Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

Release Date: October 8, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Digital ARC provided by Edelweiss
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.
Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.
The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.


The Brokenhearted was exactly what I was expecting. The story was fast-paced and easily read in just two days. I enjoyed the protagonist and how her character began as a privileged, sheltered teen and was changed into a super powered vigilante seeking revenge. 

I also loved the Gotham City style setting with its dark atmosphere and murder capital reputation. In South Bedlam, the criminals are in control, a closed down asylum allows mental patients to roam the streets, and the chop shop will sell you black market organs for the right price.

Anthem Fleet is a talented upper class girl living with her family in Fleet Tower. She excels in school and ballet and has plans to join the Bedlam Ballet Corps. From the outside, it would appear that Anthem Fleet has everything. But along with the wealth and reputation, she also has a mother who is never sober and a dead sister whose shadow she must always live in.

You won't find your typical sweet teen romance with a happily ever after here. The relationship that occurs between Anthem and the guy that she has feelings for develops very quickly and we're told about some of the time that the couple spends together instead of being able to experience it. But in this situation I found that I preferred it that way and it wasn't very hard to figure out that there was a purpose for it. The circumstances of this fleeting romance were the driving force behind Anthem's changes mentally and emotionally, and were necessary for the forward progress of the overall story line. 

For me the only downside to the story was Ford's character. I just wasn't that crazy about him and I couldn't view him as a romantic interest. But fortunately, young love wasn't what I was looking for in this novel. There were many other things that kept me happily entertained.

The Brokenhearted is a great read for those who enjoy dark, gritty young adult novels. If you're in it for the romance, then you've picked up the wrong story. Like the synopsis says, it's more about heartbreak and revenge.


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