After reading both novellas in one night I sat thinking about how to write this review in a way that would do this story Justice.
In Broken Beauty, the first of the novellas, it starts with a very confused Mia just having been assaulted. The first scenes were written in such great detail that you can feel her confusion and pain. Throughout the first chapters you go through the experience with Mia,from waking up feeling confused, to the humiliation of being photographed at the hospital. Imagine going through all of this as a 17 year old like Mia? Throughout the first Novella you will see Mia try to deal with her Rape and the aftermath. She realizes to late that the people in her life she trusts the most to look out for her have ulterior motives, Her daddy,who is in the middle of a re-election campaign sends what amounts to his clean up team in when she's in the hospital to let them know that because in his eyes "you can't get pregnant from rape" he will not be giving his consent for the morning after pill. When Mia finally makes it home she is given a statement to read to the press by one of her half siblings that basically says she's sorry for being raped.
There were parts in both of these books that had me in tears, wanting to scream at the top of my lungs that what's happening is not fair. I was so frustrated with the way this girl was being treated by the people who are supposed to be protecting her, while instead they were treating her as though she's a pawn in some game of political chess.
By the end of Broken beauty I was Heartbroken but determined to find out what was going to happen next.
Broken World picks up right where Broken Beauty left off, which is nice as most sequels jump forward a bit. Throughout Broken World you watch as Mia starts to find her voice again. She has so much strength and courage that it really is inspiring. Again and not surprisingly, Lizzy Ford paints you a vivid picture of the trials Mia is facing and she does it in a way that makes you want to cheer her on.
Typically I would feel uncomfortable reading about someones assault, but this story was written with such care that not once did I feel like I was intruding on someones private experience.
Broken world finds Mia in a compromising position, defy her father, who she has only ever wanted approval and understanding from, or disappoint her hero, the man who found her broken and bleeding and has stood by her side since. Mia finds some unlikely allies in this novella, who even in their attempts to help her are still using these attempts to manipulate the situation for political gain. Will Mia find the support she's looking for to be able to stand up and do what she believes is the right thing, or will she continue to let her father manipulate the situation for her so that it will all just go away?
Thank you Mrs. Ford for having the courage to share this story! I am eager to read what happens next for Mia!