Another Little Piece

Another Little Piece

Book - 2013
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A year after vanishing from a party, screaming and drenched in blood, seventeen-year-old Annaliese Rose Gordon appears hundreds of miles from home with no memory, but a haunting certainty that she is actually another girl trapped in Annaliese's body.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062135957
0062135953
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: A year after vanishing from a party, screaming and drenched in blood, seventeen-year-old Annaliese Rose Gordon appears hundreds of miles from home with no memory, but a haunting certainty that she is actually another girl trapped in Annaliese's body.

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FindingJane Feb 17, 2016

This novel starts off with a mystery and slowly builds to a horror tale quite unlike anything you’ve ever read. Annaliese isn’t a vampire, werewolf, zombie, wendigo, ghoul, leann sidhe or any other otherworldly creature I’ve ever known of before so the slow uncovering of her nature proved as fascinating as it was terrifying.

The title is a sly in-joke, one that hints at the novel’s grisly motif by referencing a tune first sung by Erma Franklin (Aretha’s older sister). The story of the anti-heroine, told in flashbacks and shifting through time, is one of the most compelling and original stories out there and more than lives up to its title. YA romance is involved but that too is complicated, dealing with the creature’s real feelings and imagined ones. There are no joyful solutions to the horrifying dilemma this amnesic monster finds itself in—only despair, destruction, dust and death. But astonishingly an answer comes from the most unlikely source, bringing about the sparing of an innocent and the death of a true human monster.

That’s why the tacked-on obligatory happy ending rankled so much. I was contented with the bittersweet grace this being had achieved. Why spoil it by wrapping up everything else in a neat little bow? Give the clingy mother back her daughter, chase away the truly wicked boy who’d dragged her into this mess in the first place, free someone else from bondage—none of that was necessary. It felt forced, like the author only added it to please her publisher. The book would have been just as well served without it.

Brace yourself for “Another Little Piece”. Just skip the epilogue.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Jan 24, 2014

This novel was heart-stoppingly suspenseful and spooky enough that I didn't want to read it before bed. It's scary in a way that's very dark and mysterious, and also very macabre. It's the kind of story that has a lot of flash-backs, but they're very necessary to explain the unique scenario. It's not the kind of novel you can skip through and it is very worth reading every word. This novel is pretty graphic in terms of sexual content and descriptions of gore, just in case you're bothered by those sorts of things. This is definitely going on my "favorites" list.

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Nov 10, 2013

I couldn't get into this one. I read a few chapters and was annoyed and skipped to the end to see what happened. Never did figure it out.

dollfacecrafter Sep 11, 2013

I usually like strange or weird or not normal books, this one is so weird, I just can't say I liked it all that much, didn't really explain why the main character was the way she was. it was just ok.

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MrDrProfessorPatrick Jan 24, 2014

MrDrProfessorPatrick thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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