Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

another pieceAnother Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

This is a Stand alone-YAY!!!

Paranormal/Science-fiction/Thriller

Bang Rating: 4/5

Overview (Bear with me, this book is hard to explain)

Annaliese Rose Gordon disappeared from Buffalo NY a year ago.  She turns up in Oklahoma.  She looks like herself, visibly thinner, but she’s different. She’s Anna, a monster.

Dang, that was Good (contains spoilers)

  • It’s beautifully written.  This is Quinn’s first novel and I can’t wait to read her next book! It’s very dark, bloody, and weird.  If you like Every Day by David Levithan, you will like this book.  It’s almost written like poetry (aside from the chapters that are poetry).
  • Great round characters including the parents.  Sometimes YA novels have caricatures for parents but Annaliese’s parents have personalities.
  • The story isn’t linear.  It weaves in and out between past lives.  It makes connections from previous chapters.  It’s really important that you pay attention and stop to make sense of what you read as you go otherwise you will be lost.
  • It’s unapologetically dark.  It makes you wonder what goes on in Quinn’s head.
  • It’s quite original.  Even though I compared it to Every Day, Every Day was a romance and this is more paranormal.

That’s too Bad, Dang

  • That cover is misleading.  This book gets checked out quite a bit at my library but I can tell teens aren’t making the connection between the cover and the subject.
  • It got a 3.74 on Goodreads which is unfortunate.  I read some of the reviews who gave it 2 stars and it’s clear that they weren’t expecting what they read.  I think people have a difficult time with science-fiction because they can’t wrap their brain around soul suckers, heart eaters (literally), and people who see death.  PLEASE don’t go by that rating, it is much better than that rating.
  • The last 15 pages or so was a bit confusing.  I would very much like Quinn to clear it up for me.  I was understanding everything up until page 403.  If I was able to make sense of the last pages, it would have received a 4.5 from me.

Overall

Another Little Piece is an interesting story about our souls and how careless we are with them.  It’s different and special and great.

 

Book Clubs for Tweens/Teens-

Please stop reading if you don’t want to see spoilers!!!

I do this b/c I am a librarian that runs a book discussion group for 5th-7th grade. Parents of younger teens are expecting librarians to pick clean books and it is helpful to know if the book is okay for middle school.  Otherwise, I am all for Intellectual Freedom.

  • Lots of f words
  • Several sex scenes among teens
  • There is almost a sexual assault
  • A girl gets beaten up by a boy
  • Appropriate for 16 and older.

 

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