Friday, March 28, 2014

REVIEW: Missing Pieces by Nicola Haken

                                                 Missing Pieces

Blurb: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?

My Review
I'm a little loss for words... This book took a turn I didn't expect, even though it broke my heart it made the book better. Different. I never expected Blaine's secrets to be what they were. I can't breathe thinking about it! 

Maddie is swept up and moved to a new country by her mom. Her mom has some serious issues and Maddie has had to grow up fast to take care of her. With that being said, you can tell her mom loves her. And I think she moves them to America for them both. Anyways, her mom's old friend, Trudy, lives in California with her wealthy husband and has told Annie(Maddie's mom) that she will help them. My heart hurt when reading all that Maddie went through with her mom and school. I loved Lori though! An Jason! They helped add some humor in the story at the right time.

Blaine. Oh, Blaine. I don't even know where to begin with him. I don't want to give anything away so I will leave his story up to you to find out. It's unexpected though! The way he is with Maddie is great! Well when he's not being a dick. Again, you will have to see :)

Aside from trying to figure out some of the English terms, I really enjoyed this story. I laughed, I cried, and I smiled. 
"We're like two missing pieces of the same broken puzzle,lish. I've always felt hollow- incomplete. But when we're together everything makes sense. Everything just... fits,you know? You're it for me, Maddie. You're my missing piece."

4 Stars!!!!

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About the Author:

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) 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 carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…

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