Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pieces of Lies (Pieces of Lies, #1)
Author: Angela Richardson
Release date: January 7th 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Format: Kindle edition, 230 pages
Purchase: Amazon  
Add to your library: Goodreads

Passionately driven artist, Norah Ross, has been banished from New York to Morewell for her final semester of graphic design at McLaren University. Her move allows her to reconnect with Josh, her best friend, who is more then thrilled at Norah's appearance back into his life. 

At the same time that Norah steps back into Josh's heart, she learns that he is in the process of being accepted into McLaren's uber exclusive secret society, the 'Lappell'. Josh takes Norah to the Lappell's glamorous parties in the hope of taking their friendship to the next level, but when Norah meets the handsome and elusive Clint Weston, a leader in the Lappell, he sweeps her off her feet in more ways then one. 

Norah quickly becomes caught up in an emotional tug-of-war between the two guys while also trying to deal with her own secrets that follow her every day. When Norah's past begins to intertwine with her present, what unfolds is a series of dramatic events filled with romance, mystery and dark motivations. She quickly realizes the path to real love can be paved in all kinds of lies. (via Goodreads)

There will come a time in your life when you'll encounter a book that will make you feel so much just by reading the first few pages. I've encountered a few books like that. Pieces of Lies is one of them.

I didn't know what to expect of Pieces of Lies. Yes, I know there's a love triangle. And I truly hate love triangles. It makes me feel so utterly helpless when it comes to the romantic life of the main character! Ugghhh. Especially when I'm not rooting for the guy the MC's with. Ughhh. I also know that there's a lot of ART in this one. I'm no artist. Actually, that's an understatement! I can neither draw nor paint. So yeah, I don't have any artistic capabilities that's why I'm so appreciative of art itself. Since I cannot donate anything for its betterment, at least I know how to appreciate it. 

I seriously don't know what to say without giving anything that would ruin your enjoyment in reading this book. I'm afraid that if I say this or that, I'm giving out one secret of this book. Let's talk about secrets then. This book has a lot of secrets. And even with this first installment finished, more secrets are coming for the second book. I honestly don't know how Angela have thought of that. It's like she was able to weave out this pretty amazing book using lots of different ingredients. 

Norah wasn't that hard to like. From the first page of reading through her POV, I immediately felt that there was something more to her than just simply a college girl trying to have a fresh-middle-start. As the story went on, I knew more of her and her past which totally gave me heart ache. She thought having a brand new life on another place will free her from pain. Every one knows how it feels when you've been told lies, right? Pain. Especially when it comes from the ones you love. She relieves her pain and anger through painting which I totally loved. And the way she paints! MY GOODNESS. Can't even think about it. I was so shocked! So. You're curious now? Then go buy this and read it already! Seriously! You're missing out on one of the best New Adult debut novels of the year!!! Though sometimes, I felt like Norah was being too impulsive. Like really impulsive and there were times when I just wanted to throw my Kindle at the other end of the room. Yes, that impulsive kind of character. But hello. In every book, there is one impulsive character and most of the time, it's always the Main Character! But I have to give it to Norah. She deserves a big hug from all the pain she had felt and all the pain she will encounter in the second book. Although I have to admit that I didn't connect to Norah in a lot of thoughts maybe because of the guy she likes. Hmmm. But I totally understand her for her choice. Still, I felt her especially when she was lost in her thoughts and she was so troubled with her feelings.

Love triangle. One of the things I hate the most. But then I read this. Why? Because its synopsis deserves that much of my time. I won't even go into details about Norah's love life. It's better for you to experience it yourself! I just have to say that I absolutely love Josh. I know! Most of the girls out there would probably be swept off by Clint. But not me! Alright, he's drop-dead gorgeous but not my type. Huh, I won't even tell you as to who Norah choose between the two of them. Because as much as I hate love triangles, there's a big surprise in the middle part that will really make you choose between guys. I still stand firm on my choice. I. Love. Josh. Despite that one tiny little accident.

This book lived up to its artistic feel in the synopsis. The playlist and the paintings of this one is yelling "ANGST".  It's pretty obvious when you know the title of the songs. As for the paintings, the descriptions made me feel that much. I will probably be delighted to see an art gallery full of Norah's artworks! It must be a delight to see it with my own pair of eyes.

Although I must warn you, this has occasional sexual content. Yes, just occasional. It's not in every chapter that's why. It's not also that heavy and descriptive. So it's bearable. And I don't even fully read those parts because I feel like I'm invading their privacy. Yes, invading is the word.

Pieces of Lies is a great New Adult debut novel. Though I have to say that it may not be for everyone due its angsty feel and sexual content. But I bet anyone will actually enjoy this especially the NA lovers. This is a good change of theme for most of the NA novels I've been encountering. It's refreshing to read something like this. So give this a chance, NA lovers.

Before I forget, many thanks to Angela Richardson for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This is her debut novel and she published it herself so I'm so proud of her. Her writing is amazing, you guys! This is one of the books that made me feel. I can't wait to read more of her books especially the next installment for this series.

You people can check her out on Goodreads. You can also send her some love! She's really nice. She doesn't bite. 


Not a big fan of love triangles but I love angst and am starting to read more YA. Great review.


Thanks, Jen! This really has a lot of angst! :)


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