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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 paTwo 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.Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired....

Title : Pieces
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ISBN : 9781936850853
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Number of Pages : 284 Pages
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Pieces Reviews

  • Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
    2018-11-10 13:21

    So..This is Naomi nearly 3 years after the kidnapping.From the books Blurb you know her kidnappers are in jail.Naomi is in a sort of fcuked up state of mind.She doesn't hate them, although she should- I certainly know that I don't.She loves Jesse still- I still do too...She has everything she wants from her family but its different now.Trying to move on till Jesse can be with her again after he serves his time.Again this is another Emotionally captivating book which makes you question your sanity.Naomi is strong but weak at the same time too and I must admit I'm kind of pissed of about another guy -Finn being involved.Being at college, having feelings for someone else, but at the end... Her thoughts still lead her back to Jesse...Again this questions my sanity but I don't care.Besides Jesse making the mistake of assisting in her kidnapping, I don't see an evil bone in his body.I'm also kind of pissed at Naomi- let's just say that I am shocked and depressed and somewhat disappointed at her decisions at the ending.I totally get and understand where the author is coming with this ending but that doesn't mean I like it or agree...The story is very captivating and for this reason ill give it a 4 stars.

  • Haley ~ YA-Aholic
    2018-11-15 11:22

    What a page turner! Going into Pieces I was nervous, book 1 (The Breakaway, see review here) was one of my favorite reads of 2012, and while I was super excited about there being a sequel, I was concerned I wasn't going to enjoy it as much since it was about Naomi dealing with the after math of the kidnapping and not her actually being hostage anymore. Thankfully though I enjoyed Pieces just as much as I did The Breakaway!Now while Pieces is definitely not the same as The Breakaway it was still equally as good and intense. In Pieces we get to see the struggles Naomi is facing with the aftermath of the kidnapping and her trying to be strong and wait for Jesse to be released. We also meet a new boy named Finn who has nothing to do with her past, but could be the future she needs.I have to admit Finn was my favorite part of Pieces! I thought he was such a great addition as a character, he was the sweet boy next door kind of guy which I love. He seemed to genuinely care about Naomi. Jesse on the other hand I did not enjoy in Pieces as much, he seemed to have changed since The Breakaway, and I guess that makes sense when he just got out of being in prison and given the other circumstances. Although he was one of Naomi's captors, I do believe he also wanted to make Naomi happy, and genuinely cared about her.Besides Finn I also very much enjoyed Naomi in Pieces, I felt like she had grown as a character tremendously since The Breakaway. She grew up alot, and even throughout Pieces you still see her growing as a character. She became a stronger, more independent version of herself.Overall this was an amazing addition to The Breakaway, you can read Pieces on it's own, but I highly suggest reading The Breakaway before hand (since I loved it so much). Michelle writes amazing stories of struggle, and makes you really feel for the characters. This is a series I would recommend to anyone looking for a different kind of contemporary romance.

  • Erin
    2018-11-10 08:59

    Not nearly as good as the first. I felt like this one had more of a "debut novel" quality about it. In the first book, Naomi annoyed me, but I was okay with that. In this one, I wasn't. She was whiny and indecisive and just really grated on me. And maybe that's how people are when they're in her situation, I don't know. But I didn't like her. I really wanted Jesse to not turn out to be an ass, but alas, he was almost not the same guy as he was in the first book. In the first book, you understand why she falls for him. In this one, I kept waiting for her to realize it was a trap, because he just seemed so smarmy and shifty. I'd recommend the first book to people looking for a quick read, but I'd tell them to skip this one. Not a fan.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-19 09:22

    INT Giveaway on my blog! http://somelikeitparanormall.blogspot...The Breakaway was about Naomi being kidnapped and what she went through. Pieces is the aftermath and about how Naomi is trying to move on. I really enjoyed both books but they do read very differently and can be easily be read separately. I was so excited there would be a sequel because so many kidnapping books never show the after effects. Especially since Naomi fell in love with her kidnapper and is awaiting his release from jail. Can love endure through such a horrible way of meeting or should Naomi move on?Naomi is away at college and has few friends. She is constantly seen as the girl that was kidnapped. When Finn, who works at her favorite coffee shop, asks her out she decides to finally go for it. Desperate for some fun she agrees to go as friends. I loved Finn right away. He was so incredibly sweet and understanding of her situation. He listened and never judged or made her feel bad for the fact that she is in love with her kidnapper. I desperately wanted Naomi to move on and have a happy, healthy relationship with Finn.But...I fell back into Stockholm syndrome again! As soon as Jesse is released I end up falling for him all over again. He seems to really care about Naomi and I want to believe that they could have a future together. I want them to have a second chance at happiness. I felt like Jesse did such a good thing turning himself in and facing the consequences so that he could be with Naomi the right way. Naomi gives everything up to give him a second chance and I am soon thinking that maybe that isn't such a good idea. A criminal usually can't fully change their ways. I wanted him to change. I kept believing he changed even though there were clues I should have see. Jessi is a charmer at times.Naomi has a hard time standing up for herself. The kidnappers victimized her because they thought she was complaisant and she is having a hard time breaking away from that. She has to be strong and fight for real change in her life. Not just with Jessi but with her family as well. They tell her what to do and she needs to finally figure out what she wants in life. Does she want to continue with college? Is Jessi really the best thing for her or should she move on. There is a lot of guilt from what they went through together and they feel like they need to be there for each other. That it makes everything they went through worth it. But maybe it doesn't. I honestly wasn't completely sure how it would end but I think Naomi ended up in a good place. An emotional journey about moving on and finding the strength to make changes. ---"I know, but you waited for me for over two years. You've given up everything to come here with me. I knew there was a good chance this would all work out.""I'm still stuck in that bedroom with Eric, and I can't get out." Sinking to her knees, she buried her face in her hands. "I'll never get out.""You're a better person than me, Naomi. You've always been better than me. I guess that's why I've never wanted to let you go."---*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • Khanique McDaniel
    2018-11-06 14:08

    Sighz ... there is no way to write this review without spoilers because the biggest spoiler of all was the biggest turn off ... so unfortunately, here goes my first ever spoiler review.First, let me start off by saying that the basics of this story were great. They were hardly if any grammatical errors and the conversations flowed wonderfully. Penmanship, grammar wise ... it was all good!But plot wise and decisions .... not for me! They weren't shitty, but they just didn't invoke much from me. I think it's partly due to me anticipating a whirlwind romance with Jesse and Naomi. I think we would get to step out of the box and do the unexpected where we see a supposed Stockholm Syndrome patient showing that it is possible and not just a disease.The usual characters were back, without a few and the addition of some new faces. One very unwelcome one in particular ....... And in comes Finn! The bane of both myself and Jesse's existence. All bias and expectations aside, Finn is a good guy, but I just didn't connect with him. Maybe in another novel I could have, but Finnegan (like really!) was just not for me and maybe that is mostly due to my expectations.Naomi with Jesse is something I wanted to and could read. Naomi with Finn is ... meh and Naomi with Naomi is annoying and sickening. Her backbone is absent and if she would have gotten her head out her little rich girl ass enough, she would see her mistakes and how blah she came off across paper.I expected so much more out of a trip to Italy and I can honestly say that I never ventured into this novel to get a stuck in the head novel about Naomi and no closure about nothing else. I honestly believed that we would get so much more in this one. There were so many windows to jump through and instead of taking one, Ms. Argyle used the door ... disappointed I am.It's hard to believe or better yet accept Jesse throwing his life away to be with Naomi because she made him believe that she was deeply in love with him and waited on him. Then after he sacrificed it all for her, they make a TOO clean break and we spend the next couple months in Naomi's stupid head with boring topics, conversations and decisions only for her to end up with damn Finn that no one invested their time into developing a relationship with?!?! ... yeah ... I am pretty much pissed!Well ... there is nothing to do now and the story has ended, so we just got to accept it for what it is but I do wish we could get a book about Jesse where he is over Naomi and living somewhere exotic with a woman that deserves him! (Pick me please!!!)

  • bookaddict22
    2018-11-10 11:07

    Book 2 was just ok in my opinion. I felt so bad for Naomi throughout this series because she never seemed to be on solid footing. She went through the most horrific ordeal and yet she was emotionally attached to it. I loved how throughout this book, you witnessed Naomi experiencing the turmoil of being torn between loving and fearing her captors. I almost wish we could've watched her confront Eric and Evelyn so we could get a better understanding of why they did what they did. I also want to know who was the mastermind behind inducing the stockholm syndrome. Who was highlighting the notes about how to make Naomi depend on them? I'm sure it was Eric but it would be interesting if we saw a different POV story and discovered it was Jesse. He definitely had more going on behind the scenes than we knew-it broke my heart! Overall, it was a good series but I just wasn't as impressed with book 2.

  • Reeka (BoundbyWords)
    2018-10-20 09:24

    As seen on my blog:*3.5 STARS*'Emotional rollercoaster' is a sorry and tired cliché to describe what I experienced while reading this book, but I'm pretty much still on my way back down, and my grip on the handlebars haven't loosened as yet, so that will have to suffice. I made the insanely genius decision to read the (first) companion book, The Breakaway, before reading this one, and read them both in one sitting. They are both intended to be standalone books, but reading them both just solidified so much more in my mind-it also helped me understand Naomi's mind state, and reasoning behind her actions, in this book.It's been two years since Naomi Jensen escaped the house she was being held hostage in after being kidnapped from a parking lot late one night. Two years since she last saw Jesse, one of the captors she ends up falling for, despite the circumstances-or even because of it. We find her enrolled in Harvard University, studying film, and constantly trying to push the images of her year held hostage to the farthest reaches of her mind. We are also immediately introduced to Finn-a new male character, and the apparent object of Naomi's attention.After everything I felt while consuming the first book, it was initially a little bit of a shock to find out that so much time had passed, and that Naomi was apparently "moving on". As I read the first few pages, I found myself wishing that the author had just stopped at the first book-I wanted Naomi's fate to be left to my imagination. Though as I got halfway into it, I couldn't seem to click the pages fast enough. I appreciated the effort the author made in making Naomi's reactions and thought process realistic in relation to what she experienced. I still found her to be a little too blase and gullible, but it didn't bother me as much as it should have, I had already become way too invested in her character while reading The Breakaway. I sympathized with her, I cheered on her thoughtless actions, I wanted to experience every emotion with her-that is SO unlike me. I usually LOATHE weak willed characters, LOATHE.I also found the complete turnaround her mother made, in terms of her concern for her daughter, a little contrived. It made sense for her to have gotten a lot more protective, but I couldn't grasp the genuineness of it-we just didn't get a good and proper glimpse inside her head during the first book. I would have also liked to learn more about Naomi's father, he was pretty much a shadow lurking in the background, and had very minimal dialogue. I enjoyed the brassy character of Becca-Naomi's roommate-she provided some much needed comedic relief.Jesse and Naomi. I can't even..I don't exactly know where my thoughts begin, and I definitely don't know where they end. It's such a disturbingly messed up situation, and I'm not sure what kind of person it makes me to have the giddy feelings I do when I read their scenes but..*sigh* don't make me explain it. They just were, and it just was, and I think they've made it into my top 10 favourite book couples. My heart broke in weird places as their time together played out-the details of their initial pairing went RIGHT out of the window. It stopped being disturbing, and became something tangible-again, I don't know if I should scold myself for this thought, or just chalk it up to the author's great writing skills *shrugs*. Doesn't even matter.Near the end of this, I was almost as divided as Naomi-I couldn't tell you HOW I wanted it to end, I was just feeling way too much at once. I loved that. I loved that this wasn't a book that just made you sit on the surface and watch. I was sitting somewhere in a corner in every single one of those scenes, like a whimpering puppy, asking, out loud.."What will you do NOW!?" (Yes, a talking, whimpering puppy, apparently). If you read The Breakaway, you MUST read this book, it's just something you have to do..seriously. It was an excellent conclusion.----------*DISCLAIMER* I received this book as an ecopy from the author, in order to participate in the blog tour.

  • AlbaBookPics
    2018-11-09 05:57

    wow... I'll have to think hard to come up with this review....Guys!Where to start!I have to say though, as some kind of side note, that I'm so glad this is a companion as opposed to being a sequel. Meaning, you can actually read it without having read the first book...Because, I couldn't read the first one... As in, I couldn't get into it...BUT THIS BOOK??This book was a whole other story,Yes, Naomi was so self-conscious all the time, always second guessing herself, always doubting, always trying to stay away from everyone around her.I mean, who wouldn't? After surviving almost a year as a 'prisoner' if you may... These people kidnap her and all of a sudden she cares for them?So I guess it would be hard on her to learn how long they'll be spending in jail for what they did, because NAOMI, WHAT THEY DID WAS WRONG!The setting was believable and well described and written...Whereas the characters... Trust me, they were amazingly written and you could almost always picture them perfectly... But sometimes their personalities kind of brought me down... Specially Naomi's... Okay, being true to myself... ONLY Naomi's...Do NOT get me wrong... This book surprised me...REALLY surprised me... Because I've never felt this strong for a character... Sure I've related to almost all the characters from the books I read and I live all their stories while reading them... I suffer with them, I root for/with them, I cry with them... I mean... I'm just like that with books...But in this case... With Naomi and how the author wrote her?I wasn't living her story I DIDN'T want to... I was like this third party goer (a happy third wheel) watching from a distance and trying to comprehend everything she was going through...It was an amazing experience if I do say so myself. I think this has never happened to me before, I always get completely immersed in the stories I read... But in this case I think I was more like invested...I wanted to find a way to help Naomi grow up, I wanted for her to think for herself for just a second... I wanted to be her friend instead of her... Because wow...I never would have let her believe that she HAD to do for Jesse what she did... Argh...This is frustrating... trying to explain this to you...Just know though... I loved Naomi as much as I hated her... And I'm pretty sure I can count on one hand how many books have made me feel that towards a female main character that has been through a traumatic experience.Yes, I was invested in the story. Yes, I loved loved the writing. I love how sometimes the story pace was slow while others were fast. Yes, I fell in love with Finn and THAT is a character I would very much like for myself. Yes, I hated all the parts with the boy Naomi thinks she is in love with.Yes, I almost broke my tablet because I couldn't stand most of the decisions that were made. Yes, I cried. Yes, I identified somewhat with Naomi's personality...If you're into books involving;Characters with an awful, as in, kidnappedforayear kind of thing, and them overcoming all that...And if you,Love LOVE that is LITERALLY blind.Like Italy.Love cakes.And believe that... You cannot erase your past... But you can very much start scribbling and living and making up your future?Give this a try... You might be surprised just as I was...As for my weaknesses?Only one... The book tittle was in the book as well so ;) That is worth one star ;)Adding it up------->I give this book3fotitos = Might've made me cry.Now you might be wondering, if it DID make me cry... Why didn't I give it my awesome over the top rating??? It was mainly Naomi's personality... It was infuriating while also being real... Sweet while being pathetic... Innocent while being guilty...As you can see... My thoughts are all over the place and I had such a hard time writing this review and choosing the rating... In the end this was the best I could now...Now if you let me... I have a date with Finn, some iced tea, and a certain awesome almond cake :DEnjoy!

  • Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
    2018-10-30 06:12

    While you could read PIECES as a stand-alone without ever picking up THE BREAKAWAY, knowing Naomi's history prior to PIECES will help you understand her mental state as she attempts to fit the pieces of the puzzle that is her broken life back together and move on after the traumatizing events that resulted in her kidnapping. PIECES deals with the repercussions and ongoing struggles of a girl who escaped from extraordinary circumstances but is unable to fully move on in life. Michelle Davidson Argyle explores Naomi's mental state and refuses to sugarcoat things, resulting in a more realistic portrayal of a situation that is sometimes idealized in literature.It has been two years since Naomi managed to escape from her kidnappers in THE BREAKAWAY, yet they remain with her in small ways. The way Eric made coffee and eggs, the way Evelyn painted her nails and taught her to cook; small things remain in her daily life, reminding her of her time in captivity. Most of all, Naomi can't bring herself to forget about Jesse, with whom she fell in love during her time at the house despite the fact that he was one of her captors. Naomi's slowly moving on and in therapy now. Everyone tells her that her attachment to her captors is a result of Stockholm Syndrome, but while Naomi knows this to be true, she also knows that she and her captors truly grew to care for one another in a way that only they could understand. She's slowly begun repairing bridges with her parents, especially her mother, and has even started attending her mother's alma mater, Harvard University. When she finds out that Jesse has been let out early on parole for good behavior, her entire life is in upheaval once again. Naomi has to figure out the truth behind her own feelings. How well does she know Jesse? Does she truly love him--and if so, would she follow him to Italy? If she does, she'll leave behind her fragile new relationship with her parents and her budding friendship with a guy named Finn who has been supportive of her decisions. But if she doesn't, will she miss out on the greatest love she's ever known?Naomi suffers so much in PIECES. She's completely mixed up and doesn't know the truth behind her own feelings. Her captors did a true number on her when emotionally binding her to them during her time in captivity, and she finds it hard to break free from the invisible shackles still clinging to her. I would go so far as to say that Naomi is also suffering from PTSD, and while she's been on the road to recovery, Jesse's early parole brings everything back and takes away so much of what she's gained for herself. Her emotional state is very easy to sympathize with; all I wanted to do was give her a big hug. Naomi grows so much and learns a lot about herself. She comes out a stronger person by the end of her journey with us, but will always be marred by her past. PIECES is a great look at what happens after a person has experienced a tumultuous situation and the way s/he must re-integrate with the nuances of daily life. So often, books end after the event and don't focus on the repercussions or if they do, they gloss over all the psychological effects that traumatic events can have on a person and make it seem as though such events never bothered the person, which makes the book unbelievable PIECES balances this well, and provides a close-up look about one girl's shattered life as she attempts to move on and discover her own identity in life.

  • Ellen
    2018-10-23 11:21

    Though Pieces can be read independently, I am glad that I read The Breakaway first, because it helps you to truly understand Naomi's mental state and where she is coming from. The story begins a couple of years after Naomi's kidnapping incident. Naomi is finally going to college at Harvard, though still in counseling and trying to sort out the emotional train wreck of her life with the help of her counselors. She is still in love with Jesse, and has convinced herself to wait 5 years for him, until he is released from prison. When she makes a new friend, Finn, she begins to question her feelings for Jesse. Finn is hot, he understands her, and she is very attracted to him. He also causes her to really look at and question her true feelings for Jesse. Her friendship with Finn grows, as do her feelings for him, but everything changes when she receives a call and finds out that Jesse is out on parole. Part of his parole stipulates that he can have absolutely no contact with Naomi whatsoever. Naomi can't get Jesse out of her mind, and it eventually begins to affect her school work. While on summer break back home in California, she breaks the rules and drives to Berkley where Jesse is staying, winding up seeing him, if only briefly. A few months later she receives a text from Jesse asking her about having a passport. Soon after this, he contacts her and informs her that his parole has been lifted, and that he has gotten a wonderful job opportunity in Italy, and wants her to come with him. Even though her friends find the fact that Jesse is off parole and able to contact her so soon rather fishy, she choose to allow herself to be blinded to this fact, leaving it all behind to go with him, but when she gets there, things aren't what she expected. Jesse is secretive and she knows he is keeping things from her. She soon begins to wonder just how different this situation is from when she was held hostage before. Then, whens she sees Jesse with some questionable men, everything is turned upside down and her world begins crashing in around her. Forced with some very difficult choices, Naomi finally must face the truth of what is going on, but when she does, will this realization come to late? I enjoyed Pieces a lot more than I did The Breakaway. I also liked Naomi's character a lot better in this book. I especially liked Finn. He was just an all around great guy, and hot to. Though Jesse grew on me in book one, I found his character to be much less likable in this book. I felt bad for the things Naomi was going through, but was glad to see her begin to overcome her weakness and pain, and try to put the pieces of her life back together again. The story also ended well and I was pleased and satisfied with where and how the author closed things out.

  • Riya
    2018-11-03 10:09

    The Breakaway and Pieces are very different in style and writing, so they can easily be read as seperate standalone novels, which I think is really cool. Naomi's story in The Breakaway completely blew me away; I was surprised to find myself also falling for the kidnappers (especially Jesse), which I never thought would happen. I was so invested in her story that as soon as I heard there was a sequel, I went BALLISTIC. I'm so happy Argyle ended up continuing Naomi's story, because Pieces was just as suspenseful and exciting as The Breakaway, if not more.Naomi is still trying to fix her shattered life back together- the aftermath of being held ransom for several months. As much as she tries, she just can't seem to forget the whole experience and put it behind her; even though Jesse is locked up behind bars. After all... maybe she doesn't want to. When Finn, the cute local guy from the Café asks her out, she decides it's time to start moving on, little by little. And what better way to begin than with the sweet, understanding guy next door who seems to see right through her?Finn is a great guy. If my heart didn't already belong to Jesse, I might even have a tiny crush on him. The fact that he didn't judge Naomi for what she'd gone through at all, and took it in his stride was really awesome! I kept rooting for them to get together, because he seems like just the guy to help Naomi get back on her feet... and then came Jesse.I'd totally forgotten how charismatic and charming this little devil is! He pretty much gets away with everything- you kidnap girls and rob banks? Pshhh... fine by me! The chemistry between him and Naomi is undeniable, and although I can't- no matter how much I try- see a happy ending for the two of them, I guess you can't choose who you fall in love with, it just happens. When it's there, it's real and everyone can feel it. I SO felt it, you guys. I'd be totally fine with it if Jesse decided to kidnap me... Just saying! Although he was as hot and alluring as always, in Pieces I felt like a part of him was missing, kind of like all the sunshine and happiness about him had just vanished. I can understand why, but I wish he would have dealt with it in different, more LEGAL ways.Pieces is a tempestuous, suspenseful follow-up to The Breakaway that skillfully flirts with deep psychological issues. Even if you haven't read The Breakaway and you're teetering on the edge of picking this jewel up, GO FOR IT!

  • Rachel
    2018-11-15 07:11

    I started this book knowing it was a sequel to another book, The Breakaway, I did not read. I not sure if my reading expereince would be any different if I did read the previous book. I might have cared more for Jesse, Naomi's kidnapper and boyfriend, if I read the first book, but I will never know untill I read the first book. I liked this book but not passionately so I am not sure of my desire to read the first book, especially since I already know most of what occured in that book. I did care more for the other male character, Finn, then for Jesse. I enjoyed the easy and relaxed banter between Finn and Naomi and how he was understanding about Naomi's predictament of being in love with her kidnapper. Finn was a nice, normal guy and I laughed a few times during his scenes. I enjoyed seeing parallels to Naomi's kidnapping when she makes an important decision later on in the book. I enjoyed the Itally part, despite its predictability, since it shares the gray essense of Jesse that is neither good or bad, just damaged. Naomi was a terrific protagonist. I grew to care for her throughout the book and she was easy to relate too. I love meeting a character that also likes to cook and strives for independence. The story lagged at some points, yet the writing was constantly wonderful. The geniuness of the inner strife Naomi expereinces made me care about the lesson of the story. The lesson of people taking control of their own life resonated with me. Overall, Pieces is a fun, trueful tale with an amazing protagonist. Originally Published at Unforgettable Books

  • P.J.
    2018-11-09 09:10

    There is nothing quite like getting a sneak peak at a book I'm super-excited to read, and now, not only do I get to tell you guys all about the book, I get to help with the cover reveal, too!PIECES (THE BREAKAWAY #2) by Michelle Davidson Argyle (Rhemalda Publishing, February 14, 2013)Here are Five Things I Have to Say About PIECES:1) First off, yes, this book is a sequel. But that said, it will also completely satisfy people looking for a standalone read. THE BREAKAWAY ended in a conclusive manner with just enough open to leave us wanting more, and PIECES picks up with us getting a glimpse into the past but jumping full speed into the future.2) PIECES kind of fits into this whole new genre people are hyping, "New Adult." Our main character, Naomi, is a few years older than in THE BREAKAWAY. She's in college, yet she's not far her teenaged years at all and has the same emotions seen in young adult novels. With this in mind, PIECES should appeal to those who read young adult and those who like novels aimed at more the adult crowd, too.3) Talk about a page turner! Once I started reading PIECES, I couldn't stop. I had to find out what was going to happen, who Naomi was going to chose, and what choices she was going to make.4) And when it comes to choices, Naomi gets in way over her head and has some big choices to make—choices that will impact the rest of her life. Michelle does a great job letting us see into Naomi's head and live her struggles along with her.5) PIECES is highly recommended for fans of realistic fiction, young adult or adult, those who have read THE BREAKAWAY or not. I dare you not to love it!Source of book: From author

  • Stacey
    2018-11-07 06:23

    What?!?! This is NOT the end of the story I was hoping for :( I liked the 1st book so much that I purchased this one later that night..I'm really disappointed. And I was kinda hoping Eric or the others might make some kinda appearance recieve a letter from them, but nothing.

  • Amy
    2018-10-28 08:07

    Definitely a great follow up to THE BREAKAWAY. I was in complete suspense the entire book.. just waiting on the edge of my seat. I often found myself wanting more of exactly what I knew I shouldn't. Argyle crafted this story perfectly and definitely kept me on my toes to the very end.

  • Aure `Reading With The Dark`
    2018-10-28 11:12

    not even sure if 3 stars isn't too much..

  • Liliana Saquicela
    2018-11-09 14:12

    I can't wait!!!....I'm so happy that wasn't the ending!!!

  • Richa
    2018-11-03 09:09

    Originally posted at City of Books - http://ecstatic-for-books.blogspot.com/I enjoyed Pieces a lot more than I did The Breakaway. This one, I felt, had a lot of depth to it, and it's very easy for a lot of people to relate too. It's more real, in a sense. I liked Naomi more in this book, because she really has grown. And I absolutely loved the new character, Finn. I think he's a large part of the reason I loved this book!Pieces begins quite a while after the events of The Breakaway. In fact, it's not really a sequel. I think this would be great to read as a standalone too, but I liked knowing the background and reasons behind Naomi's and Jesse's actions. When Pieces begins, Jesse's in jail along with Naomi's other kidnappers, and Naomi's attending Harvard University. She meets Finn, a waiter at the cafe she visits every Wednesday. They talk a lot, and slowly become really good friends. But Naomi finds out some news about Jesse, something that changes everything.Naomi's still really hung up on Jesse, and she can't seem to forget him or her other kidnappers - Eric, Evelyn and Steve. She has nightmares about them often, and she's even been seeing a counsellor for the past two years. Naomi's got quite a weak character and resolve, and she knows that. She really does try to be strong in this book, though. There are a lot of changes happening all at once, and she has no idea what to do. This book is mainly about Naomi becoming an adult, and learning to make good decisions on her own, which is why it's more of a New Adult book rather than Young Adult. Naomi had this epiphany when she was with Jesse - something that really opened her eyes. I think this was a turning point in the book, and I really admire her for realizing it. And here it is - (don't worry, it's not very spoiler-ish)When she was staring at a blank screen, she remembered something she had thought was gone forever. She remembered a series of dreams from her time in captivity. They were filled with dragons and there was a prince who kept trying to save her. He had never succeeded.She still did annoy me at times, but I admire her for rectifying her mistakes and making the right choices in the end. Some predictable, others not so much. Finn really helped her out in making these decisions.Finn is pretty much the best guy Naomi could ask for - he doesn't know about her past, he's funny, he's hot, and he makes her feel comfortable. They connect immediately, but Naomi makes sure he knows that there can never be anything between them. Why? Because she still loves Jesse. But Finn's cool with giving her some space, and I likes that he didn't pressure her into anything, not like her previous boyfriends. Finn has problems of his own - he's lied to his dying mom that he goes to Harvard, and instead he's a waiter at a cafe. But he desperately wants to make it in the world, and he's willing to work hard for it. Finn is the kind of supportive friend anyone would want. He never judges Naomi on her decisions, and reminds her of why she made them in the first place. He's incredibly patient with her, especially at times when I wanted to go into the book and smack her on the head. And he's pretty much the only person who tells Naomi to go for what she wants, instead of telling her what to do.And Jesse, I honestly don't know what to think of. I really liked him in The Breakaway, despite the fact that he helped kidnap Naomi and rob jewelry stores. Because he was the one who freed Naomi. And he loves her, he really does. Anyone can see that. But in Pieces, he takes a dark turn (which I blame Naomi for, of course). He gets into contact with some bad people, starts messing with illegal stuff, and basically he's not the good guy we once thought he was. I think he can change for the better, but that's up to him. I did feel sorry for him a lot of times in this book, though. I won't say why - spoilers! But yeah, he could be a good guy if he wanted to. And he really gets Naomi - he knows how strong she can be if she wants to. I just wish he didn't have to make all the mistakes he did...I was hoping to get a glimpse of Eric or Evelyn in this book, but sadly that was not to be. They're still rotting in jail, and there's nothing Naomi or anyone can do about it. Naomi's struggles with college are something that many of us can relate to, because I think most people would go through the same things. Just not in the same situation, of course. I'm glad that Michelle Davidson Argyle decided to write a companion novel to The Breakaway, because this one tied up a lot of loose strings, and it's really insightful.Pieces kept me turning the pages anxiously, trying to figure out what decisions Naomi would make. This really is a nail-biting book. It's dramatic but realistic, and beautifully written. This is a story about growing up, and I'd recommend it (standalone or not) to anyone - teen or adult. It's about making the right decisions, learning from mistakes, and just getting through life. Pieces is a thrilling novel and suspense-filled novel, and it really is unforgettable!*Thank you to Michelle Davidson Argyle for providing a copy for review*

  • Becca
    2018-10-25 14:19

    ***** may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first one ***OH MY GOSH! I thought the first book was good, and then I got to this one. It's awesome. It's on my Itunes, and I haven't had a chance to listen to it for a while, but today I decided it WOULD be finished. Seriously...I have to put this definition up again. It is a syndrome that is "mind boggling" to me.Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.[1][2] The FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 8% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[3]Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other."[4] One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual's response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be a threat.[5]Naomi, Naomi, Naomi. Girl, we need to sit and have a little chat about self esteem and making good choices. This character is fantastic, and frustrating. More frustrating than anything. Most of the time I am hitting my head saying "DUH" Naomi, "don't to that". Argyle does a great job of showing us just how real this syndrome can be. Scary, and I mean super scary, but real.Naomi has a hard time adjusting to "normal" life. I think I can understand that. Living with people who threaten you one minute and then treat you like their best friend the next. THEN all of the sudden being set "free". I can see how she would have a hard time adjusting. My heart aches though that she thinks what she feels for Jesse is real love. How on earth could she ever think that was real love? Don't get me wrong, Jesse is a smooth talker. While reading I would think to my self "aww that was so sweet"...WAIT, he is the kidnapper. It's NOT sweet.Naomi, goes away to school in hopes of returning to a normal life. She sits in a cafe every day and draws and in the mean time becomes friends with a waiter there by the name of Finn. I had high hopes for Naomi when she met Finn. Unfortunately poor, damaged Naomi couldn't see what was right before her very eyes. She couldn't see that Finn was a good man, with good intentions. Who liked to talk to her, who worried about her, and yet hardly knew her outside of the cafe. Someone who was genuinely interested in her for HER. No...poor Naomi only had eyes for her kidnapping boyfriend Jesse.Then Naomi finds out that Jesse is out on parole. Of course she is not suppose to have any contact with him, so you know she is going to do just the opposite. She doesn't know how not to. Her kidnappers had brainwashed her to the point that she thought without them, there wasn't anywhere else to go. She could never see what her counselors, parents and friends were trying to point out to her. That Jesse was no good.I wanted to scream at Naomi...here are RED FLAGS for why you should NOT see Jesse. Red flag #1. Moving and not telling your parents. Red Flag 2...Having him find out you have a phone and blocks everyone you know from it. Red Flag 3...shady men in bars. Red Flag #4 He is a freaking kidnapper.So naturally Naomi would think going to Italy would be the right thing to do. A new place, a new life.I actually sighed out loud when she walked into her room in Italy with Jesse. I knew she would find a way to be with him, but I certainly didn't expect them to leave the country. Naomi, so young and so naive, and so damaged.I slammed my hands on my table a few times during their Italy experience. Really. I was so angry and dumbfounded.I am so very grateful for that one (okay, maybe a few) moments of clarity when she realizes that being with Jesse is never going to be a good idea. When she finally see's him for what he really is. A bad guy.The ending of this book is touching. Getting to the ending was a journey. I would say page turning journey, but I was listening to it ;). This series was probably the hardest series for me to wrap my head around in a long time. Not because it was bad, but because it was about something I have never read before. The psychological torment that Naomi journeys though is almost too much to take in.Great job Argyle. Great job.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-27 07:14

    DNF'd about halfway through. Characters just kept getting flatter and more difficult to care about. Might come back later, but this book is just so boring and whiny, especially compared to the other one I'm reading (And I Darken by Kiersten White.)Update: I went back and ended up finishing it because it's easier to have a book on your phone, especially one that you don't have to pay too much attention to. Sadly the characters are painfully dull and horribly predictable. The author forces characterization that feels false, and you can see the "twist" coming a mile away.

  • Carmen
    2018-10-26 07:09

    This review is based on a copy I got because I was part of the blog tour. You can find the originial post + an excerpt here.Review:Well, you just read how much I enjoyed The Breakaway and how realistic I thought it was. The same goes for Pieces, only I loved Pieces even more. I wanted so much for Naomi to succeed, to build a life for herself. I laughed and cried with her. Pieces resonated with me even more because in a way, I am in a situation similar to Naomi - figuring out what I want, doubting college decisions, changing relationships to family. Minus the lingering effects of the kidnapping of course.Pieces picks up two years after the events of the first book. Naomi has moved away to college, shares a nice house with a roommate, and pursues her art. But she cannot forget what happened to her, and she is still hung up on Jesse, even though he's in prison and even though she knows that she suffered from Stockholm syndrome and that she'll never be allowed to have normal interactions with him again. She rarely goes out and doesn't open up to other guys.But then there's Finn, who works at the café she often goes to because of their almond cake and so she can sketch. They begin to talk and grow closer. I really enjoyed their friendship and how Finn didn't push her. His problems also put hers a bit in perspective - some of them are kind of first-world-problems. I mean, she's never had to worry about money. This was something that at times grated on me a bit, but it's reflected here as Naomi begins to long for more independence, to build a life for herself without anyone's help. I really admired her for that!But of course just when Naomi wants to really start something with Finn, Jesse contacts her. He'll be out of prison a lot sooner than either of them thought. I felt very divided about him, to be honest. I never saw him as a really bad guy – he was good to her in the first book despite everything. But I also thought her obsession with him was very unhealthy. I was rooting for Finn. And yet when Jesse actually shows up and they get reacquainted, I couldn’t help but remember how they fit, in a way. However, once they take a drastic decision that leaves Naomi alone for long stretches of time, in a situation similar to that of her capture, when it turns out that the new life Jesse promised her isn’t all she thought it would be and that he wasn’t fully honest with her, I wasn’t surprised. I actually got a bit annoyed because she so stubbornly didn’t want to see the truth for a long time. It made sense with her character though, so I don’t consider it a flaw in the writing. Anything else would have been unrealistic.Naomi grows so much from the girl she was in The Breakaway! And once more, Michelle Davidson Argyle doesn’t just do the fade-out, she gives us the aftermath. The therapy. The way things aren’t suddenly all roses with Naomi’s parents, but how they are all trying to be a family again. And nope, she doesn’t just fall from one guy’s arms into those of another. I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole time when I was reading this book. I cried from sadness and from happiness, I went through the whole ordeal. The writing is just sooo good. Gritty and realistic at times but then again poetic and metaphorical. There were so many wonderful scenes I cannot talk about because of spoilers >.< Let’s just say that this book went into some directions I would never have expected and that it’s populated by wonderful, fleshed out characters I care about a lot.Pieces really is the perfect title for this novel. It’s about picking up the shards of an old identity, about deciding what to keep and what to discard and move on from. It’s about piecing yourself together again and realizing that not all the parts fit anymore. And how sometimes, you may have to break that new construct all over again, because those pieces no longer fit. I loved this book, so so much! The few tiny things I sort of missed in The Breakaway were all here this time. The book left me fully satisfied with what happened in the end, and I have the feeling that when I re-read it (because there’s no ‘if’) I will discover many new details I missed the first time and that will make it even more amazing.I don’t really know what else to say, apart from pick up these books right now and read them – you will not regret it! I will now go and check out what else Michelle Davidson Argyle has written…

  • Brittany
    2018-10-28 07:17

    This book was so good. I liked it just as much as the first book and could hardly put it down. The book picks up two years later after Naomi's kidnapping. One of her kidnappers that she fell in love with Jesse is serving time in prison and she's waiting for him to get out to be with him again. That's hard for her though when he's connected to a past she no longer wants to live in and there's a guy named Finn whose not connected to her past at all. Finn could help her finally move on and away from her past completely. But she doesn't know if she wants to leave it all behind especially when she's still in love with Jesse whose still a part of it. In this story Naomi struggles to finally leave her past behind and by that I mean her whole kidnapping situation. She's still controlled by the people she loves and she let's them control her. Growing up as a rich girl with nannies to constantly care for her and her first relationship being abusive she's always been dependent on other people and let's them control her. Now she's still dependent on other people and let's them control her. She let's her mom talk her into going to Harvard and to see counselors to help her deal with her kidnapping situation. She even let's Jesse control her without really realizing it because she secretly enjoys that. Naomi has grown up that way so, she never really thinks for herself or do what she wants. I can relate to Naomi on the whole controlling level in a way and that's one of the reason's why I like the book so much and her character. It took her longer than I did to break out of that shell and to do the things that she wants to do, but she eventually does do it. The ending was bittersweet just like the first book. I thought if the book ended a certain way I wouldn't like it and I'd be very upset. Actually the book did end the way I didn't want it to, but I'm not upset in the least bit and I'm very satisfied and happy with the turnout. Everything that happened in this book happened for a good reason. Finally sitting down and reading this book and seeing why things happened the way the did through Naomi's story made me realize that it's what was best for her. She did what she had to do to finally release herself from her past completely. Naomi wanted nothing more than to move on in the next chapter in her life. It took her two years to do that, but she managed to pull through. In the end she becomes more independent in ways that I didn't expect her to, in a good way. Her character really developed and matured in this sequel. In the beginning she was mopey,somewhat bratty, and dependent on others. In the end she was an independent, headstrong, and strong-willed woman. Even some of the other characters like Naomi's mom came to terms with themselves about what they were doing wrong and how they could better themselves. This is a book that is going to stay with me for a long time. I'm experiencing a book hangover from it. I'm just so surprised with how the book turned out. It wasn't anything I was expecting. It was so different from what I thought it would be. I'm still letting it all sink in. Great story and one of my top favorite books for sure.

  • Katie
    2018-10-31 08:58

    As with The Breakaway, Pieces is another fantastic book from Michelle Davidson Argyle. I had to read this straight away because I needed to know what happened between Naomi and Jesse. Knowing book 2 was right there, it begged me to pick it up. Pieces was again an easy read, the writing style was fantastic and with a lot of intrigue. I just had to find out if Naomi could break through her door and make her way back home. With the introduction of Finn, man, I didn’t know who I was going to put my money on winning Naomi’s heart in the end.Naomi is in college, Harvard accepted her again with a scholarship, but with the help of her Mother. Naomi was doing so well while waiting for Jesse. To help the wait go quicker, she makes a friend at her favourite coffee shop, Finn. Every Wednesday having her weekly iced tea and almond cake, Finn and Naomi chat. Finn works up the courage to ask Naomi out and she tells him that she has a boyfriend. But Naomi gives in and tells Finn they can go out as friends. Well, this is where all the complications begin for Naomi. Missing Jesse and feeling so much guilt over her kidnappers, Naomi wants to feel something other than fear and is attracted to Finn. She can’t help the feelings that he stirs within her.When Jesse comes out on parole all hell breaks loose, Naomi retreats into herself again. Missing Jesse so much but knowing she cannot see him is the hardest thing she has ever had to do. Naomi’s grades drop, she doesn’t hand in assignments and everything just goes bleh. Now in trouble of losing her scholarship, Naomi needs to make a decision about what she wants for her future. Naomi is still struggling through everything that happened when she was kidnapped. Nobody understands what she went through or how she could love Jesse. Her parents are overprotective and Finn is questioning everything to do with Jesse. All the pressure is building and Naomi doesn’t know what she wants, except that she wants Jesse.Jesse has a plan and that is to run away together. Naomi has to make the hard decisions once again. Does she run away from everything and her parents? Does Naomi have strong enough feelings for Finn that she won’t go? What will happen once they are away, can she trust Jesse or will their past always make her question him?Poor Naomi, I felt so terribly bad for her, struggling through her life; trying to cope with her past and trying to forget it, but never really being able to escape. This was a deep emotional roller coaster that didn’t seem to want to end for Naomi. It had such unpredictable twists along the way and seeing the strength in Naomi and her determination to do what is right was awe inspiring. I would love to read another companion with Jesse's point of view throughout their whole journey and I definitely will be picking up more books by Michelle.

  • Amy Fournier
    2018-11-01 08:19

    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.

  • Donna Weaver
    2018-10-23 10:21

    WHAT MY STARS MEAN5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it. 4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.1 Stars--I hated it.WHAT IT'S ABOUTTwo 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 TAKEAnother powerful story with an ending that some may find dismaying and yet I found completely appropriate.Poor Naomi. It's two years since the trial that sent Jesse and the others to prison. She's in school because that's where her mother wants her to be and not doing too bad until the old piece of her life with her captors spirals toward her new (fragile) life in the form of Jesse's release on parole. Her grades suffer as she's overcome by a desire to see him again even if doing so could get him in trouble and send him back to prison.One of the most profound statements in the book--and so reflective of where Naomi's at--is her thought that she loves Jesse because he loves her. It's so indicative of what a mess she is, always doing what others people want for her, never deciding for herself what she wants, what she likes.That's one of the reasons I find Finn's friendship so refreshing. Here's one person who isn't making any demands of her, not trying to force her into the mold of his vision for her future. Yet, because of Naomi's tendency to be malleable, she's going to have to careful with anyone. Naomi needs to find and be secure in Naomi as a separate person with hopes and desires, likes and dislikes--an individual--before she'll ever be ready to be part of a couple. And at the end, she's headed in the right direction.

  • Kristin
    2018-11-18 08:01

    *Don't read review unless you've read the previous novel, The Breakaway. There will be spoilers from the previous book in this review.*I loved the last book (The Breakaway) that followed Naomi as she was kidnapped and held captive for a year. This book takes place 2 years later. Naomi still has flashbacks to her 1 yr stay with the kidnappers. However, she still has fond memories of the female, Evelyn and Jesse, the boy who sort of became her boyfriend at the end. Jesse's been in prison this entire time but pretty soon, Naomi finds out that he's on parole and pretty soon the life that she's been living for the last 2 years is flipped upside down again. Of course, the author doesn't disappoint with messing with our heads. She puts us on another roller coaster ride of emotions as things play out for Naomi. First it seems like Naomi is moving on with her life and has finally found a nice guy who understands her but then Jesse is released on parole and then he's off of parole and asking her to run away with him. The entire time I will admit I was curious about Jesse but I really liked the new guy and thought he was perfect for her. However, like Naomi, I wanted to give Jesse a shot because I had mixed feelings about him. He was one of her kidnappers after all but he had done small gestures for Naomi and tried to watch out for her while she lived in their house. So I sort of liked the guy but in this book, we see Jesse out in the real world and you realize that maybe he wasn't who you thought he was. I like that the author decided to write a companion novel for Naomi. I would've been okay if she finished with The Breakaway but it was nice to finally get closure for the characters. It was also interesting to see Naomi in life outside of being kidnapped and Jesse outside in the real world. I'm a little sad to see the characters go but it was one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride.Favorite quote..."You're stronger than you think, just not in the ways most people expect."- Jesse

  • Ashtyn
    2018-10-31 10:21

    I was so excited to get back into this book after finishing the first one. I was interested to see how Naomi was doing after what she had experienced in the first book and how her feelings with Jesse had changed, if they had. It was good to be back with Naomi and I was happy to see that she was doing things with her life. She was in school and working to be happy and grow as an individual. She wanted to get past what had happened to her. While she wanted to leave the nightmarish parts behind her, she was more than happy to stay in love with Jesse. A lot of this book was about Naomi growing and getting past what she went through two years ago. Like in the first book, there's a lot of internal struggles that keep you on your toes. I was just waiting for Jesse to show up while reading this book. I wanted to see him. I was so scared that he would be a completely different person than in the first book. I wanted to know how they would react to seeing each other. Jesse is still himself but he was a bit harder. I found him to be harsher and sort of selfish in this book which made me really sad. He had been so sweet and giving in the first book and it's like he came back a little broken. I was frustrated because Naomi had been holding back all this time to be with him and I had mostly supported her love for Jesse because I knew he was good to her. But he came back and I just wanted to pull Naomi away from him. I did not want him messing with the progress she's made to get better. Finn was a cool character. I liked that he let Naomi have her space and never pushed her like some of the guys in her past relationships. He was obviously a healthier choice for her as a love interest but something in me kept holding back, hoping that Jesse would get better. The ending was satisfying and I'm okay with how it ended. While it may not have been exactly what I wanted, I was glad that Naomi had grown so much since the first book. I was just as glued to this book as I was to the first one and I'm really happy I had the chance to read them. For my reviews, visit my blog Wonderland's Reader!

  • Shirley
    2018-11-17 12:12

    Pieces starts off with the introduction of a new character, Finn, a rather good-looking guy waitering at a café near Harvard, where Nano currently attends University on a scholarship. (THAT LUCKY GIRL!!) At the start, I was torn and disappointed; I really thought Naomi and Jesse could be together after he’s served his time in prison. ( I even contemplated not reading the sequel because while the ending of The Breakaway was ambiguous, and I liked it. (sort of.)But I was wrong.As the story progressed, I realized Naomi and Jesse could never be together. He still hasn’t changed. And he’d never change. Doing illegal work is second nature to him. But the crazy thing is, even though Jesse’s making mistake after mistake, committing worse crimes day after day, it was all so he and Naomi could be together. It was for love…but perhaps the wrong kind?Now, I was a little unsure of Finn at first, but I totally fell hard for him when he revealed his ancestry.He leaned closer and said in a thick Italian accent, “Giachetti”.*SQUEALS. HE’S ITALIAN!!!!!!!!*Finn is kind, caring and understanding. My only problem is that I had hoped to feel the love and chemistry develop between Finn and Naomi, but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that. I’ll blame it on the fact that the majority of the book focused on Naomi and Jesse’s relationship.Naomi displayed so much growth as the story progressed. She may never be able to escape what happened to her 3 years ago, but as she spends more time with Jesse, abiding by his wishes and living under his control, she begins to realize so much about herself and the nature of the bond between her and her captors.I did like the ending, but I had expected more i.e. an epilogue. No worries though, I’m still content with the overall story! Pieces is just as thrillingly entertaining and thought-provoking as its predecessor, but even more, there is a strong focus on discovering one’s identity and ultimately, growing up. I think there’s a lot to take away from reading this; it’s a highly recommended read from me!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-16 14:23

    Pieces follows the life of Naomi as she attempts to heal from the aftermath of her kidnapping, we read first hand the struggles she has been dealing with resulting from the months of being held captive 2 years ago.Naomi has been attempting to live a normal life, attending Harvard and making friends as she waits for Jesse to be released from prison.While Naomi attends college classes and attempts to live her life without thoughts of her kidnapping she meets a guy named Finn who works at her favorite coffee shop. Finn is the type of guy any parent would want to see with their child, he is so loving, caring and respectful, who could not love him back in return? He really understands Naomi on a emotional level never once did he ever judge Naomi for the way she was, he has stood by her side helping her with so many things but can she let go of her thoughts of Jesse long enough to think about Finn and the future they might have together??Naomi soon learns that Jesse is out on parole and all those thoughts and feelings from 2 years ago come flooding back and she begins to spiral into a state of confusion. Learning the news a week before her major exams was the worst thing that could have happened, after sustaining good marks Naomi soon learns she has failed her semester and disappointment begins to settle in and she begins to wonder what she wants to do with her future. To make matters worse Karen, Naomi's mom, went from being a non-existent parent to a overbearing parent probably a little to late because Naomi is now 21. Although Naomi is 21 she does everything she can to keep herself from becoming a disappointment to her parents even when that means making herself unhappy. Will she learn to speak her opinion and stand up for herself? Or will she continue to live the life her parents want for her?Read more about my final thoughts, on my blog http://theultimatebookworm23.blogspot...

  • Emily Blake
    2018-11-18 11:03

    *A copy was provided by Rhemelda Publishing for review purposes*Wow, what a book. *Deep breath*. This is the sequel to The Breakaway (which I absolutely loved) and carries on the story perfectly. One thing that really surprised me was the way Argyle chose to take this story, but, I must admit, I prefer it to the alternative. I think it made for a much more interesting book, and I loved how she manipulated the characters and the story to make it a thrilling, heartbreaking read. The writing was flawless, the story line was flowing, and the staging was perfect. I can sometimes guess where the story line is going in books, but in this one I couldn’t figure it out. I really enjoyed the ending as well, and I loved that it was a happy ending for Naomi, and I definitely didn’t see that twist coming.Even though there are two guys in this book, there isn’t really a love triangle. I kind of don’t really like either guys. But I did really like the main character, Naomi, and the fact that she didn’t go between the two guys. Jesse was definitely an appealing character in The Breakaway, but not so much in this book, and that’s because Argyle didn’t want her readers to like him. Finn was a really nice guy, but I’m still not a fan. I can’t explain why – but I think if there was a reason it would be that he was trying to make a move on Naomi. Even though Argyle wrote that he wasn’t trying to steal Naomi away, I still kind of felt like that, so I’m not his biggest fan.This series is one you will not forget, I can pretty much guarantee it. I haven’t heard of any other books like these, and it was really interesting to read, and also suspenseful and thrilling in it’s own way. Argyle has really outdone herself!Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Emily's Crammed Bookshelf