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Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Paula Stokes
Nov 30, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
FOR EARLY REVIEWERS:

As usual, I made a lot of little tweaks to the ARC, however they're almost all cosmetic, deleting word echoes, removing repetitive passages, clarifying the timeline, adding in a couple of transitions, and strengthening a couple of chapter endings. There are no changes that affect the overarching plot or mystery, though I did pull back on a couple of "clues", trying to hit that sweet spot where most readers won't guess the culprit early on, but afterward the reveals will feel
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 3/5

This is basically Pretty Little Liars but with least interesting characters and a more basic plot.

e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc, delivers a twisted psychological tale about Embry Woods, who is both praised as a town hero and haunted by secrets she must hide to keep her loved ones alive

In comparison to Liars, Inc, which I read a couple of years ago, this book is an improvement. However, it still falls in the ''average''
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Stacee
I am always up for one of Paula’s books because I have always enjoyed her stories.

I loved Embry, even though I wanted to shake her. She’s so loyal and so good, it was easy for me to root for her right away. Yes, she’s stubborn af, but it makes sense why she chooses some of the things she does, and I enjoyed seeing her grow. Holden is adorable and the dynamic between him and Embry was equally as adorable. He pushes when he needs to and backs off when she needs it. And hello to healthy communicat
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, ya, suspense
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I am always excited to read a Paula Stokes book for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost, she always entertains me. No matter what genre Stokes' story falls into, I find myself fully invested in it.

As I read Hidden Pieces, I recalled my very first Stokes book - Liars, Inc. This book had that same tangled-web, twisty sort of plot, but there was a lot more to it. The heart of the book was finding out who the blackmailer, "Unknown", was, but it was also about so many other thing
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Contemporary
*Rating* 3.0

*Thoughts*

Paula Stokes' Hidden Pieces is a twisted mystery surrounding protagonist Embry Woods and the events surrounding what happened on the day of December 11. On December 11, Embry and her boyfriend Holden Hassler accidentally start a fire at the Sea Cliff Inn. In order to avoid trouble, Holden leaves while Embry realizes that someone is still inside. Risking life and limb, she rescues a homeless man and is cheered on as a local
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Justine
“It’s not right that some people have so much and others have so little.”


Hidden Pieces has been devoured like I was inhaling the words of off its pages. I had to admit there were some holes playing through my mind immediately after reading it. But as irony goes, it did feel all pieces coming together, and it fits well too.

It has been really intense! I don't want to sound uber cliché but godsdarn, this has been such a gripping read. With the right amount if secrecies and heavily occupying storyte
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Jennifer
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Pieces is a YA contemporary book that is part mystery, part thriller and part romance.

The narrator is 17 year old Embry (girl -1st person POV). The book is set in Three Rocks, a small town along the Oregon Coast.

This book looks at a lot of issues: friendship, single parenthood, cheating, financial difficulties, secrets...

Embry was a very interesting narrator. She is mostly a good kid. But she keeps lots of secrets and she closes herself off from those around her. It took me a little bit o
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Ari
I am a bit conflicted.
There were parts I absolutely loved, but some I struggled with and I am not even sure why - I just felt the need to skim through some chapters.

Though I guessed who might be sending the messages, it was interesting to understand why things happened the way they did, so I still enjoyed the ride. There was also half-good communication - which is a good thing, because we didn't wait for the very last page for some things to settle (and some characters to make some particular
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

3.5*

This was a fun mystery, if a little predictable. I will say that I did figure out who the anonymous note sender was fairly early on, but I was invested enough in the story to keep going to see if I was right! (I was, but still.) Embry and her terrible life choices pulled me in fairly quickly. Here's the thing: Embry isn't particularly likable, she's just... an average girl and I kind
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Jazmen
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I could describe Hidden Pieces in one word, it'd be trivial.

Awash with petty secrets, horny teenagers--and avoidable mistakes--Hidden Pieces was the last season of Pretty Little Liars--over.

While this story had a lot of potential to solidify itself as a great thriller--it was drowned out by what I felt was petty foolishness.

Embry, is keeping pieces of herself hidden, hence the title--however, her secrets, although potentially hurtful--were superficial at the surface.

*Cheating trigger ahead*

Sh
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Jessica (a GREAT read)
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the author in a contest that I won on Instagram. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.

Paula Stokes wowed me with her thrilling and fast-paced Vicarious duology, so I was excited to read her next thriller, Hidden Pieces. It was definitely something different from what I was expecting, as the heroine was a just a little hard to like in the beginning, but she grew on me as the story went along. It was quite a twisted myst
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Vicky Who Reads
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drcs
3.5 stars

I loved Stokes' Girl Against the Universe, and was very excited to hear she was coming out with another book! I hadn't read any of her mysteries before this, but Hidden Pieces sounded AWESOME.

And it was definitely better than I expected (my expectations for mystery/thriller are honestly kinda low), but I did think that this was a pretty solid read!

It's easier to start with the negatives first, and there were honestly only two things that I wasn't a huge fan of.

First, I felt like honestl
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heather
I love a good psychological thriller. Especially when you are not sure whom is doing what until the very end. This book gave me just that. I had my assumptions but was surprised at whom the culprit was once everything was revealed.

The very first chapter of this book is what caught my attention. I am a sucker for a love triangle and just can't get enough of them. Our main character of Embry had dated Luke forever but Luke joined the military and went over sea's to serve so she decided that they s
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Jen Ryland
This felt very PLL but I liked (early) PLL and enjoyed this book.

I thought the book did a great job of showing how, as Embry made choice after choice, her lies and betrayals got progressively worse. However, there were not that many possible suspects. (view spoiler)

(If cheating/love triangles are a dealbreaker for you, then this is not the book for yo
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ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperCollins/HarperTeen!!)

Hidden Pieces follows Embry Woods, a girl with many secrets, who accidentally commits arson while hooking up with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. she concocts a plan to leave the crime scene and remain blameless, but after receiving a series of increasingly threatening messages blackmailing her over her role in the
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Embry and Holden, not her boyfriend, hook up at an abandoned hotel, accidentally setting it ablaze. They were not alone. Someone videoed their encounter and sends Embry threatening messages. Escalating threats make finding the blackmailer essential, before somebody ends up dead.

I haven’t read a thriller recently that left me holding my breath, clenching my fists and shake in a very long time. Most thrillers are more mystery than thrilling. Paula Stokes did such a great job escalating tension fro
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Ari
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This dragged more than I thought/hoped it would. The lead was bland, the romance was bland, the mystery was bland--seriously, nothing really happened until the last few chapters. And when it finally did--when we finally found out why all of these things were happening to Embry--eh, not as big of a shocker or as much of an impact as I'd expected.

Next.
Candace
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Cruised through it faster than any other I’ve recently read. Desperately wanted to skip to the end to know but I didn’t and was surprised! Loved the MC who is definitely flawed but is well fleshed out and I ‘got’ why she made some of the decisions she did.
Excellent thriller, definitely recommend!
Kathy Martin
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embry Woods is facing a difficult time in her life. Her mom, her only parent, has been battling cancer and, though she seems to have beaten it, there is still the uncertainty about the future. Partially because she's a single mother and partially because of her cancer, things aren't going well at her business. Embry has never met her dad. He and her mom had an affair that resulted in her birth. He sends support but he has a wife and two boys who are older than Embry.

Embry also has boyfriend issu
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Amber at Fall Into Books
1.5 stars.

I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis had me hooked, and I couldn't wait to dive into it. However, this is one of the lamest "thrillers" I've ever read. The writing is subpar - all telling and no showing, the characters aren't likable, and the mystery/thriller aspect isn't very mysterious or thrilling. The only reason I gave this book a D- instead of an F is because I was actually able to finish it.

Embry is not a likable character at all. She whines and insults herself cons
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DJ
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story! It was fast paced and intriguing! I didn’t really know what was going till the end!
Christy
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, otspss-wishlist
Wow, I really wasn’t expecting that!! Review to come closer to publication date!
Elizabeth
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, although the beginning was a bit "jump right in". I had a hunch about the blackmailer, but there were a few red herrings tossed in, until it was revealed.
Kester Nucum
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

For me to enjoy a suspense and mystery thriller, I have to experience two feelings: I must not be able to put it down and I must be shocked at the plot twists and revelations. Hidden Pieces accomplished both of them! I started this book on a road trip (a 4 to 5 hour drive) and ended up finishing it that same day—it was THAT
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Christer Saimon Perez
Before I actually go into the review proper, I want to say shout to National Book Store for giving me a copy of this book in one of their Instagram giveaways.

This is my third October read and I’ve been seeing some negative reviews about this book being somehow a rip-off of Pretty Little Liars, and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas. But after reading this book, I can’t comprehend why some people throw rocks at a good read like this. I mean, I know we are all entitled to our own opinion but the book
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Kristen
There has always been this gap between the person I am and the person people think I am.

High school senior Embry Woods has always felt that she's been distanced from her friends and family. She's well aware that she's not completely honest with everyone--she has hidden pieces of herself that she likes to pretend don't exist. But her penchant for secrets becomes utterly destructive when she meets up with a boy she's been secretly seeing and they accidentally set a fire. After Embry saves someon
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Teenreadsdotcom
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HIDDEN PIECES by Paula Stokes is about a girl named Embry Woods. Embry Woods has a lot of secrets. For starters, she has a secret relationship with a boy named Luke. Another secret is that she is starting to gain feelings for a new person. But she has a secret so big that she has never shared with anyone --- and that is what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. So much happened that night and no one knows the truth but Embry. That night there was a fire. A homeless guy. Everyone believes th ...more
BookishGeek
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Embry has it rough. She lives alone with her mother (unless you include her dog Betsy), and works tirelessly at the family cafe to keep their heads above water. She is the reason her best friend's boyfriend dumped her - unfortunately, that reason is because she slept with said best friend's boyfriend. Her actual boyfriend is overseas, and Embry doesn't have the heart to break his.

Yes, things are rough for Embry. Even rougher still though when a late-night tryst in the abandoned Seacliff Inn turn
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Amy
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to the publisher and EdelweissPlus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a solid YA thriller. The writing is decent, the characters are interesting enough, and there are credible red herrings along the way. Savvy readers might deduce who the culprit is, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun, fast-paced thrill ride as Embry tries to figure out who is blackmailing her, and who is next on the list to be hurt if she doesn't meet the
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Leader of The Mojicans (Juan)
4.5 STARS

I believe that Paula Stokes is one of those authors that deserves more people reading her books. Every book of hers that I’ve read, starting with “Liars, Inc.”, I’ve always enjoyed and find myself recommending them to people I know. “Hidden Pieces” is another fantastic addition to the list of books I’ll be recommending to people.

If you liked “Liars, Inc.”, “Pretty Little Liars” and/or are just looking for a great thriller that’ll keep you hooked from beginning to end with LOTS of Gossip
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