Book Review: The Broken Hearted by Amelia Kahaney

Title: The Brokenhearted (Brokenhearted #1)
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Published: October 8th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

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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.


“Dark Knight meets Cinder”….that’s a strong promise, which sadly doesn’t deliver. There were good points to this book, the overall premise is something really neat, and I loved the character of Ford. However, in this case the negative far outweighs the good. It moves too quickly, leaves too many questions unanswered, Anthem is a super sparkly heroine who gets abilities after her human heart is replaced with a bionic one. There’s not one but three love interests in here, two are horrible, and one is so underdeveloped and just thrown in there for kicks. I wanted a slower build with this book. There’s some seriously interesting history and world building, but the focus turns instead onto Anthem and her newest party trick.

Also, the story just ends. Anthem is moving to do something, and then nothing. The book just ends. I abhor cliffhangers, and this was like the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. There is a sequel, and I’m sorry, but Ford’s just not worth it.

Overall: pink2 Predictable with a heroine who is constantly developing new abilities? No thanks. Even the ‘big twist’ wasn’t that much of a surprise.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Broken Hearted by Amelia Kahaney

    • I wanted it to be, because the premise was SO GREAT. But the writing and the super!power!up! changes that Anthem went through really made it difficult for me to fall in love with it. A lot of people either love it or leave it. Have you read it?

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