Pieces (Patchworks #1) by Toni Aleo

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In New York City, an underground society of supernatural beings exists, hidden among everyday humans. They don’t know of our activities or any of our secrets.

The districts of the Works are made up of vampires, wolves, shifters, witches, and I’m in the fifth and arguably most important district, the Patchwork. My father is the leader of our group, and he oversees all of the other factions.

As his only daughter, that makes me the princess of it all. Cool, right? Actually…no.
Sure, I live in a mansion and money isn’t an object, but that doesn’t matter because I can’t leave. I have a guard who follows me around 24/7. My father and three older brothers treat me like I’m a fragile piece of glass, never allowed to take an independent step or make any decisions on my own.
It’s beyond frustrating—especially since my father essentially runs my life.
He says what I do, when I do it, how I do it, and all that jazz. He tests his formulas and new techniques on me. I’m a walking science experiment.
I hate it.
I hate my life here.

But then he comes along: Killian.
He’s just some vampire…or so I thought.

But you’ll have to read my story to find out what I mean. To know my secrets.
Until then, though, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebecca von Stein.
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein.

Welcome to the Works.

MY REVIEW

ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Well this book was certainly original…

I’m feeling a bit “middle road” about this one to be honest. I thought the plot was very original and interesting. There is some good World building, and a lot potential for more story via a plethora of interesting secondary characters.

What took this from a solid four star read, to a “I’m being generous” three star read was Rebecca. She comes across SO incredibly whiny and immature. Her repeated inner monologues about how “everyone treats her like a baby” or “she is never allowed to do ANYTHING, or go ANYWHERE” grated on my last nerve. I GET IT, she is sheltered, no one lets her do anything. I didn’t need it repeated ad nauseum. I was also annoyed by the WAY to frequent mentions of her “man legs” and the coarse hair she always seemed to need to shave.

If you are going into this one thinking you’ll be getting some romance mixed in with you paranormal, then I’ll warn you right now, you are going to be disappointed. This read more along the lines like a YA book.

So, ya, I loved the plot, the World building, the secondary characters were interesting. So much so that I will probably give book two a try just to see what happens with all of them.

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