Another Little Piece

Paperback | April 22, 2014

byKate Karyus Quinn

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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.

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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 ...

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A reckless wish taken from the darkest desires of the heart . . . A bloody razor engraved with the names of girls who turned to dust . . . An endless cycle that feeds off loneliness and craves destruction . . . Together, these pieces form a twisted puzzle that Annaliese has to solve. Trapped in a body that isn't hers—with no memory of ...

Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and a menthol ChapStick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would . . . build character. She is also the au...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062135937

ISBN - 13:9780062135933


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, twisty and awesome! This was so dark and twisted. I loved it! :) It was not at all what I was expecting and constantly surprised me. I never quite knew what was going on. It is so viscerally descriptive and shocking. When Annaliese compares the hot quarterback to a roasted chicken it knocked my socks off. I couldn't believe the turn the book had taken! I would put it squarely in the horror section. I don't want to say anything that will spoil it so let me just say that if you are easily disturbed you may want to skip this one. If darkness is your friend then pick it up and enjoy, and don't forget to bring the roast chicken! ;)
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh Thus was interesting here and there but overall just not my thing. I tried to force myself to finish it but couldn't take the inane what ifs going back and forth throughout the book
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing and Boring. 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.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eerie and ambiguous Honestly, I don't even know what I just read. I am so thoroughly confused by this entire book. And I liked it but I also didn't. I'm really conflicted on how I feel right now. On the pro's side, the writing was incredibly beautiful. Haunting and lyrical, I was sucked into Quinn's world of a girl named Annaliese, struggling to uncover a mystery of who she actually was. After she disappeared from a party exactly a year ago, covered in blood and screaming, Annaliese reappears with no memories whatsoever, and a foreign feeling of not belonging in the body she is in. In between flashbacks, memories and everyday life, we got to read the poems Annaliese had written, which allowed the reader into her head a bit more.  The romance in Another Little Piece confused me just as much as the story line. It was almost insta-love like, and it just felt like Quinn put it in to have a love interest. Some of the side characters were brilliant. Logan was a favourite, in his pursuits of Annaliese. The Mom and The Dad were another favourite, in the unconditional love of Annaliese, despite them feeling something off about her. All in all, this was a beautifully written and haunting book that left me with more questions at the end of it than were answered throughout. My rating is fluctuating between a 3.5 and a 4, simply because I loved the writing so much, but the confusion put me off. Check Another Little Piece out if you are looking for something completely different, that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel, and will pull you in with the ambiguous and lyrical writing.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weirdness abounds in this confounding debut It's difficult to write a review for a book as mysterious and strange as Another Little Piece. It's even more difficult to write a brief synopsis without exposing its dark niches, ergo ruining it for other readers. But let me try to put it into words anyway. If I could assimilate the plot in a simple word, it would be... reincarnation. Lives recycling into another but somehow staying the same. Physically, they're different but their souls or their essences remain. They're like aliens jacking up hosts and the switch was something kind of weird. It's a story about a girl who woke up bludgeoned with no memories of who she was but knows where she needed to go. It was like an invisible string was tugging her until she got to where she needed to be. She finds her parents who had been searching for her, heartbroken and changed. Physically, she looked like their missing daughter but everything else seem wrong. Throughout the book, Anneliese remembers bits and pieces - of her life, past lives and people. But one constant thing she was sure of was that she's not who everyone thinks she is. Through these recollections, readers will appreciate the seemingly complex tangle of lives - and like a web, she's in the centre of it all. But some readers will go on scratching their heads or will have to fight off the urge to write it all down on piece of paper. Admittedly, I belong in the latter. I had a difficult time making heads of tails of all the characters and timelines. While I can appreciate the author's knack for suspense and originality, I just didn't enjoy it at all. Some books are written for specific readers and this one - I'm sure - is not meant for me. I've dabbled in mystery reads before but as much as I'd like to pretend I got this book's penchant to shock and awe, I'm sorry to say, it only left me frustratingly confused.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from confusing, mediocre story line, does not take off i truly thought after all the confusing narration, back flashes, different characters povs it would have led to a grand finale. nope! i was dead wrong it led to a cliche mediocre ending- a bit predictable and water downed. you would think about a confusing story it would wrap everything up neatly. this book wasn't bad it was not what i expected or wanted. i thought the writer would tell us who the main characters truly are....but she explained why and how they became they way there are instead. i guess that's all part of the book's mystery. also annoying was the main character always kissing her new love and slowly realizing it is love instead of lust- lame beware graphic content: gore, blood, cannibalism and sex in this book.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique storyline, a bit convoluted, but good overall! When I read the synopsis for Another Little Piece, I was immediately intrigued. The book was even darker and stranger than I expected! Annaliese Rose Gordon is a 17 year-old girl from Buffalo, New York who has amnesia. She apparently had gone missing for over a year and then resurfaced nearly 1,300 miles from home in Oklahoma with major memory loss. Annaliese knows that there is something wrong with her, something that she cannot explain and doesn’t understand. As little bits and pieces come back to her, she realizes that she is not the same person (literally!) that she was before. It is better to jump into this book while the reader is totally in the dark, so I really do not want to divulge anything else that transpires. I thought that Quinn's debut novel had a unique storyline, but it became a little convoluted with a lot of jumping back and forth in both time and personas. I did enjoy the book, but I did have several, “What the heck just happened???” moments. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if the story hadn’t become so muddled. Even so, I would certainly look at reading more from this author because I think that she shows a lot of potential. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow.. Wow!!! I don't know what to say after reading this book other than WHAT!! Kate Karyus Quinn writing was addicting, which leads me to also say that Anna/Annaliese character was very complicated and the entire plot was overwhelming at the same time it was a little confusing.The beginning was very scary at the same time I had to re-read some of it to understand what was happening. I was confused, going back and forth from one point of view to the next to another past. This is the first time a book almost like Pretty Little Liars. This story really unfolds by pieces hence the title, and gives you a lot of information about Annaliese's life. It did remind me of some characteristics like Once Upon A Time (show) because of the how Annaliese came to be after learning about her story. I was definitely sucked in by the story and by each of the characters. This dark read will leave you wanting more, which leads to how it started with Annaliese walking along a road, then talking to the police. Things are then more confusing when we meet "dad" and "mom" and then the main character also turns to 3rd person which started to also confuse me. The past will come back a year later, the people who knew Anna before, for example Logan, Dex, and Gwen who also all have secrets about that unfortunate night that she went missing. I was starting to understand what was happening, but I was wrong because the twist just got more confusing. The flashbacks were from either from Annaliese or this foreign character by the name of Anna. Through these memories we get a glimpse of how this started, and how she isn't just Annaliese Rose Gordon. In the many books I read this is the first one to stump me, and I felt bad to some of the things that were happening to the characters life. While figuring just what I was reading, I really liked how Annaliese was not the only person that was odd. Dex was a character of his own. The Physican was a very interesting character that will scare you, but there was very little information about him. This book is definitely a book to pick up because from the beginning of the page to the end you will be sucked into the confusingness of what was happening. I overall enjoyed it. The ending kinda left me hanging of what will happen next! I cannot wait to see what Kate Karyus Quinn has more in story for her readers, now I am a fan!! This book will make you think and is a very good book with a paranormal twist!
Date published: 2013-03-28

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