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Book Review: ALL THE BROKEN PIECES by Cindi Madsen


PUB DATE: 12/11/2012

Lucky me, I got my hands on one of Cindi Madsen’s ARCs for her new release ALL THE BROKEN PIECES. I prefer to let readers know what I thought of the book, not just rehash blurbs (especially when I know the editors and authors work so hard on the ones that already exist!) so here is the book description from the publisher, Entangled Publishing, my thoughts are below.

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?

Saturday, November 24. That was the day I started this book, it was also the day I finished it. Despite the fact that I had created lists for the lists of things I needed to do both for my job AND for my house and family, I was physically not capable to doing ANY of those very pressing things because I was buried deep, so deep, in this book all day.

This was not my plan.

At first, I was simply going to start this book I had promised to review. Just crack the spine. Get past the first chapter or two. Get a feel for the author’s voice, the tone of the book, an idea about the story line.


I didn’t come back for SIX hours. I didn’t come back till I FINISHED. To say that Cindi hooks you right from the start is an understatement. The mystery and pacing are perfectly handled and make it exceptionally difficult to put this engaging, well written book down. I was completely into finding out what happened to Liv while also worrying that the information might destroy the new life she had managed to construct. I had many, many theories about what the climax would be and I will say that what actually ends up being “the truth” is not anything even remotely like what I had been anticipating–BRAVO.

Cindi Madsen has written an engaging, fast paced, YA mystery that will keep you turning pages until the surprising end.

15 Responses to Book Review: ALL THE BROKEN PIECES by Cindi Madsen

  1. KatieO says:

    Great review! Will have to check this book out – definitely adding to my TBR list, but it sounds like I should wait until I have a free day, lol!

  2. I’m excited to read Cindi’s book. How exciting! Thanks for such a great review.

  3. Pat Lee says:

    Super review! Sure piqued my interest!!

  4. Awesome review! You should be so proud.

  5. Oh, ARCs are so much fun, and it sounds like you got a good one. I’ll keep my eye out for it when it comes out.

  6. This sounds really great! I’m adding it to my Goodreads list right this second!

  7. Jennine G. says:

    Yay! I am always looking for at least decent things to out in my classroom bookshelf! So when I read a blurb and review like this, I get excited! Looking forward to it.

  8. Wow! This sounds good! Thanks for blogging about it, Rebecca. 🙂