The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Broken by A.E. Rought
Pub­lisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: Paperback, 416 pages
Series: -
Pub­li­ca­tion date: January 8th 2013

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. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

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 because, duh, Frank reboot. I mean, Frank reboot. You know? What I failed to see is that the genre of the book is Young Adult. And like all those Young Adult reboots that are out this year, Broken does not disappoint. It does not save the genre from its idiotic downfall.

Broken comes with a nice gloomy start, and that made me expect a creepy book. The cover art is also amazing, and it fueled my expectations for a creepy, maybe horror-ish, book. Rule number one: never trust a book’s cover, especially if it’s Young Adult.

I actually gave up this book very early, about twenty percent along the way. A.E. Rought’s writing style is disappointing mostly because it’s simple to the point of making me think that the target audience for Broken is the typical low-IQ teenager. Which is probably true. Another thing that bothered me was the constant reminder of Daniel since the beginning of the book. Having this reminder come without a proper introduction of Daniel was making me feel like I’m reading about a random person, thus have no feelings whatsoever for Emma’s loss. And last but not least, the immaturity of the story. Or the useless blabbering and random events that are supposed to form the story.

All I could think is that Rought’s missing the point. Where’s the creepiness?? All I’m reading is a typical Twilight teen romance book. No. Just no.

To read or not to read?
What are you expecting from Broken?

a. A horrific retelling of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein , but with teens, lots of action and a bit of romance;
b. Twilight but with a super-hot-designer-dressed Frankenstein instead of sparkling freaks.

If your answer is b, then go ahead and read the book. You’ll like it.

ARC courtesy of Strange Chemistry via NetGalley

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