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The Fourth Piece

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Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Book I in the Order's Last Play series

338 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 8, 2016

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E. Ardell

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E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a librarian. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, producing a web-show, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure. Her first YA science fiction novel, THE FOURTH PIECE, was released by 48fourteen Publishing in July of 2016. THE FOURTH PIECE went on to win the bronze medal for YA Science Fiction in The Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2017, Most Promising Series in the Red City Review Book Awards 2017, and to be a finalist for the 2017 RONE Awards for YA Science Fiction/Paranormal.

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Profile Image for Dawn West.
538 reviews42 followers
September 30, 2016

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

Definitely a new experience!

It's rare that I get to read a book told entirely from the point-of-views of males. Sometimes we get a dual POV of male and female characters. This was unique for me. I really liked getting into each of the four brothers' heads. Though, one brother, Evan, we don't get to see very much of yet. I predict we will in the next book.

We have three brothers living on earth and one (Evan) who doesn't. Two of the brothers are twins, Devon and Lyle. The last brother is the youngest and probably my favorite. His name is Lawrence.

Evan was taken from his mother and brothers when he was a child, leaving with his father to fulfill a destiny that is a mystery for most of the book. Now a young adult, Evan has found himself in a sticky situation. Through a mystical connection, his three earth-ridden brothers are suddenly inflicted with a vision of his predicament.

Lyle has psychic powers. He can hear thoughts and can visit others in his dreams. Devon is gifted with a super strength that he has trouble controlling. Lawrence is a genius but also seems to have a serious case of ADHD. They're quite the trio of half-aliens, that's for sure!

After Lyle, Lawrence, and Devon realize Evan is in trouble, they have a decision to make. Ignore the message and let Evan face his fate or reveal their own vulatto (half-alien) identities and try to save him. Either choice would have severe consequences. But brotherly love is still strong in 2022 and the three are not about to let Evan die if there is a chance they can save him.

Through a series of events, our brothers face crazed and vengeful vulattos, the human police and government, cross-country travel, and ultimately space travel. Soon, saving Evan becomes only a small part of the four brothers' adventure as their true destinies are revealed.

The story itself is complex. There is dream jumping and events that seem to be memories but we're not entirely sure of, at the time. The prophecy angle is harder to understand but I assume we'll delve deeper into it as the series progresses. The characters are flawed and real and I liked the way their personalities were written.

In closing...
I will be more than happy to continue this series, especially after getting a glimpse of the next book in the sneak peek chapters. Five space-traveling suns!

Full review on blog: http://uptildawnbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-tour-fourth-piece-by-e-ardell.html
Profile Image for Magda Żmijan.
300 reviews50 followers
August 3, 2016
If you're interested in a young-adult sci-fi novel with few brothers as main characters I've got just the thing for you!

What is it all about? Three brothers - Lyle, Devon, and Lawrie, who aren't quite human, receive a psychic message from the long-lost brother who needs their help. Well, anyone's help actually, but since the message reaches them it will have to do.

But the boys have no contacts with alien governments and they'd rather pretend to be pure humans then risk being hunted and beaten by all the visitor haters.

The story is told from the brothers' POV's. It was great to see their view on the events. The author has an eye for certain details that make the story realistic. Simple things that the characters do or see that might seem trivial and unimportant, but it makes them feel real. All boys are unique, not only due to the abilities they possess but most of all due to their characters, behaviors, preferences, attitude toward a new situation. They were used to a certain way of life and now it's all about to change.

And not only the main characters matter. Boys have a great mother and she might only appear for a moment, but you can feel her presence throughout the story. The girls, who might become important for some of the brothers, won't let you forget them easily.

As this is the first part of the series we're bound to get some nice worldbuilding. Don't expect whole chapters describing the world situation, it's all perfectly mixed into the story. You'll get just enough to move your imagination and that should get you going for a while. It feels almost like the world you know, but with some changes that feel natural in the story.

And if you're wondering - yes, there will be action and a good one at that. This is one of the books that might keep you awake. Some parts feel strange at first, but it will make sense later on. I can't really get used to Lyle's visions. Maybe they're supposed to be a bit messy and unclear? I guess that would fit.

The story ends rather abruptly and even if you can't really call it a cliffhanger it not really an ending either. It's more like watching a great pilot to a brand new TV-show. If they'll never air the whole show, you'll know where the characters ended up, but it won't be satisfying.

If you need a break from all the strong heroines, love triangles, romance young-adult novels check out "The Forth Piece".
If you don't need that break, check it out anyway :D. It's something different and original that you might enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Check my reviews at https://maginibooks.wordpress.com
Profile Image for Angelina.
108 reviews43 followers
July 28, 2016
I really like when in books the first chapters makes you say: Must know what happens next (Yes I am a robot :P)
It had alliens, it had magic and four hot guys. Not the typical YA adult. (love triangles) What I didn’t like as much was that the brothers where represented as heartbreakers and did I mentioned that they were hot?
For me that was one of the disadvantages as I felt it didn’t gave anything to the story, I think the characters were already interesting. I loved how everyone had their own unique ability and how they developed them.
At some point I got confused with where the story was going but after all became clear for me.
It has also a very good ending.
Overall, I did enjoyed this read , the writing was fast paced something, I enjoy a lot. I would recommend it.

*My thanks to netgalley for the free e-book*
Profile Image for Megan | A Page to Turn.
558 reviews16 followers
September 22, 2016
My rating: 4

This book was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more! I do have to say though that for the first 2/3 of the book, I had to keep going back to the chapter heads to remind myself who's POV I was reading... there are a lot of teenage boys heads you get into in this book! It was hard to keep track sometimes. That being said, once I got to know the boys, the chapters became much easier to read and I enjoyed the story a lot more!

I have never read another YA book similar to this one and I was so glad to find out that it was so different. These boys and the journey the embark on is kind of special in it's own way but you learn a lot about the brothers, and they learn even more about themselves, and secrets from the past come to light. A great start to what will be a very interesting series and I can't wait to read more!
Profile Image for Beth.
96 reviews30 followers
July 16, 2016
Whaaaaaaat? Where is the love triangle? Two characters who meet and instantly fall in love? How bout the YA female protagonist? Ummm where are the irresponsible parents? The dead mom? Quirky best friend?

If you can't tell, I'm a little sick of YA tropes. Of course YA can be a little bit more stereotype-y than adult fiction. With younger readers it's less likely you've read a certain type of story before so you can err a little bit more on the side of been there done that.

The Fourth Piece by E. Ardell is different and familiar at the same time. While the author leaves many of these tropes behind, there is some similarity to other books/comic books I've read (which is a good thing.)

This story is set in the not so distant future of 2022 where aliens, known as visitors, live among us. Some aliens and humans get together and make half aliens or "vulattos". It's not a popular thing and there is constant tension between the visitors and humans. The characters focus on four brothers, with three on earth and one living with their real dad in another galaxy. They receive a distress call from their off-planet brother Evan, so the other brothers - Lyle, Devon, Lawrie - have to figure a way to rescue Evan.

Minor rant here: one of my biggest pet peeves in books is when characters all notice clothing the same way and they all know the different cuts and styles even if the character is written as someone who wouldn't know that kind of thing. For example - I just read Donna Tartt's the Goldfinch which follows 13 year old Theo. While he is kind of artsy, he often describes the cut and the color of specific articles of clothing. He describes one coat as "hound's tooth". Noooooo. For heaven's sake. Anyway, the whole point of me bringing this up was there is a part where Devon is checking out this girl, he notices the clothes she is wearing, kind of, but only in the way it emphasizes her boobs and her butt. I'm not saying Devon is super shallow, but he obviously is attracted to the girl. He also notices she always wears these cowboy boots, telling me he's spent a lot of time with her. See???? This is the whole point. Rant over.

My favorite parts of the book were the any of the scenes between the brothers. The setting is cool. I like the incorporation of the sci-fi and fantasy elements, but the characters are what won me over. They are complete people. Each chapter is in first person and it rotates between the four boys. Even if I didn't know whose chapter it was, after a few lines of reading I could figure out who it was because of the voice.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I've already recommended it to a few of my fantasy-loving friends. Definitely worth the read.
Profile Image for Amanda Minnock.
201 reviews47 followers
April 2, 2018
I would like to thank E. Ardell & 48Fourteen for my copy of the ARC. Due to this kind gesture, I've decided to leave a review.

I'm at war with myself over my rating for this book. It kept my interest but somewhere in the middle it kinda fell flat and I didn't know where it was going but it certainly picked back up near the end so I think I would give it a solid 3.

When 3 brothers discover they aren't quite human but not quite full-blown Alien, contacted by a fourth brother who doesn't seem to be on earth what do you do? Do you use your psychic powers to try and help a lost brother in need or do you carry on your normal day to day mundane high school routine? They always say blood is thicker than water.

I liked the story, it did keep me reading and I wanted to finish the book. Twin hot brothers with a younger brother who mostly do the usual high school kids stuff until you throw that aliens now live on earth was a good way to start. I feel it started off pretty solid, got a little lost, or I got little lost? but then came back together at the end with a god damn CLIFFHANGER!

The book had some great unique points, each chapter was from the POV of one of the brothers which I really liked, it was entirely male-based and you were in their heads. There was no love triangle so you weren't fighting for who you wanted to ship off into the sunset.

Every character has a likeable part in the book which I don't usually get the chance of. Usually, there's someone I completely hate and want to claw my eyes out but not here! All four male characters are super likeable and funny. We have Devon & Lyle, the super hot twins. Lawrie who is pretty impressionable but real smart at the same time. The fourth brother Evan seems a lot like Lawrie and I feel we will see a lot more of him in the second book. Their younger sister Nikki is completely adorable and you do shed a tear or two when she doesn't understand what's happening. Her relationship with Devon is the sweetest thing ever!

All in all, I liked the book. I'm looking forward to seeing how the worlds are built in the second book and hopefully, it carries on where it left off. If you like hot alien demi-god types this is your jam!


"Bet he wants to go back to being the guy girls write about on the bathroom wall."

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Author 3 books51 followers
August 9, 2016
I normally have trouble getting into novels with more than two point-of-view characters. I easily lose track of who is who and constantly find myself having to back-track to figure out who is speaking. When I read that The Fourth Piece had four point of view characters, who were also brothers, I was like oh no, this is going to be another one of those books. But I could not have been more wrong! Writing from multiple pov's is hard and Ardell excels at it immensely. I never had trouble telling apart the voices of Lawrence, Lyle, or Devon, because Ardell did a fantastic job of giving them their own unique voices (Evan, their fourth brother's perspective doesn't show up till later). I also really appreciated how well she captured authentic teen characters.

The first three brothers discover that their father who left when they were young, is actually an alien who took their other brother off-world with him. They also learn that they each have unique powers like telempathy, healing, and earth powers and have to deal with the issue of alien discrimination. This is a very well-built sci fi universe I'm excited to see where Ardell takes it next. Highly recommended!
Profile Image for Jen.
229 reviews2 followers
July 23, 2016
The first thing what makes me buy a book is definitely the cover and I love this one! It's amazing <3

'The Fourth Piece' is the debut of author E. Ardell and I have to say, she did a great job with this book!
It took me a few pages to get used to the structure of the book as the reader is confronted with the point of view of not just one main character in it. However, after I got used to it, I got completely addicted to the story. I couldn't lay the book down at all and I didn't stumble over any dull scenes at all.

E. Ardell has definitely a thrilling writing style which will bind you to the book in an amazing way. The main characters Devon, Lyle and Lawrence are fantastic! They are teenagers but also vulatto - part alien - and throughout their adventures they stand up for each other. The brothers have a strong character but are also kind of vulnerable. And that's what I like about them.

In my opinion the author has a great potential and I can't wait to get my hands on her next book! Everyone who loves to escape the reality with a good science fiction book should dive into this book and join the three brothers on their big adventure!
1,017 reviews8 followers
July 3, 2016
Title: The Fourth Piece
Author: E. Ardell
Publisher: 48fourteen Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-937546-61-8
Buy Link: https://eardell.com/books/
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Order's Last Play 1
Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option. 

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the very start, this book took off like a bang and never let up taking the reader for an unexpected and intricate ride. The story is written from the point of view of young men, but it isn't apparent what their connection is at the start. Lawarie, Lyie, and Devon appear to be your average brothers who have the usual love/ hate relationships, but looks can be deceiving. Lyie's psychic ability to enter other people's dreams takes him to a strange world where he meets Evan, a young man, who may die if he can't find a way to save him. At the same time, Lawarie and Devon a begin to manifest unique abilities that added to Laie's endanger and change their lives forever. Add intergalactic visitors from multiple worlds and an ages old prophecy that changes not only their lives, but the lives a worlds throughout the known universe.

For anyone who ever dreamed that being different could take them beyond their average life to a new world full of adventures, this story reminds you to be careful what you wish for. The boys are drawn into a fight that except for Evan that they know nothing about with only their budding abilities to protect them. And this is only the beginning of what looks to be a series that rivals The Lensman Series by E. E. Doc Smith! I for one can't wait to see what happens next.
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507 reviews638 followers
October 2, 2016
“I swear if you kill yourself, I'm going to make sure "stupid" is tattooed on your ass for the angels to see.”

The Fourth Piece is about three brothers who during one party receive a psychic message from their lost brother because he needs their help. After this they find out that they aren’t normal teenagers but future rulers of Rema.

At first was confusing for me to read three point of views, mainly because Lyle and Lawrie’s abilities are similar but after a while I got used to it. But I completely didn’t get how the Big Four, Order, Order’s Champions, Silver Alliance and other things works and what they actually do. All this information were written on one page and even if I have read it two times I am still not sure if I get the system.


In my opinion this book has no main plot. Okay, one little but not significant. Mostly is there described who the brothers are and I was surprised when the book abruptly ended. ‘Hey, nothing happend there!‘ Also few thing weren’t cleared – what happend after the incident with Lyle and Nissa? What about boys in the cell after the school attack? How it will be with Monica and Devon? I would like to know more.

Except Lyle I liked all characters. Devon seemed like the hot one, Lawrie was funny but about Lyle was noting appealing. I didn’t like anything he said or did and his visions were messy and full of WTFs.


However the end of this book was really smart and I am curious what the book two brings next.
The Fourth Piece is not at the top of book I would recommend but it was okay and it will not be waste of time if you decide to read it.

I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Deb Clarke.
Author 9 books3 followers
August 10, 2016
Well Written! Interesting Storyline!
I really enjoyed this book. It is written from alternate views of four brothers which, with so many multiple views can sometimes be hard to really sink into the story but I didn't find it a problem and the author does a really good job keeping the story flowing. I was thrown a bit when I first started reading as the authors style was so fast with short, almost dot-point sentences that I had to reread it a couple of times - but you know - those short, almost dot-point sentences were so wonderfully descriptive that I kept reading them again just to read them again lol and by the next chapter I was loving the the individual voice and movement of the writing. Look, alien books are not aways my first choice of reading material but there was enough normality here for me to relate to the characters and just accept that which I had difficulty in following and hoping it all becomes clearer as the story evolves. I will be looking out for the next book, not only to follow the boys adventure but also because I liked the voice of the author.
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93 reviews4 followers
September 21, 2016
I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Earth 2022 is not much different than 2016. Except for the aliens. Visitors have been officially visiting for 5 years, though they have been visiting unofficially much longer. There are embassies for other planets and government relations are being made, though humans remain the same. Hostility against offworld visitors, disrespectfully called vadors, and children of mixed descent, called vullatos, runs rampant. Viral videos of attacks on the nonhuman population are a daily event. Fear leads to anger, and violence is human nature.

Three brothers just want to live their lives. They know their father was from off world, but they appear human and are happy to pass. When the youngest brother Lawrie, always a daredevil and adrenaline junkie, pulls a stunt that doesn’t quite work out, the boys are set on a path to find their destiny and fulfill a prophecy, whether they want to or not.

While their parents are away, the brothers throw a party. Lawrie decides to ride a big-wheel down a slide into a pool. When he hits the water, a bright green glow surrounds him and he sees a bloody man drowning beneath him. Reaching out to save the man, Lawrie starts to drown. Lyle and his twin Devon are suddenly mentally trapped with Lawrie watching this man drown. Lyle, being a telempath, is able to better understand what is happening. Devon does not have psychic abilities like his twin. Though he possesses inhuman strength and healing, he is determined to never be outed and persecuted. He balks at trying to understand the vision the brothers share. When Lyle dreamwalks and learns that the drowning man is their eldest brother Evan, long removed from Earth by their father, he pushes his siblings to help save him.

As the brothers are pushed into a life they didn’t ask for, their powers emerge, stronger than should be possible. When Lawrie witnesses a vullato being attacked, he has to help. But when he is injured in the onslaught, his elemental powers burst from him, causing an earthquake, and catches him up in a fight that outs him and his brothers to the world and sets them on the path to fight a war between many worlds.

This story is written so that each chapter is from the view of a different brother and rotates so you follow along and get their individual turmoil as the story progresses. The author did a wonderful job of creating four distinct and moving characters and a story that flowed and captured my attention quickly. I understood each brother’s view and was conflicted as the story moved forward and they all had little choice in what happened to them. The brothers were so human, with strengths and faults, bravery and mistakes. It has been years since I enjoyed such well developed personalities.

The author created a world around her characters that made everything seem very real. I was worried that the constant switching between views would impede the flow of the story and the world around the brothers, but it enhanced it in a way I haven’t seen in other stories written that way. I read this story in one day as I could not put it down. When it ended, I was angry that I have to wait to find out what happens to the boys. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

This would be a great book for teens, especially young men. Rarely do I find books that are written about strong teen boy characters that I can recommend to my sons. The language is appropriate and the violence and romance aspects are not gratuitous. This book will be in my top 5 list of 2016.
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3,142 reviews80 followers
July 6, 2016
"The Fourth Piece" is the story of three brothers, Lyle, Devon, and Lawrie with rotating first person perspective chapters. They are contacted by a fourth brother, Evan, who is nearing death, and whose perspective is given in later chapters. These four brothers have been selected by an alien goddess, Order, for a mission which stretches back in time (they have flash backs to this agreement).

This first book seeks to set up a universe where aliens are common and many planets exist. It reads more like a prequel than a first book, showing how the boys come into their powers (e.g. Lyle is a telempath, Devon has physical body healing and strength, Lawrie has earth powers, and Evan maybe has control of fire? His is unclear) and how they find out their oldest brother Evan is alive and ruling a distant planet. They seem to be a blend of other planets from both parents.

The vast majority of the book focuses on power development and deals with some major issues in our current society. The first of which is rampant racism- here it's against aliens on Earth (the brothers had been sheltered because they can "pass" as human). This is completely believable and akin to current societal struggles. There are alien extremists, committing acts of terror, humans being terrible to otherwise peaceful aliens, and groups to promote nonviolence and support between aliens and humans. It is a familiar theme today around the world.

The book also has sexual assault in that Lyle uses physical activity to treat the overwhelming psychological effects of his telempathy. In one case, he changes Nisse's, a female alien, mind to force her into physical contact. He knows it's wrong, but the writing frames it around his views and does not focus on the victim. There's no justice for her. Lyle does get treatment, but I don't like the way this was handled (no penalties, lauded like royalty, not much second thoughts for her) and dropped my rating a star for this reason. Unfortunately, this is also a current social issue.

Overall, this is a well-written but slow moving (to build this different universe) sci-fi novel which spends it's time addressing current earth problems with alien examples. The world the author has created is fascinating and I would be interested in reading more, but I hope there will be justice for Nisse.

Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
1 review
July 3, 2016
I had been waiting to read this book for a while now and let me tell you it was a complete page turner and worth the wait. I was on the edge of my couch practically gripping the edges of my tablet reading at some parts and blinking back tears from laughing so hard at other parts. These characters, though half- alien, feel very real. I got sucked into their world and can't wait to see where the story goes.

The story starts with three brothers (Lawrence "Lawrie", Devon, and Lyle) who are pretty much doing their own thing at a house party they threw only to be interrupted by a strange, emergency off-planet message from an older brother they had long forgot about. Now these teenagers have to find a way to save their brother using their limited knowledge and resources only to end up jump starting interplanetary war all before mom gets home. All I can think of when I got to the end was "yeah, these boys are way in over their heads and are not ready for what's to come but I can't wait to see how they handle this adventure."

So far out of three brothers we meet, Lawrie is definitely my favorite character at this point and I get so excited to read the next crazy thought or line he says because the kid is hilarious. I like the other two brothers Devon and Lyle just fine in their own ways, Devon a little more than Lyle because I feel like I know guys like him (you now the ones trying so hard to be what they're really not and need to grow up lol). Lyle though can be so detached I don't feel close enough to him but he has potential to be a favorite later.

Overall, this a great read...interesting characters, cool plot, fun dialog, and appropriate pacing. Good job Ms. E. Ardell on your first book and I look forward to the next installment so hurry please and get to typing.
2 reviews1 follower
July 2, 2016
This book starts a series that I am very much looking forward to reading. The author of The Fourth Piece draws us into her universe through the distinct voices of three brothers whose lives and interests are very much like most teenaged boys - girls, trouble, and getting through high school. Dark and mysterious Lyle, his muscular but not-so-swift twin Devon, and hyperactive genius Lawri want nothing more than to live their perfectly normal lives, and pass as human in a world where aliens and half-aliens are treated like second class citizens. But when the innocence of their lives is shattered by a shared vision of their oldest brother - Evan - dying off world, and mysterious marks begin snaking their way up their backs, the three are going to have to make some very real and difficult decisions about just how far they will go to save Evan's life!

The Fourth Piece is a wonderfully written page turner that will make you laugh, make you gasp, and will make you terribly disappointed when you learn you're at the end and the second book isn't out yet to tell you what happens next! If you're not at your keyboard now, Ms. Ardell, I demand your butt hit that chair and your fingers get to frantic typing so I can know what happens to my new friends!
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Author 4 books23 followers
July 26, 2016
OK so I don't normally read YA books, I leave that for my kids, but in an effort to find more books appropriate books for them to read and something they might enjoy I decided to give it shot.

This story starts out VERY slow and can get extremely confusing, however it does pick up pretty quickly after about chapter 10. Once it really finally gets going you don't want to put the book down, it can start getting intense and actually made my heart race quite a bit after Lawrie was held and they went to the collage campus.

I love that this story is "futuristic" but yet set in our time today. Aliens "visitors" living openly among us and even having embassies!!! The imagination of the author is broad and pretty detailed...especially when describing the characters and the dream that Lyle keeps getting sucked into because of Evan.

I am actually very much looking forward to reading the rest of series.
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62 reviews1 follower
August 12, 2016
This author is new to me I decided to read this book mainly because of the cover and the description about the book. Lets just say they do not do them justice the book was a page turner and could not put it down. I would highly recommend any one who is of two mines about it to give it ago you won't be disappointed. The characters that make up The Fourth Piece are quite original in there own right, they all have interesting personalities, interactions that play off each other and they also clash and but heads as do all siblings and non siblings cooming into their own. As the story unfolds the four brothers start to come into their own personalities and they find out more about them selves and each other and about where they are from. This book isba page turner with twists & turns and other great characters. I hope Ardell does more in this series about the four brothers and the others.
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1,416 reviews6 followers
August 8, 2016
I received this ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's nice and fresh, still a YA but with no obvious love interest(s).
I also liked a lot next book preview. I have great expectations for this series.
I liked Lawrence the most, Devon the least. I am undecided about Lyle.
My vote: 3.5 stars
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Author 29 books315 followers
August 11, 2016
I really, really enjoyed this book. I was a little leery at first, because I'm not a huge sci-fi reader, but the cover is gorgeous and the premise sounded promising so I gave it a shot. I was not disappointed!
The story is told in alternating first-person points of view, but I only had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to confirm who's POV I was in once or twice. The voices and personalities are distinct. Each brother has qualities that you love, qualities that you hate, and qualities that you love to hate. In other words, they're realistic and relatable.
The imagination of E. Ardell is expansive and her world- building is exquisite. I felt like I was watching movie- totally sucked in and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to find out what happens to the brothers in book 2!!
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2 reviews
July 6, 2016
I was looking for something to read. Something different from the YA cookie-cutter books that have been coming out lately. This book was suggested to me. It did not disappoint.

Right from the start I was pulled into the story through four brothers. I wasn’t sure if I would like the multiple POV style...but it worked. Each brother has a unique voice, each with his own life of difficulties.

I like how the story starts in a regular neighborhood and focuses on one family, then by then end, I’m looking at an epic, universal saga.

The writing style is fresh and very descriptive. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
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Author 3 books23 followers
July 26, 2016
The book was amazing when the review request was submitted the author had me at half alien and oh did she place her money where her mouth was. The book starts off with an unknown character who we later find out is the fourth and older brother Evan who we do not physically meet until the very end but it was perfectly done. Next off is Lawrence doing some daredevil stun and almost drowning followed by Lyle the telempath and lastly Devon our little hulk. As the book progresses our characters get into some deep shizz just because a telepathic message inadvertently sent by Evan the breaking point being a good deed gone wrong from Lawrence but hey everything ends up right at the end or does it?
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93 reviews19 followers
September 16, 2016
4 stars

Discrimination against aliens? Inter-galactic war? Count me in.

I, personally, am not a big fan of first person POV, much less multiple first person POVs. Ever since reading Veronica Roth's Allegiant, I have developed a strong aversion towards books told from multiple first person POV. So when I opened up this book and saw the huge name, written in caps, under the chapter number and the word "I", I almost wanted to close the book and move on. But the description seemed promising so I decided to give it a chance. I am glad it did not disappoint.

The Fourth Piece revolves around three brothers ― Lyle, Devon, and Lawrence. They're good-looking, popular, and most importantly, human (...or somewhat human). In a world where vulattos (half-aliens) are discriminated against, they would do anything to keep themselves out of trouble. That's until they all received a vision from their fourth brother who might die if help is not sent, soon.

From the description, it's pretty obvious that discrimination is gonna be a pretty huge theme in this book, and it was one of the main reasons that compelled me to read it. In this day and age, discrimination is pretty common, and no matter whom or what it is against, discrimnation is all the same. It all stems from the fear of those who are 'different'. In the novel, we see the three brothers having different reactions towards the issue of discrimination against vulattos. Laurence, the youngest, wants to do something to help them when he gets the chance to do so whereas his older brother, Devon, would prefer to stay by the sidelines and not get involved.

The writing style is extremely descriptive and absolutely amazing. Though there can be some weird descriptions such as:

I feel like I swallowed a load of wet bath towels. My stomach’s full of damp polyester. If I burp, fluff’ll come out.

However, the world-building in this one was a bit messy. Actually, I don't think "messy" would be the correct word to describe it. It's more like a whole load of information is being dumped on you in a single chapter. It's literally mind blowing (from information overload).

The Fourth Piece is a great start to a potentially awesome series and I'll be waiting (not so) patiently for the second book to come out.

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1,596 reviews
July 12, 2016
This book follows three teen-aged brothers who live a privileged life and suddenly find that they can no longer pretend their secret doesn't exist any more. It turns out that this isn't a secret world story, but one where aliens are now living openly on Earth, but are the target of a lot of fear, prejudice, and hatred. Those who are half-human are particularly vulnerable unless they can pass as human, like the brothers in this book.

They've led something of a charmed life, where one brother is psychic and has found a (somewhat acceptable but probably not sustainable) way to dull the pressure of others' thoughts and emotions. The other two apparently don't have powers, except that's not really true. Their oldest brother, who they don't really remember, has been gravely injured and they have reacted to his need despite his being on the far side of the galaxy. Unfortunately, they have been happy to live as though there is nothing different about them, so they don't know how to find out who has drawn them in or how to help him. In the process of trying to gather information they learn how little they now know about each other and have to commit to the risk of exposure. Because the one thing they have always relied on is the support of family, and they give it unquestioningly.

The author does a good job of unveiling the world and the situation in which the boys live as well as their individual motivations. The chapters have shifting POVs between each of the brothers on Earth. While they have very different motivations and personality traits, I found the voice of each to be the same. So reading a chapter from the perspective of the adrenaline junkie didn't feel any different than that of the confirmed conformist.

Things beyond their family crisis also quickly get out of hand, and the brothers reveal powers they didn't know, or hadn't shown. And they soon have to face the fact that their lives will change dramatically. Unfortunately, they are completely unprepared and have no idea of what they are getting themselves into. And none of them really try to learn about where they are going. While that may be realistic for teen boys, I thought that given their disparate personalities at least one would do some research.

The complexity of alien and half-human treatment was well-drawn. I just wish the boys' voices had been more clearly differentiated.

I received a copy for review through NetGalley.
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98 reviews2 followers
July 24, 2016
I received this book for review from Netgalley after requesting it because I loved the synopsis, plus it had been awhile since I'd read anything even close to Sci-fi. This book was definitely a grower for me; it was written in first person, and as I said in my review of The Sin Eaters Daughter, I'm not a big fan of that particular writing style. This is not a bad review though, and the great plot meant that I quickly got over what is usually a pretty big issue for me.

There was also the fact that at the start of the book I really didn't like any of the characters, especially Devon and to be honest I'm still a little funny about him, but Lawrie and Lyle quickly grew on me. The characters grew with the stoy which is always a plus for me, as the plot thickens the characters were forced to grow up; each character has their own flaws, and I definitely like the fact that none of the boys are presented as perfect. I cannot wait to see how they will change when faced with the problems that are sure to come in the next book. Their mum is also a seriously badass lawyer, so that's another pro for me!

I initially found the changing perspectives harder to follow than I would like to admit. Lawrence is called Lawrie by almost every character in the book, but his chapters use his full name, so I spent the first three chapters wondering who this Lawrie person was. I do think this was mostly my own stupidity though...

The plot is amazing! I love the prophecy, the aliens, and the controversy surrounding the different alien races being on earth. I don't want to reveal too much about the plot because I know that personally I really hate spoilers, but I promise you it is seriously great. The only thing I would say is that the book is clearly a set up for a series, but it somehow pulls this off and manages to just make me really, really excited for this series to get going!! I think that this will honestly be a seriously great series, and I'm excited to see where these book will go next.

Recomend: Yes! If your looking to start a brand new book series then it would come highly recommeded, but this is definietly not a stand alone book.

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Author 2 books36 followers
August 13, 2016
Well-drawn characters, interesting premise, intriguing mythology. This is a sci-fi novel lovers of all genres will want to read.
The Fourth Piece is the story of three teenage brothers who learn that their background is not as “normal” as they had believed/hoped that it was, and what they discover leaves them reeling in their sneakers.
While the novel’s genre is science fiction, there is enough “normalcy” to the story, and the charming characters, to entertain readers of all genres, not merely the sci-fi fans.
The story is told from alternating points-of-view from each of the brothers, which adds interest and enhances the reader’s experience. I, for one, enjoy reading novels told from multiple points-of-view in particular, as I feel it adds depth to the story and the characters themselves. I also applaud authors, like Ardell, who can pull this off successfully, as it is no easy task. Well done!
The brothers, Lawrie, Lyle, and Devon, are realistically drawn teenage boys that will make you laugh, cringe, and even cry as you delve into their unique personalities and struggles growing up in a world riddle with racism, fear, and hate. Ardell has done a masterful job at creating characters people of all ages can relate to and connect with on multiple levels: you’ve either felt like one of the brothers at one time in your life, or known someone who has. If I had to choose a favorite, and this is tough as all of the brothers are engaging, I’d have to choose Devon’s character. I enjoyed reading about his struggles with dealing with the emotional separation between him and his twin brother, Lyle, while simultaneously dealing with their alarming discovery and the fantastical, and dangerous, new direction of their otherwise “normal” teenage lives. I also found his difficulty with accepting his “differences” from other teens to be endearing. As a high school teacher, I have seen countless students struggle with the idea of “standing out from the crowd.” Ardell’s handling of this difficult, and all too common struggle, was artfully done, so much so, that I would recommend this book to my students.
Overall, I found The Fourth Piece, to be a highly engaging novel, and I look forward to the next installment.
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Author 17 books99 followers
November 20, 2016
So there's a new YA author on the block and she's showing great promise with this first in the series "The Fourth Piece". Loved the premises of this book. The three, then fourth brother. We get to see these personalities grow at a good pace; not rushed. My favorite brother? Lawrie! His reckless youth and stunts made me smile.
Honestly, there is so much going for this series. It's original with fabulous character development. So, why the 3 stars? Well, 3 stars means "I like it" and I most definitely do like it. Perhaps even love it, but something holds me back.
I was brought out from the story many times by descriptive words that reminded me that we are, in fact, reading a story. I could sense the author there, not the world or characters. Here is 2 examples:
"Locust wings beat in my chest"
"I gulped down a bowling ball of fried nerves."
Kudos to the author for finding use of such unique descriptions, but I was taken out the story each and every time. Now, this could be something personal with me as a reader because it needs to be said again that this is fabulous story. It's full of action, a tiny bit of romance, and tons of other worldly drama. Didn't I say that I really, really liked it?
Such a great story that I'm down for the next one and the next one after that. I must know what happens with "the four" and this long lost brother, Evan, who will teach them to fight in a war they are predestined for.
Wow. Just wow. Well done. I'm hooked and will tune in for the sequel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ bright stars to E. Ardell.
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264 reviews131 followers
September 22, 2016
Full Review at http://kendralovesbooks.blogspot.com/...

I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book right from the beginning. The book definitely held my interest throughout the whole book.

The book is about 3 brothers Lawrie, Lyle and Devon trying to figure out who they are and how to help their older brother Evan who is on another planet. Evan and their father left Earth at a young age to go their original planet, Rema. All the brothers are half-alien and they each have a special power. Lyle is a psychic and can visit others in dreams, Lawrie is a genius and Devon is an elementalist. Evan is one of the leaders on the planet Rema.

Lyle goes into Evan's dreams and gets to know what is going on with his brother and tries to save him. He also gets to understand how him and his brothers are involved with what Evan is doing.

There is alot going on in this book, lots of dream jumping and different POV's from all the brothers, but definitely a great book to pick up. I really like the concept of this book. I am really interested to get to know Evan more in the next book. The ending of this book, AHH I need the next one now so I know with what will happen to all the brothers. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of sci-fi.
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Author 30 books372 followers
September 22, 2016
In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies. The story is told by 3 brothers: Devon, Lyle and Lawrence (Lawrie). Early on, I did get confused at times about the names. But I had no problem following along with who's POV each chapter was told from b/c each chapter was clearly identified. Plus, each guy has a distinct personality so if you do forget who's POV you are reading, this was a tell tale sign.

This story kept me guessing what would happen next and why. It's riveting and kept me on the edge of my seat (so to speak). About mid-way through, we get the problem: they need to rescue their fourth brother, their mother/father has been keeping secrets from the boys, and the why each boy as a 'super' power.
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Author 34 books354 followers
November 4, 2016
I don't normally read YA, but I saw this book revolved around 4 brothers and decided to give it a shot and I am glad I did. It combines the best aspects of YA: the pacing and straightforward language. This fast-paced read drips with action and danger. All four point-of-view characters had a unique voice. Yet they all sounded young and masculine.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but its the first book in a series, so I am looking forwards to the others.

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