Saturday, July 23

Book Review: Broken

Title: Broken

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 397

Summary: Elena Michaels has been on edge ever since discovering she's pregnant. After all, she's never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who's given birth. So with her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper, she jumps at the chance to distract herself. The job seems simple enough, until Elena accidently triggers a spell placed on the letter and opens a dimensional portal into Victorian London, releasing zombies, disease, and maybe even the notorious killer himself.

Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they're looking for - which, for some unknown reason is Elena.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This is probably my least favourite of the series up to this point, I was looking forward to the reappearance of the werewolf pack, and all of its glory, but the plot and characters unravelled a little bit for me and the story wasn't what I was expecting and was very predictable at times, something I found unusual compared to the other books I've read so far in the series.

First it was nice to see the werewolves together, as a group they are fun to read about, and I love Armstrong's interpretation of them. Although there is still a lot that hasn't been explained, she does have an interesting view on them. I really wish she would explain more about how exactly Elena is the "only" female werewolf. Part of me wonders if there are more out there and they're hiding out. But I would like more of an explanation in that regard.

I found the letter and the whole story behind it to be weak and predictable, I knew who was responsible, who was leading them on from the start, and was shocked the characters let the selves be puppets. There wasn't much of a climax the to the story, and I felt that a lot of things were forced to move the plot along. It felt like a bunch of separate ideas, Jack the Ripper lore, zombies, and the only female werewolf in the world who is now pregnant, were pushed together as one, without the proper connections to make the story flow into a good story.

The characters will entertain you, like they have in previous books, and the general idea behind the otherworld series is still in the book, but this book is probably the weakest of the series.
Would I recommend it to read: It's the weakest of the series (that I've read so far), but I'm pretty sure it has set things up for future plots etc in the latter half of the series. It's not my favourite, but I'd still say give it a try to fans of the series.

What to read next: No Humans Involved is the next book in the series.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V, Fantasy Reading Challenge


  1. I actually thought this one sounded interesting just based on the plot you provided, but from reading your interpretations of it, it does not sound like it would be a good fit for me. Sorry to hear that this one was not such a good read for you, but I thank you for providing such an honest review, Jules.

  2. Zibilee - I felt the same way, but it was a miss for me. I do think it's a book that needs to be read to keep continuity within the rest of the series, but not my favourite.