#RollbackWeek Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Posted April 29, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

#RollbackWeek Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong
by Kelley Armstrong

5 Stars


Released: April 25th 2006
Series: Women of the Otherworld #6
Published by Bantam
Format: Paperback

Recommended Read!

“This book is definitely a highlight of the series, although I have loved them all, I particularly enjoyed this one, if I could rate it 6 stars, I would.”
~ Under the Covers

Elena and Clay are back! In this installment of the Women of the Otherworld series Kelley Armstrong brings us back for a visit with Elena and Clay. Only now Elena is pregnant, pregnant and stir crazy with a couple of over protective werewolves watching over her, so when the opportunity for a “safe” adventure comes long she grabs it. Of course nothing is ever simple, and Elena’s “safe” adventure leads to Jack the Ripper being unleashed on the streets once more, with the added bonus of his zombie sidekicks.

I don’t know what it is about Jack the Ripper, but add him to a story and it always makes it that little bit more exciting, it seems to add an extra dose of mystery and intrigue and gore.  Which is why after I read the blurb, I was particularly excited to start this book, add in a pregnant Elena and I pounced on Broken and didn’t let it go until I had finished. This book is definitely a highlight of the series, although I have loved them all, I particularly enjoyed this one, if I could rate it 6 stars, I would.

First off, Elena, pregnant! I wasn’t expecting that but I loved seeing that her and Clay had mostly moved past their past and are moving on with their (hopefully long and happy) future together. This is a werewolf book though so pack is very important and I really like that Armstrong demonstrates the dynamics of a pack in each of these books. Plus I love to catch up with the other members of the pack as well as just Elena and Clay; then there is the Jeremy-Jaime thing, which is utterly adorable, all of which happens in the background. The complicated and varied relationships that Armstrong has built within this world is part of what makes this series so good, it is so rich in detail, nothing ever feels surface deep.

The Jack the Ripper aspect of the story was also interesting and more than any of the other books in this series, I found Broken a bit creepy. There were some real edge of the seat moments in this book that meant it was a very hard book to put down, you need to know what’s going to happen next. Although I did find myself muttering at the book a few times; what is a heavily pregnant women doing going about fighting zombies?! It definitely added an edge of frustrated excitement to the book.

Another great book in the Women of the Otherworld series, I can’t believe I waited so long to read them. If you haven’t started this series yet you need to go and pick up the first book, you won’t regret it!



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About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks Suzanne for the review

Sandy S
Sandy S

LOVE this series. Have you had a chance to read MEN OF THE OTHERWORLD? Kelley reveals the back story of Clay, Malcolm, Jeremy etc….

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.


This book did have the creep factor but was really good!