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Book Review – Once Broken

Some books have great characters. Some books have solid writing. Some books have a compelling story. Other books have all three. Once Broken is the story of Remi, a young woman who hunts vampires and demons for a living. Well, okay. She has a paying job at a pawn shop, but really, she only works there to pay the rent and provide cover.

In reality, she fights with the Amasai, a group that fights to keep the demons at bay and humans safe. She joined them after her husband was killed by Valen, an ancient vampire. On that day, she was rescued by a werewolf, Alex and instructed in the ways of the Amasai.

There was very little not to enjoy with this book. It’s very well written. The characters are wonderfully complex, imperfect, and strong. Though the book is written from Remi’s perspective, it’s very much an ensemble cast.

One of the best parts of this book was how the author explained away all of the various paranormal beings. Vampires are demons who have inhabited a dead human body. Werewolves are technically dead. They spend Purgatory as a werewolf and when they’ve done enough good as a werewolf, they are admitted to Heaven (or banished to Hell if they ever kill a human). Though these definitions of vampires and werewolves aren’t the “standard textbook” definitions, they really work because of how well the author sells them.

There’s a small bit of romance between Remi and one of her cohorts. This is the only part of the book that I felt was lacking. I wanted a little more development of the relationship. It felt as if the romance storyline was sexy and delicious and then all of a sudden it fizzled out and was forgotten.

However, as long as you’re not expecting a heavy romance from this book, that’s a very minor issue.

Some books work hard at describing scenes, people, and emotions. With Once Broken, those descriptions feel effortless. You won’t have any problem picturing every setting, every bit of action, every emotion, but you won’t even realize you’re reading description.

4/5 stars

***This review originally appeared on Author Alliance***

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