Title: The Brokenhearted
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062230921 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062230928 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: This book had some major faults but overall I felt that it was a really fun read, with good action, and a good story.
Opening Sentence: A girl, alone.
Anthem Fleet is your normal over privileged girl. She grew up in a rich family, went to private school, and is training to be a ballerina. She has never gone without when it comes to physical stuff that money can buy, but she has always felt like she is a disappointment to her parents. Her sister died before she was born, and she was brought in this world to replace her. She is always trying to gain her parents approval, but nothing ever seems to quite be enough. But she tries to play the part of a perfect daughter, be the best that she can. One night she decides to take a break and go to a party with her friend, there she meets the gorgeous, mysterious Gavin.
Anthem finds herself drawn to the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He is sweet, and she can’t help but fall for him. Soon she is skipping dance and sneaking out to see him since her parents won’t approve. He lives in a really rough area of town and one night soon after they meet something goes terribly wrong. Someone follows them and knows that she comes from a family of money, and they decide to kidnap Gavin and hold him for ransom. Anthem is so distressed after the experience that she runs away into the night alone in a bad part of town. An accident happens before she makes it home and it ends with her falling to her death. But fortunately for Anthem she is saved, but she is left with a bionic heart that has many side effects.
Anthem is our protagonist in the story and I had really mixed feelings about her. For the first part of the book she was pretty annoying. She was really naïve and clueless. She meets Gavin at a party and basically after only knowing him a week she is totally head over heels for him. I felt that the romance between these two was way too fast and it felt really artificial. Once Gavin is taken, Anthem pretty much shuts down and is useless. She lets people walk all over her and it really drove me nuts. Luckily about half way through the book she finally wakes up and becomes an interesting character. Because of her new heart she has started to develop superpowers. She decides to use these powers to track down Gavin’s kidnappers and get revenge. She starts to train and she sculpts herself into a sort of superhero. I like the kick butt version of Anthem. She is fun and witty with a good heart. While I didn’t really like her at the beginning, by the end I was a fan of hers.
This book was a really fun read for me, but it did have some major flaws. One being is that it was pretty predicable. I had the plot figured out about 25% through the book. While I did enjoy the story, the writing could have been a little more descriptive, and the worldbuilding could have been much better. I felt that the action was really fun and entertaining, but the romance could have been better. Even though this book had a lot of problems I still read through it really fast and genuinely enjoyed it. I don’t know if there is going to be another book, but it ended on a pretty big cliffhanger so I hope that there is another book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes superhero stories or YA Paranormal books.
My heart racing, I take stock of him. He’s tall and built to hurt. My eyes flick past him, toward the South Side. No way am I going back there. I’ve got to get across the bridge and head north.
Adrenaline flooding my veins again, I do the only thing that makes sense. I pirouette around on the narrow pedestrian walkway, and I run.
“Really?” he shouts, incredulous. “Hey! I’m not going to hurt you!”
I sprint harder than I ever have before, my lungs burning with every step. Behind my own ragged breath and the slap of my shoes on the cement, I hear him following me.
“Wait up!” He catches up to me easily and grabs my hand. “Calm down, I’m not—”
“No!” Itwist desperately away from him, lunging backward toward the bridge’s worn stone railing. The stone has crumbled into nothing, leaving a gap in the railing that puts me on the edge of the bridge. “Get away from me!”
His eyes wide with alarm, he offers his hands to me again. “I’m sorry I scared you.” His voice is quiet, no longer playful or irritated-sounding like before. “Come away from the edge, okay?”
“Walk far away from me, and I will.” I shudder and almost lose my balance before I grab onto a section of the railing to my right. The chemical decay of the river hits my nostrils. He shakes his head again and backs away, raising his hand to show he means no harm.
Just as I’m about to move away from the edge, the corner of the stone railing I’ve grabbed onto breaks off in my hand. I look down at it, dumbfounded, as a strong gust of wind pushes me backward, sending my right foot out from under me. I flail, my arms reaching wildly in front of me as my body careens into thin air.
I try to grab onto the bridge again, but my fingertips barely graze it. I see the jogger’s face twist in horror as he races to the edge, and then all I see is the starless sky.
He’s too late. His hands clutch at the air, his mouth a black circle of shock.
I turn midair to meet the greasy gray-green of the Midland churning beneath me, its surface dotted with small chunks of ice.
My scream is one long, shrill cry of horror.
And then I’m falling, falling, falling through the empty moonlit sky.
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Brokenhearted. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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