Monday, June 27, 2016

Release Day Blitz & ARC Review- Pieces (Patchworks #1) by Toni Aleo

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.
Title: Pieces (Patchworks #1)
Author: Toni Aleo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 27th 2016 by Toni Aleo Books LLC
Plot: 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 

☆ I received an ARC via Toni's representative in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆


There was a fair mixture of pros and cons within this read. While I liked the fresh, out of the box feel that author Toni Aleo is now experimenting with—some of the dialogues and concepts felt a bit convoluted, forced, and all over the place. Not to mention, the female heroine was kind of a whiner and a tad annoying.

Over all though, I liked the parallel of all the paranormal entities brought forth into this. From all things that go bump in the night~~ shifters, werewolves, vampires, and even those descended from Frankenstein himself~~ The Patchwork is the domineering ruling party of all of these beings with Rebecca von Stein’s at the epicenter as its leader.

As one can imagine though, not all of these supernatural creatures get along and some thirst for a new shift of rules, power, and even the secret to immortality~~~ the latter of which, Rebecca von Stein, princess of the Patchwork lacks. And now with her, her father and three brothers right in the middle of everything….deceit and treachery lurks amongst all..loyalties will be tested…call for change is sequential..and the power of love and deciding what you want for yourself is unparalleled.

I did find this first in its series, a bit rough around the patches but all in all, I am curious to see what unfolds next. It certainly kept me hanging and I did also develop a soft spot for Rebecca’s oldest brother, Oceanus.

Bring on, bk2!!



My Rating:

"Wow! Toni Aleo is the queen of hockey romance but now she writes paranormal flawlessly. Is there anything she can’t write? I think not. She weaved this new world of witches, wolves, vampires and Dr. Frankenstein’s descendants, that had me hooked from the very first page. It was a fresh new story that I devoured in one sitting. This story was filled with suspense, mystery and romance. It had me on edge wanting, no, needing to know what would happen next." - GoodReads Review \\ Jill M \\ Embrace The Romance

"Okay, so what the hell? I didn't see that coming. I mean, really, the queen of hockey writing about vampires, werewolves and Dr. Frankenstein's descendants? Let me be a little sceptical. And after I read it, let me apologize for it. This book was a fresh wave. I devoured it. It took me only one night to finish it because this story didn't let me go. I'm sitting here trying to put together the pieces - not funny - but I can't. I want to read more books like this one. Just keep it up, Toni!" - GoodReads Review \\ Becca

"I loved this book it was phenomenal.I could not put it down for anything. I help my breath for most of it and still didn't fully exhale when it was over! The end was left with a bit of a cliffhanger and it has me wanted so much more!" - GoodReads Review \\ Ash \\ Morning Books and Coffee

 About the Author 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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