Book Review: The Brokenhearted

Book Review: The BrokenheartedThe Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
Series: Brokenhearted #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 8th 2013
Pages: 352
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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.

thoughtThe Brokenhearted has been in my TBR pile for much longer than I had hoped it would be. When I came across the summary promising The Dark Knight meets Cinder, I knew (eventually) I was going to have to get to this one.

The Brokenhearted started off sounding like it was going to live up to its comparison promise. I saw Batman references everywhere, I even also got to Cinder references a bit later in the read. As far as I am concerned, The Brokenhearted pretty much lived up to what it said it could be. Well, at least where the comparisons are concerned.

The problem, however, with The Brokenhearted is just about everything else.

The Brokenhearted begins heavily with Batman references. Its not a horrible way to start. However, due to this I basically kept waiting for things to happen that never did. Unlike Bruce Wayne’s parents, Anthem‘s parents are not exactly the loving kind. Oh, they may seem that way on the outside. But there are plenty of cracks with that facade. Anthem‘s mom is just short of living life in a constant drug haze. Her father, well, he isn’t always around. Big company to run and all that. It’s easy to say that The Brokenhearted started off pretty bleak and more often than not, stayed that way.

Oh, there were a few bright spots. Then more darkness.

Like our romance. The romance elements with The Brokenhearted could have been a bright spot, but it wasn’t. It started off bad, looked like things could turn around, and then just went straight to hell. There is a bit of insta-love with The Brokenhearted, but it also has a romance that took a bit of time to develop. I wish I could say that I liked any of the romance aspects with The Brokenhearted, but I just can’t. Anthem turns from one bad relationship to another to another. And its not that the guys are all bad. It is just that these relationship have nothing healthy about them. By the third guy, I was ready to just throw in the towel and call this one a DNF.

But I didn’t.

Despite how much the relationships of The Brokenhearted annoyed me. Despite how much I wanted to punch Anthem in the face, most of the time. Despite everything else that bugged me, I just had to see where The Brokenhearted was going. And I am not completely disappointed I stuck with it.


Somewhat enjoyable. Recommendable with heavy reservations.

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