Review: Made To Be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2) by Kelley Armstrong

March 25, 2014 Mystery, Review 6

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made to be broken Made to be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2)
by Kelley Armstrong

Blurb:
The author of the acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series returns with her latest novel featuring an exciting heroine with a lethal hidden talent. This time she’s hot on the trail of a young woman no one else cares about and a killer who’s bound to strike again. Nadia Stafford isn’t your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she’s known only as Dee to her current employer: a New York crime family that pays her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when Nadia discovers that a troubled teenage employee and her baby have vanished in the Canadian woods, the memory of a past loss comes back with a vengeance and her old instincts go into overdrive. With her enigmatic mentor, Jack, covering her back, Nadia unearths sinister clues that point to an increasingly darker and deadlier mystery. Now, with her obsession over the case deepening, the only way Nadia can right the wrongs of the present is to face her own painful ghosts and either bury them for good, or die trying. Because in her book everyone deserves a chance. And everyone deserves justice.

My Review:
After reading the first book in this series early this year I couldn’t wait to get back to this series. Made to Be Broken is just as good as the first book, maybe even a bit better. It’s another story, another investigation, but there are also plot lines that continue and develop more in this book. And probably will continue in the next book too.

In Made to Be broken things get a bit more personal, a case reminds Nadia of her own sister and she starts to investigate. Then Jack comes along and helps. There are leads to be chased, research to be done and murders to be solved. I really enjoyed this book and it makes me reconsider my reluctance to pick up ‘horror’ books, because while this book has some parts that could be called a bit scary, I really enjoyed it and just wanted to read more and figure it all out. I like how I kept guessing and trying to figure out how it all worked out together with Nadia. The end doesn’t tie things up as nicely as I would’ve hoped, but luckily I have the third book to read next. I love Kelley Armstrong her writing style and I just wanted to keep reading.

Nadia is a great character and I liked reading more about her and the lodge she calls home. I liked learning more about her and we see a bit more of the side characters too. I really like Jack too, how he speaks in short sentences and how characteristicaly he is. There also is a bit romance, but it’s really on the back burner. And while I like a slow romance, this one went a bit too slow even for me. And I wish Nadia would just recognize her feelings for Jack and act on them, but that’s not what happens. I do like Quinn too, but there is just something he’s missing. I keep routing for Nadia and Jack.

To conclude: Made to be Broken is another great installment in this series. Some plot lines that where started in the first book are continued, but mostly it’s a new murder mystery to be solved. I really enjoyed this book and wanted to keep reading. I love Kelley her writing style! This book has great characters and I love how they feel real and I liked getting to know more about the characters. The romance is done really well and slow. Next up is the third book in this series and I can’t wait to see how it all get’s wrapped up.

4-star

You can add Made to be Broken to your to-read list on Goodreads .

You can buy Made to be Broken here:
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Other books I reviewed on the blog by this author:
– Kelley Armstrong – The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) – 5 stars
– Kelley Armstrong – The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) – 5 stars
– Kelley Armstrong – The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) – 5 stars
– Kelley Armstrong – Omens (Cainsville #1) – 5 stars
– Kelley Armstrong – Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford #1) – 4 stars
– KL Armstrong & MA Marr – Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) – 4 stars

6 Responses to “Review: Made To Be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2) by Kelley Armstrong”

    • Lola

      I hope you pick up this series, it’s really good :). I’ll be posting my review of book 3 tomorrow and it’s the best in the series!

    • Lola

      Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors and I love her writing style. I just finished the last book of her I hadn’t yet read. So now I own all her full lenght novels in paperback and have read them and I am really happy about that :). I can’t wait to hear what you think of her books!

  1. Pamela D

    Yea for having the next book after a bit of a “cliff hanger.” I remember when I was reading the Parasol Protectorate series, and I didn’t have the third book and I *needed* to know what happened next. It was awful waiting for the book from the library.

    • Lola

      Yeah sometimes it’s really nice to be able to read books back to back. Although the questions that came up at the end of this book wasn’t the one the next book started with and there actually was some time between the books. That was a bit weird, but the third book in this series is the perfect ending and I loved being able to read it right after this one.
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