Monday, October 21, 2013

Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1), by Lizzy Ford as Chloe Adams

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**Contains graphic content and the sensitive topic of rape and its aftermath.  Not intended for teens under the age of 18.**

Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.

When socialite party girl Mia Abbot-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night--except that she is naked...hurt...terrified.  Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants:  the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father's political ally.

Mia wants and needs justice.  Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police.  It's a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.

Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can't remember exactly what happened that night.  Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.

Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she's left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.

Originally published in October 2012 as "No Way Back" by Chloe Adams


4.5 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review...

First and foremost I think it's important to note that Broken Beauty is considered a novella, therefore please realize ahead of time that this book will be a quick read.  It's the author's intention to tell Mia's story over the course of 6 novellas, tentatively releasing another installment every two months.  It took me around 2 hours to read this first installment.

With all of that being said I was unprepared for how quickly I would be drawn into Mia's story or the overall impact it made.  In my opinion, that's the sign of a pretty amazing story teller.

Broken Beauty wastes no time jumping into things with the first chapter tackling the morning after Mia has been raped.  She wakes up scared, terrified and confused.  Slowly the reality of what happened hits her, she begins to remember details of the attack and then the remainder of this first novella follows Mia as she struggles to heal not only physically but also mentally.

The author does such an amazing job painting a very vivid picture of what I imagine victims of rape must feel like and deal with.  This first installment was heartbreaking.  Mia's rape not only completely destroys her self confidence but it also forces her to take a different look at everything she has been told by her Daddy in regards to rape.  She struggles with knowing the men who did this to her get to continue living their lives, unafraid, while she can barely leave the safety of her closet.

Broken Beauty is told completely from Mia's perspective, which allowed me to connect emotionally with her.  When I finished reading I felt as if she were a close friend, confiding in me her deepest fears, struggles and secrets.

I'm not normally a fan of authors releasing portions of a whole story in the form of novella's, but Broken Beauty is so good and made such an emotional impact on me that it didn't seem to bother me.  This first book is filled with so many important details that I imagine if the author told Mia's story in its entirety in one book it could be overwhelming and exhausting.  I imagine this way each time we get another novella we will be easily reminded the impact of rape on a person's life.  I cannot wait to jump back into the story when the 2nd book, Broken World, releases sometime in either November or December.

I cannot recommend this novella enough.  Do not hesitate to spend $ click Broke Beauty today!  It's not often you come across a book which does such an amazing job tackling a harsh reality women all over the world have to deal with on a daily basis.  

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