Thursday, 12 April 2012

Broken: A Paranormal RomanceBroken: A Paranormal Romance by David H. Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
“A letter came by registered mail. It was from my mother. Had she not been dead for three months, it might have seemed less odd.”
23-year-old Katherine can’t understand why her extremely efficient mother would arrange for something to be delivered three months after her death; that is until she reads the letter her mother left for her.

Firstly she learns that she is adopted, and secondly she finds that a family curse means that she will die soon after her 24th birthday, which is a matter of only two days away.

Shocked and saddened, she begins to go through some papers that her mother had enclosed with the letter, and finds something that truly surprises her. The little green men that she has seen in the past and attributed to a mental health condition have in the past also plagued her adoptive grandfather too.

Realising that something odd is going on, Katherine turns to the only member of her adoptive father’s family that she remembers – Aunt Marigold, and jumps on a plane to England to talk to her.

Once there she realises that there is a lot more going on than she realised. The curse was placed on her family by an angry faerie, and this faerie is out for blood, already stalking Katherine and her boyfriend and trying to kill them. Katherine must figure out a way to outsmart the faerie and fast, if she wants to break the curse and live past her 24th birthday.

I enjoyed this book, and I absolutely loved the opening line (At the top)!

I really felt for Katherine. First she learned that she was adopted, and then she found that her mother had purposely adopted her so that curse of the first born would fall on Katherine rather than her biological son Gregory. Poor Katherine really had nobody else to turn to in the world, and if she hadn’t have started a relationship with the lovely Chris, she really would have been all alone.

I liked the interaction between Chris and Katherine, he seemed to really care about her, although I would describe this more as a fantasy book with an erotic scene, rather than as a paranormal romance. The addition of the ex-boyfriend added a love triangle to the story as well.

I did get a little confused at one point when Katherine started talking about her aunt time traveling her infant self through time to avoid the curse, and I'm still confused now to be honest. Thankfully this didn't spoil the story though.

This book wasn’t very long, but was well written and the characters well developed. The story didn’t feel too short, and was an enjoyable read.
7 out of 10.
(Book length: 1964 kindle locations)

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