Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Reading level: Ages 15 and up
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen (December 11, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1620611295
ISBN-13: 978-1620611296
Received From: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
                  4 Butterflies


What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

My Thoughts:

When I first started All the Broken Pieces I wondered just where the story was going, I had no clue it was a modern remake of Frankenstein.  Although with a name like Olivia Francesca Stein, you think I would have got the picture pretty quickly.  It seemed to just be the story of a girl with amnesia from a car accident, if not for the fact that her parents were completely nuts every time she would ask any questions about her past, or the accident.  I caught on pretty quickly that all was not well in the land of Liv's home, but could not figure out just what had happened since we are getting a narrative from a very unreliable source, that of the girl with no memory.

Liv also has two other voices in her head.  Whether this is a result of the trauma, she's crazy, or if it's something slightly more supernatural going on, is unclear.  They are both very distinctly different personalities and at times are like an angel and a demon sitting on Liv's shoulder as she starts in to public school.  I found this part of the story to be very mysterious and really enjoyed one of the personalities in particular.  I got several giggles out of the internal monologue that would go on between Liv and the voices.

As Liv joins the world of public school she meets Spencer.  While Liv is feeling like an outcast she somehow really likes this boy, even though he is sometimes a jerk who sends her very mixed signals.  Lets just say that Spencer has a bag of his own problems to work through.  I think his bucket list that he worked up for Liv was one of my favorite romantic things about him, though.  A bucket list of things like, eat a McDonald's Happy Meal, since she couldn't remember doing any of the awesome little things.

All the Broken Pieces is a fun mystery that kept me the pages to find out exactly what happened to our forgetful heroine.  While there were some basic logic things that bugged me, it was still just a very enjoyable story and I give it a solid 3.5 stars.

Favorite quote:

"It's like I've got all these pieces, but none of them fit together.  The more I try to make them, the more broken I feel."
(taken from galley)

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  1. OMG. I am the biggest idiot ever! I'm reading AtBP right now, and I never put the Frankenstein puzzle together, either!!!! What is wrong w/me?!?

    Great review!


  2. I've been seeing this book all over but it never really caught my eye. I guess I'm going to have to give this a try I love all things Frankenstein.

  3. I have heard this one is really good and I thought it sounded really twisty and unpredictable. So glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It was! I think I read it all in one day because I just had to know what was going on...

  4. Frankenstein retelling? I didn't see that coming either :D
    This sounds really intriguing and creepy after reading your review. I can't wait to read it! ^.^

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't figure it out from the synopsis! LOL.

  5. I didn't know about the Frankenstein connection. Nice review. I might pick this one up at some point.

  6. I love the cover! Retelling of Frankenstein! Very nice! :D

  7. sounds like an interesting read. A very interesting take on

  8. Looks like we're on the same page here. lol The voices were fun. And ultimately the voices and the dreams are what kept me reading this one. Hooked me in. :)


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