*Review* Tainted (Broken 2) – A.E. Rought




Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them. With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma’s life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried. But a shadow rises from Alex’s past, and she wants him back. Criminally brilliant, Hailey Westmore will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with.

Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything. Not her mind, her memory, not even herself. Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive. Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage.

Emma’s life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster…

My Review. 4 Stars out of 5****

I received this ARC from Netgalley. I liked the blub and the cover looked interesting. I had no idea it was the 2nd book in the series or that it was a re-telling of Frankenstein. I found out when I went looking for the cover to put in this post on Goodreads. I have to say I am so happy to have been in the dark on both counts.

For one, the book actually can be read without reading the first, so don’t let being book 2 put you off. Secondly a lot of reviews posted have expressed it not being like Frankenstein enough. Fair points I guess, but it doesn’t do the author justice enough.

I liked this book a lot, it was a little weird, and at times dark and depressing but reading the whole story I’m glad to say the overall picture was one of hope (even if it looked like it was all lost), determination (even when it looked like they would never win, love and sadness. If I wanted Disney I would’ve picked up The Lion King.

So to Alex and Emma. Alex is a revived, put together, held together by formula ‘product’ of his father’s experiment. He houses some of the emotions and feelings of Emma’s dead boyfriend Daniel and he is irrevocably in love with Emma.

Emma returns that love and so the story gets underway. Enter Hailey, Alex’s psycho ex-girlfriend who will do anything to get him back. Including selling out his secret and the secret to Ascension Labs. The catalyst is Christmas Eve when Emma and Hailey meet and all hell breaks loose.

Emma’s life is never going to be the same. Alex has to think quickly, and he does the only thing he believes is his only option. Only things don’t go according to plan. Emma starts to have what looks like psychotic breaks followed by memory loss. Animals are dying, people are dying and the only name in the frame is hers.

Wowzer, holy genetic mutation does it pick up. Paul, the labs CEO is not to be trusted, neither is Trent, Hailey’s boyfriend…When it all goes to hell in a hand basket I couldn’t put it down, it was one dark turn after another. Was it really all Emma, was it Paul with an agenda or was it someone more sinister with a goal so driven they would use all of their mutation to end everyone.

I loved Alex, he was what you need in a book boyfriend, but I loved Jason even more. OMG, sharp turn with his story, I thought I was going to die. Tissues were needed!

My favorite quote “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” Read the book and find out yourself, don’t read it with another story in mind, read it with Alex and Emma in mind. The journey that way is so much better.


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