Today we are so excited to participate in the All the Broken Pieces blog tour hosted by Entangled Publishing! In addition to reviewing this amazing book, we have Cindi Madsen on the blog today to answer some of our questions!
I knew that those sort of hazy memories/hallucinations were going to be hard to pull off and I wanted to make sure they were separated in a way that was clear to the reader, so that seemed the best way to make that distinction.
2. I really enjoyed the banter between Liv and Spencer, are they based on anybody that you know in real life?
Yay! The banter is one of my favorite pars to write. That and the kissing :) In high school I sometimes felt pulled in different ways like Liv. Which group do I want to be a part of? Is it worth trying to impress the popular crowd? So I pulled from that with Liv. Spencer isn’t so much based off anyone, but I wanted him to be real. He’s made mistakes and he doesn’t always know what to say or do, but he’s also caring and has a sweet side, and I think that makes him more like the guys I’ve known.
3. I was in shock after reading the last chapter, how hard was it for you to write the big reveal moment?
It was definitely a big moment, but I knew it was coming. I tried to dig deep and really put that emotion into it. I wanted to make people think and have those questions stay with them, even after the book ended.
4. I appreciated the Epilogue since it gave me a sense of closure, but I would have loved to have read the reunion scene. Do you think you will ever revisit this story and tell what happened to the other people involved?
The epilogue wasn’t originally in my plan, but when I wrote the end, I just stared at the screen and knew it wasn’t the end. I’d built up certain characters enough that I felt it needed to be there. I’ve played around with the idea of doing more with the characters, and a lot of people have asked, so it’s possible.
5. Are you currently working on anything new?
Always! I’ve got two adult romances coming out this year. Falling for Her Fiancé will be out in January and Cinderella Screwed Me Over will be out in the fall. I’ve also got a couple YA projects in the works and will announce more about them as soon as they’re set in stone.
Thanks Cindi for stopping by!!
Thanks for having me and for reading!
All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published On: December 11, 2012
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
What if your life wasn’t your own?My Thoughts:
Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?
I am finding that I really enjoy this type of story. Girl has amnesia doesn't know who she is and is trying to piece everything together and add in a creepy mystery to it and I am sold! All the Broken Pieces is no exception and I have to say that the twist at the end was brilliant!
Liv wakes up and has no memory of who she is and as time goes by she realizes that her memories are probably never coming back. So, with her parents freaking out on her every time she asks a question she decides to just move on the best she can. Only problem is the two voices inside her head won't stop arguing. With no one to turn to Liv guards herself the best way she can and hopes that her secret won't get out because if it does then she may lose the few normal things she has managed to hold onto.
This story definitely had it's twists and turns. I liked some parts, some not so much. For instance I would have loved to have seen the mystery hold more of the storyline. After a while, the romance took center stage and I think the plotline was strong enough on it's own to hold the readers attention without the romance. Don't get me wrong I loved Spencer, but the drama between the two just wasn't needed. I didn't need the whole mean girl side story either. Like I said I enjoyed the mystery and the "who is she" without all that extra stuff thrown in. I also would have liked a more solid ending. I have never seen that type of twist before so I wanted to know more. It was so unique and interesting and I have so many questions for the author. I am a little confused on certain things that happened so I think an extra chapter or two devoted to the ending and what transpired to make Liv the way she was would have been great.
All in all it was good just needed some tightening of the storyline and more focus on the bigger picture instead of the romance even though I liked them together. I will definitely check out more from Cinid Madesn!
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