As much as I hate to say it but Broken is the weakest Women of the Otherworld installment so far My dislike has nothing to do with the main characters I remember not really liking Dime Store M
As much as I hate to say it, but "Broken" is the weakest "Women of the Otherworld" installment so far. My dislike has nothing to do with the main characters (I remember not really liking "Dime Store Magic" strictly because I didn't really care for Paige or Lucas), but has a lot to do with the fact that "Broken" has a wish-fulfillment/filler quality about it. Allow me to elaborate.The focus of this novel is... Elena's pregnancy. That's right, not a zombie outbreak accidentally caused by Elena when she opens a Jack the Ripper's old letter, but her growing stomach. I am all for babies and weddings and such fluff, but not in so much detail. The constant clutching of Elena's stomach, the vitamins, the eating, the buying of baby furniture, Clay's and Jeremy's relentless hovering over her, it just gets annoying very, very quickly. Even more, the way both guys act in this novel totally emasculates them IMO, they behave like two middle-aged aunts instead of paranormal hunks I've known them to be. I think Elena's pregnancy should have been completely edited out of this book, with the exception of a couple of flashbacks maybe. It has a place in the Otherworld universe, but it should have been realized as a short story/novella (a la "Beginning" and "Savage"). As a part of the novel, it overpowers the story in a painful similarity to "Breaking Dawn."My second complaint is the story itself, or rather lack of it. Normally Armstrong's books are filled with fresh mythology and engaging mystery of some sort. Not here. No new mythology is introduced. The zombie lore is paper thin and evasive and even Elena's strange pregnancy is never explained (it is accelerated and what happens during the Change is still a mystery to me). The case itself is convoluted, there is a lot of running around and reuniting with various familiar characters from other Otherworld book for no other reason than to help fill the pages because they obviously add very little to the investigation. And finally, the bad guys are just a joke. Two zombies who can be killed with no efforts and the main guy (whom I will not name) who wants to get to Elena for some stupid reason. After this assessment you'd think I totally hated the book. That's not the case. It is somewhat enjoyable. I still love the characters, the old ones (Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Jaime, Antonio and Nick) and the new ones (Zoe Takano). There is some great dialog and overall the story is fast-paced and a quick read. But I just expected Elena's and Clay's novel to be much better. "Broken" is nowhere nearly as good as "Bitten" and "Stolen." Although I am disappointed, I am however not giving up on the series yet. I've already flipped through "No Humans Involved" and there is quite a bit of hot Jaime/Jeremy action. Something to look forward to!Good Broken Author Kelley Armstrong is a Ebook In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty first century and become his next target Ever since she discovered she s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge After all, she s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who s given birth But thankfullyIn this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty first century and become his next target Ever since she discovered she s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge After all, she s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who s given birth But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper As a distraction, the job seems simple enough only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London s underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.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 From the Paperback edition.. Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write Her earliest written efforts were disastrous If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers dismay All efforts to make her produce normal stories failed.Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon She s the author of the NYT bestselling Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series and Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.. Good Books Broken “We sacrificed a mosquito. I bet that's what did it. It was probably a virgin too.” I was happy to finally return to Elena's point of view after being away from her voice for a few books. This turned out to be the weakest of the first three starring Elena's POV, but it's still worth checking out.We get plenty of Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Jaime, and the setting of Toronto with an unusual historical mystery involving magic. The Jack-The-Ripper lore was certainly unique although not my favorite side-plot of the series. I kind of missed Stonehaven, but the dirty, gritty feel worked well.The book focuses mainly on Elaine's pregnancy, how overprotective Jeremy and Clay are about it, and her personal fears about changing and endangering the child. Some of it got a little tiresome, but overall I liked the overprotective wolves and thought it cute. Elena's fears were justified but I'm glad she got over some of it. I would worry about shifting causing a miscarriage, so can understand the reasoning.Jaime comes aboard and I enjoyed her scenes. She's one of my top favorites and I love her crush on Jeremy. She gets awkward and trips over everything when the alpha shows up. On the downside she was kind of treated like crap a few times. I definitely wouldn't keep crushing on someone like that without some reciprocity by now. Zoe is a new character...she's fun. I'm not as crazy about the vampires in this series but she's humorous and quirky. Tee fascinated me with her creepy, insane energy. Villains worked - I kind of saw the hidden twist but guessing in advance didn't deter from the story-line. The zombie angle was definitely different, and the story-line was a little cheesy, but it was over the top creative and well structured.
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