Bionics and Revenge: A Review of THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahley

Rebel Springs 
Amelia Kahaney
336 pages
Publisher: HarperTen
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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.

All Anthem Fleet wanted was to get a high role in her ballet classes, but when she falls to her death, things go horribly wrong. After awakening in a dark lab, and discovering that her heart is no longer hers, that its been replaced with a bionic one, she knows her life will o longer be the same. When a threat is imposed over a person she can’t lose, Anthem Fleet must master her new found abilities and race against time.

I will say that I went into THE BROKENHEARTED expecting to dislike it, to put it down before I even got halfway through it, but I guess the Goodreads ratings aren’t for me, because this book was pretty darn good.

Sure, the world building was horrible, and there were some happening that were so-far stretched I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. But apart from that it was great, I loved the characters, the plot, and the heroine’s awesome abilities.

A few things I disliked in THE BROKEN HEARTED – I hated how Amelia Kahaney didn’t give us any details about the world Anthem Fleet lived in, for all I know the story could have been set in an entirely different country. But from the setting, it could have been a dystopian future, we will never know. There were times when Anthem Fleet was learning the extent of her powers and I couldn’t help but snort at how unrealistic it was. And although there was insta-love in the beginning, by the time you reached the end you can clearly see why the author put that in there.

The action was amazing. Due to the part that this novel was partly about Anthem Fleet getting revenge, our heroine was awesome in fight scenes.

I loved how different the characters where, each of them playing their roles perfectly. Ford was an amazing character, I loved everything about him, from his witty sense of humor to his ability to fight. Anthem Fleet was a pretty cool heroine, I loved how she had a bionic heart, and her sense of independence.

I will admit that one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book was because of its cover, I love the mechanical heart and the font. The ending. Is there going to be a sequel? Cause I’m pretty sure you can’t end a book like that, tie it up and at the same time hint at something else. The ending confused me and surprised me, and I for one think there should be a sequel.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 14, 2013

    Yes, unrealistic and less-than-satisfactory worldbuilding at times but I couldn’t put it down!

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    Eniola Prentice

    October 14, 2013

    I really love the cover! Sometimes the words “don’t judge a book by its cover” is so wrong.

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    October 14, 2013

    I’m glad that you liked this one. It’s nice to see someone who enjoyed it more than some of the others who have read it. I think that I would totally dig this one! So I’ll keep my eyes out for it.

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    Christa @ More Than Just Magic

    October 15, 2013

    I’ve been hearing so many negative things about this book but I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed it because I’m very curious about it. You’ve renewed my resolve to give it a shot.

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    August 11, 2014

    The font is called Envy Races by Government Studios.