Sep 3, 2014

ARC REVIEW: Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas, #1) by Lizzy Ford

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**Contains graphic content involving the sensitive topic of rape and its aftermath. Not intended for teens under 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 until she realizes that her strength will bring healing and unlocking her memories will bring justice.



Rape is one of those sensitive and heavy themes to read about and I'm sure it's even harder to write about it, especially if you are a rape victim yourself. That's why I really admire the author of this book for writing this story. It's about Mia Abbott-Renou, the daughter of a famous politician, who is about to start her senior year in high school.  At the beginning of the story, she wakes up in a hospital where she must come with terms that she was raped and then...all hell breaks loose.

Deeply emotional, touching & frustrating, around 70 pages long novella. Mia's story will bring you to tears.There were a few grammar mistakes, but I liked the writing style enough. The author wrote it in a pretty vivid and realistic way that you could feel every emotion and worry of the main character as if you were in that hospital room with her. I had only one bigger issue with the story and that's Mia's ignorance of protection and sex in general. I can't believe that in modern world of nowadays she could be so uneducated when it comes to sex, especially when you are the daughter of a well-know politician and have access to everything.  

Unfortunately, rape is something that happens every day and our legal system often fails when it comes to this type of sexual assault. I don't even want to talk about countries like Pakistan and other similar countries of eastern Europe whose tradition and legal system make my skin crawl. My heart goes out to all, not only women, but all people who are victims of this horrible and traumatic act and who have to deal with its consequences  every day. I definitely think that there should be more books with this theme to raise more awareness about this problem.

This is my first book by this author, but, minor issues aside, I liked it enough to be interested in reading  the rest of  5 novellas in the series and to find out the fate of Mia Abbott-Renou. Come on Mia, you can do it!!!


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