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LoonyAlana

Crazy Bibliophile and Book Pimp (Not So Anonymous)

I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books

Currently reading

The Hooker and the Hermit
Penny Reid, Luci Cosway
The Suicide Princess
Anthony Bryan
Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)
Jocelyn Adams
Caged (Holloway Pack, #3)
J.A. Belfield
All the Broken Pieces - Cindi Madsen Gah! It was lovely, and sucked me in from the beginning... I even set aside another book I was reading just to focus on this book and this story. I really, really thought it was going to end up 5♥'s... I wanted it to be 5♥'s... but the last like 10% of the book just didn't impress me like the rest of the story. I did receive a free copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

From the beginning, the set-up was intriguing. Waking up without your memories, things seeming 'off', strange dreams, and normal teenage 'angst'... it was lovely and fresh and almost paranormal without really being paranormal. I was smitten with this book. I was revealing in the 'young love' and the trying to fit in, and the added mystery of what really happened... I was LOVING every second of it. It was pure brilliance for the majority of the book, and I also loved that this is a 'safe' and 'tame' YA with romance for kids. While it has some of the 'darker' trying-to-fit-in feelings and situations common for teenagers, you don't have to worry about your hormone cup overfilling with sex. I would allow my 13 year old son to read this (if he'd actually want to.)

So you may be asking yourself... "OK, Alana, you are raving about how great this is and how you loved it, then why the 4♥ rating?" Without giving anything away (hopefully) for my it was like the book was building and building and then the big revelation... I felt like except for the initial response to the crescendo of the book (by the characters) that overall the final chapters (and ending) just seemed anti-climatic. Almost a let down. *Sigh* I still REALLY enjoyed this book, immensely, it really is very good and very engaging. Save for that final 10% (ish). If I had stopped just at the revelation point- 5♥'s.

So, overall I do recommend this book. Great YA, realistic, keeps you guessing (to some extent) just the ending is lackluster (IMO.) Still more than worth the read.