i was worried for Aro's wellbeing, wondering if she and her men would ever make it off the ship alive. The characters were also very enjoyable, and was hoping that she'd form a closer relationship with Prince. I also think the Dragos needs his own story. I cannot wait for the sequel and i highly recommend this to all who love all things supernatural.
Katheryn Avila
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Received an ARC copy***

4.5 Stars rounded up

High fantasy - as much as I love it in movies - isn't usually my thing. However, Broken Aro is unlike any high fantasy I've ever read. Usually, books like Lord of the Rings are filled to the brim with drawn out descriptions and complex histories I couldn't care less for. In the case of Arowyn Mason's story, though, it's much more tightly written and a quicker read than I thought it would be going in, which was, honestly, what drew me in right away.

Ar
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Eclipse Reviews
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fifteen year old Arowyn Mason, Aro, life is changed forever when her city is attacked by slave traders. In an attempt to save Aro from the attack, her seven soldier brothers deschise her as a boy, and tries to flee the city. But the escape didn't go as planned and Aro wakes up in a slave boat on her way to the slave Capital.  

On the boat she finds only one familiar face among the other prisoners, and learns that her brothers didn't survive the attack. Alone and scared she has no choice but to c
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Lynda Bester
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Konstanz Silverbow
This book isn't what I expected at all. Let's just get that out there right now. And pretty much if I had to sum up my review in one sentence it would go something like "I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Book. AHHH!"

Fantastic writing, incredible story, phenomenal setting, fantastic characters! Love, love, love, love, love ALL the main characters! And there are so many twists and turns and heart pounding moments and it made me laugh and cry and this book put butterflies in my stomach!

I couldn't stop
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Christoph Fischer
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Broken Aro" by Jen Wylie is a powerful supernatural read.
15 year old Aro Mason, dressed as a boy in preparation for a dangerous journey, falls victims to slavers when her city falls during an enemy attack.
With the help of some friends, a Fey and Prince she escaped the slave ship but this does not mean that she and her friends are safe yet.
As introduced in a short prologue, humans are not the only species in this story, we encounter Fey, Elves and Dragos, which both eases and complicates the esc
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Hetal
3.5 stars

It's a fun book. Slow moving at times.
The MC, Aro was so human- she doesn't get over the trauma in the forest. She doesn't get over the fact that she lost her brothers (?). she can also be incredibly unrelatable to as well. She doesn't react to magic the way a normal human would. She just takes it like someone told her that there was a sale at Kohl's today. It was a bit...unnerving as a reader. You want to be able to connect with the characters you read about.Knowing or at least hopin
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Mary M
What I loved the most about this book was that Jen managed to capture Aro so well. Jen has done an excellent job of writing about each and every character, their instincts, emotions and they way they would act if the were real. Aro in Jen's book acted exactly like a 15 year old, and I also loved the fact that she was 15. Aro is one of the youngest YA character I have ever read about, it was cool. I also like the elusiveness of the Prince and how he and Keri were so protective of her. I am very i ...more
Deborah Davidson
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
WOW I feel like I have just been through a most amazing adventure!

I've been places and seen things I've never even heard of before. Oh of course I've heard of Were and Elves but Dragos and a different type of Fey?..

This story is packed jam full of adventure, excitement, joy and sadness and mystery wrapping it all together in a fantastic read.

The characters reveal themselves slowly and you are never quite sure what to expect next. One moment you are suspicious of one and the next moment you feel
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Jennifer
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This heroine was a bit different than most. She wasn't a tough, forceful, take care of herself kind of girl. She listened to her brothers and did what she was told. She fought, and fought well, when she was needed, but wasn't the first to jump into the fray. She felt lost and crushed when things turned sour. Most heroins in this genre act first and think later. They fight tooth and nail to be in control. Aro does not. Several times she sat back and stewed in her emotions while others discussed a ...more
Val Richards
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book for an honest review.

Honestly, I didn’t want to put the book down once I got started. I found it to be an easy read yet exciting and very creative. I’ve read a few books lately that were really tough for me to finish. This was not the case with Broken Aro. It starts out with tragedy but Aro, the main character, is a trooper and with the help of some interesting characters she manages to survive just to be thrown into more trouble.

I really like that mixed in with the humans
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Hollie
I usually avoid books involving teenagers like the plague. The young adult genre is far from my favorite. It's mostly because I can't stand juvenile and immature characters. Broken Aro had none of that. The heroine, Aro, may be young, but she is far from weak. This was one of the few times while reading where the characters felt older than they actually were, rather than younger. It was a very nice change. I could not resist this synopsis of a teenage girl raised to be tough with lots of militar ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
A real page turning story of high adventure. Ms Wylie tells a compelling story about Aro the youngest and only daughter in a family of soliders. When her home is attacked by the enemy. Her whole world is turned upside down.First she is captured by slavers. Aro decides to escape but escape comes with a price. As Aro and the others jump into the sea and try to reach shore, they realize it doesn,t mean freedom. The slavers want there property back. The survivors use every ounce of strength cunning ...more
Vesper Dreams
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it


Have you ever read a book that you both enjoyed and hated nearly simultaneously? Well, this is that book. Throughout Broken Aro, I was enraged with the main character, Aro, for being a huge contradiction and a pain in the ass, and happy with how things turned out with her. What do I mean by that?

Aro, up until about 70% in, seemed to be a blubbering mess, who, at first, seemed to have her head on straight for a 15 year old seeing as she knew how to fight and use weapons due to growing up around
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Nichole McKim
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the cover of the book I was intrigued and couldn't wait till I started reading this book.
This book is very well written and captures the reader into the story. I lost myself in the world that the characters lived in I could see the fighting as the city fell and Aro's brothers tried to keep her safe.
The fact that Aro had been alone and realized she was not in with the other women she realized that her brother's plans had worked when they cut her hair. For the remainder she had to pretend t
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Melissa Hardy
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013

I’m not a big fan of books that involve the Fey. I will read them, but I have found that they are not my favorite. Broken Aro may have changed my mind. It not only has Fey, but many other creatures. I’m talking dragons, were, elves, fey…the whole 9 yards! I loved this book! I mean, really, really loved it! When I finished I was like, well….what do I do now? I honestly did not expect to have this reaction. Based on the synopsis, I knew it would be good, but I didn’t think it would have as much of
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Chrys Andersen Burns
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is but I'm having a lot of luck with fantasy books lately. They have just been clicking with me. I adore Aro. She's fiesty and doesn't try to depend on others. She knows how to fight. I was hoping that we would see her brothers but I'm not sure how logical that is in this situation. I'm glad she found a new family. The ones I liked the most (besides the love interests) (view spoiler) I wasn't expecting the "twist". Well I was but not the exact way I ...more
Toni Michelle-Editor
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Broken Aro ROCKED!!!!
I received this book from the publisher Untold Press as a gift in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this story. When you love something this much you just can’t put the book down. And that was definitely a problem I had. I was reeled in from the beginning and stayed that way all the way to the end. I hit the end of the book long before I expected to. It was so amazingly awesome!
You should definitely give this book a read. You will be happy you did, I promise
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Julie Powell
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book for review and was delighted in how much I enjoyed it.

Aro is a believable and likeable character who is strong and brave with a deep sense of family. The other characters too fit beautifully into the story, and this first book in the series sets the scene for further enchanting adventures.

I don't give spoilers but will say that I like the developing pace, the insight into Aro's mind and feelings, and look forward to the next installment.

A recommended fantasy.
Bobbi
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bobbi by: Author
This book captured my heart and kept me wanting for more. There is so much love and bravery through out this whole story. You get a mixture of paranormal characters all good, bad, or just plain tricksters. The author Jen Wylie did a wonderful job with this book.
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Jen Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing mo
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