[eARC Review] Another Little Piece

Friday, June 07, 2013

Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: eARC provided by publisher for honest review

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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.

This book was not what I expected at all . I was ready for creepy, but not to this extent. Another Little Piece breaks apart the YA Horror genre and makes into something that will haunt you from the very last page.

Kate Karyus Quinn is a talent I am so happy I discovered. At times when reading I questioned her sanity--but in a good way :). The main character Annaliese was a great character because she was essentially two characters in one. She was not the real Annaliesse that went missing a year prior, but she was also the only link we had to the real one. It is a great concept that took me completely by surprise. You have to decide early on if you believe what Annaliesse is saying. Is she really an imposter or is she just insane? But once the memories of past missing girls appear in Annaliesses mind, you what to believe.

I will warn you that there are some scenes in this book that rival some of the best Stephem King novels and I found myself cringing while I read. It felt like I was watching a movie unfold in front of my with every turn of the page. Another Little Piece is intensely unique with an author that has unmasked amount of talent. The level of writing was a pleasure to read. Kate has the ability to make you forget you are reading a novel, and I found myself invested in Annaliesse before I knew what was happening.

Another Little Piece is a book that needs to be read by YA fans because it is something rare and beautiful. It should be recognized for its pure ability to captivate and shock. And its author should be recognized not only for her prose writing ability but for her poetry as well. This was my favourite aspect of this story. It was our way to get to know the real Annalese and her poetry was the one thing that has stayed with me since I finsihed reading. Here is my favourite:

I am...

I am not the sum
of my imperfections. 
scars, pimples, and excess fat
do not define me. 
I am not your opinion
of who I am.
smart or smart-ass,
loquacious or shy-
only I know
all that I hold inside.
my failures of today are not
the measurement for the
success of my tomorrows.
now i appear weak
but I am not always
what I seem to be. 
This is not even close
to all there is
of me. 

I dare you to
underestimate me.
-Annaliese Rose Gordan
(Another Little Piece, page 266)

This book is so much more than a horror novel. It is the story of a girl desperate to find who she is, and it is the failure that comes with asking for too much. This book was, and is, a story that everyone should read. It gives new meaning to love, desperation and friendship. It is a book that should be on everyone's TBR list. 

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