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Title: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: December 11th, 2012
Wow – now this was totally different! Olivia awakes she has no consistent memories, she’s been seriously injured, spent some time in a coma and had multiple operations which have left her with significant scarring, both mental and physical. When she looks in a mirror, she doesn’t recognise herself. Her parents are both doctors and she’s being cared for outside a hospital. She’s been home schooled, but when the family move she decides to start high school. She’s worried about the conflicting voices she keeps hearing in her head. Their opposing views are somewhat similar to having a good and bad influence perched on opposite ears, going guidance and suggestions. They also give very different flashback memories or dreams which add to Liv’s confusion. Has she ever had a sister? What about the car crash she keeps reliving that is nothing like that described by her parents?
As she embarks on education in a new school, with all the ensuing drama and trauma of potential new friends and enemies let alone teachers and expectations, coping with her missing memories will also play a huge part in what happens as she endeavours to uncover the truth about her past – and finds a loving, supportive partner en route.
Spencer is the bad boy turned loner, who has isolated himself from the peers with whom he used to be highly popular. This is no instant love story but a well developed exploration of attitudes and behaviour as the couple get to know each other despite initial inaccurate assumptions and expectations. This is a well written novel, I found it gripping from the very beginning, an intriguing, mysterious and enthralling teen romance with great characters and a unique plot that kept me turning the pages, determined to uncover the truth.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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?
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