Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle- Reviews


Hello!! I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle. I have my reviews for The Breakaway and Pieces. For the full tour schedule, click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page. 


  • Publisher: Rhemalda Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Source: ebook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
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When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.



My Thoughts

I have never read a kidnapping story before so I was really intrigued by this. Beyond that, the fact that she falls for one of her captors had me beyond interested. I can tell you that this book made me feel all sorts of things. Confusion, frustration, anger, hope, and, sadness. There were so many things going on in this book. The kidnappers and what their story is, Naomi and what she is dealing with and has gone through, and her parents and how they are dealing with it. I thought it was all done fantastically and I really enjoyed this book.

Naomi is quite a complex character who I really enjoyed getting to know. At first she comes across as week and someone who won't stand up for herself. At first I wanted to yell at her and tell her to stop feeling so sorry for herself and at least try, but the more you learn about her and the things from her past, the more you realize that the way she has been raised and treated makes her the way she is. She doesn't know how to stand up for herself, she doesn't even really know what it's like to have people care about her. When the kidnappers are nice to her and start acting like they care, she thinks she is actually happy there. She may be a prisoner, being held captive, but she is given attention and care she has never known in her life. It really was ripping my heart apart seeing her fall victim to the Stockholm Syndrome, but I could understand it. I wanted nothing more than for her to be happy, even if it was at the hands of her kidnappers.

As you can tell by the synopsis, there is a romance in this. It seems so wrong, but while you are reading about it and how it happens, you can understand it. I am the type of person who tries to see the best in people. Obviously the whole situation is very wrong, but I was almost hoping that things would work out with Naomi and Jesse. I wanted Jesse to be the good guy I believed he was underneath. He treated her better than her boyfriend Brad ever did, he seemed to care more than her parents did, and he is really protective of her. I was still suspicious of him and his motives, but I wanted to believe he wasn't really so bad.

Between Naomi's POV, her notebook entries, and the few clips crom her mothers POV we get a very well put together story and see all the sides of this crazy situation. I was falling for the kindness of her captives just as she was. She seemed happier. When she would think of her family and Brad all it brought was doubt and sadness where her captor bought her things, taught her to cook, let her be somewhat free inside the house, and were very nice to her for the most part. I knew they were just trying to keep her happy so she wouldn't want to try to escape, but just like Naomi, I started to wonder if it would be so bad for her to stay with them. This was so well written that you know what is right and wrong, but you feel right along with Naomi and wonder if the the wrong is really so bad if it makes her happy. I really enjoyed this book and will be reading more from this author.




*If you haven't read the first book, I suggest you do not read the synopsis or my review for the second book as there will be spoilers for the first one.


  • Publisher: Rhemalda Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Source: ebook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
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Staying in love can mean running away...

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her...until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie-in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

My Thoughts

This book takes place after the events of the first book and really gets into how much it really affected Naomi mentally. She is now off to college at Harvard, but is still reliving memories of the kidnapping, and still very in love with Jesse and can't stop thinking of him. She also makes a great friend in Finn, makes some very horrible choices, but has a phenomenal amount of growth. I really loved seeing how much she was still affected by everything years later and how she works to come out of it.

In this book Naomi really made me very mad at times. I understand that she isn't really mentally stable, but some of the choices she makes are really just stupid. She isn't thinking about how things will affect other people, or herself. She doesn't take into consideration that she isn't the only one still suffering from the kidnapping, but her parents are too. I felt that she was very selfish for most of this. I think that it was really Finn who was the reason she was finally able to see things for what they were, but I only wish she had been strong enough mentally to make the right choices and see Finn for who he truly was. Her love and obsession with Jesse really clouds everything.

This one of course has a love triangle sort of. It's not really like that though. Yes, Naomi is confused and still dealing with her insecurities. Wanting to please everyone, but not really making herself happy. She thinks that Jesse is what she needs to be happy, but as her and Finn grow to be close friends, she doesn't know if she can be without him either. He has been her rock, something to look forward to. She has fun spending time with him and teaching him to cook, and just having someone to talk to who seems to understand her. When Jesse wants her to run away, she isn't sure if that's what she really wants, but she doesn't want to think of being without him if she doesn't go. If she goes, that means she won't see Finn again.

To me this was pretty predictable. I knew where it was going, but I didn't know what the outcome would be. I loved seeing Naomi have a real friendship, to have a relationship (even if it was strained) with her mother, and start to learn to make her own decisions even if it's not what she thinks other people want from her. This book was really about her healing and growing up. About learning who she truly is, not who others want her to be, and about not being afraid to do what she wants. Though this one wasn't as strong of a story to me as the first book, I still really enjoyed it. The writing really just caught me and I wanted to read until the last page was turned.




AUTHOR BIO
 
Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

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34 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very disturbing read. I'm not sure how comfortable I would be reading it. I'm glad to hear that you liked it, Amy. It does seem like a very unconventional kind of kidnapping. Great review, Amy.

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    1. I really was totally into the story. Even knowing how wrong the whole situation is and thinking that she was being really stupid, I totally got why she did the things she did. It was really awesome.

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  2. Just stopping by to say thanks for joining the PIECES blog tour! *Waves* I am so glad you liked the books!

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    1. You're welcome!! I really enjoyed the books!

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  3. Great reviews, Amypoo! I enjoyed The Breakaway when I read it last year and I'm about to read Pieces soon so I'm curious to see how she copes afterwards. Predictability is a fact I'm expecting from most books now--I'm so hard to surprise haha. I think you're the same, too! Glad you enjoyed them, muffin!

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    1. Thanks love!! Even with being predictable, I still enjoyed Pieces. I loved that we really got to see the aftermath and how even years later she was still really affected by it.

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  4. You know, I've been curious about these. I really wanted to read The Breakaway. Maybe I'll get around to them at some point.

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    1. They were very good and very interesting. I loved how I was second guessing how I would feel or react in the same situations.

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  5. I always wanted to read The Breakaway, but never had the chance. I'm really glad you liked it. I didn't read your review for Pieces, but I'm really curious about the lower rating. Great review, hon!

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    1. The only reason why Pieces got the lower rating was the predictability of it. I still really liked it though.

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  6. Wow what a great review! I am one for reading thrillers and action books so this caught my interest. I will be checking it out. :)

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  7. Wow -- it's hard to imagine being sympathetic for a kidnapper, but hey, there's Warner, who was kind of the same thing!

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    1. Haha!! Very true. I thought this was so well done. I really understood why she was falling for Jesse and why she wasn't really trying to escape. (besides the fact Eric would kill her)

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  8. I read Pieces, but I haven't read The Breakaway. I think I'll definitely have to read that now, though :) Awesome reviews!

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  9. This one sure sounds different. I don't know if it's for me but I'm glad you enjoyed.

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    1. I had never read a book like this before, so it was different, but interesting. I really liked them.

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  10. I enjoyed The Breakaway too! It was disturbing but alluring. I also fell for the kindness of her captors--although Eric was a sociopath as far as I'm concerned. He gave me the creeps. But it was hard not to see the good in the romance. I haven't read Pieces yet, but I will soon. Even without having read it yet I already know where the story is going to go, so that's disappointing, but I'm happy to hear that Naomi does have a lot of character growth. Fabulous reviews, as always! xx

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    1. Exactly. I totally understood why she fell for Jesse, and why she liked Evelyn. It was such a great book. I really liked Pieces too, but the predictability made it not as enjoyable for me because I just kind of wanted to get to the end and see if I was right about how things would work out.

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  11. I didn't read your review for the second book because I'm very interested in checking out the first. I've also never read a kidnapping story, at least, not where the person continues living... but this one interests me. I agree the whole idea of the girl actually falling in love with a captor sounds crazy, but I believe it can happen and I want to find out how exactly she does!! Great review :)

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    1. What I liked the best about it was knowing how wrong it all was, but feeling like I would do the same things if I were her.

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  12. I just read another review for these books and they sound amazing! I didn't read your review for the second book, but funny enough the other review I had read the second book was better for them than the first. So that's interesting that apparently you liked the first more. My kindle is 'in the shop' but I think I might grab the first book anyway for 'someday'. It just sounds too good to pass up.

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    1. I really enjoyed them both, but the second book was very predictable to me so that's why it got a lower rating. It was still good though.

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  13. I'm fascinated by Stockholm Syndrome, and I've wanted to read these for so long...I really hope I'll get to them in the next few months! Your review made me even more eager to read them, especially the first one!

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    1. I had been wanting to read The Breakaway for a long time, but didn't have time. When I saw that Giselle was doing a tour for the books I figured it was the perfect time to fit them in.

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  14. oh this sounds interesting, but after reading Stolen by Lucy Christopher, im kinda getting away from reading books about stockholm syndrome. it just pisses me off! But glad you still enjoyed it!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. Lol!! In the second book I was getting a little annoyed at her because I kept thinking that she should know better. Then Jesse was so nice and sincere and I was like, well people can change, but I really wanted her with Finn because he just seemed better for her without the bad history. That and the predictability of the second book were why I rated it lower.

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  15. Great review! I heard about the first book a while ago and have it on my list. It sounds really great and like a heavy story to read.

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    1. I hope that when you get to it you enjoy it!

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  16. Sounds like a great emotional read. Is this a series?

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    1. It's just the two books I think. I'm pretty sure that there won't be more.

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  17. EEEK The Breakaway sounds SO twisted and insane! Falling in love with one of your captors sounds insane but I would totally feel so bad watching the MC get Stockholm Syndrome! O_O

    Awesome review though! I'm glad you liked both books!

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  18. For some reason I've read a lot of books about kidnapping over the past few years--the Stockholm Syndrome thing is always kind of an interesting twist, though. Thanks for the review of both the novel and the novella, I may have to check them out sometime.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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