December 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Broken by A.E. Rought – Review with Interview

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Broken by A.E. Rought

presented by Strange Chemistry!

After our thoughts on Broken, be sure to check out our interview
with author, A.E. Rought!

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely… familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

add to goodreadsBroken by A.E. Rought
Publication Date:  January 8, 2013
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry

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MaryAnn NewEven though I haven’t read the original Frankenstein or even watched any sort of movie related to Frankenstein, I do have an idea of what it’s all about.  So how excited was I to delve into this dark tale that was a sort of re-telling of Frankenstein?  Pretty excited, let me tell you.

The story basically revolves around main protagonist, Emma Gentry and her attempt in trying to get over the death of her boyfriend, Daniel.   With many months having passed since Daniel’s death, Emma still struggles with coming to terms with her loss and continues to hold her memories of him deep within her heart.    That is, until a new student arrives at Shelley High by the name of Alex Franks.  Every girl is vying for his attention, but he seems to only have eyes for Emma.  And somehow, Alex Franks is all that Emma can think about.  Torn between her love and loss for Daniel, and her new found feelings for Alex Emma must come to terms with what her heart is telling her.

But don’t think that this is only a story of love.  Of course, the main concept is this uncontrollable, undeniable love between Emma and Alex, there is a dark underlying story that surfaces and it is this new information that causes Emma to doubt Alex’s true feelings for her, and also has her questioning what to believe.

I found Broken by A.E. Rought to be a pretty good read, and I really loved the characters found in Broken.  It had all the elements of a great story…a mysterious new “bad boy”, the ever trusting best friend, the super over protective parent, and crazed maniac.  A.E. Rought did a very convincing job of conveying the pain and loss that Emma felt with the loss of Daniel.  It was easily believable that Daniel was this huge part of her life that Emma just is not ready to let go of yet.  And with the entrance of Alex Franks into her life, it was very interesting to see Emma’s inner turmoil regarding these feelings she’s feeling towards him.

Alex Franks was a character that I really loved…pretty much instantly.  I always have a special place in my heart for mysterious bad boys, and Alex Franks fit the bill.  Regardless of his many scars, he was still a very confident, sweet, determined guy.  And the way he would say “Com’ere” had me melting!

Even though the story itself was pretty predictable, it didn’t hinder me from wanting to continue reading Broken, and see how it would unfold.  And again, although there was whole lotta love in the story, the parts that stood out the most in my mind were the parts involving Alex Franks’ crazy father!  What is up with that guy?  He totally gave off the creep factor vibe, which is a huge thumbs up to the author.

What I did have problems with in Broken was the fact that Alex Franks was hardly called just “Alex”.  It seemed like everyone would string both the first name and the last name together…always.  I know, minor details, but still.  It was also crazy that this intense love that both Alex and Emma feel for each other spans a total of just a couple of weeks.  Now, once a huge part of the story is revealed, up until that point it was very much an insta-love type book…but like I said, that kind of gets blown out of the water once a deep dark secret is revealed.   I know how it is with over protective parents.  Heck, most all of us have had to deal with one or the other or both!  In Broken, I found it very annoying how Emma’s mother kept getting mad at her because of the little things!  Such as coming home late from school, being rescued by Alex Franks from an obsessed Josh, breaking her hand, going to the hospital to get a new cast thingy.  Like seriously!  Not every little thing is the end of the world, and I couldn’t done without her over protective ways.  I also couldn’t understand why a certain someone was such a crazy lunatic!  Unless I was reading way to fast and had a complete brain fart and forgot, I’d like to know what happened that caused him to turn out the way he did, and does the things he does!  Are you curious yet?  You’ve got to read the book to find out who I’m talking about!

All in all, Broken by A.E. Rought was a great read.  It was a dark love story involving a mysterious past, young love, and the impossible.  I would recommend this book to fans of dark re-tellings and for fans of the story of Frankenstein.


Top Favs with A.E. Rought

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why:


Two of my dream destinations are actually places I’ve been and would love to go back to.

In the woods of Wisconsin, miles from any major highway, sits a half-mile square property full of dancing sunlight and babbling stream. The property is owned by family of my husband’s coworker, and my hubby lucked into a night’s stay there when the men were on a hunting trip. He brought home pictures, all dappled sunlight and rushing water, and the look on my face was enough for him to ask if we could rent the cottage.

Polly Falls sits next to a little waterfall, the beds are all on a huge screened-in back porch, yards from the constant lullaby. I’ve never felt more alive, empowered, connected then when I stood in those falls with the water cascading around me. It’s nothing short of magickal.

The next place would definitely be the French Riviera. I spent a month of my 17th summer there, and have always wanted to return. The expanse of beaches, the rocky Isle Sainte Marguerite, its ghost and sullen fort, the brilliant sun beating down. Stunning beauty, deep soothing heat, and I learned so much about myself there. I have half a mind to turn a few experiences there into a YA novel…

Third place would have to be the Pacific Northwest. I’ve always wanted to go there, waaay before the Twilight Saga put Forks on the map. There’s something so attractive about the shoreline here, the rocky cliffs, the deep greens of the woods.

Funny, I’m seeing a pattern here, and I don’t usually consider myself a “beach girl”…


Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:


  1. Something salty, like pretzels
  2. Something chocolate, like m&ms
  3. Something easy, that I don’t have to unwrap, etc.

I’ve always been a salty snack person, I think that comes from so many nights snacking on popcorn and watching TV with my mom. My chocolate addiction started in school, and heightened when I married my chocoholic husband. Easy eating comes from not wanting to break my writing stride for munchies.

I’ve become a big ChexMix fan, and will probably be making a new batch soon. I can satisfy all three in one bowl!


Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:


  • The Avengers
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Nightmare before Christmas

Die Hard was one of my favorites forever, then the Joss Whedon’s masterpiece of The Avengers came along and knocked poor Bruce McClain from the throne. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan. HUGE. His pacing, whit, and dialogue is brilliant. I want to grow up and be Joss Whedon someday.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the live action version for me. (I know… Sinner.) The pageantry and costuming are a big one for me. There’s always something fabulous to see on the screen. I love the humor, and the Grinch’s backstory, too. Jim Carrey was the perfect Grinch! The way he made the character irascible and loveable at the same time somehow reminds me of my dad. (Honestly, I have it n the dvd player right now, and because it’s a bad day for my RA, I’m wearing my Grinch pajama pants.)

The Nightmare Before Christmas is on the favorites list for the spooky-cute, the dark humor, the music, very Tim Burtonness of it. Tim Burton is another favorite movie big wig for me. I adore his use of the dark and slightly macabre paired with a kind of sweetness and light. It reaches in and touches something in the writer in me.

About the Author:

From Strange Chemistry Website


Funny: A known introvert and mild megalomaniac — handy because writing indulges both. When not writing, A.E. can be found slaving under the cat’s demands, chasing the laundry, or whipping up really good bad food in the kitchen.

Somewhat serious: Self-proclaimed nerd, A.E. Rought has spent most of her early life in libraries and bookstores. It’s no surprise that she turned to writing shortly after creative arts college. She has novels of varying genres, and different pennames, published since 2006.

Serious-er: A student of language arts, A.E. Rought studied creative writing while attending Grand Valley State University with a focus on languages; French, Russian, and English. Now, married and a mother, A.E. writes from the comfort of home.

Connect with the Author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

1 Comment

  1. Woah a retelling of Frankenstein. Haven’t read anything like that. I don’t know about the insta-love though. Not really a fan of those, but Broken does sound like a good read.

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