Friday, October 5, 2012

Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6) by Kelley Armstrong

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.

Type: Urban Fantasy, 1st person (Werewolves/Vampires/Zombies)
Heat: 2 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Okay, I'll admit this one sounded a little cheesy to me when I picked it up. I mean, Victorian era zombies rampaging Canadian streets? Elena knocked up and on the hunt for 'Jack the Ripper'? Really, now? But in the end I really liked Broken. It turned out to be a fun filled romp and a highly enjoyable read.

Landing back in the world of Elena, Clay and the rest of the werewolf Pack was a lot of fun especially with Elena pregnant. The guys did that whole overprotective/freaking out thing that was just adorable. Lord love him and his psychopath tendencies but it is going to be an absolute trip seeing Clay as a daddy. He's still my favorite of the series. Even though Elena's pregnancy influenced the book overall, you know, since her pregnancy induced boredom sparked the whole zombie/portal adventure ::snort:: it never felt too overwhelming and most of the storyline managed to focus on the hunt. I really liked that!

The mystery/zombie hunt was pretty damn entertaining. Elena continued kicking ass and taking names even though she's VERY knocked up. I was really digging her character this time around. There are some new players that added a fun new element to the mix and a great spot by necromancer Jaime Vega. Her crush on Pack Alpha Jeremy tickles me to no end :)

The storyline was a little predictable at times and oh so damn creepy at others. Kelley's a freaking master at writing stomach flipping gory scenes. ::shudder:: But even with the squick you out zombie bits, diseased rats attacking and cholera outbreaks there were so many funny moments to balance all the ick out.
"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?" 
"Your guess is as good as mine." 
I sighed. "Fine, fifty bucks sounds good. It's not like she knows what the going rate is anyway. Just say that and nod at the alley. She'll follow." 
Clay continued to stare at us in silent horror. 
"Oh, for God's sake, you're ready to break her neck but you can't--" 
"I'll do it." Jeremy said, then shot a look my way. "Not that I have any more experience soliciting prostitutes than Clay does." 
"Never crossed my mind." 
A mock glare, then he headed out.
Overall I loved Broken. All the funny situations the wolves found themselves in, the surprise twists and dangers along the way, a couple heart stopping moments and characters that have really grown through out the series came together in a fabulously entertaining way. If you enjoy urban fantasy with a lighter side you'll love this one!

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All comments/thoughts are welcome & appreciated! :)

I'd love to hear what yall think of the Women of the Otherworld series! 
Which are your favorites? The werewolves? Witches/Sorcerers? Ghosts? 


  1. I am going to have to get this one. I am really intriqued now. Thanks for the review.
    Sue B

    1. Thanks Sue :) It's a really interesting series. I've really been enjoying it and hope you'll like it :) This was, I think, the 3rd book featuring Elena/Clay as the main couple/characters. The leads change every couple books from the wolves to witches to ghosts and back again.


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