Feb 18, 2013

The Final Piece by Maggi Myers

The Final Piece
Book Description:

Life shouldn’t be about picking up the pieces.

Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive.

Surrounded by the comfort and protection of her extended family, Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age.

To feel free and let go.
If only for a while.

Years later, another tragedy threatens to shatter the life Beth has carefully crafted. When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up, Beth begins to question what her choices have cost her.
Leaving her old life behind, she sets forth on a pilgrimage that will bring her back to the boy she could never forget. He wants to help her pick up the pieces of her life, but is she willing to do what it takes to become whole again?

Can she trust him with a piece of herself?

Christina's BookReview
“We are all broken in one way or another. It's how we put those pieces back together that matters."


Elizabeth Bradshaw has not had a horrific childhood. Since the beginning Beth has been neglected by her parents. When the neglect turns out to be much more dangerous for Beth all she can do is hide in her shell. For years Beth has to put up with her circumstances but when her "knight in shining armor" finally rescues her Beth is finally able to be happy. 

As Beth starts to live her life and try to move on from her past she finds that opening up isn't easy. With the help of her extended family she will learn what it is to finally be able to be a normal fifteen year old. That summer Beth gets close to her savior's nephew, Ryan.  In his arms Beth finds something she's never had. Peace.

But when one event leads to others and Ryan isn't there anymore will Beth be able to survive her new life? Or will she never find solace again?


The Final Piece is a gruesome story with events that will have your heart breaking. I never thought going into it that the circumstances that Beth went through were so horrific. I don't want to ruin it for anyone but I must warn you that Beth is a victim of a pedophile. So if you don't like stories like this maybe this isn't the book for you. 

When she is finally rescued from the place she is able to try and move on and heal. The healing starts with her trying to accept that she isn't broken and that maybe she can live a normal teenage life. With the help of her extended family and Ryan she is able to do that.

The relationship between Ryan and Beth was cute  but I thought that it wasn't deep. Or at least not deep enough to have me loving it. The jump from hating each other to loving each other with one look  is just not my type of book. I dislike the whole insta-love thing.Then they are separated and don't move on and just fall back into the same rhythm when tragedy strikes. Its just not realistic which made this book draw out for me.

Some other things I didn't like were:

-The way Beth quickly got over her past

-The continuous time jump was annoying
-Beth not really dealing with what happened to her and withholding it from Ryan.

All in all I think the book was okay. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The only character I did like was Tommy, Ryan's uncle. He was sweet, caring and funny. I thought that his character was amazing. 

I will let you decide on this one. 


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