What I’m Reading: Kelley Armstrong – Made to Be Broken

As I’m a profoundly lazy person, I’m going to recycle any reviews I might write for LibraryThing (where I finally got that lifetime membership and am still busy adding books to my catalog) for this blog (and vice versa, of course). To start things off, here is my review of the second novel in Kelley Armstrong’s “Nadia Stafford” series.

Kelley Armstrong, Made to Be Broken

http://reneesbookaddiction.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/made-to-be-broken.png?w=148&h=240As I’ve noticed before, I love Kelley Armstrong mostly for her credible characteriations, and think that her skill in keeping her characters plausible even in a supernatural setting – I don’t think anyone but her could have believably pulled off a pregnant werewolf.

While not featuring any supernatural elements, a cop-turned-hitwoman is almost as high on the improbability scale as werewolves, witches and vampires, and again one has to admire Kelley Armstrong’s talent in being able to depict a heroine like Nadia Stafford without induding constant eye-rolling and teeth-grinding in the reader. Nadia as well as the supporting cast come across as tough and professional in what they’re doing (not too much though – there is still room for them to screw things up occasionally, which of course only adds to the feeling of realism), and while I (of course!) wouldn’t know the details she gives about how professional killers go about their job and avoiding notice seem utterly plausible – I’m almost tempted to say, well researched.

On the downside, what the novel lacks is some momentum to its plot – it meanders along in a leisurely manner, without any feel of urgency, and without really generating much of an interest. The whodunit isn’t nearlly as gripping as the way it ties into Nadia’s past and how she will come to terms with it, and I for one was keener to find out with which of her love interests Nadia would finally settle than to know who killed the girl.

So in summing up, this is more of a character study than a thriller, more of a relaxed read than a pageturner, but, in my opinion at least, no less enjoyable for that.


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