Torn between two worlds and two loves, Ebony's journey of discovery continues in this enthralling and moving sequel to HIDDEN by a highly popular and successful author.
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 from Avena to arrest Nathaneal for breaking Avena law in revealing his powers to the enemy in his bid to save Ebony from Luca. At last Jordan has an 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. Fantastical and powerfully emotional, this angelic romance series is rapidly winning enthusiastic fans.
About the Author
Marianne Curley is an Australian author of young adult fiction. Her specialty is writing fantasy in a realistic, contemporary setting. Her books include : Old Magic, The Guardians of Time Trilogy - The Named, The Dark, The Key, and her new novel Hidden, the first installment of the Avena Series , with more to come.
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Ebony, a girl who never quite believed she belonged, is coming to terms with the fact that she might be an angel. If only if it was as simple as that! There is a chance that those who believe she was switched at birth may be mistaken and her uniqueness has nothing to do with anything angelic. Her guardian and friend, Jordan, has his own agenda at hand and as much as he loves and cares about Ebony, his motives and emotions are clouding his judgement. Nathaniel (Thane) is forced to face the consequences of his actions in Hidden and other sinister forces are in play. There's a lot going on and somehow Marianne Curley manages to work it all together in a way which works.
The narration switches between Ebony, Jordan and Thane. I always felt like the person who was currently giving their point of view was the right choice at the time. Each of the three has their problems to face during the novel and being able to see what they see, feel what they feel emotionally helps us understand. Ebony is refreshing in terms of her relationship with Thane. They have a love which may have spanned eras and there is the exhilaration at having found each other again but she remains practical. As much as she wants to be with Thane, she realizes that there are more important things that being together all the time. And the same goes for Thane. Their relationship is so important to him (as evident when he put his personal feelings and the protection of Ebony before what the Angels would consider to be what is best for Avena in Hidden) but so is the fate of his people and the fight against Prince Luca.
For each of these characters, their backgrounds are important to who the character is in the present day. Ebony is logical and has faith in that which she can prove. Her relationship with her horses and friends is important to her. Jordan is effected by the past and it impacts on his decisions. Thane's upbringing and life in Avena is relevant to everything he does from Ebony to leading his people. I admire Ms. Curley for being consistent and acknowledging that to have her characters grow into the people they need to be, they have to know where they're coming from.
Love triangles are not usually my cup of tea but perhaps that is because I have not read many which are as well thought out as the one between Thane, Ebony and Jordan. There is reason and rationale behind why these characters have the feelings they have and as a reader, I could understand the justification behind the emotions. Ebony and Jordan being in such close proximity and the guardian bond working over time brings a closeness to the two which makes sense. As does the mind link between Thane and Ebony and hearing the passion Thane has when speaking about it with his closest friends.
Broken is a great addition to the Australian YA scene. Not only authored by an Aussie, Broken is mostly set in Snowy Mountains and has an authentic Australian feel to it. The scenery was beautifully described and I loved reading this book and being familiar with the region in which it was set. That said - the parts of Broken set in Avena or Skade were equally as impressive with their settings. The angelic realm of Avena, with the colours and unearthly way in which things work, as well as Skade, the place for souls and dark angels, had a certain vivid quality with their descriptions.
If you enjoyed Hidden (Avena #1), then I think you would love Broken. It has everything the first book had and more. And for those unfamiliar with the series, I recommend Hidden to people who enjoy well-rounded characters and great writing and a plot which will keep you guessing.
Comments about Broken:
I can't praise this book enough. Broken is a fast-paced thrill ride with twists and turns you don't see coming all the way to the last page. I loved everything about this book, especially how Ebony and Jordan grew as characters.
Gaining Nathaneal's viewpoint opens up the angels' world to the reader, and I loved that because the angel worlds of Avena and Skade are different and interesting, and scary and beautiful. They give this series a new level of excitement and suspense.
I could definitely take more of Nathaneal and I'm hoping that is the case in the next book. It's going to be a long hard wait until March next year for the final. I may just have to re-read this series from the beginning.
On that note, I strongly recommend you read Hidden before you read Broken. What you learn in the first book is intrinsic for your enjoyment of the second. This is a superior series in the ever-popular young adult paranormal fantasy genre of angel-themed books.
I have the urge to go back and read it again and again. I don't think this story will ever get old. 325 pages of pure perfection Praise for HIDDEN, Dark Readers blog (reviewer also a Waterstones bookseller) One of the most hauntingly beautiful books I have ever read Praise for HIDDEN, Chicklish (UK teen fiction blog)
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 11+ years old
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1