Spotlight Sunday is a feature on my blog where I shine the light on an Australian book I think deserves to be read. Today I am shining the spotlight on Broken, Avena book 2, by Marianne Curly.
It is also the 11th book I have read for the Australian Women Writers challenge.
Note: Because it is the second book in the series, it will contain spoilers for the first.
Release Date: March 1st 2014.
Source: From Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Following the revelation that Ebony is an angel, and Nathaneal’s narrow victory in battle with Prince Luca, the two are enjoying their newfound love. But Ebony’s friend Jordan is bitterly angry that he has lost the girl of his dreams. Then suddenly Prince Michael arrives to arrest Nathaneal for breaking Avena’s law when he revealed his powers on Earth in his bid to save Ebony from Luca. Nathaneal is forced to return to Avena without Ebony to stand trial.
Jordan seizes the opportunity to plant doubt in Ebony’s mind about Nathaneal and her own angelic nature. Desperate to find out what has happened to her adoptive parents, Ebony is persuaded by Jordan to believe that new teacher Mr Xavier, who claims to be her uncle, can introduce her to her real father. Disaster inevitably follows and Ebony finds herself at the centre of another epic battle in the realm of Avena itself.
4 out of 5 stars.
I loved this book. It was a fantastic follow up to Hidden. Once back in this world, I remembered how much I love Curley’s twist on angels. She is just another great Australian writer that writes angels so well.
It has only been a few weeks since the events in Hidden have taken place. Ebony and Thane are enjoying their new relationship. But their joy is short lived as Thane is taken to Avena to stand trial for revealing his powers on earth. He thinks he is only going to be a short time and promises Ebony he will return to her soon.
But he doesn’t come back as quickly as she thought for he is sent on a mission as his punishment to help try and right the wrong that he caused.
Ebony is still struggling with the fact that she is an angel. Thane believe she is, but she has her doubts. Her wings still haven’t appeared. Jordan, Ebony’s charge, has feelings for Ebony, and he wants to break her and Thane up. He is working for the enemy,he has his reasons and is just trying to do the right thing, but he is doing it in the wrong way.
It is told in first person, but we get three points of view – Ebony’s, Jordan’s and Thane’s. I loved this. We got the intimacy that you get with first, but because of the three POV’s, we get a more rounded story. And I loved all of their POV’s. I was actually really glad Thane’s was in there for his mission was really interesting, and it was nice being able to be in his head and see his love for Ebony. And my heart broke for poor Jordan and the situation he has been put in. If we hadn’t been in his head and saw his motivation, he probably would have been unlikable.
One of the great things about Broken is that we have the truly good and the truly evil, but we also have those who are good, or want to be good, but are stuck in a situation that is forcing them to do evil.
Another thing I loved about this was the romance. For a book where the love interests spent most of their time apart, it was achingly romantic. But it’s not all romance, there are some great action scenes as well. And that ending! No Marianne Curley you can not leave a book there! Talk about a cliff hanger!
Overall, Broken was a great read. Well written, romantic and action-packed, it is a stand out angel book. This is one paranormal romance that should not be missed. I highly recommend it.
You can add it to your Goodreads here.