Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ashley Stoyanoff's Review: Broken Beauty by Lizzy Ford writing as Chole Adams

Broken Beauty 
By Lizzy Ford writing as Chloe Adams

Title: Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) 
Author: Lizzy Ford writing as Chloe Adams
Number of Pages: 78
Expected Release Date: September 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult
Shelf: ARC Review Copy
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads: Here
Authors Website: Here

~Summary from Goodreads~

**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 Abbott-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.

~My Review~

Broken Beauty was a tough read.  The story is about a 17 year old girl named Mia who was drugged, beaten, and raped at a party.

Mia comes from a privileged family.  Her father is a politician; they have money, but as the saying goes, money can’t buy happiness.  She has virtually no real family life to speak of, and to make matters worse, instead of trying to find the jerks that hurt her, her father is more focused on putting a spin on the horrific things that happened to Mia to help him win an election.

I have to admit that when I received the ARC copy and blurb from Lizzy, I was a bit leery.  I’m not much for the real life stories, preferring to be sucked into a new world, but there hasn’t been a Lizzy Ford book that I haven’t liked so I decided that I needed to read it.  I’m so glad I did.

Mia was so well developed in this short story that I felt as if I’d known her my whole life.  I felt her pain.  I wanted to reach through the pages and huge her.  For the entire 78 pages, Mia was my best friend, and I ached for her every second I was reading this book.

And Dom, well, Dom was the ray of sunshine that this story needed.  He was there for Mia, giving her the support that her family should have.

My only complaint about this book was the constant use of ‘Daddy’.  Mia has virtually no relationship with her father and she’s also 17.  It made me think of her as so much younger than she really was.  But Mia wasn’t the only one referring to her father as ‘Daddy’, even grown adults were.  I know it’s a silly thing, but it seemed really odd, and it was used so often that it kept pulling me from the story.

Even though I had a little complaint, this book was very well written.  I felt everything Mia felt: heartbreak, fear, anger, loneliness.  Lizzy wrote this story in such a way that you just can’t help but feel something on every single page.

Broken Beauty is a heartbreaking read, dealing with real life topics.  Although this book may not be for everyone due to the sensitive subject, it was a good read, and I would recommend checking it out.

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