|Broken (Women of the Otherworld, Book 6)
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In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty-first century — and become his next target…
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…
From the Paperback edition.
- 4 stars
Elena Michaels is a rarity, a female werewolf, a being that should not exist, and now, she is pregnant. No one really knows what to expect, but they certainly did NOT expect her current adventure. After a stolen letter, supposedly from Jack the Ripper, opens a portal to the past, letting through zombies and diseases the modern world is not prepared to cope with, Elena finds herself in one of the most dangerous situations to date. As the ordinary world panics over its possible impending doom, Elena, her wolf family, and a vampire try to stop their worst fears from coming true, no matter what the price.
The Women of the Otherwold series is one that is worth waiting for every year. Strong, vivid characterizations and rapid fire action keep you turning the pages eagerly. Ms. Armstrong continues to display a talented imagination that brings an alien, yet familiar world to life. So far, it can be safely said that adding her to the top of your TBR list is a wise choice.
Amanda Killgore...more info
- I Love This Series!
This isn't the first novel where Elena is the main character, and I love how Armstrong puts you inside her head. Elena is a strong woman/werewolf with a head on her shoulders and guts to do what needs to be done. In this novel, not only does she have 'bad guys' to worry about, but she's pregnant as well, and that has her worried with nightmares to match. You feel what Elena feels right down to your core and you root for her constantly.
Clay is his usual self, completely devoted to Elena, and still has his own worries and insecurities.
The plot is excellent, lots of action to keep you on your toes. Not as many love scenes, but there's a reason for that. Won't say what it is, don't want to spoil it for a potential reader. A plot twist that I really hadn't figured out until it was almost too late, and I love when an author does that to me, LOL! I think the ending is absolutely perfect - I couldn't ask for better. These novels are different than the usual vampire/werewolf/sorcerer/witch/demon novels I've read and not only do I give it a huge two-thumbs-up, but a definite recommendation!...more info
- Couldn't Put it Down
'Broken' is the latest in the fine Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and proved to be another very satisfying installment. In this edition, the author brings back the protagonist introduced to her readers in her outstanding debut novel 'Bitten'.
Elena Michaels is the only known female werewolf and has finally settled into a satisfying domestic life with her lover/husband/mate Clayton Danvers and the Pack's alpha, Jeremy. Big changes are in store since Elena is pregnant and no one has a clue what sort of complications could ensue. To make matters worse, a conniving half-demon, Xavier Reese, is calling in a chit that Elena owes him by asking her to steal the Jack the Ripper 'From Hell' letter for him.
After successfully purloining the coveted document, Elena and the Pack inadvertently open a dimensional portal to Victorian England and let loose the supernatural nasties within. In their attempts to close the portal and rectify the chaos, Elena comes in contact with witches, a vampire, a necromancer, zombies, and sorcerers.
What makes the book so much fun is the obvious skill of the author in being able to tell her tale with such seemingly effortlessness. Readers will feel the need to keep reading until the problems and mysteries are resolved; and will be treated to a very satisfying conclusion.
All in all, another first-class installment in a high-quality series of books....more info
- The Otherworld Series Just Keeps Getting Better
Elena's back and preggers, Who could ask for anything more- but we get more with Jaime Vegas on board helping out as well as the recalcitrant Jeremy. Ms. Armstrong builds strong three dimensional characters that you really care about and then puts them in positions of peril. Were these not such strong women you might worry but Ms. Armstrong's women are so capable, you never really worry too much.
If she keeps writing them, I'll keep reading them. It's the best thing since Buffy,...more info
- Overall a fairly good story, but . . .
In many ways, this was a top-notch book. The story was quite compelling and the action was enough to keep me reading. When Elena, the only female werewolf, becomes pregnant, it is a big deal and the Pack decides to try to keep it secret as long as they can. However, when Elena starts to show very early and balloon quickly, that becomes difficult. Also, Elena freaks out early on about Changing - when she discovers that this will not harm the fetus, she is OK, but the first few are rough. At any rate, the Pack goes out of their way to try to coddle her as much as possible and keep her from exerting herself if they can help it.
However, a call from Xavier Reese - a demon whom Elena met while being held during Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2) - changes things. He wants to call in his favor; he has the whereabouts of a "mutt" the Pack has been hunting and in return, he wants them to steal a letter for him (so he can sell it to a collector), reputedly written by Jack the Ripper and sent from Hell. Since Elena is going more than a little bit stir crazy, she talks Jeremy, her Alpha, into going out and stealing the letter. However, obviously, everything does not go according to plan and soon odd people start showing up and strange occurrences are in abundance. That's as much as I'll say as far as basic plot, in order to avoid spoilers.
Now, as far as what I did NOT like. Elena's attitude. She would be fretting about causing damage to the baby in one paragraph, and in the next she would be sneaking off to do something incredibly stupid, like try to run down the bad guy by herself. She would then try to do something like a round-house kick and fall on her butt. Even though she's done this something like five times already. With the exact same results. Is she just incredibly STUPID or what? No, we know she isn't stupid, so why is she being written this way in this book? If she is truly concerned over the well-being of her babies, she should not let her pride and desire to be able to protect herself go so far as to be putting herself into these sorts of situations when she KNOWS she cannot protect herself adequately! I cannot count the number of times I was reading along and she would do something like that and I just had to stop for a moment and go GOOD GRIEF are ye DAFT girl? True strength is knowing when you need to ask for help.
Other than that, though, I enjoyed the story. We got to see a bit more of Jaime, which was cool. And Zoe, a new vampire, was fun to meet - she was an interesting character who introduced us to yet another interesting one, in the person of Tee, who was all kinds of creepy.
I just ordered the 7th in the series today, so I'm eagerly awaiting it to see where else Kelley Armstrong takes this series! A recommend, overall, from me....more info
- Elena Rocks!
Elena returns in this new otherworld novel with a new case. Xavier has a job for her to do and she is complied to do it, but she's pregnant and that makes things difficult. Especially when things go wrong with the run and an evil unleashes. It is going to take the help of the pack and Jamie to try to put a stop to it....more info
- My Favorite Book in the Series!
Elena, the only female werewolf in existance, is back in Kelley Armstrong's latest installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. Elena is pregnant with her and Clay's first child. She is an anxious as any soon-to-be mom could be, when unexpectedly, Xavier Reese decideds to call in the favor Elena owes him for helping her escape the research facility in "Stolen." Xavier presents the favor as a small task; he wants Elena to steal a letter for him. No big deal, right? That's what Elena thinks in the beginning.
Everything takes a downward spin from there. The letter turns out to the Jack the Ripper's infamous "From Hell" letter. Second, the letter is magically booby-trapped and Elena triggers the trap. Elena, Clay, and Jeremy soon learn that a portal to 19th Century England has been opened and that Jack the Ripper may have slipped out of that portal and into modern Toronto. And Jack is not alone. Several zombie helpers followed Jack out of the portal and they have one goal in mind: killing Elena.
I could not put this book down. It was a fast-paced, pageturner! I adore this series. Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer with an imagination that I covet. She churns out the most fabulous supernatural mysteries, with the most human and likeable characters. Armstrong is quickly becoming one of my most favorite authors!
I highly recommend this book....more info
The book arrived swiftly and in beautiful condition. It was also an excelent read....more info
- The Best So Far!
This book was particularly pleasurable as I am also a great fan of Victorian mystery ala Sherlock Holmes etc. To be able to combine the best of both genres was truly exciting. I love Kelley Armstrong books and have so much enjoyed her Women of the Underworld series.
What frightens me however is the preview of her next novel which does not feature "women of the underworld". No, no, no....say it isnt so. Please dont stop writing this series of books!...more info
Elena is the only female werewolf. Werewolves are either born with the gene - and it's only passed to boys - or bitten and women usually die. Except Elena. Elena was Bitten but she lived.
The pregnancy is troubling - there hasn't been a werewolf pregnancy so no one knows what to expect. It would be an understatement to say she was bored witless, so when something comes up that requires her expertise - and seems harmless - she jumps at it.
Of course, it isn't harmless. Elena inadvertently opens a time portal and a serial killer and 2 zombies are loose in Toronto. Elena, Clay and Jeremy stay in Toronto to try to send the serial killer and his zombies back. Along the way, they ask Zoe, a vampire, and Jaime, the necromancer, for help. For some reason, the serial killer and his zombies are targeting Elena specifically. The Pack and its friends have to find out why and what to do to close the time portal.
The ending is nearly saccharine but the reader - at least this reader - can't help but cheer for Elena and Clay.
- A return to the werewolves!
Oh, I really liked this one - it was nice to be back with the werewolves, particularly with the added fun of Elena being pregnant. I know the series isn't over, but I don't have the rest, so I'm curious to see where it goes next, but not dying of that curiosity. Though I really have no idea what to read next....more info
- The Return of the Pack
'Broken' is a top-notch horror book featuring werewolves, vampires, witches, zombies, and a murderer who just may be Jack-the-Ripper. The wolves inadvertently release a slew of supernatural disasters upon Toronto, and spend the rest of the book trying to set things right. Armstrong balances the taut action scenes with plenty of personal and pack details about the wolves, and the story moves along faster than a speedreader can fly through Green Eggs and Ham.
After drifting away to Paige, Lucas, and Eve over her last few books, Kelley Armstrong has brought back Elena Michaels and the rest of the pack. Armstrong made her name by featuring the wolves in her first two books before featuring Paige Winterbourne and the witch's covens in the next two tales she scribed. While those books were good, Armstrong drifted away in her 5th outing to the world of the dead, and left many of her fans wondering if Armstrong's creative juices were getting pickled.
Kudos to the author for providing such thrilling entertainment as this!...more info
- Just didn't grab me.
I have to agree with a few other reviewers who weren't too into Broken. I was glad to see that Nick and Antonio were back and all, but I rather enjoyed the werewolf series when it was just werewolves.
I just couldn't get into Elena being a very pregnant werewolf chasing after zombies and other nasties. I understood that being a werewolf she probably had more stamina but it just didn't seem believable. I'm not sure really what I was expecting with her being pregnant but the end became predictable regarding the villain and her unborn.
I'm still a fan of Kelley's werewolf books and would love to see more of them, but Broken just wasn't for me....more info
Clay and Elena return!! My favorite couple of the otherworld. I couldn't put this book down. ...more info
Elena is a rarity; she's the only living female werewolf and she's pregnant...something that has never happened before with two werewolf parents. Elena is very strong willed (and that's putting it mildly) and her mate, Clay, would have her no other way. Well, he would prefer that she curbed her wildness until after she has the baby...as would her pack leader, Jeremy.
Jeremy and Clay have been hunting for David Hargrave, a rogue werewolf that has been killing humans. Xavier, a half demon, has approached Elena with a deal; he'll give up Hargrave's location if they'll appropriate for him the `from Hell letter' reported to have been written by Jack the Ripper. They decide to take the job, but shortly after they have it, all Hell starts breaking loose in Toronto. Elena and her pack have to race against time to find a way to close the portal before things get worse.
Broken is a fantastic, action-packed story that has humor and horror, love and passion and it grabbed my attention immediately, drawing me in and taking me on a wild ride that I completely and thoroughly enjoyed. Kelley Armstrong brings Broken to full and blazing life with both her believable storyline and her true to life characters. I haven't read either Bitten or Stolen yet, but I will be getting them on my next trip to the bookstore. For lovers of werewolves and vampires with a demon or two thrown in for good measure Broken is a wonderful choice to read.
Lyonene reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed ...more info
- Breaks my heart to only give 2 stars
I have been a loyal fan of The Otherworld series, especially to Elena. I loved Bitten and Stolen...I actually read Bitten again not too long ago to refresh my memory knowing that I'd be reading Broken.
I am actually a little surprised that other loyal fans are giving 5 stars for Broken. It doesn't even compare to Bitten.
To Kelley: In my opinion, when Elena was younger, and had not yet accepted her position in the Pack or as Clay's mate, I fully expected Elena to act the way she did. You wrote her character as an independent woman, struggling to regain that independence after being bitten, yet also was able to portray her as vulnerable. I loved her in Bitten and Stolen.
However, now that she has fully accepted her position in the Pack, as well as Clay's mate and mother to his children, you are still portraying Elena in much the same way as you did in Bitten, but now it makes her seem flighty, immature and extremely predictable. I knew what Elena was going to say and do before she said or did them. I found myself speed-reading through her conversations that she was having with various characters, because I felt I didn't need to focus.
I was hoping to see a more "grown up" Elena who's pregnancy and commitment to Clay and the Pack has empowered her, made her smarter and less naive.
I am still a fan, just a little disappointed.
- Great Otherworld Book
In Broken, we return to Elena, the only female werewolf. Only this time, she is pregnant. Something that has Clay and Jeremy really worrying. What happens is Elena is bored with bed rest and taking everything easy.
She thinks the half-demon that wants her pack to steal a letter, she thinks this is a great chance for adventure. Unfortunately, the pack gets the letter and Elena releases Jack the Ripper out on Toronto. When they try and fix it, they realize that they are going to need backup when zombies start running around.
I do admit that is tended to drag a little with the storyline. But don't get me wrong, it was still a good book....more info
- Couldn't put it down
In the sixth book of The Women of the Otherworld series, "Broken," Elena Michaels is back and expecting a little one. Pregnancy has her a bit nervous, which is why she goes a bit nutty when a letter, supposedly written by Jack the Ripper, opens a portal from the past releasing a killer.
I always liked this character, she's tough and not afraid to take a risk. Definitely not a shrinking violet. Clay always amazes me too with his tenderness, despite his vicious nature. Plus our favorite necromancer, Jaime Vegas, is back in this one. I hope in the future she gets her own book. I would love to see what kind of trouble she and Jeremy could get up to. Another must-buy from Kelley Armstrong....more info
- Good Read!
I like this series but I sometimes find myself frustrated with the characters. It seems in every book the main character, expecially Elena, have momentary lapses of stupidity. They make the same mistakes over and over again. It always works itself out but I think by this point they would have gained some insight. I am excited to read the next book. I hope it will be good....more info
- Book 6 of 7
I did not feel this was one of the best books in the series. I am very partial to her first two books, Bitten and Stolen. However, I appreciate how she carries her characters through all the books and creates new story lines for each of them....more info
- Zero stars is what this effort deserves.
One big problem for me is that the story commences with Elena and Clayton already pregnant. That was a big disappointment. I've put in lots of time getting to know these characters and coming to care about them and to have all the uncertainty and excitement of deciding to get pregnant happen off-story seemed unfair. When the story opens, the pregnancy is already far along, and you get precious few pregnancy moments beyond Elena lamenting that she can't run and jump like she used to and Clayton chiding her to be careful because she's pregnant. Clayton's voice in particular was off, or wrong somehow, especially in this regard. He wanted to have children so badly, and I just didn't hear any real joy coming through. There were other troubles though. The story felt like it was running in place and getting nowhere. Every action taken was wrong or a dead end and, as a result, the story had real trouble moving forward. It was plodding and slow. It certainly did not hold my interest, and that's saying something because I am very fond of these characters. The author also completely wasted her setting in my view. She did nothing to convey any real sense of Toronto at all. The story was specifically set there, but this tale did nothing to really convey a sense of the place. There was no real atmosphere whatsoever. I am astonished by all the very positive reviews this book has received. I'd definitely recommend checking it out from your local library before buying it. This is the first "Women of the Otherworld" books I know I will never want to read again, there's no need, nothing much really happened and no new characters were introduced. I hope this is not a trend. It's a poor effort and really deserves zero stars....more info
This book was great I love Elena, Clay and all the wolves. Plot was thick and interesting. I am interested to see what transpires with Jeremy???? I am glad to hear there is more to this series, can't wait........more info
- love this series
this book was a great read. I finished it in one sitting. I love the complex relationship between Clay/Elena/Jeremy. It's interesting how kelley has bounded the three of them together in such an unconventional way. If you like this series, get this book, it's worth it. The story is good and the ending very, very satisfying.
And hurray for the news of a Jamie/Jeremy story! I can't wait!...more info
- The pack is back, and it's a good thing!
The pack is asked to recover a letter presumably written by the jack the ripper in exchange for the location of a 'mutt' (a werewolf who kills humans). Elena (very pregnant), Clay, and Jer go to Toronto to steal the letter, only to discover the letter is linked to a magical portal which has brought evil to our own time. Can Elena and the pack stop the ancient evil before it is too late?
I admit, I am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong's particularly her werewolf novels. When I found out this novel was about Elena's pregnancy and Jack the ripper, I admit I was less than enthused. I've never been a fan of 'jack the ripper' or novels in which pregnancy is a central theme... However this book was so delightful I have changed my opinion on the matter. It's so great after her recent forays into witches and demons to return to her roots, the werewolves. I found Clay and Elena and Nick touching. I loved the character of Jer. I loved the way Armstong builds the suspense in this one and really leaves you hanging as to what is going on.
Downsides? I seriously dislike Jaime, and although her presence makes sense, I find her pining after Jer seriously annoying. I was hoping for one book without her.
Pros: I like Zoe. She's a fun character. I loved the scenes where she was hitting on Elena. Also, liked seeing more of Nick. Nick is such a cutie. I like the scenes with Nick, Clay, and Elena together. These three characters play well off each other. Jer's presence was an added bonus, as he is definitely my favorite werewolf character and plays a larger role in this novel.
Personally, I'd love to see her write more werewolf novels. While I enjoy her other work, I find I prefer her novels related to the pack. This was definitely the best book I've read all year. Awesome....more info
- Wasn't thrilled but loved Elena too much to not read
I have to admit Kelley Armstrong's use of sex and violence really makes the werewolf series.
This book confused me a little during most of the plot. The reader isn't really given all of the info up until the second to last chapter and i think I would have liked it better if it made more sense.
I also disliked a pregnant woman being in those situations, but I did think it was a good way to keep the reader hooked....more info
- I'm a Clay junkie -- I can't get enough of the guy
I think at this point, anything with Elena and Clay is going to be a top seller because you can't help but love Clay. With that said, this book was a bit rediculous. Look, I'm pregnant with my 4th child, and a pregnant woman would NEVER do ANY of the rediculous crap Elena was doing. Roundhouse kicks when her body is physically around 8 months along?!? They're afraid to have sex because she bled once, yet she charges off after corpses with butcher knives, walking for hours at a time, going forever without sleep without a single complaint?!? Whatever -- obviously Armstrong has NEVER been pregnant or else she'd know immediately that this is impossible -- superhero powers, atheletic shape... doesn't matter. With all that, you'd think I'd give it a 2 star rating, but honestly I'm so in love with Clay and Elena's relationship -- and Clay of course -- that it's just impossible to not love it. The book was my 24 hour addiction, and now I'm about to start on the next one hoping that I'll get more little tidbits about Clay and Elena.......more info
- A very good book in an excellent series
Overall this series is better than most in the supe, were wolf etc., erotic romance genera and this is a very good example of the series. Elena is pregnant and rightly worried as there is no information on were wolf pregnancies. She talks the rest of the pack into accepting a deal with Xavier (teleporting half demon) to exchange the where abouts of a murderous mutt they have been looking for for stealing a letter. The letter turns out to be a dimensional portal with interesting consequences. Elena and Clay' first encounter with Zoe (a vampire thief) is funny as they decide to chase her as wolves thinking to intimidate her instead she really comes onto Elena and throughly enjoys being chased. The characters are well done, the plot nicely convoluted although I feel they should have been more suspicious of the villain earlier (although to be fair I didn't trip to what was going on that early myself). A couple of nice errotic scenes as well.
I'm glad to hear that Kelly is not abandoning this series in favour of her new series and am looking forward to both the new series and seeing more books in this one....more info