Tuesday, January 8, 2013

YA Book Release ~ BROKEN by AE Rought & Giveaway!

Reading is an escape for me. Always has been. And I can assure you, this next read took me beyond escape and into a world created in the likeness of Mary Shelley's own imagination. I hope you enjoy this edition of Young Adult Teen Tuesday aka YATT, and for more YATT participants, see below.


Title: Broken
Author: AE Rought
Genre: paranormal fantasy
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Pages: 416

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.

Favorite Line/Passage: Now, the pain grinds in my knuckles and undercuts my grasp on control. I loosen my crossed arms, and thread my fingers in Mom's. Her gentle Mom sounds bring me to my sniveling weakest. My will disintegrates. The smell of cookies rises from her sleeve when I put my head on her shoulder. 

Somehow she knows these tears aren't just over my hand. Mom presses her cheek to the top of my head, silken rustles following the motion as she coddles me.

Description: Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein where a young couple's undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all. 

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
COVETED! A MUST READ!!

My Splats: Riveting with a morbid edge that will keep the reader reeling until the very last line.

The story opens nicely, sharing with ease Emma's relationship with her immediate family, BFF, and infectious pain over the death of her boyfriend Daniel. Her reaction to the new boy, Alex Franks, is just as easily understood by the reader: she's noticed him and his similar mannerisms as her dead boyfriend, and she doesn't like it. But for me, the reader, I liked it. Dribbles of intrigue and Alex's strange familiarity to Emma pulled me in deeper, wanting to know who this guy really was.

The writing flows and the dialog is especially teen. I couldn't help but chuckle at some of the sassy and quick-witted phrases emanating from these characters. But as snippy as some passages are, there's enough gentleness and depth in others to balance them out. There's a masculinity to the text that I enjoyed, playful but snarky bantering which masks the truth beneath - the brokenness in Emma's heart and what is later discovered to be broken inside and outside of Alex. 

One of my favorite aspects of the story is the parent-teen relationship. It's raw and real. Mom and Dad are married, live in the same house, work, and have dinner together - family dinners. The parents are not absent in this YA novel. It's fresh and a great sub-plot to the overall storyline and to Emma's character arc. This is the reason I chose those lines from the tale as my favorite passage. Another element which flavored the story was the realistic use of everyday happenings.

The connections made between Emma and Alex are not just similarities in opinions, attitudes, and like/dislikes, but go much deeper, using their inner pains, sorrows, and confusions about their attraction. This adds tension and way too much mystery for any reader to ignore. There's a scene as the two struggle to understand their strange and sudden connection, a moment so intimate and gentle that I found my young adult as well as adult heart strings tugged to the extreme. Both fear uncovering the truth that has begun to unfold, but want nothing more than to know. 

Sinister, mind-bending revelations of what really happened to Alex in turn reveal an obscene and disturbing truth of life over death...death that was cheated. The actual horror is layered with deceit and morbid intent, so arrogant that it could only belong to guests seen but unseen throughout the novel. 

Rought wasn't afraid of being real, using the harsh reality of what she created. She used creepy, even grotesque descriptions at times, all suited for the telling of this tale. Similar elements from Shelley's original version added texture. Surprising twists engulfed me as the story climaxed. And as a massive Frankenstein fan I couldn't help but think about Mary Shelley and the similarities to her original tale. I believe she'd be proud of this Franken-teen tale of her misunderstood monster and the girl he inevitably loved from the moment electricity reignited his foreign heartbeat.

To add to your Goodreads TBR list, go HERE. Don't forget to ENTER below for your chance to win  your copy of BROKEN! Jessie Harrell and I are offering this giveaway together, so make sure you give her a visit too!!

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24 comments:

  1. This does sound fascinating! It's going on my short list of To-Reads.

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  2. A re-imagining of Frankenstein, that sounds so cool! And it get's five splats from you, this is going on my list for certain.

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    1. You won't be sorry, Heather! Let me know what you think after you read it.

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  3. I love horror and I love retellings when they're done right- and according to you this one is. I'll have to pick this one up sometime soon :)

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    1. It's great to see a new face here on Writer's Alley, Kirsten!! Excited you stopped by. Ann did a great job with this retelling.

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  4. Wow! That story does sound intriguing. Very creepy cool premise!

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    1. It really is. She's come up with ways to share in Shelly's masterpiece but make it her own. I love it and can't wait for the sequel!!

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  5. I like re-tellings and I'm always curious to see what could have been or a unique take on the tale.

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    1. Me, too! And Ann's really done a nice job with this retelling, adding unique spins and just the right amount of creep. LOL

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  6. Congrats SO MUCH to Ann! It looks like a fantastic book.

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    1. I can't wait for the sequel. I know a few things she's going to throw at us, but that's all she's shared. :)

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  7. Retellings are great! I keep wishing i could come up with the next brilliant one. :) This book sounds great and right up my alley, can't wait to read it!

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  8. Wow! This book sounds amazing. Your analysis adds to my need to know all about the characters and their journey! Oh, so exciting!

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  9. Her cover is so freaking gorgeous. Love it! And can't wait to read this. Excited for Ann.It's going to do awesome.

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  11. Gorgeous Cover!!!!

    I love how so many classic tales are being retold in the most interesting points of view.... So cool! Lots of luck ANN!

    Sheri, thanks so much for the review!

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  12. I totally want this book! It sounds awesome....I put it on my must read list on goodreads.

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  13. I have yet to read Frankenstein, but I think I need to read this frist. I love snarky teen-talk, and the idea that parents are present in the story. Adding this to me reading list!

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    1. YAY! You won't be sorry. Ann did an awesome job. I can't wait for the sequel!

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  14. Oh wow! this sounds amazing! I've never been much of a fan of Frankenstein, but the way this description reads makes me totally want to read this book. Very cool! And happy book birthday, AE! :o)

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  15. Sharon - That's awesome! I totally breezed through it. Think I finished it in two nights, once all my motherly duties were put to bed. lol

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