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Pieces (a Breakaway Novel) Paperback – February 15, 2013

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"Pieces will take you on an intense, emotional ride ... truly the mark of a great piece of fiction." - Zoe Winters, author of Dark Mercy 

"Just as compelling as book one, this is a series readers won't be able to put down!" - Haley Hagen, book reviewer at YA-Aholic 

"Pieces had me enthralled as I went on my final journey with Naomi, watching as she made her own journey to try to put her life together." - Jodie Lane, book reviewer at Books for Company 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936850850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936850853
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,658,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She adores cheese, chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life. Michelle writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction (and other genres when she feels like up to it).

You can find out more about Michelle at her author site: http://www.michelledargyle.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Post reading, I've tried to move on with my life. Much like Noami is trying to do in Pieces but I find it hard. I keep referring back to this book and asking why? Why did it have to be the way it was? What went on in the authors mind as she wrote it? Did she feel that this was the best way to go? I've read others reviews and apparently people at large agree with her but it broke my heart. Left me hollow and lonely.

I'm not saying this is a bad book. It's really not. Michelle wrote a beautiful follow up to The Breakaway. We got to see, what I would imagine, an honest view of how someone who had been kidnapped tries to move on with their life. How those people have completely ingrained themselves into Naomi's world. She talks about Evelyn's cooking with a smile. She obsesses about trying to make Eric's eggs the same was he did. But she also things about how much Eric frightened her.

Naomi's dedication to Jesse while he's in prison, is kinda crazy to me. 2 years with absolutely no contact, and she thought it would be 5 years. And her intent is to stay faithful to him. All the love I have in the world for my husband, I sure wouldn't be able to make that commitment. lol But Jesse gets out early. He gets parole and even though she's not allowed to, she sneaks to see him. That sets in motion a whirlwind of things that leave Naomi questioning her judgement.
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What I Liked:
I loved Naomi finally taking charge of her life. Doing what SHE needs to do for herself.
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What I Didn't Like:
That I found myself saying "NOOOOOOO!!!" and "Why? Why?" more then I would have liked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kmac on May 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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 s***ty, 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 over her little rich girl self, 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ddiaz on February 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Michelle Davidson Argyle writes another amazing book!! I loved The Breakaway! And even though the story could have ended there, I am so glad she wrote a sequel!! It really completes The Breakaway in a way that I wouldn't have been able to imagine. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reeka aka BoundbyWords on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
'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.
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