The Brokenhearted

Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles and Marie Lu’s Legend series, Amelia Kahaney’s The Brokenhearted is a gorgeous, gritty, and imaginative take on the superhero story. Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, has always been closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. Lured by the handsome and dangerous Gavin, Anthem is drawn into the dark and exhilarating world on the wrong side of town. But when the couple runs into trouble…

3 Responses to “The Brokenhearted”

  • Leeanna Chetsko says:

    I wanted to like THE BROKENHEARTED so much more than I did. Any book with ballerinas catches my attention. Add in a bionic heart, superheroes and villains, and I should have loved this.

    But I didn’t.

    Anthem is a girl from the good — aka wealthy — side of town. As the replacement daughter for her parents (the first drowned), she’s always done exactly what they wanted. Her dream is to be a ballerina, and she’s spent all of her life working towards that goal. She even has the most popular boy in school as her boyfriend. So, life should be perfect for Anthem. It can’t get any better in Bedlam City.

    But when Anthem and her best friend sneak into a party in a bad area of town, she’s attracted to a South Side boy. A boy who makes her feel like her boyfriend doesn’t. A boy who she falls in lust/love with immediately. Within pages, Anthem’s slumming it, skipping ballet and lying to her parents to spend the afternoons with Gavin. I can understand Anthem being excited about someone so different from everyone she knows, but what I can’t get behind is Anthem falling in love so quickly, and being so devastated when something happens to Gavin. That relationship is an integral part of the book, since it pushes Anthem into a quest for vengeance, but I just didn’t buy it.

    THE BROKENHEARTED also had zero worldbuilding. I have no idea if it’s set in the past, present, or future. I don’t know much about Bedlam City, other than I swear it’s Gotham City. As mentioned in the summary, Anthem dies, and her human heart is replaced with an experimental one by an illegal doctor. Other than giving her superpowers, her heart is barely mentioned, and I couldn’t believe dying didn’t have a bigger impact on Anthem. The pacing is off, too, and I really just wanted to skim to get to the end to see if things would improve. Unfortunately, the ending leaves things open for another book, and after doing some digging, I believe THE BROKENHEARTED is the first in a series.

    With its premise, THE BROKENHEARTED should have been an amazing book. But for me, the execution was off, and I was left disappointed.

  • Jenea Whittington says:

    I have to admit, the premise and cover for this is what drew me to it. I mean a ballerina with a bionic heart, how could I go wrong. It turned out to be a little different than I was expecting. Anthem is a young girl on her way to be a extraordinary ballerina, but soon finds herself in a whole new world and secrets to protect.

    Anthem is from a wealthy family, a ballerina, she was also naive. I understand the need to break loose when she is giving some space, but she was very impulsive and didn’t make the best decisions, but being sheltered by her parents didn’t help with that. She suffers a tragic accident and dies and when she received her new mechanical heart she changed at least for the better, I did like her more than I did at first. She has new abilities, strength, and speed. The love interest, Gavin was the “bad boy” from the other side. I could see the appeal for Anthem, but not some of the decisions she made when it came to him.

    The Brokenhearted has a fantastic premise, but sadly the execution just didn’t do it for me. The first half was on the slow side, it does pick up about half way through, but with the issues I was already having, I had a hard time trying to immerse myself in Anthem’s world. The relationship between Anthem and Gavin was an issue for me. Anthem didn’t know him for very long, well she knew him for about a week and was “in love with him” and gave herself to him just as quickly. The problem other than how quickly she gave her virginity is the that she still had a boyfriend. So, the cheating was an issue for me. I would have really liked to have known how the bionic heart worked and why it made her the way she was, but I didn’t get a lot of answers on that front. There was plenty of action in the second half and some hints as to who was behind some of the events that took place and it does set up the story with a big cliffhanger ending for another book. So, I’ll guess we’ll see.

    While the first half didn’t work for me, the second half was better and was an just okay read for me. I know there are some mixed reviews for this, but if you are a fan of super hero-science fiction type books, I think you’ll enjoy it.

  • Alyssa says:

    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.

    What I Liked:

    Oh, how I wanted to like this book. I was excited to start it! Gorgeous cover, debut author, Harper title, science fiction genre… it sounded perfect for me! I tagged this novel under “dystopia” as well, but I think futuristic is a better word. This novel had the potential to be awesome, but for me, it fell a bit flat.

    Anthem gets into the wrong kind of trouble really quickly in this novel. Right away, we can tell that she doesn’t like her life as much as she would like to. She is no longer enamored with her boyfriend. She doesn’t like the rich life – she feels disconnected from her parents. Things are perfect on the surface, but below the surface is a sad, lonely girl.

    Then Anthem meets Gavin, and everything changes. She falls head over heels in love with him… and drama. Weeks pass, and they continue seeing each other. They get hot and heavy, and that same night, Gavin gets captured. And Anthem? Anthem falls to her death in a freezing cold river, but wakes up, alive.

    With a new start and a bionic heart that beats ten beats per second, Anthem has a different purpose with her life. All she wants is revenge. Never mind the upcoming ballet, Giselle, and not getting the prima role. Never mind faking a relationship with her recent ex-boyfriend, who is blackmailing. Never mind losing her best friend. Everything, to Anthem, is about revenge. Kill Rose and her gang.

    The story is unique, especially with the bionic heart aspect. I wasn’t totally drawn into the plot, or the characters, but the story went by pretty quickly. Or maybe I was reading really quickly. But I wasn’t all that impressed by the story.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I already said this, but I wasn’t impressed by the plot or the story or whatever. It seemed kind of boring and superficial, and weird how all of that happened to Anthem. I mean, did that guy (if you read the book, you’ll know what I mean) set her up? HOW? The author never explained, at the end, how that guy set up Anthem, and survived everything, and fabricated everything.

    And by the way, I totally expected that. I totally expected that one person to come back and screw over everyone. That was sooo predictable. In fact, most of the plot was predictable, once you got past the part about her getting a bionic heart. After the major characters were introduced, then everything seemed easy to follow… and predict.

    The characters are kind of blah, as well. I don’t really care for Anthem. Her logic is pretty poor. I mean, you go out with a guy for a few weeks, and you’re TOTALLY in love with him? He is SOOOO worth all that work? Really? NO. Irrational, illogical… stupid. Her decisions are just STUPID.

    Oh, and the romance in general? Weird. There is a love triangle of a sort, but it’s not an obvious one, with the two males bot actively trying to win over the female. But I didn’t really like the romance. The one guy, I really like, but he seemed more of the friend-type. The other guy was on fire, and then, ice-cold. And the heroine was totally set on one guy, but she liked the other guy as well, even though she knew that the guy she really liked wasn’t coming back to her.

    Blehh, the romance.

    I already said the plot was predictable, but seriously, the climax was anticlimactic, because you know it’s coming, and you know what comes after that. And the ending. It’s an ending, but it’s not. I don’t know if there will be more books to follow, but it seems like there should be more to it.

    I just don’t think this was the most impressive debut, or book, in general. Maybe I’m not being specific enough, but I really just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped I might have.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Not really, no. I’m…

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