Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: June 11, 2013
Source: Library
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.
Annaliese Rose Gordon went missing almost a year ago, and now that she has returned, nothing is quite the same. Despite parents who shower her with awkward welcomes, she cannot fit cleanly into their family. Maybe she feels this way because her memories from before her disappearance fled without a trace. But maybe the cause of her insecurity is something dark and dangerous, even deadly.

Readers can gather this much from the first few pages of Another Little Piece, but not much more. Quinn drops readers into her tale with as little background knowledge as possible and feeds them tiny scraps of Annaliese's horrifying past, clearing the smoke surrounding the story bit by bit. This book becomes even better when one enters it without reading the synopsis and can adjust blindly, trying to assemble a handful of barely-there hints. The resulting suspense hooks and addicts readers, keeping them captivated through the most savage of scenes.

Flashbacks do arrive though, forming a shattered storyline of past and present that Quinn paces perfectly. The author inserts scenes from days gone by at the precise moments and frequency to keep readers anticipating the next one, and best of all, she splices scenes together in a way that contrasts Annaliese's current life with past situations. The protagonist's history brims with enough blood and gore to make readers gag, but the terrifying atmosphere intensifies when compared with Annaliese's other struggles, like untangling relationships with her parents and an attractive boy. By placing deadly conflicts side-by-side with relatable issues, Quinn emphasizes the horror of the main character's position and the way her past affects her day-to-day life.

The twisted mystery and the grotesque clues leading to a resolution create a creepy and dark atmosphere, the kind that has readers shivering in dark rooms and eyeing everyone with suspicion. Reading Quinn's debut alone at night will not ease this minds of those who frighten easily, and the story will still follow readers into pitch black bedrooms no matter when they read it. Days after leaving its world, this novel continues thriving in the back of readers' minds, pouncing forward to scare them whenever it sees a sliver of opportunity.

With its bloody thrills and vibrant terrors, Another Little Piece will not work for everyone, but for some it will provide crave-worthy excitement. For anyone who can stomach wonderfully repulsive fiction, I recommend jumping into this story and not looking back. Quinn has proven her ability to craft a bone-chilling horror novel, and although her book’s carnage may at times repel readers, those who enter its gruesome and electrifying world are destined to return, hungry for more.

19 comments:

  1. Oooh, this book sounds so good! I like suspense and I like books that gross me out and frighten me until I'm screaming for it to stop. I did not read the blurb at your advice and hopefully, I'll get the book soon and jump in head-first and experience the story for myself! :)

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    1. As unrealistic as the supernatural horror aspect is, Quinn makes it seem plausible, which is definitely frightening. I'm glad you agree with me about scariness and grossness being great because I was expecting comments from people saying the opposite. I hope you enjoy (I use the word "enjoy" loosely, as some parts may not be traditionally enjoyable) your trip to this terrifying world!

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  2. I really want to read this book now! I've seen it before but wasn't attracted by the cover, but after reading your review and ACTUALLY reading the synopsis, I must put this book on my TBR list!

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    1. Prepare for creepiness! I'm glad to have swayed you in the right direction when it comes to this book. :)

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  3. I don't read many scary books, but this one has really captured my attention. However, wonderfully repulsive...I don't know if I can handle it. I always turn out to be a bit of a wimp with entertainment. Ah, you have me conflicted! But even more interested! Okay...I'm gonna read it.

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    1. Good luck! This book does have a strong contemporary feel in parts, which may help if the scariness gets to be too much. I will be happy to hold your hand virtually as you read. :)

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    2. Haha! I hope you know that I would so take you up on the virtual hand holding offer. I tend to squeeze kind of hard so it's a good thing that you really can't feel it!

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  4. What first pulled me in was the breathtaking cover, but as I read into your description of the book I became even more intrigued! I'm definitely going to add this to my to-read list! I'm excited for your next book description, great job here!

    Lyndsey at: http://fantasyworldlr.blogspot.com/

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    1. The cover does do a great job of grabbing your attention! I'm such a sucker for breathtaking cover art. Thanks and I hope you have just as thrilling of an experience as I did!

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  5. WOW. I have got to read this one VERY soon, because you made it sound absolutely amazing! AWESOME review, girly! :D

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    1. You should! Just come prepared for weirdness. And thanks!

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  6. OMGosh this sounds so good. You write your reviews so beautifully I am so jealous! I am not one for scary stories, but I wouldn't mind it if it sounds this good. ^_~

    I really love how Annaliese sounds through your review. She seems like a reasonable main character and how she acts in her situation is very reasonable. And there is that mysterious plot as well...

    Amazingly gorgeous review, darling. ^^ And THANK YOU FOR THE FOLLOW! IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME! *HUGSSS* Hope I can get to know you better! ^^

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! Compliments like this mean a lot to me. <3 I hope your trip into horror goes well, should you decide to take it.

      Annaliese IS a great main character. Her history makes it impossible for her to be normal, and her methods and plans for dealing with that make sense when you consider her situation.

      You're welcome and thank YOU for following! I hope we can get to know each other as well! :)

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  7. This sounds like a promising book and I haven't read anything scary for a while now. I know Halloween is over, but who cares :)
    Great review, Emily!

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    1. This book is perfect for Halloween, but you can definitely enjoy it at any time of the year.

      Thanks!

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  8. Fantastic review, it makes me want to run out and buy this one. Sounds so chilling and mysterious. When I do read, I'll take your recommendation and dive right in without too much attention to the synopsis as that is also my preferred way of reading books. I prefer to let the story play out :)

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    1. I wish I could pick up that habit from you! I almost always study the synopsis before starting and it would be interesting to jump in with no background information. :)

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  9. Hi Emily, thanks for visiting our site and I adore yours. New follower here. Also, I enjoy this book. It's bizarre, bloody and thrilling.

    -Dannielle

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    1. Thank you! And I agree; you accurately described the book in three words.

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