Introducing Toni Aleo‘s highly anticipated debut Paranormal Romance novel, PIECES. This radiant, powerful + magical love story takes you into a new world where anything is possible; where an underground society in NYC will make you question everything you thought you ever knew.
Dare to venture into… THE WORKS.
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 Rebekah von Stein.
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein.
Welcome to the Works.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
When I heard Toni Aleo was going to write a paranormal romance, I was so excited! And God did I want to be able to give this book 5 stars, unfortunately I can’t, and I do feel bad about it. I really wanted to love it, though in the end I have to be honest.
I liked the world created in this book. The whole descendants of Frankenstein is definitely refreshing to me. Though I would love to have seen some more technical aspects of how this all works. What the formula for immortal live just is, and how exactly that whole cutting up bodies and putting them back together works.
As for the story, and characters, there was a lot of potential. My favourite moments were the interactions between Rebekah and her brothers. There is a very clear bond between them, even though most of the time they don’t agree.
Everyone is always all about protecting Rebekah, keeping her out of the loop, and definitely her father still treats her like a child. Now when you treat someone like a kid, it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy they will act immature. Her temper tantrums got tiresome after a while, I loved the parts more where she actually took action to make some changes in her life instead of just complaining about it.
The romance part also felt a bit lacking for me. The infatuation with Killian very much feels like a crush, though when we found out the truth about him I understood that better. Still I would have loved to see more of that connection between these two. But Pieces is only the beginning, there will hopefully in the future be much more of that.
All in all Pieces wasn’t a bad beginning, I’m just stuck with the feeling that it could have been more. A little less inner drama, and a bit more action. That’s what I look for in a paranormal romance. This story is different from all her other stories, and I applaud Toni Aleo for taking that chance. I’m going withhold judgement until I’ve read the second book. To be clear my standards for paranormal romance are pretty high.