ARC Book Review – Pieces of Olivia

Posted July 19, 2014 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

ARC Book Review – Pieces of OliviaPieces of Olivia Series: Charleston Haven #1
by Melissa West
on July 15, 2014
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 235
Source: Netgalley
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Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. 
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…

My Review 4

Pieces of Olivia is the first book I have read from author Melissa West.  I was really impressed with her writing and I can’t wait to read more from her. 

Pieces of Olivia is a story about Olivia Warren, a college student who is trying to start a new life.  She becomes close to her new roommate Kara and struggles in making a new friendship with Preston (Kara’s hot best friend). Besides the stress of moving to a new city Olivia is also trying to recover from a devastating loss.  I felt the beginning of the story went slow and it took some time to finally know about Olivia’s past. I wish her past was explained earlier in the book but once it is revealed I was able to get a better understanding of Olivia.  I cried when she cried.  I had the same doubts she was feeling.  I formed a connection with Olivia. Olivia is dealing with so much pain yet she wasn’t whiner. She does the best she can to heal and move forward which I really admired. I also loved the supporting cast, Kara and Preston.  But I especially loved Rose, Olivia’s quirky therapist! Rose’s technique was unconventional but is perfect for Olivia.  I had some “ah ha” moments with their sessions that I can apply in my life. I was amazed of how well this was written.

Pieces of Olivia deals with a serious subject but I didn’t feel emotionally drained (which I was worried about).  This was an uplifting story of healing, friendship, love and hope. I can’t wait to read the next book, Kara’s story. 


Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars


About Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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