Monday, January 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

Welcome to the All the Broken Pieces Blog Tour! There are a lot of fun stops with many having giveaways, so make sure you check out the full schedule!

Title: All the Broken Pieces
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Length: 304 Pages

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?

Praise for All the Broken Pieces:
"Kept me guessing and frantically flipping the pages. A unique story I couldn't help but fall in love with." -- Nyrae Dawn, author of Charade

"[An] interesting story of a girl who can't remember her early life…Liv's high school relationships, especially her conflicts with the popular girls and her first dealings with romance, ring nicely true. Intriguing."  – Kirkus Reviews

All the Broken Pieces is a masterpiece of originality. Unlike anything I have read before, I enjoyed the story immensely. Cindi Madsen has created a story where you are not sure where it is going until it gets there, but once there you could see that the journey was heading there the whole time. All the little details fit together seamlessly. It is just one of those books that works so well, and you cannot help but have to finish it. 

Olivia wakes up from a coma with complete amnesia, and parents she does not recognize. Shortly after her recovery, her family moves to a new town to start over. As much as Liv would like to remember her past, she needs to move on to her future. Something that is not easy, when you have two very different voices in your head telling you what to do. When Olivia meets Spencer, she begins to wonder if she can have a chance at a normal life. 

As a character, beyond the usual confusion, Olivia does not give up easily. For example, requesting to go to public school versus staying hidden at home with her mother. This is a chore for someone who constantly feels awkward around people because of she is unsure of whom she is or was. Imagine every memory, your whole life, taken from you. The only clues to you past are in your dreams at night and the two warring voices in your head. The strength it takes to follow those clues. Spencer is a loner, who can be a bit stand offish, but is extremely thoughtful with it come to Olivia. He is very sweet and protective of her, and he is the only person she trusts to see the real Olivia. 

All the Broken Pieces had me hooked from the white room where Olivia wakes up to the very least moments of the book. I managed to read it in one sitting, because it is not book you can put down after you start. I have not read many books dealing with memory loss or amnesia, but of the ones I have read this one is by far the best. The details and plotting that when into this type of book are evident, because otherwise the pieces of this book would have not fit so well together. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and remembered nothing?

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