Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Brokenhearted

Well written prose but a slightly unbalanced plot. Presenting The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

A broken heart. Vigilante justice. A city of mass criminal activities. The superhuman protagonist fighting to bring the criminals to justice..... All fodder for an amazing story.... In a way Kahaney's tale, is a fun read but sadly an unbalanced plot hammers it down a bit.

This is Anthem Fleet's tale. An overpriviledged girl from from upper Bedlam city. She has everything that money can buy. She goes to a private school and works hard at being a ballerina. She had always done everything to gain the approval of her parents, always feeling a disappointment and only a replacement to her sister who died before she was born.

But then she meets the mysterious Gavin, one day shirking from her routine to go party in the wrong side of town. Before long she starts to sneak off to see him during her ballet sessions. And the unforeseen happens one day, Gavin is kidnapped and Anthem is asked for a hefty ransom. If all that wasn't enough, she gets into an accident before she could get home. Lucky enough she is saved but now she carries a bionic heart......And fights back.

As you can already see, Anthem is our protagonist. Not a very strong one I tell you. For a better part of the book, she remains rather naive and I don't wanna compare but she reminded me a lot of Bella (Twilight). She tends to take everything at face value. Not a good thing I tell you.....

 Her short romp with Gavin lacked luster. While I have no problem with insta-love(occasionally) but here it just felt like the author forcibly added it for a plot twist when she could have done it differently. But Goodness, she (Anthem) gains back that momentum after she gets the heart and decides to get even with the bad guys...... that there is the make up for a great superhero. Overtly, the plot held a lot of parallels to Dark Knight movies and Arrow (I seriously don't see much of Cinder in here) and the plot was very much predictable.

It was a fun read, the half of it anyway. The world building also isn't very well done. By the looks of it Bedlam may hold similarities to Gotham and Starling Cities but the author left a lot of details up in the air. A little more description may have cleared a lot of plot holes and the majority of its focus on this person called 'The Hope'. Who is he/she exactly, what was this person to the people of the city and why be constantly mentioned.

The action was definitely very well done and one of the best parts besides Anthem discovering her abilities..... On the whole I'd say a lot of things could have been much better but it was an okayish but a fun read...... Though not a solid standalone.

"There is a new superwoman on the block" 

Genre :      Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Sci-fi, Superhero

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: 8th October, 2013

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 


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