Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Posted August 28th, 2012 in book review / 14 comments


Book #6 of the Women of the Otherworld Series

by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Bantam (April 2006)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (444 pages)
Source: Personal Bookshelf
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

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 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~ Add on Goodreads

~Short Review~

At a Glance
I did enjoy reading Broken, but I feel like it was a filler book. It really wasn’t needed to move the series along. But I was excited to get another story about Elena and Clay.

The Good
We finally get another book with Elena and Clay. They are my favorite characters in this series. I loved them in Bitten and Stolen, which are the best books in the series so far. And I loved them in this book as well. Elena is 5 months pregnant. Being the only female werewolf, pregnancy is a whole new concept with unknown risks and Elena is very fearful. Can she shift without harming the babies? Clay and Jeremy both are nervous wrecks over the pregnancy, which I loved. I have seen men crumble when their wives or daughters are pregnant, so their odd behavior rang very true to me.

Once we get into the action, Broken is a quick read with some good mystery and action. Things really go downhill fast when Elena lets loose a well known serial killer that brings along with him zombies and killer rats. So the group has no other choice than to call in reinforcements. We get to see Nick (I just love Nick), Anthony,  and Jaime again. And you know when Jaime is on the scene the fun begins. So does the hilarity. Armstrong outdoes herself when it comes to the dialogue. I love to be scared and be able to laugh at the same time when I read a book. These characters definitely know their way around witty banter.

We also get to meet new characters. Zoe the vampire was very enjoyable. She really had me cracking up the whole time. It only gets better when she makes her obvious attraction to Elena known. I hope to see her again.

I think Elena and Clay are in a great place. They are starting a family and they still have smokin’ chemistry. Clay is still insanely protective, but he has every right to be. I just love them together. I was heartbroken by what Clay went through in this book. But it definitely gave him more depth and added some gut-clenching scenes that kept me glued to the pages.

The Bad
A lot of the book was focused on Elena’s pregnancy which is fine, but for a paranormal book it was odd. And then the paranormal part with Jack the Ripper being released into the here and now and zombies attacking the characters we love, it all seemed forced. It had nothing to do with the series as a whole. And some of the scary parts were a little glanced over, so we didn’t even get to be emerged into the exciting parts.

I found it very annoying that Elena takes this “case” while putting her babies in danger. She is a pregnant woman, and she does these very dangerous things because she is bored. Come on Elena, don’t be so stupid and selfish. You are not just risking your life anymore.

Really, I think the plot was just too thin and not up to par for an Armstrong book.

The Snuggly
We get two sex scenes that are sexy and playful but conservative. Nothing overdone at all.

The characters make this book. Seeing our old favorites is worth the read. But don’t expect an original plot with depth. Read this book for the characters we have come to love. Recommended for those who follow the series.

“We scarified a mosquito. I bet that’s what did it. It was probably a virgin too.” 

“Go out and ask her into the alley.”
Clay looked at Jeremy as if he’d just been told to dance the rumba on a public thoroughfare.
I bit back a laugh. “Just walk over to her and point at the alley. Maybe say…I don’t know…something like ‘fifty bucks.’ ” I looked at Jeremy. “Does that sound right? Fifty?”
His brows shot up. “Why are you asking me?”
“I wasn’t—I just meant, as a general…” I threw up my hands. “How am I supposed to know how much a hooker costs?”

Women of the Otherworld Series:
Book #1: Bitten
Book #2: Stolen
Book #3: Dime Store Magic
Book #4: Industrial Magic
Book #5: Haunted
Book #6: Broken
Book #7: No Humans Involved
Book #8: Personal Demon
Book #9: Living with the Dead
Book #10: Frostbitten
Book #11: Waking the Witch
Book #12: Spell Bound
Book #13: Thirteen

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14 Responses to “Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Sarah Elizabeth

    I was going to read this one as part of the Kelley Armstrong challenge this month but I don’t think I’m going to get round to it now! Can’t say that I was really excited to read it after the last one in the series. Nice to know that the author hasn’t forgotten Elena and Clayton though ☺

  2. Elisa

    I love this series. Though I think my favorite was Living with the Dead and I really enjoyed Haunted (even though I love Elena and Clay…) I still have to read Spell Bound and Thirteen – I can’t believe it will then be over!! Waa.

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      I have to read the last two books to catch up with the series. All the rest I have read. I still love Bitten and Stolen the most. Though I do love Living with the Dead too.

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    ooh i really, really need to read this soon as i finishe Cat and Bone..LOL You need a button Jen. I can share codes or make one for you if you send me image you want to use.

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      I do have a button. You might not notice it because the text box is not below it. For some reason I can’t put a text box on my side bar without my blog slowing down and the scrolling bar sticking. Do you know how to fix that?

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