Another Little Piece, by Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal-Supernatural, Romance, Mystery-Murder-Thriller
Rating: 2/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: 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.
E-X-A-C-T-L-Y. Bam, just like that. If you're the type of reader who gets very confused easily, especially with what happened in some sort of incident, I'd recommend running away from this book as fast as you can. You do not want to read something like this.
Boring and confusing. Those are two words that just perfectly state what this book came to be. That's all. There were parts where I felt that I should've put this down, but I needed to find out the truth- how can you leave this novel without knowing what in the world actually happened to Annaliese?
Annaliese Rose Gordon. That's the name of a girl who vanished after coming into her own high school's party in the woods, bleeding to death. A video had been taken of her in that situation, and was uploaded onto YouTube, became viral right before it was shut down. One year later, Annaliese is found wandering around on an unknown road, not having a clue who she is. Memories begin to flood back to her, slowly and steadily. Memories of a razor, of other missing girls, about her "past life." And everything has just begun- she needs to unlock everything in order to find the truth.
I usually love books that are written in many different formats put altogether- poetry, general writing, they just blend in perfectly together. But, I really feel that this book shouldn't have been written in a poetry and regular writing format. Just because Annaliese once supposedly had a love towards poetry doesn't mean that the book should be written in it and show some of her old poems. I really don't care about those poems and they didn't fit in and make sense with the story. It's dumb, actually.
The plot began very fast. The story got to its main point by the second chapter, and we basically got to know Annaliese by then. I was loving the book until about page 300. That's why I actually gave this a two stars. After that, I was so disappointed and didn't know what in the world was going on.
It was just so freakin' confusing. Anna's third person view of herself was so stupid and got to me and I didn't understand what was going on. I'm the type of person to get lost very easily in books and their concepts and I totally did with this one. Some people will understand everything and will find that this book is amazing. But I didn't see that at all.
After the other missing girls and the whole paranormal aspect was introduced, I was lost. It didn't make sense to me and I didn't know who was who. With that coming, it just felt like I was skimming the book when I actually tried to read this thoroughly and deeply to understand what was going on. But, nope, nada, zero understanding.
I really liked the concept. The whole idea seems very fresh and new, but kind of does remind me of Pretty Girl-13, which was much more better than this one, and it's actually newer. But I totally give credits to this for the idea. :)
The characters is what gets me to the next difficult/negative part.
I think we all hated Annaliese somehow because of her bizarreness and weirdness throughout everything. But I think I have a larger theory behind my hate towards her. Don't you hate those protagonists that whine about how they don't know where the heck they are and how everything isn't real? Yep, I judge my protagonists with that question. Annaliese was a perfect example of doing that. Okay, she lost her memory because something tragic and strange happened to her, but come on, don't be stupid, don't you have common sense? Man, people these days. -.-
The other characters really didn't make some sort of difference to me because they're all the same and depressed and lonely and all have been through heartbreak or some disease.
Okay, there was a little feud-kind-of-romance here, but I didn't like it. If there was no romance, then everything'd be a little different, perhaps a 2.5/5 star rating instead.
When something doesn't make sense to you, you get bored of being confused, right? That's how I was left for a long period of the book, wanting to know what would happen but then finding out that it was nothing anyway. This was just a disgrace, I have to say.