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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Power is pornographic Can love sustain light when the forces of evil close in? Paris, 1939-1942. A fallen angel is trapped in the web of German occupation. The deadly noose of Nazi control grows ever tighter, ensnaring her and two of her lovers, a bullfighter and a musician working in the fledgling Resistance. Can she save them and the Jewish widow and her child that she h ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 5th 2014 by Parvati Press
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R.S. Carter
A fallen angel lives as an Earthbound woman, enjoying the pleasures of the flesh during a tumultuous period of time. Hitler is advancing while Alia lives the life of a free Parisian, making friends with some historical figures of the time. After making friends with a Jewish family, she sees a way back to grace.

This is a very adult book with steamy scenes. There is also non-consensual moments - and Nazis - get the picture?

This book was really a whirlwind of different components. the first third w
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Meghan
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

When Worldwind sent out the email for this one, I was immediately hooked by the cover (wow!) and the line "Power is pornographic" written on it. The fact that there was a fallen angel involved during World War II just made it even more exciting for me and I was delighted when I finally had a chance to sit down and read it.

It is a really powerful book - it's very interesting
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Margaryta
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Thank you to Parvati Press for providing me with an egalley copy to review.

It’s difficult to write a book about the Holocaust, especially fictional. It’s a subject that leaves a lot of room to explore the human nature and the emotional aspects of it, such as guilt and fear. When I read the summary of this book I thought it would be an interesting approach to the subject, involving an angel into it. But the ambiguity of the short summary must’ve left a little too much room for the imagination to
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Eunice Moral
I received an advance reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Historical fiction, I have to admit is an uncharted territory, I can not go on claiming I am adept at it, I was only able to scratch the surface, and so because of this, I took a challenge to read this book, see if my young love for historical fiction will bloom, did it? Absolutely yes, this book made me want to read tons of historical fiction.

I was engrossed by the fact that it involved fallen angels, to me it
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Stéphanie
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, angels, erotic, own, romance, ww2
I’ve always liked reading historical fiction but personally I’ve never liked reading books about WWII. There’s so many atrocities in that war that I usually can’t face a novel set during that time. However, when I read the synopsis of this book, there was just something about it that caught my attention. I don’t know if it’s the idea of a fallen angel living in occupied Paris or if it’s the idea of a novel about a fallen angel in love with two completely different men, but it just felt like I wa ...more
L.A.
Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Broken' by Traci L. Slatton.

The time of 1939-1943 was a time of danger and intrigue in Paris. The German occupation created controls unused to in the city of love. While many Jews perished there were others, those who cared to try and protect them and their rights, who too disappeared never to be heard of again.

In Broken by Traci L. Slatton, we are given a view of the times through the eyes of a fallen angel. Having lost her twin Ariel, Alia makes a
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Rae Quigley
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, adult
Originally posted on Drunk On Pop


This is book is not my cup of tea. This is not a book that I would have ever picked up for myself. It is historical fiction (which I normally avoid) and there is far more sex and other erotic things than I would have liked in a book about nazis. With that said, I cannot deny how well written this book is, and I cannot pretend that I didn’t like it, because I did. I very much liked it. The story flowed exceptionally well and I felt so strongly for all of the chara
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Dianne
Hitler is terrorizing the world and his current stop is Paris, home to many ethnic groups, a melting pot for the arts and those who live the Bohemian lifestyle of excess. In their midst is a fallen angel who makes it her mission to keep those she loves safe from the future visions she has seen, no matter what it takes. Broken by Traci L. Slatton is a dark tale of pain, loss and a love strong enough to risk everything to save those who need saving the most. Will it also be a form of redemption fo ...more
Sandy S
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars


ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 5, 2014

Power is pornographic

Can love sustain light when the forces of evil close in?

Paris, 1939-1942. A fallen angel is trapped in the web of German Occupation. The deadly noose of Nazi control grows ever tighter, ensnaring her and two of her lovers, a bullfighter and a musician working in the fledgling Resistance. Can she save them and the Jewish widow and her child that she has come to love, or will betrayal take them all?

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REVIEW: 4.25 s
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Ctrl, Alt Books!
Thank you so much Traci L. Slatton for giving me the opportunity to read and review your latest novel, BROKEN. I was not sure what to expect after reviewing the synopsis but I soon found myself immersed in this novel and fell in love with all the characters.

Alia is a fallen angel who finds herself living in Paris right before the Nazis take over the lands. She finds herself grieving over the lost of her child, Ariel. She indulges in human activities and enjoys the light that humans provide. She
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Carrie Vaughn
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read the blurb for Broken, I wasn't sure I was going to like the book. It is a paranormal story written during World War II in the occupation of France by the nazis. Alia is a fallen angel who takes advantage of sexual liberties and steals poetry written by the man whose home she took over when she fell.

Minus: The paranormal aspect of the story honestly doesn't serve much purpose other than to give an easy answer to the ending. The angel Michael shows up at the beginning of the stor
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Layna
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Ctrl, Alt, Books!

Thank you so much Traci L. Slatton for giving me the opportunity to read and review your latest novel, BROKEN. I was not sure what to expect after reviewing the synopsis but I soon found myself immersed in this novel and fell in love with all the characters.

Alia is a fallen angel who finds herself living in Paris right before the Nazis take over the lands. She finds herself grieving over the lost of her child, Ariel. She indulges in human activities
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Jessica
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was wonderfully written. I grew quite attached to the protagonist Alia a fallen angel. This was a very interesting take on the time it was set in ( during WW2 ) a time when there is so much death, hate and destruction how does a fallen angel feel alive? Feel anything. The sex in the book bothered some reviewers, an angel shouldn't be doing those kinds of things appears to be the opinion. I think it was vital to the story. It is the way she connects, the way she feels in touch ...more
Catherine
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing novel. Instantly I was hooked and enthralled throughout it, and what an ending.
I'm not one to be shy when a book mentions sex, it's apart of human nature and should be liberated. When you think about it, if it wasn't for sex, we wouldn't be here.
So I absolutely loved how there was this mixture of erotic context and the most horrible thing to happen in the world, the Holocaust. It showed the rawness of these people who were living around this time.

I loved the idea of angels livi
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Underground Book Reviews
4.5 Stars

Broken opens with the narrator having a violent war-like dream. Waking from the dream, she speaks to the reader in metaphysical terms, speaking of “grace” and “light,” dropping clues of where in the physical world the reader might find her: “stormtroopers,” “tanks,” and “Europe.” It is a disconcerting start to a novel. Eventually, she tells us who and where she is: It is Paris, 1939. She, Alia, used to be an angel, but because of some great personal tragedy, she lost her faith and left
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Paula
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Broken. Ms. Slatton captures the atmosphere and intrigue of Paris before and during the Nazi occupation.

The protagonist, Alia, is a fallen angel who has incarnated in human form, enjoying all the delights of flesh and Paris between the wars. She develops as a character by learning the meaning of self sacrifice and alturism.

This novel has a lot of erotic and romantic elements and I think Ms. Slatton does a masterful job in combining the two genres. A little different from my us
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Rebecca Skane


Well now, that was different. A sexually-charged angel falls from grace. But it's no laughing matter when she winds up in hell on earth - WWII, France. Full review: Broken Book Review
Luna Lovebooks
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Traci Slatton does a fantastic job of recreating Paris 1939 – 1942 with the fear and torture of occupied France. But the real stars of Broken are the characters: Alia – a fallen angel grieving after the loss of her child, Pedro – a Spanish Jew who becomes part of the resistance and Alia’s lover, Josef – A Jewish musician who is also part of the resistance and Alia’s lover as well, and Suzanne and Cecile – a Jewish widowed moth
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Andrea Murray
Broken by Traci L. Slatton
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
A bisexual, nymphomaniac, essence-draining, fallen angel in Nazi-occupied Paris? I’ve read a number of Holocaust novels from many different POVs, but I have never read one from this perspective. When I read the blurb, I was very intrigued by the idea of a fallen angel working against Nazi Germany, and kudos to the author for all of her research; however, this novel is such an odd mixture of heavy, didactic
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GONZA
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book I read by Traci Slatton (it's called Fallen and is the first in a dystopian trilogy), I liked it so much that I took this on Netgalley, but I admit to being left a little disappointed. The historical reconstruction of the author is very accurate although I have some doubts on the party full of bohemian artists, which were held in Paris just before the outbreak of World War II. Rather, what has not convinced me that much of the story is the supernatural element (a nympho fallen ang ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
This book follows Alia, a fallen angel, who has decided to spend her mortal time on earth in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Daily she fights to warn and protect others from the atrocities of war. She fights for her good friend and neighbor and her daughter. She fights to protect those that cannot protect themselves.

This book was very good. It had me sucked in on page one. It was full of history and so it was right up my alley. It was also sad. Alia can see the future in small bits, but has no
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Diane
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alia is a fallen angel living in Paris and facing a rapidly-changing world as the Nazis begin to take over. Grieving for her lost child, she's living the life of a human in a world that's being increasingly possessed by an evil, and enjoys both men and newfound friendships in this alien land: both of which are soon to change with the forces at work.

Ever hopeful of the winning power of love even under impossible situations, Alia nonetheless faces something she's never experienced, and finds her
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Sarah Oliverson
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This book did exactly what it was supposed to and it left me breathless. I say this because this was one historical fiction that sucked me in throughout the book. As she spun this historical fiction in Paris, starting in 1939, she made it possible to walk side by side with the main character Alia A. K. Mercier. These are the type of books that grab my attention, she nailed it.

When reading I find it rare that a writer holds my attention through the book. When I have a book that my nose is glued t
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Molly Smith
Sep 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this novel and stopped at the 67% mark. The contrast between flowery/romantic language and the horrors of the war did not sit well with me. The almost history like lessons along with the politic debates between characters I found dull. The overlay of sex and innuendos only heightened my distaste as it contrasted with the language and the atrocities we experience. As a warning to others, this novel contains rape scenes that can be considered graphic. I could not finish this novel ...more
Kelly Sierra
When I started reading this book I thought I would be reading about the war, and somehow angels were involved. While this is true, what I read was an erotic novel. Alia is a fallen angel, who has decided to go into the year 1939 in Paris. Trying to find the light that lives within each human being, and fusing it with her own is what keeps her hunger up. She finds the pleasures that she can we the people around her, and they in turn find the light and pleasure from her. But this isn't what she is ...more
Cassandra Carico
I am not one for supernatural erotica. This category of book has become quite popular in recent years, and it has never really interested me. However, this book was given to me, and I will read most anything that I receive for free.

It was a very simple read, I finished it in a couple of hours. The story was good enough that I actually got involved with the characters, and the naughty bits were extra naughty. It doesn't entice me to search out this genre, but I would definitely welcome more free
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Lacie
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is this book left me speechless and it is one book that will stick with you long after you read the last page.
Katie
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
You can read my review of this book on the Underground Book reviews here: http://www.undergroundbookreviews.org...
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Traci L. Slatton, author of FALLEN and COLD LIGHT, is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL and her contemporary vampire art history mystery THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times; COLD LIGHT and FAR SHORE further the dystopian tale. DANCING IN THE TABERNA ...more
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