Saturday, November 09, 2013

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: Another Little Piece
Author:  Kate Karyus Quinn
Published: June 11th 2013 by HarperTeen
Book Description:
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

My thoughts:

I had this book early July and told myself to behave and wait for November to read this book. I was waiting for the perfect moment and Halloween might be it.

The story is puzzling and strange in a good way. I think the perfect word is bizarre. Since, the story is like a brew of mystery, gore and thriller. Those ingredients made this book a total Halloween read, scary enough that after reading it, it made me think the whole night.

The world-building is riveting. Quinn wrote a book that is eerie; making you think that there are spiders crawling all over you while reading it. The reading is experience is awesome. I love how descriptive yet not overwhelming are the scenes. I love gore. Yes, and I like how she made the bloody scenes not over the top but subtle. There was drama during the chaos, bizarre? It is! But it was cinematic and it worked for me.  My only problem is the writing style. I was a bit confused at first. Past, present then the poems that are cryptic; It took me a while to get the hang of it. I re-read the last chapter since majority of the answers are there.

The characters are good too. I enjoyed reading Annaliese thoughts.  How she thinks that her new life is never hers and her thoughts toward her new body.  I love her strong will to cope and to solve what’s behind her strange past. I was thirsty like her, thirsty for answers.  Also, the maturity of the characters made this book an enjoyable read.

The love-angle is a bit insta-ish. I saw the connection there.  I think this is the first time for me to say that the romance is as bizarre as the plot. Read this book to find out why.

Overall, Another Little Piece is a great read for Halloween. If you like gore and mystery then buy a copy now.  Read this book during the night with your lamp on, I dare you!

I give this book 3.5 twisted Whales.



  1. I agree - I thought this was a great Halloween read and it was so chillingly written. One of my favorite aspects was the fact that it exposed the limits girls are willing to go for the promise of "love", which says so much about our society in a very haunting way. Wonderful review! :)

  2. I'm SO curious about this book. I've heard mostly good things about it and it's great to see that you liked it overall, despite the slight issues you had with the writing. I'm looking forward to getting around to it. :) Lovely review!

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