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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

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.

Kate Karyus Quinn explodes onto the YA horror scene with her compelling debut, Another Little Piece.I'm not usually one to read horror, as I'm a bit of a wimp, but I couldn't put this book down. Scary, fast-paced, and mysterious, Another Little Piece starts with a bang and never truly slows. Readers will struggle with Annaliese as she searches for answers and be unable to look away as the answers are revealed, regardless of how creepy and bloody the answers are.

Annaliese has been missing ever since the night she got the things she desired most in the woods outside of high school party: the attention and affection of a boy who barely acknowledged her existence before she made a very special, very dark agreement. The last time anyone saw Annaliese she was drenched in blood and screaming and no one, not even Annaliese, knows what happened next. She awoke miles from home with no recollection of what happened to her and was returned home and expected to resume her life, but she doesn't seem to recall that part of her life either. In fact, everything just feels off... She can't even be sure she is Annaliese. She feels no connection to the girl she's supposed to be. But if she's not Annaliese, who is? And what happened to the real Annaliese?

This book so, so good. It has such a crazy, creative plot with lots of twists and turns and memorable characters. As I mentioned before, I don't read much horror - I don't even really watch scary movies - but this book had just the right amount of creepiness. There was blood and gore, not to mention some pretty scary ritualistic behavior, but it was balanced out by the other elements of the plot. There's some romance, mystery, the complications of returning to a family that expects things of Annaliese that she has no recollection of. It's so odd and a little bit twisted every time she calls her parents "the mom" and "the dad." She just feels so alien, but then, all of a sudden, she seem totally normal and like any other teen. I think that's the creepiest part of this book, never knowing just who... or what... Annaliese is.

Another Little Piece is a fantastic debut from Kate Karyus Quinn. Scary, gory, and oddly romantic with a main character readers will alternately feel drawn to and horrified by, Another Little Piece is must read addition to the YA horror genre.


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