Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Made to be Broken

Title: Made to be Broken

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Date Finished: November 26, 2009

Personal Book Count: 53 out of 100

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: fiction

First Line: Below the belfry, the city sparkled, the late afternoon sun glinting off the skyscrapers, every surface dripping from a brief shower.

Summary: from the back cover-

“Nadia Stafford isn’t your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she’s known only as “Dee” to her current employer: a New York crime family that pays her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when Nadia discovers that a troubled teenage employee and her baby have vanished in the Canadian woods, the memory of a past loss comes back with a vengeance and her old instincts go into overdrive.

With her enigmatic mentor, Jack, covering her back, Nadia unearths sinister clues that point to an increasingly darker and deadlier mystery. Now, with her obsession over the case deepening, the only way Nadia can right the wrongs of the present is to face her own painful ghosts—and either bury them for good, or die trying. Because in her book everyone deserves a chance. And everyone deserves justice.”

Why did I pick this book? : it is the sequel to Exit Strategy

Review: I have never read any other of Kelly Armstrong’s books, although I am aware of her other world series. It was never my cup of tea, so I never had any interest. In fact, I never realized this was the same author when I brought the first one home. I can’t compare this to her other writing, just the first book in the series. I was attracted to this book at first, because of the female hitman angle. I wasn’t sure how they would keep this up in the second book, especially when it’s based around her home, where she prefers to remain anonymous. Although there are still hitman aspects to this book, I felt it was more a mystery/suspense type book. Good, strong interesting characters, although a few of them still don’t have much depth. Some old favorites are back, along with some new fresh ones. The love triangle started in the first book is continued in this book…I love the continuity of characters. I don’t know if I am saddened or encouraged that the author left a few loose ends for the next book. And it will open up so much territory for the new book. I can’t wait for the next installment, and hope we don’t have to wait long for it. =D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D


Cindy said...

Kelley Armstrong has some great YA books that you might like to read. They are called The Summoning and The Awakening. I really enjoyed them.

Lissa said...

Thanks Cindy, that is a great suggestion, I didn't realize those were young adult books. I am adding them to my list now... =D