12 October 2014

Book Review | Missing Pieces by Nicola Haken

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*Please note this is an updated version of a story previously published under the title ‘Inevitable’*

Seventeen-year-old Maddie Davis has spent her whole life on the move. With an unstable mother who has a knack for making bad decisions, she’s never stayed in one place long enough to remember its postcode. But this time is different… This time, she has been dragged half way across the world. Arriving in California and being forced to go back to school feels like stepping back in time. She wants to go home…

Until she meets Blaine Elwood – the stepson of an old family friend.

Blaine appears to have it all. To the outside world, quarterback Blaine is rich, confident and has the ‘arrogant bad boy’ image down to a tee. But nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody ever can. He has vowed never to let anyone get too close – let anyone discover how weak he is. So when new girl Maddie starts tugging at strings he didn’t know existed in his heart, his only option is to push her away…

Until he realizes how much he needs her.

Together, after being forced into adulthood from an early age, they begin to learn what it feels like to be young - to smile, to laugh... to love. So when shattered secrets and splintered lies start unraveling around them, will the trust they’ve worked so hard to build be irreparably destroyed? Or will they realize they are two pieces of the same broken puzzle?

(Not suitable for under 18’s due to scenes of abuse, sexual content and adult language)

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My Review
I was almost half way through the book when it start to give me the chills. 

Then when I started putting pieces together...

Just when I thought it was 'just that', Nicola Haken managed to drop another bomb...

And just before the book ended...

If I had one word to describe this book, it would be WOW. Because I honestly thought those warnings at the blurb wasn't really that much, I haven't prepared myself until I was struggling through the pages, wondering what in the world is happening to these people and why would it happen to them? Maddie and Blaine are barely even 18, and they deserve to enjoy life, school and friends. Instead both of them put on a facade of being okay, while the real them are cocooned to their own sufferings.

It took me a while to pick up this book, and when I did, I couldn't put it down. At first, you'd thought these were just normal teenagers with some minor, normal hang-ups but as the story goes, you'd not dare put it down. I have read through the pages, through the wee hours of the morning because I was desperate and pleading for their happy ending. There was a point when I think I couldn't breath because I was suffocating, wishing it would all end. Yet, I stood there, besides Blaine, telling him to fight, telling him to end all this right now, telling him to be strong. God. I wonder how can he possibly suffer through it all. I think my heart, until now, is broken despite the ending. 

And Maddie? She's a very strong girl who never lets anyone down. If she loves you, she'll fight for you and stick with you no matter what. It what makes her special, it what makes Blaine and Annie (her mother) lucky to have her. Because despite all that has been happening, she didn't run (when someone with a weaker heart would), instead she stayed, fought, and in the end, she saved it all - her family, the love of her life, and her happiness.

I usually would say I have enjoyed reading some books, but as for this - my heart is wrenched thoroughly, my brain has turned numb from all those silly pep-talks I have in my thoughts for Maddie and Blaine, not to mention I am half awake due to the necessity of finishing this. I would not dare lift and read this book again without recuperating and gaining all those drained strengths back - but if you asked me if I loved this - THEN YES. It was emotional, I'm still hurting - I think Nicola Haken made sure her readers would be placed in the character's shoes and made us understand what its like to be them. It's beautifully written with a potential to hurt, and heal. This is a journey between two young people who have been through hell, but made it out and became stronger individuals.

Missing Pieces comes with a warning for those friends who'd like to read this - prepare your emotions, prepare your hearts because this would be quite a rough ride. 

★Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

The Author

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children and she is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found studying or carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties!

Connect with Nicola: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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