Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: Another Little Piece

Author: Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
Edelweiss review.


Annaliese stumbles out of nowhere, hundreds of miles away from home, having been missing for a year. But this Annaliese is different. She doesn't remember who she is, but she knows that something isn't right. She knows she has a hunger deep inside her. She knows the real Annaliese is dead.
Then who is she?

Creepy, dark, and wonderfully creative, Another Little Piece is everything a horror book should be. Parts fantastical, scary and gross, the story pulls you closer and closer until it's hugging you. A warm, tight hug and then it tightens it's arms and you are unable to move.

Chapters are divided with Annaliese's poetry, giving us glimpses into the lost girl other than what Anna can remember. I really like seeing who Annaliese was before disappearing. Oddly, it helped me invest in Anna, root for this monster who can't help be who she is.

Anna creeps me out and as the story moves, I was right with her every step of the way. It took me a few days to read this book because I was getting pretty scared and had to put it down for a bit.

Dex is a wonderful character. He's not too nice, not too bland, but not a bad boy either. He's haunted enough to be interesting and the right amount of nerdy.

I loved all of the characters in this book. The mom and dad are so vivid and real, their strained relationship with their "new" daughter is heartbreaking and perfect. Gwen, the best friend who has secrets of her own, Eric the bully who is more than he appears. And poor Logan, the popular boy and the victim. So well done. I felt a real connection with every one of the characters, and and each was well crafted with layers of humanity.

Some of the scenes are bloody and graphic, others are sweet and bitter. There's darkness, sex, blood and love. There's everything a good horror book should have.

If you like horror and are craving something different, pick this one up.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome Like Cookies and Ice Cream

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