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Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

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Another Little Piece
    by: Kate Karyus Quinn


Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Horror
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC received from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 419 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars


The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
                                                               -goodreads.com description

I don't know how to start this review to be honest. I'm still not sure what I think of this one! Maybe by the end, we can figure out my feels together. LOL. I don't typically read horror, but I was so intrigued by this one, how could I pass it up?!

I think my biggest issue with this book was that I had a lot of trouble understanding the layers of what was going on. In fact, my brain was starting to hurt from trying to get everything straight and figure it all out! And maybe that's the genius behind this book. Needless to say I couldn't just read this one straight through. I'd read for a bit and then find myself easily distracted because I was a bit lost.

Kate did an amazing job writing-wise. The way that she incorporated Annaliese's poems into this story was nothing short of brilliant. Not to mention, it really foretold a lot of what was to come. So make sure you read them!

There is jumping around back and forth between 'girls' so it did take a minute to get my head wrapped around that, but all in all Kate did a good job of bringing it all back and tying everything together.

This book is definitely not for the light-hearted. It is an emotional read and at parts a bit twisted. It is also a bit drawn out. It is a very slow build up to really get to the heart of the matter where things finally start making some sort of sense.

The main character, Annaliese, is not really Annaliese Gordon, who was thought dead after going missing after a party. I definitely want to keep this spoiler free, so I won't add anything to that. This girl goes by Anna, and tries to fit herself into Annaliese's former life. However, she is confronted with overprotective, oversensitive parents; a boy who feels guilty for what occurred the night of the party and is trying to make amends; and the next door neighbor, another boy who is always with his video camera. I felt for Anna's character. Here she is bombarded with all of these outside factors, when she doesn't remember that life at all. It is bad enough she keeps getting these visions and to add to her confusion further, a different boy pops up claiming to know her and be in love with her and that he knows what is going on and what is happening to her.

I did like Dex, the boy next door. He also has a special gift, but he wants to help Anna and get to know her, even though she knows it's a bad idea for both of them. He is known as an outcast, a freak by many, but Anna finds her solace in him many times throughout the book.

Again, there is so much to say about this book, but it would definitely give everything away, so I will be brief. Definitely give this one a shot if the above factors I stated do not bother you.

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18 comments

  1. Hmm, sounds interesting, but I don't think it's really my type of book. Thanks for the review! :)

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    1. Thanks Erica! It really wasn't mine either, sadly. It was interesting, but definitely not my usual go-to book.

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  2. Ah! Not good when a book can make your brain hurt.... >.< I'm not one for horror books, either, but it does sound interesting. Loved your review, but I doubt I would pick it up. I just can't do a lot of horror XD

    Awesome review!!

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    1. Thanks Magen! :D This is my second official horror book (I think) and I'm starting to think I don't love the genre like others do. Ah, well. I think I'll stick to my romances and dystopians! Haha!

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  3. Thanks for the great review, Jessica, and for the heads-up. I steer clear of horror; it gives me nightmares. I'm glad you thought this was good, though.

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    1. Thanks Lark! Yeah, I don't think I'll be doing too much more horror. It's cool, but not really for me I think.

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  4. My biggest pet peeve with this book were the lack of answers. There were so many questions and while we got some, we didn't get the whole picture. I agree with your review. I ended up giving it a 4 due to the writing and the poems.

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    1. Yes, I thought the writing and the way she used the poetry was incredible. I had to give her that. But, I agree- we do still have a lot of questions that didn't really get answered. That does bother me too.

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  5. Hmmm. A lot of people said this is confusing, which is a bit of a turn off for me. Still, there's something intriguing about it. Thanks for the review! :)

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    1. Yeah, I typically don't like to read books where I have to really focus on every single detail and such. This was one of those reads for me. But I've seen a lot of people that love this book, so really its going to be up to the individual. Regardless, if you do read it- I hope you end up liking it!

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  6. That's an intriguing review! I love physiological thriller/horrors so I think it may be my kind of book. Only one way to find out I guess!

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    1. Exactly Trish! I will always read a book I'm interested in no matter the reviews, because I know I might end up really liking it!

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  7. I haven't read a horror in AGES so I broke down and got this one yesterday, I'm intrigued to see if I have a similar experience!

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    1. I'm very curious to hear what you think about it when you get to it!

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  8. I really want to read this one! I will definitely have to get it.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it Ashley! It was definitely intriguing!

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  9. I'm not going to lie, I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot! :) You are totally right though, it was kind of convoluted with all the POV switches and there were moments when I totally didn't know what was going on! Also, for whatever reason, me being a person who rarely bothers to read synopsis, I kind of expected a contemporary novel. Yes, I know, who doesn't read synopsis before reading a book?! Well, I do! :) And yes, it was a surprise to get a supernatural aspect, murders etc... :) But I thought it was quite an entertaining, gripping read :)

    Awesome review!
    Evie @Bookish

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! And hey! I don't always read the synopsis either, so you are not alone! LOL. I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this one, so I guess that's why I was so unsure of it.

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