Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Brokenhearted
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
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.


Publishes in US: October 8th 2013 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA Para
Source: Edelweiss via Harper Teen
Series? Yes. No info about more.

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    I was pretty confused at the beginning, because I totally wasn't sure if this was supposed to be in the US or if it is a completely new place, if so, I would want more world building. 
    I did like Anthem, she sees herself as ordinary and not living up to (rich) parent's expectations, and while I was never privileged, I have always dealt with the feelings of not being enough and self esteem, so I was able to connect with her on that level. 
    Admittedly, I skipped over a lot of her partying in the beginning, and I did feel like things with Gavin were insta-lovish, but I love the theme of dancers and of superheros, especially female ones. 
    It kinda went downhill from there because their romance escalated way too fast for me, there didn't seem to be any sort of build up it went from hello, you're cute, I'm scared of your part of town, let's dance, to I love you, here's my virginity. 
    But the atmosphere was cool, even if I wanted to know even more about the world itself. The action was good, and the plot kept going at a pretty good pace. 
    I loved the idea, liked Anthem well enough, but didn't feel the romance or the world building. I had hoped that the heart would have had more than a mention because it seems so crucial to the plot. 
Bottom Line:  The premise was amazing, but I didn't completely love the execution and the romance didn't work for me.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you accept a bionic heart that gave you powers?
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  1. I honestly doubt I would enjoy this romance either, instalove that intense tends to give me the creeps, and the rest doesn't really sound appealing either. Glad I didn't download this.
    Great review.

  2. Oooh superhero dancers! I likey minus the insta-love. So yay for the world building but meh on the romance huh. I'll pass

  3. Hmmm... yeah, I like to know when and where a book takes place so that would be a negative for me. And the instalove definitely wouldn't work. Sorry this was a disappointment!

  4. Hmmm... this does sound interesting, but I would want more complete world-building, as well.
    I'm glad you liked Brokenhearted overall.

  5. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts! A bionic heart seems pretty interesting, although I wonder if there is enough suspense to keep people feel entertained throughout the book. Based on the reviews I've read so far, I don't feel convinced to give this a try.

  6. I think that the insta-love would kill this one for me too. I do really like the sound of the premise, though! Awesome review, Brandi. I hope that your next read is better. <3

    I'm not sure, honestly. It would depend on a variety of things... what are the superpowers, would I still be able to feel (I know that feeling is a soul thing, but still) what would happen? Etc..

  7. Sounds cool but I worry about the worldbuilding

  8. Awe, I have this one, and I was going to start it soon. Might have to put it off a little longer.

  9. Too bad it didn't work for you. I'm thinking the romance wouldn't work for me either.

  10. This cover is so awesome so it's bumming me out that no one I trust liked it all that much.

  11. Ok, if you don't even now when you are for a setting that would make me crazy. So sorry this one let you down. Appreciate your thoughts on it.

  12. I hate being confused by a book. I never heard of this one before and no wonder why.

  13. Sorry to hear this one wasn't more to your liking. The blurb did have me pretty excited, so I was disappointed by what you said about the insta-love and world-building. The bionic heart thing sounds very intriguing. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  14. For some books, romance is a seller for me. I don't think this will make my TBR.

    Thanks for the honesty, Brandi.

  15. I hate when world building is lacking. That's a huge negative for me. I have to be able to visualize where I am, especially if the book doesn't take place in the US or this world. I also really don't like insta-love. Thanks for the honest review, Brandi! I think I'll pass on this.

  16. Oh no insta-love. I can enjoy a book with insta-love but I need a good reason to buy into it. Sorry you couldnt enjoy this one. Thanks for the honest review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  17. What a pretty cover, but to bad the story wasn't. When you say insta-love, fast romance and lack of world-building well I'll pass. Great review Brandi :)

  18. Oh no, I'm so bummed that this didn't work out. I think I am probably going to have the same issues as you when I read this. It's a few books down my TBR. Now I"ll definitely go in with adjusted expectations. Thanks for your thoughtful honest review!

  19. I had an earc but when I saw so many mixed reviews I gave up, now I'm glad I did.

  20. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't like this book. Sad that the romance didn't work for you :\ Probably not ever reading this book. Though I do love the cover, so pretty :) Thank you for sharing. <3

  21. Bummer that the romance wasn't good =/ Insta love can be annoying. Thanks for the review!

  22. I'm so bummed out to see so many 'meh' reviews on this one. It has such a pretty cover! I would be really irritated by the insta-love and not knowing where everything took place.


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