Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review: Broken


By:  Emma St. John

Publisher:  Imagine That! Studios

Publish Date:  February 2012

Format:  eNovella, 19pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, YA

Series:  1st in The Chronicles of the Last Herald

Recommendation:  Yes, interesting start to a Heralding world.  Makes me curious and want to see more of this young girl and her blooming abilities.

Book Synopsis:
Jessie used to be the popular girl at school, until she came back from the dead.  Now she's the Herald of the end of the world, and it seems the divine cannot leave her alone.  When an angel turns up at her High School with a mission for her, she knows ignoring him won't help.  It's time to take a chance.

First Sentence:
The angel at least had the decency to wait until I was out of class.

My Thoughts and Summary:
'Zombie Meddigo' is what Jessie is called by some classmates now; ones who thought her popular last year, but now she's a loner after the accident.  What they don't know is; she is the Herald, to help to prepare the people for the end of the world.  Angels come asking her to help, as they now can't meddle in humans lives like they once did, and she tries to ignore them.  This angel needs her help with a young boy, and according to the angels riddled talk this boy is leaning toward the darkness, needing pulled back to play out his part in the future.  Jessie wonders how a broken girl like her can help anyone back from the darkness.

This was a quick novella.  And an enjoyable read as well.  We learn about Jessie Meddigo, what happened to her family, and her.  I'm still curious about a few little tidbits, and hoping they come out in the future of the Chronicles to come.  I want to know more about what happened to Jessie to become a Herald, and the angels too.  There are mention of not blaming her mother, which makes me curious about who or what her mother was.

This novella starts us off.  We are introduced to a strong girl, willing and able to be alone.  She seems to be adjusting to the changes that happened to her rather well and has given up the popular things to be more who she is.  And even though she doesn't want to do the 'Heralding thing' she is learning as she goes.  I like how she mentions of speculation of a darkling trying to use her, pretending to be an angel.  Then the angel tells his name to verify, it's subtle but I like the way she verifies.

Very very nice start to a YA novella series.  I like the hints dropped to potentially expand on in the future.  I do look forward to reading more of Jessie as she learns the ropes with being a Herald.  There are more Chronicles of the Last Herald to come!

I received a copy of this novella for an honest review.
This review is of my personal opinion and thoughts.


  1. Cool! A YA novella series?! I've never tried one of those before. Jessie's character developments sound really interesting. And the cover is cool too!

    1. Missie, The Unread Reader - I thought this was a wonderful idea. And enjoyed the introduction into the world here. :) Thank you!

  2. Only 19 pages? How on earth is there place for a story?

    1. Blodeuedd - Yes! It was so short, and a wonderful intro into the world. :) I actually enjoyed it. I was surprised by the length, but good. Made me curious! lol. Thank you!

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    1. Melissa (Books&Things) I think I have! And these are only 99c I think. They are lovely little reads, and very good. :) Thank you!

  4. 19 pages sounds like an intense and quick way to hook a reader. I can see myself wanting much, much more if the writing and excitement is there.

  5. I love novellas. This one seems especially short but overall it sounds really good.

    1. Jennifer L Bielman - I was surprised by this one. I thought wow that is short, but really enjoyed the introduction to this world. I do look forward to reading more of these novellas. :)

  6. Oh it sounds nice! well I confess it got mu with "until she came back from the dead." lol. It's always nice to have a nice story with angels. I hope you'll like the others as well.

    1. Melliane, lol. Glad that caught your attention! :D I read the second one and really enjoyed it more. I'm planning on posting the review next week. :) Or this week coming. Thank you!


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