Monday, October 19, 2009

Review: Made to be Broken

Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford, #2) Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although there aren't any supernatural elements in the Nadia Stafford books, if you like Armstrong's writing style, you will probably like this series. There are less "rules" to the world to deal with so she doesn't have to spend as much time with that, and she can focus more on the characters. Also, there are fewer characters clamoring for attention so she can fully explore them. If you're looking for resolutions for any relationships in this book, you won't find them. In fact, they just get deeper and more complicated.

The plot is good too. It isn't a murder mystery, even though someone does get murdered. It turns out to be murder, kidnapping, more murder, undercover work, all with some lighthearted moments at a rural bed and breakfast mixed in for laughs. Armstrong seems to hit all the right notes as she keeps readers turning the pages trying to unravel the dirty deeds done dirt cheap in the book. The only thing that might irritate readers is that there really is no ending. The particular conundrum gets wrapped up at the end, but the dance continues. If you're a person that wants everything wrapped up, you'll be left hanging. For me, it just makes me want the next installment quicker than ever. I do wonder if she'll have the momentum to continue this series, the Otherworld series and her YA series. It seems like this series is at the bottom of the food chain given how popular the other two series are. It would be easier to put this one down if she was pressed for time, needed a break, or what have you.

Love Quinn. Love Jack. Love this series.

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