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Broken by A.E. Rought
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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 would be drawn to. I love retellings, and this is the first retelling of Frankenstein that I've seen. In the first couple pages, I rushed through this book. It was exciting, exhilarating, and I wanted to know more about Daniel and Alex and Em. Even though the GR blurb pretty much ruined the big secret for me, I still wanted to get to the bottom of everything and understand it completely. Also, Rought's writing style? Gorgeous. Sometimes it seems to go into the realm of too dramatic, but most of the time, it contributed just the right amount of haunting beauty and really added to the dark tone that existed throughout the book.

There didn't seem to be much going wrong in the first, oh, 100 pages. And I thought this book would be great, but as is the case with my crappy badness-radar, I turned out to be wrong.

Alex Franks was great for five pages. Then his whole mysterious, hood-over-face thing got old fast. It's been done so many times before, and besides his apparent good looks (in which case, why would he need the hood? And if the hood was to hide himself and people had already seen his face, what was the point?), there wasn't really much else he had going for him. I know, I know, he's related to Em's old boyfriend, but despite that, I still felt like she was cheating on Daniel. And this sort of bothered me. Also, what was the deal with Josh? He seemed like such a comical mustache-twirling villain that I couldn't take him seriously. On top of all that, he was a ginger. Figures.

The beginning and end were pretty interesting. There's some action and guts in the last couple pages. But the middle is just mind-numbing backwards and forwards lovin' between Em and Alex, with a couple memories of Daniel scattered in to make her feel guilty. I was never sold on the love. Isn't Rought essentially showing that Em only loves Alex because Daniel's in him? That's messed up, man. What guy wants to be loved because he reminds his girlfriend of her old boyfriend? No one, unless he couldn't get a girl any other way. And given Alex's supposed good looks, I think he'd be able to get someone.

Em is a badass in the first couple pages when she punches people and throws insults, but she softens too much. Sadly, she follows the trend and starts crying a lot. Not that she doesn't have reason to, but sometimes the tears were just unnecessary. I appreciated Rought's integration of Em's mom and dad instead of making her some poor orphan, but I think she really could've done a better job with her characters. None of them really made sense to me.

I recommend giving this book a try, even if it does get redundant in the middle. The end is pretty cliche, but you should just stick with it for the writing style. I think that was my favorite part.
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Reading Progress

September 12, 2012 – Shelved
September 16, 2012 – Started Reading
September 16, 2012 –
page 100
28.9% "This is so deliciously creepy! Ahhhh I love it."
September 21, 2012 –
page 250
72.25% "Nooooo why did this have to start sounding like a better version of Twilight? D:"
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: arc-o-galley
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: bad-case-of-insta-love
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: badass-main-character
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: cry-about-it
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: did-not-live-up-to-potential
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy-pnr-supernatural
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: give-the-melodrama-a-break
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: hauntingly-good
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: they-see-me-angstin
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: i-get-it-already
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: is-it-over-yet
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: mc-with-a-death-wish
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: mega-eyeroll
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: tall-dark-and-dangerous
October 3, 2012 – Shelved as: writing-gorgeous
October 3, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Liv Chanin Have you read Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein? I highly recommend it.

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