Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Another Little Piece: A Physician, Body Snatching and the Brujas

Another Little Piece
Author Kate Karyus Quinn
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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.
Review: Another Little Piece is a book best read in larger chunks because part of the intelligence is in the constructing of atmosphere. In this case, by creating a blurred, smudged reality from broken memories. Yes, at times the story seems confusing, but that is intentional. Don't get me wrong, this isn't brain freeze painful unless you're the kind of person who still has difficulty coloring within the lines. My opinion: if you stick with it, the pay-off is delivered. 

What works in Another Little Piece? That's simple. The author is very aware of the balance she must keep to maintain mystery without losing the story's hold on solid ground. The entire tale is vividly painted and remains consistent throughout. The fracturing or 'mystery' arrives with the complication of memory loss and the introduction of returning memories. It's more than just a 'dream-state' because hints of revelation surface, and with it, a little more understanding occurs. 

If the mere disappearance and re-appearance of a missing girl isn't creepy enough, throw in some paranormal elements. Quinn does an amazing job of using lore, such as the brujas, to add substance to the plot. This story is a bit of mythology and legend rolled into a crime-mystery. You get a Buffy the Vampire-like feel with more on the gore and less in humor. Sticking with tradition, there is the good vs. evil theme and the all-too-familiar teen love triangle, but with a sincere depth that makes this reader a true fan of the dysfunctional Dex. Just what I need, another fictional boy crush!

If you like:
*YA-Teen books
*Paranormal elements/concepts
*A touch of lore

Then, you should pencil in this title on your dance card and give it a whirl.
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*ARC provided by Harper Teen courtesy of Amazon Vine

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