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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to one of the new features for Halloween 2013! On Scary Tales Thursday I'll bring you a review of a book I've found that's creepy or spooky. And this one was on the schedule even before I read it! Another Little Piece was described as a "Steven King...meets Pretty Little Liars" on Goodreads, and I love the Pretty Little Liars books, and Stephen King, well he's creepy. So naturally I was interested.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Well, if creepy and suspenseful is what you're looking for, this one fits the bill. It starts off with our MC Annaliese not remembering who she is. And then even after her parents find her, she still has no memory of any of it. But when when memories start coming back in bits and pieces, it really just becomes creepier and creepier. The things she is remembering...they don't add up with the life Annaliese was living. So the suspense just builds. 2) The release of information. Part of what makes a scary story good is when the information just slowly trickles out, instead of the reader being pounded with it in strong waves. Miz Quinn's writing style, at least when it comes to her sense of plot flow, was great. 3) She also has a great sense of wording and phrasing. Nothing is overdone or underplayed.

What I Didn't Like: Oh geez. Well, I'm sad to say that the storyline just was not interesting to me. It was...a little too strange for me, and things weren't explained with enough detail for me to understand what exactly was going on. I like details that jump off the page and bring a story and characters to life. I can't complain about not getting to know the characters, because Annaliese doesn't know herself, so how can the reader expect to know her. But with the thoughts of so many living in Annaliese's mind, it becomes hard to follow along. I had a hard time staying focused on the story, and even just understanding where the story was going because of the lack of detail, and the lack of explanation.

Overall, this one just didn't speak the me the way I was hoping it would. Overall Thoughts: With the goal of a creepy and strange story in mind, Miz Quinn has done well. But I found the story to be lacking in the elements that I cherish as a reader. Specifically, I needed more details to bring the story to life. Without some detail, it was hard for me to be interested in following up on the story. The creativity was there for the most part, but I truly believe that for this story to jump off the pages, it needed more life. More aspects of it to make it true, or real to the reader. This book was a one-shot, so I wonder what is next for the author. Her writing style is excellent, and I'm sure as she continues to develop her talent, the stories will only get better. 

My Rating: 1 Candy Corn

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2 comments:

  1. Bummer you didn't like it. I have this on my TBR but I haven't had a real urge to to pick it up yet. great review.

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  2. If you are looking for something different, and I have never meant this more than I do now, this is something you need to read. Do not go in to this book thinking it could be a fun, light read (though, from the description I don't think this will be a problem) because you will be in for a huge shock.

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