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Tainted Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma s life overcome they have a chance at a normal life and keeping his secrets sa

  • Title: Tainted
  • Author: A.E. Rought
  • ISBN: 9781908844347
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tainted By A.E. Rought, Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma s life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried But a shadow rises from Alex s past, and she wants him back Criminally brilliant, Hailey West will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be withAlex Franks believes the madness is behind them With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma s life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried But a shadow rises from Alex s past, and she wants him back Criminally brilliant, Hailey West will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything Not her mind, her memory, not even herself Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage Emma s life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster

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    1. I should start this very short review by mentioning that I did not like the first book of this series Brocken at all I initially had no plans to read this second installment, but then I heard that the series was optioned for TV and decided to check out the second one, thinking that there was maybe something I missed Sadly I was wrong I can honestly say I disliked this second book even than the first, as if was filled with even melodrama and over the top circumstances than it s predecessor Ms R [...]

    2. Actual rating 0.5 starsThis review is also posted at Thoughts and Pens And at.I highly recommend this book only if you are determined to remain single for the rest of your life Tainted is perhaps the cheesiest book I ve read in my entire existence It s not even a novel because it s just a patchwork of mushy romantic lines connected to each other to form something akin to a story.Tainted immediately picked up where Broken left But this time, the story was narrated from Alex s point of view Becaus [...]

    3. TAINTED, Masterpiece of Romanticism s Dark Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears Edgar Allan PoeOne of the fundamentals of Romanticism lies in the tragic concept of beauty lost one cannot fully appreciate love until it is gone forever E.A Poe understood this all too well, placing him in the unlikely category as a practicing romanticist A.E Rought, then, is no practitioner She is a master An emotionally gripping journey, TAINTED transp [...]

    4. Read this and other reviews on my blog J Reads Ya Diversity Ratings POC Chars 0 Queer Chars 0 Tainted was so much better than the first book, Broken see my review Broken was so focused on relationship melodrama, whereas this book is action mystery The main couple s relationship is stable, and the issues they face are real the girl might be going insane, the guy is dealing with the other people in his life and it was easier to get on board with their feelings I actually wish some of the feelin [...]

    5. MmmmmkayAllow me to begin by saying that romance is okay I happen to love a good romance story, even when the only story going on is the romantic plotline.Here s the thing though you have to make me believe that the characters belong together, not just tell me over and over and over and over again I love you, your my everything, we can t be separated, we re soul mates, I need you, you re my other half, etc and to all this I say WHY No one ever JUST loves someone There is ALWAYS a reason Things l [...]

    6. His father may be gone but life isn t about to get any easier for Alex Franks His ex, Hailey, is in town and determined to get him back, no matter what the cost When Emma is involved in an accident, he has only moments to make a life changing decision There are lines that shouldn t be crossed, Alex knows that all too well.I loved A.E Rought s writing in Broken, a wonderful book despite the fact I knew the twist from the blurb So I so wanted to love Tainted, a book that came without spoilers or p [...]

    7. Had to stop just over half way Couldn t handle the melodrama Love is great, over the top love is okay too, but when everything else takes a back seat to pages and pages of sappy prose, that doesn t work for me.Love is fine, but there needs to be plot too.

    8. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.First of all I do need to confess I have not read the first book in the series I am not sure if that influenced my feelings or not Normally I like retellings I will admit that Frankenstein is not my favorite book, but that was not my problem with this one The Frankenstein aspect of the book was actually the most interesting part.Of all the characters I liked Jason the best I liked his attitude about life By the end hi [...]

    9. I never review, but I feel I ought to explain myself for my rating of both this novel and it s predecessor It likely seems odd I would rate the first installment with a one star then read the second, but that is not how it occurred When I picked up Tainted, I did not realize it was the second in a series I got a ways through and was not liking it at all The plot line seemed thin and the characters flat, but when I came to find out I had read it out of order, I assumed the issues I had with it we [...]

    10. Actual Rating 1.5I m not sure if there was actually a story interwoven in all the cheesey romance and tired tropes, but if there was it could have been good But between the crazy ex, the broody guy, the over the top romance, and pretty much every other YA trope known to man, there wasn t time for anything new.I have to say I m not sure how to feel about his publisher in general I m not sure how other people feel, but for me they are either total hits The Assassin s Curse, Pantomime, The Holders [...]

    11. 1.5Beautiful writer, but a weak story teller Hero was self absorbed and moody, heroine was weak and whiny, and the villainess didn t warrant the title I would be willing to try a future work from this author so long as it was unrelated to this series.

    12. Review Taken From The Pewter WolfI have been holding out writing this review I know most book blogger pals have been getting ARCs and NetGalley editions a few weeks ago But I read Tainted before then You see, I was one of Tainted s beta readers Which, basically means, I read it with some other people and we, not only read the story, but see if we can see any mistakes And I think fear, out of all the beta readers, I was probably the worst When I read a chapter and sent it back to AE Rought, I wou [...]

    13. Find this review and at The A P Book ClubModern re tellings of classic stories are my favorites I love seeing how authors take such well known stories and make them their own Although this story still has that Frankenstein element to it, I was really pleasantly surprised to find that it also integrated the tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde I loved the way these two stories melted into one, and I think Rought did an excellent job of leaving enough of the originals for the reader to be able to pull o [...]

    14. Tainted by A E Rought is the sequel to Broken, which I reviewed earlier this year I enjoyed Broken but I have to admit I wasn t sold on the idea of a sequel, in the sense that I didn t really think one was needed I probably should have paid attention to that instinct, since Tainted was a pile of not for me Not particularly offensive or anything, just very much not the kind of book I enjoy This review contains spoilers for itself and for the first book, Broken So does the blurb view spoiler Unlik [...]

    15. Tainted is a solid sequel to Broken , but I did have issues with it than I had with the first book For starters, this book reads so differently from Broken The story goes along at breakneck speed, something huge happening every other page Mind you, I really enjoyed that for the first part of the book, but after that, it was just a bit too much for me.This book is told from Alex point of view, which is quite different from Emma s in Broken I didn t connect with him, not as much as I did with Emm [...]

    16. 3,5 stars I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was so happy when I found the sequel to Broken on Netgalley as I very much liked this book I was looking forward ro Rought s poetic writing and her beautiful love story.Tainted is written from Alex s POV which has both advantages and disadvantages I often like when authors switch POV as it provides new insights and gives another angle to a series But in this case, something got lost on the way It s not that I don t [...]

    17. Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookI remember really loving Broken, the first book, so I was very excited to start this But, unfortunately, this ended up being kind of meh.First of all, the relationship between Emma and Alex was cheesy AF Seriously, someone check my teeth for cavitiesI don t know why I felt this way this time around I remember really liking the romance in the last book, but I guess in that one they were just starting to get to know each other In this one, they were just disgustingly [...]

    18. This review originally published in ahref lookingforagoodbookqu For a Good Book Rated 1.0 of 5Tainted is the second book in the Broken series I did not read the first book prior to reading this I suspect that I might have had a better handle on the back story of the characters and their situation had I read the first book, but author A.E Rought does a fine job of providing the necessary back story information as this moves along Unfortunately, it doesn t really matter.Alex Franks and Emma Gentry [...]

    19. I received this ARC from Netgalley I liked the blub and the cover looked interesting I had no idea it was the 2nd book in the series or that it was a re telling of Frankenstein I found out when I went looking for the cover to put in this post on I have to say I am so happy to have been in the dark on both counts.For one, the book actually can be read without reading the first, so don t let being book 2 put you off Secondly a lot of reviews posted have expressed it not being like Frankenstein eno [...]

    20. The second installment of the Broken series unfolded itself before my eyes as soon as I finished the first one I just can t stop myself for getting curious after all that had transpired from Broken This book is narrated by Alex and was seen in his point of view I appreciate that since it will help me as a reader to know about Alex as I did with Emma on the first book I was also looking forward to Tainted because the protagonists will get to meet new characters and encounter new issues.The event [...]

    21. Our classics are a great source for inspiration, and AE Rought has paid homage to Mary Shelley s Frankenstein in her Broken series Though I didn t get to read book 1, Broken, I didn t feel at all lost in the story The premise is clear Alex Franks died, but his scientist father brought him back to life, but at a cost the deaths of other young men Now another s heart beats in his chest, and Alex finds himself infatuated with the late Daniel s girlfriend, Emma Gentry Fortunately for Alex, Emma retu [...]

    22. Tainted is the sequel to Broken and getting it from NetGalley AngryRobotBooks was what really made me read Broken already, since it had been in my list for a while As always I ll try to keep this review spoiler free, but some spoilers for Broken might come up.Tainted starts quite shortly after the ending of Broken, and since I read them one after the other on the same day, it worked pretty well for me.Broken was told from Emma s POV and Tainted is told from Alex s POV It works pretty well with t [...]

    23. View this review on My Library in the Making It s been just a month shy of a year since I read Broken, but the premise of that book is not something that s easily forgotten I finished that one thinking, so that s it , but lo and behold, we have a sequel If you haven t read Broken, let me warn you that it s about to get a tad bit spoiler y in here, so read at your own risk I ll keep them to a minimum, I promise.Now, I did say that it was easy to remember the events in Broken, but I meant the main [...]

    24. When I read BROKEN, I was curious about how it would become a series because it stood alone just fine First, A.E Rought makes Alex Franks the narrator instead of his girlfriend, Emma Jane Gentry, and let s his secrets drive the novel Most important is his stalker ex girlfriend, Hailey.I really dislike the evil ex trope TAINTED did nothing to change that I still enjoyed other parts of the novel, but I wished there had been characterization of Hailey She s after either Alex as her boyfriend or ha [...]

    25. Received in exchange for an honest review Thank you, Strange Chemistry May contain spoilers from Broken Tainted picks up where Broken left off, except this time we get to read from Alex s perspective something I absolutely loved This book contains even drama than the first book and was such a thrilling read I could not wait to find out what would happen and my first prediction was completely wrong Tainted follows the complex relationship of Emma and Alex but this time Rought stirs into the mix [...]

    26. Review Post events of Broken, Alex and Emma should be able to get back to their normal lives These plans gets scrapped when Hailey West turns up Alex s ex girlfriend who we are quickly introduced to as a manipulative, spoiled witch People start dying and it s clear there s secrets that may come out.This book is told from Alex s POV as opposed to Emma s which was a nice change because it helps you understand the Alex from Broken a little too It also means the narrator knows things that everyone [...]

    27. Actual Rating 1.5 Note I may come to raise the rating after some consideration I read four books from this one publisher in a row, this was the last of the bunch As I only liked one out of the four, I am willing to consider that the bad taste in my mouth MAY have affected my rating of this story, so I will reconsider after a week or so Until then, it is a 1.5 This review won t be long as I do not have much to say That is due almost entirely to the fact that this book didn t have much going on Th [...]

    28. I didn t find Alex s voice convincing in this novel The plot could have been dealt with far quicker if all of his caveman I must protect my little blonde woman observations had been cut What most concerns me is it s never flagged up how unhealthy this relationship is obsessive, possessive, co dependent, yet it s treated like every teen s dream I dread to think what would happen to Emma if she ever tried to leave Alex.

    29. Very well written story with a plot that keeps your attention from start to finish Intriguing, fascinating, exciting, gripping The characters were layered and had proper believable flaws making them feel very realistic and drawing you in Excellent handling of the plot right through the climax and on to the last words on the last page.

    30. This sequel gender flips a lot of YA tropes which is refreshing I also liked that everything was from Alex s perspective this time As for the story itself, it sometimes stretches believability, but I thought it was a good sequel.

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