Friday, November 2, 2012

Early Review: All the Broken Pieces

All the Broken PiecesAuthor: Cindi Madsen
Published: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Paperback, 304 pages
Pre-order: The Book Depository

I must have read around fifteen books about memory loss in the last two years, and 90% of them just sort of blended together after a while. I’m afraid All the Broken Pieces will join that crowd in no time. It’s been a few days and I’m already a bit hazy on the details, but I’ll do my best to make it as clear as possible for you so you can decide for yourselves. There are no major flaws I can point out, and I won’t try to convince you NOT to read it, quite the opposite, in fact. The story pulls you in quickly enough, the pacing is decent and the characters are interesting so there’s no real reason not to, if a good pastime is all you’re looking for.

My biggest problem with Cindi Madsen’s second book was that I didn’t believe any of it. Olivia wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there. Her parents are there, overjoyed that she woke up from the coma and anxious to get her in a better shape so they can move across country, supposedly to escape the bad memories. Liv isn’t too thrilled about moving, she’d rather stay where she is and try to remember her past, but her parents are determined to make a new start, so they do. In a matter of days, Liv finds herself in a small town in the middle of nowhere.
Her school life is exactly what you’d expect from this type of book: there’s a girl she instantly befriends, the mysterious bad boy who turns out not to be so bad after all, the prerequisite mean girl who just happens to be the bad boy’s ex, and plenty of high school drama to keep it all together. Finding a single memorable thing is an impossible task.

The love interest becomes clear very early on, and their budding relationship follows a fairly predictable pattern. While I have absolutely nothing against Spencer himself (I found him quite charming at times), their push-pull dynamic started driving me crazy after a while. He would be all kind and full of understanding one day, and completely cold and uncommunicative the next, which was fine for a while, but was taken a bit too far in the second half. His reasons for acting in such a way, once they were revealed, were pretty grave, but not convincing enough.

This is a fairly short review because there’s honestly very little to point out about this book. I was entertained, but unimpressed and it left me feeling lukewarm at best. For a second, more positive opinion, please read my friend Rachel’s review at The Readers Den.


  1. Aww, I'm so sorry this one didn't work out for you, Maja! I haven't been too intrigued by this one, although I do really want to read Madsen's debut, Demons of the Sun, which seems to be right up my alley with Greek mythology, but hopefully it won't blend into the other Greek mythology novels I've read lately. It always pains me when a novel is unmemorable and often predictable, not to mention that it falls back on so many overdone tropes, so I'm sorry this was the case with this novel. Lovely review though, dear. Even with shorter reviews, your distinct style and voice shows through which I love! :)

    I'm also SO happy you enjoyed Graceling and Fire! YAY! :D Brigan is one of my all-time favorite swoon-worthy guys, so he's definitely more my type than Po is too and although you enjoyed Graceling more than Fire, I'm just so thrilled you loved them both! We can still be friends after all! ;) Also, I can't WAIT till you review the two of them or Seraphina! SO glad you're enjoying that one too! It blew me away and I'm counting down the days till the sequel. I need to pick up Iced soon though...really worried about the Christian and Ryodan pedophilic references that I keep hearing about! :/ Anyway, enjoy those novels, Maja! :D

  2. Sorry to hear this one didn't live up to your expectations. I did read Rachel's review and hers made this sound quite good. I think I'll wait and see some more reviews before I make a decision on this one. Unlike you, I haven't actually read too many books about memory loss.

  3. Eep..sorry this was unmemorable and if its not will never work. Great review.

  4. Well... Unmemorable beats memorably awful any day of the week? (trying to be positive here!)

    In any case, I understand why this book didn't stand out much. It sounds okay, and entertaining, but not too special. I still might check it out (I haven't read many books about memory loss... not usually my thing) but just as a light read to fill the time.

    Thanks for sharing! It was a very informative review ;)

  5. Urgh, nothing loses me more quickly than this lately. Same old, same old, monotonous, I just can't do it anymore! I really enjoyed reading your review of this though. :)

    I can't wait to see what you make of Seraphina and Quintana!

  6. I feel this way about books all the time - where it's difficult to point out obvious flaws, but it still fails to leave an impression. I'm sorry this didn't quite do it for you. I mostly enjoyed Madsen's paranormal book - maybe that is more her thing? Anyway, a lovely and helpful review, Maja!

  7. Hm, Rachel's review definitely convinced me that this book was awesome! But after reading your review, I'm not quite sure anymore, everything just sounds really mediocre and boring, almost cliche, even. Thanks for being honest though! Great review, Maja! :D

  8. Lovely, sounds like yet another very stereotypical YA book. I'm sure it will have its fans, but it's not something I'll look for. Thanks for the helpful review, Maja!

  9. I'm sorry to hear that this wasn't a memorable read for you, Maja. But I know exactly the kind of story you're talking about. To be honest, I was never that really interested in the book, but reading your review has convinced me that I probably shouldn't! Thank you for your honesty, Maja!
    Sorry for not visiting and commenting more often. School and work have been keeping me really busy! :(

  10. Oh sorry, you didn't care for this one, Maja. I feel bad, I hope I didn't puff your expectations. I do agree with you parts were sort of unbelievable, but I still enjoyed this one.

    I see you're reading Iced, I want to read that after I'm done with the Fever series. Can't wait to see a more grown up Dani. :)

  11. I was waiting for you to say I have read so many books on memory loss and forgotten them all....that would have been ironic, eh? Oh well, at least it was entertaining and not horrific, right? Hge a great weekend, girl!

  12. Aww, I had really high hopes for this one. >.< I'll still be reading it, but my expectations will be lower. Great review!

  13. Ugh, disappointing! Such a shame when that happens.. I had a run of mediocre books last month and they all seem to blend into one. Still, great review!

  14. sometimes authors are able to use the generic mold and make it into an addicting read, however other times authors don't handle it well and all the readers see is a typical and predictable novel. I'm guessing this book is the latter. Too bad you didn't enjoy it, I have had this on my soon-TBR pile for a while now.

    great review!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  15. Aw, sorry this one left you feeling lukewarm. :( Thank you for the lovely and honest review. Have a great weekend!

  16. I like how I can rely on you for a critical opinion, Maja. :) I too have read a good handful of books about memory loss, so seeing as this offers nothing new to the table is disheartening. I'll think I will pass on it, then.
    Splendid review, love!

  17. Isn't it best practice to keep people coming out of a coma or with memory loss in the same place? I would think that the last thing someone would need is complete instability in their life after something like that. Can't remember things? Let's change everything!


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