Review: Another Little Piece By Kate Karyus Quinn

July 13, 2013 Reviews 8 ★★

Review: Another Little Piece By Kate Karyus QuinnAnother Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperTeen on June 11, 2013
Pages: 432
My rating: two-stars
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.

As I sat down to write this, I kind of felt like I had a brick sitting in my stomach. I dreaded writing this review. But what it came down to was: this book fell way below my expectations. Maybe because I had heard so many wonderful things about it, or maybe because everyone was giving it 4 and 5 stars – or maybe both. I thought to myself, “What’s wrong with me? Why I don’t I like this book, when everyone else seems to?”

The book is described as “spine-tingling horror” and an “eerie mystery.” I didn’t think it was either of those. If anything, it was choppy and confusing. The poems were annoying. I’ve never been good at interpreting poetry, so they just felt like a distraction and like I was missing something by not understanding them. The memories, too, were confusing; they came out of nowhere, sometimes with no warning, and it was hard to distinguish present-day vs. past life memory. I wish these sections had been better distinguished from the present-day parts of the story.

The memories also felt so scattered. They happen often, yet are too vague to piece together. I feel like the memories are the places where we should learn a lot and, maybe collectively, we do. But taking each individual memory, they’re just confusing interruptions into the story.

Dex was my favorite part, and I actually did really enjoy his role in the story. His relationship with Anna is grim and twisted, yet oddly perfect. For some reason, I feel the urge to compare Dex and Anna to Romeo and Juliet. I don’t know if that fits, but it is what comes to mind for me. However, as much as I love Dex, his part in the story was not enough to make up for the confusing story as a whole.

The ending was so confusing (Notice a pattern?). I have way too many questions – Even if there was going to be a sequel (which, I have no clue…), and the ending was purposely left open-ended for said sequel, I still feel it’s just too scattered and has too many loose ends.

Overall, I was really disappointed. I went into this book, excited to read it and excited to see what so many people were gushing about. Maybe my expectations were too high, and that’s why I feel so let down? Either way, I struggled to get through this book, almost from page one. I didn’t enjoy it and I don’t agree with the description. There were so many other little things that bugged me, but I feel bad enough that I had to write such a negative review. So I’ll just leave it at that.

8 Responses to “Review: Another Little Piece By Kate Karyus Quinn”

  1. Stacee

    I felt the same way when I read it. It had so much potential and I was left confused. And yes, Dex was the best part!

    It’s hard writing negative reviews, but you have to be honest. <3

  2. Meredith

    I’m glad I’m not the only one confused! So many people loved it. it definitely had potential, but the execution left something to be desired…

    Thanks for the pep talk :) <3

  3. Kaitlin Snider

    Aw, it sucks when a book is disappointing. I’ve come across a few where I saw other people giving high ratings and rave reviews, and I just didn’t feel the same.

    • Meredith

      I felt so bad writing this review. I heard such amazing things. It was supposed to be creepy, and it was supposed to be a horror/mystery worthy of Steven King. And I was just… Not into it :\

  4. Alexia @ Adventures in Reading

    Gahhh…

    I know you said that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped to. I am SO bummed that you really didn’t enjoy it. It makes me nervous now because as you know I recently ordered this book off of Amazon.

    I really hope that I have a different opinion of it than you did as I was really looking forward to this book.

    • Meredith

      I seem to be in the minority as far as hating this book, so don’t panic yet. You might love it! I honestly think there was just too much hype and it didn’t live up to that hype. People said it was creepy and scary and a great horror flick worthy of Stephen King and Pretty Little Liar fans. And just… no.

      I hope you enjoy it more than I did!!!

  5. Kierra

    AHH. So sad you didn’t enjoy it at all! I absolutely adored it! I loved how confusing it was, because it kept me entertained and guessing what would happen next. It was a strange book, though. But still, <3.

    P.S. Dex was also perfect for Anna, haha.

    • Meredith

      I just didn’t think it lived up to its hype :( I was sad. I really wanted to like it and I just didn’t! :(

      P.S: Agreed! That is definitely true!

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