Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pieces of Me by Eisley Jacobs (YA Book Review/Giveaway)

I am fond of independent authors who write quality stories. I like it even better when I am given the opportunity to read their newest work before it's officially released! When Eisley Jacobs offered to send me an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) pdf of her novel "Pieces of Me," I was delighted! However, I'm not sure that my husband and boys were quite as thrilled, because as soon as I was able to download it to my computer and to my daughter's iPod touch, it was difficult to gain either my eldest's or my attention.


Eisley has written an incredibly fast paced, can't-put-it-down story that grabbed me from the first page... and had this "no electronics at the dinner table" momma violating her own rule, and giving her eldest a "pass" as well!


Imagine having amnesia. . . imagine having recurring amnesia. . .  you have no recollection at all of your name, your family, the day before. . . imagine pieces of your life written on sticky notes in various locations ~ sticky notes to guide you through your day. . . because tomorrow you'll forget.

Notes on the mirror remind me who I am, why I'm here,
and who this person is staring back at me, the red hair
flowing in wisps over my shoulder with a chunky blonde
streak in the front. And those piercing blue eyes.

Have I always had blue eyes?

I feel like I've just woken from a nightmare I can't shake
no matter how hard I pinch myself.

More sticky notes on the wall say I live a normal life,
despite the amnesia hang-up. I'm seventeen, a junior at
Clement High School. My best friend's name is Sam, short
for Samantha. My name is Braidan.

"Braidan." The name rolls off my tongue, but it feels
wrong. All wrong.

Determination to find answers builds in my chest and
beats stronger than the heart beneath my pink nightshirt. A
familiar anger rolls over my body, one I've certainly felt
before.

How could I know this? I can't even remember my name.


We get to know Braidan as she gets to know herself, and those around her. Who is telling the truth? Who can Braidan trust? What is really going on?  "Pieces of Me" is well written, with character development and plot twists galore, so that I really had no idea what was going to happen next.

It has been quite some time since I have read a novel and picked it up for a second read-through right away, because there were details and scenes that I wanted to revisit, to make sure I hadn't missed anything in the non-stop action of the book. The plot occasionally elicited the same sort of reaction that I had watching a Twilight Zone episode or two... perhaps an element of horror (Not of the likes of Stephen King, but more in the dystopian sense of something being dreadfully wrong), that kept me thinking about the story long after I put it down (for the second time).

Eldest was also caught up in the story, and as I mentioned, was not eager to take a break from reading. I did ask her to stop a couple of times so that I could catch up  with her, but only received looks that said "Seriously?" in true teen form. ;)  While she and I both prefer to read this sort of thriller/action story (shall we say I don't do well with graphic tension), I could easily see this being turned into a screenplay~ all the elements are there. Eldest says "Don't pick this up unless you have a few uninterrupted hours at hand."

Eisley Jacobs' newest novel, a Young Adult SciFi Thriller "Pieces of Me" is now available in both printed and e-book format. If they don't already have it in stock, I'm sure you can have your local mom and pop bookstore order you a copy, if you are fortunate enough to have such a gem nearby. Otherwise, it is certainly available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Now if you'd like to have a SIGNED copy of Pieces of Me, please enter the giveaway that I am offering here on my blog (although she has the e-version, my daughter would love a signed hard copy, but she can't enter.;)) (Sometimes Rafflecopter takes a while to load, so please be patient... ;) )

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Connect with Eisley on her blog, facebook and/or twitter.


Blessings~
Disclaimer: I received an ARC pdf  of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. There may be affiliate links in this post, which help add a few pennies to our home-school supplies fund. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

25 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed POM! But I need to get a paper version for my kiddo who is being a book snob and not wanting to read it on the computer or my nook. :(

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  2. Anne of Green Gables-- does it fit that category?

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  3. That sounds fantastic, Lis! If I don't win (likely) I will get it for myself and the girls! Thanks!

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  4. Sounds good.and I still love reading YA. In fact, I am currently reading two steampunk YA books. :) Don't know if I remember how to read a hard copy as opposed to an ebook though! ;)

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    1. Good books are good books! :) Hard copy... consider it a novelty if you win! :)

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    2. The winner can choose to have an E BOOK too if she'd like ;)

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  5. This does look fascinating! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    My favorite young adult book was Eagle of the Ninth and Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff. She could craft a story like no other. :)

    Warmly,
    Kate

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    1. I thought it might be up your alley, Kate~ now I really *do* have to go check out the Eagle of the Ninth (Making me regret not choosing that one for review! ;) )

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  6. Funny side note - the author lives near me! :)

    Warmly,
    Kate

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    1. I thought she might be relatively close!

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    2. Under the Sky, I'm up in El Dorado County! Just moved here in November!

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  7. Back at Kate... funny side note, the author used to live reasonably near me... and I found her through an IRL friend.

    Favorite recent YA book? Probably one of the Dragon books by Eisley Jacobs. :)

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    1. :) Neat how she "connect" the two of you! :)
      Have to read those Dragon Books!(just finished reading Eisley's "Runaway Choices" which was another good read) ;)

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  8. My interest is piqued! Please enter me in the drawing.

    elysamaclellan "at" gmail.com

    THANKS!
    Elysa

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  9. Anything I read as a young adult my kids are not allowed to read & I try not to think about them!!

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    1. The good news about my YA is that I'm a very conservative person and I will not write anything my kids can not read. :)

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  10. Like Lisa, I read a lot of Judy Blume when I read YA books - and I wouldn't dream of letting my daughter (age 12) read them now! I did read several books by Brock and Bodie Thoene that I enjoyed after becoming a Christian.

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  11. Hmm, my favorite YA book...I'm not sure. I really like the Percy Jackson series, but that is usually considered Middle Grade. I enjoyed Hattie Big Sky, and I enjoy classics like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. :) Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  12. I think my daughter will like this, but I think I will mostly. I have it on my wish list at amazon so I can buy it if I don't win it :)

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Thanks so much for letting me know you were here. I appreciate "thoughtful" comments. :)

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