Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

Posted December 5, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa WestPieces of Olivia by Melissa West
Series: Charleston Haven
Published by Penguin on 7/15/2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 210
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also in this series: Miles from Kara
Also by this author: Gravity, Hover

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…


I’ve been a big fan of West’s YA sci-fi series, and I was stoked when I heard that she was writing New Adult. I’m a sucker for some college drama. We definitely get that in Pieces of Olivia.

Olivia is a character that constantly tries to hide herself. She’s gone through a horrible event, and bears scars from it. She’s happy she’s made friends at Charleston, but still doesn’t want to let them completely in. There were so many times where I wanted to just hold on to her so that she could cry her troubles away.

I love the connection between Olivia and Preston. He seems to be the only one that she feels like she can be herself around. He’s funny and charming, but has secrets of his own. Ones that are heartbreaking but also ones that can bite him in the butt if found out.

I loved everything about this book. And I can’t wait for Miles of Kara. Even though she’s Olivia’s friend, you know she has her own dark secrets.


About Melissa West

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing?. 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.

Connect with Melissa at or on Twitter @MB_West.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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