Thursday, October 17, 2013

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release Date: June 11th, 2013 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal
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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.

I'll be honest, I didn't finish the book.

And I'll tell you why.

This is a title I've been looking forward to all year and it's one I put on my Halloween challenge. Hearing that it's creepy seems like the perfect reason for that. But now, as I'm writing this review and side-eyeing the book on my desk I'm debating on if I should even finish it.

Annaliese went missing a year ago and now she's back. But she's not the same person. That alone is a very catching tag line and while all parts are true --- she did go missing and she did come back and she isn't who she is... the rest of it just gets weird. The Annaliese we see now is so detached from everyone and I with good reason, since she doesn't remember ANYTHING. Nothing. Her memories slowly come back to her in flashes or dreams but she knows nothing about who Annaliese was before she went missing and it seems to upset her parents. Which is totally understandable.

But at the same time I feel like whoever this new person is, isn't really trying to find a way to connect themselves with the people around them but is more focused on these weird urges and the creepy boy next door who apparently likes to record and listen to people scream. Cause that's not weird.

I feel like there's a lot going on --- Annaliese trying to make sense of who she is, who this stalker guy is, who these parents are, the boy next door, these weird urges. The poems between chapters give you a sense of who the Annaliese before was and she wasn't who everyone thought she was. She struggled a lot.

Maybe before Halloween gets here I'll pick this book up again but for now the slow pace and the weirdness just isn't doing it for me.


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