Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #6)

June 13, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #6)Release Date: April 25, 2006
Title: Broken
Series: Women of the Otherworld #6
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 444
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Ever since she discovered she's pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she's never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who's given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough-only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London's underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers, unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs. Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they're looking for-which, for some unknown reason, is Elena.
5 Stars

When I wrote my review of Bitten I said that Elena wasn’t my favorite of the women in the Women of the Otherworld series. Since that time, I have changed my mind. I adore her. Once she settled down with Clay and started a family (in this novel, she’s pregnant) yet still maintained her kick-ass persona she really grew on me. (Note: I reserve the right to change my favorite main character with each book.)

In this one, she struggled with wanting to do more than she was able to because of the pregnancy and still needing to take care of Pack responsibilities. It was a feat she juggled remarkably well. I’m pretty sure there’s no way I could have done it.

Elena’s not the only woman in this one – Jaime Vega makes an appearance (due in no large part to her enormous crush on Jeremy) to help get rid of the zombies released by the portal.  The books with the crossovers are the best ones to me. When the characters work as a team across the supernatural races – that’s when I really love this series.

And Jack the Ripper? In modern Canada? Well… maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. You’ll have to read it to find out! I can tell you that the portal was on the From Hell letter and once the inhabitants were released, vicious killings began happening in Toronto. Very very tricksy.

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