Broken Ties Review

Title: Broken Ties
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist #0.5
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 1 May 2014
Source: From the Author
Format: E-book
Pages: 84
Rating: 4 stars
Reading Timeline: 12 December

Goodreads Synopsis:

Paul Colt has a problem, and its not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he's pretty certain he'll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can't go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That's what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don't fall in love.


 This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule

Book Review:

Pre-reading Thoughts:

Please note that in no way has receiving this book from the author impacted my opinions of the book. All opinions are my own. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have to be completely honest, I haven't been such a huge fan of paranormal books lately but this one just sounds fantastic. I actually originally thought that this book was Sci-Fi Fantasy which is probably my least favorite genre mixed with my favorite genre. But I'm actually happy that it is considered paranormal. With that being said, lets get into the review!

Writing Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Udogu's writing. She slipped in a lot of British colloquial words, which I enjoyed a lot. And I loved how they were subtly in there. I must admit that I had to be in the write mindset to read her book but the moment I started, I just couldn't stop. I literally had to tell my dad to be quite because he was ruining cute little moments in the book.

I have a huge amount of respect for Udogu because from the personal research that I have conducted, it is really difficult to write from a guys perspective if you are a female in particular. Mainly, from the research I had conducted, males see the world more logically but in the same sentence they notice more detail. And from my personal experience, I found that difficult. So.. Go Kenny!

Plot Thoughts:

I thought this story was super cute. It was only a couple of pages long but oh my gosh did I swoon at least five times. I thought this was just really great. I won't exactly know the significance of this small novella until I read the other books. I loved how even though it was an instalove but not really kind of story. I also loved that we got to see from both Paul and Nora's point of view. The story progressed really well but much to my dismay, ended on a cliff hanger.

Character Thoughts:

Paul was cute but very much detached. I somehow belief that that is his character though. I really liked how upfront he was and even though he was the say it how it is kind of guy, he was still very much in touch with his emotions. What I mean by this is that much like a typical female protagonist, Paul lets his emotions lead his life but he doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to certain things.

Like all love interests in young adult, Nora was absolutely whimsical and beautiful. I did however like her a lot. When we read from her perspective, she was flawed which was really nice. And even though she looked amazing in terms of physic, she (like every other person) fought with herself on matters of the heart and her lack of flow with words.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really liked this short novella story. However I think that I should've read this after reading the first book. I just felt like I missed something, maybe it was some sort of character development. I don't know it was just something I couldn't get a grip on. But other than that this book was really good.

Yours in Reading,



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