Review: Pieces of Eight by Whitney Barbetti

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Pieces of Eight is finally here & is the sequel to Six Feet Under. 

The final book in the Mad Love duet in here.  

"Some books are made to entertain. Others are to make you feel and look at life in a different light. POE is the latter and it could not have been more perfect." ~ Misty, White Hot Reads ~ Good Reads Review Link

I truly don't even know how to review this book. No words will ever do this book, or this duet really, justice. This book by far is Whitney's best work. She has grown tremendously as a writer since I started reading her and I will say without a doubt this Mad Love Duet is my favorite by her. I can't wait to see what the future holds for her books. 

Mira and Six together is magical but them apart was something else entirely. We saw sides of both of these characters in POE that I wasn't sure would ever come to fruition. They both grew into people that were almost unrecognizable from SFU. They grew into two people who we can admire and who can love without reservation. Although we all know life is tough I have no doubt about Mira and Six after POE.  

I was sad and angry at the end of Six Feet Under but by the end of Pieces of Eight my heart had been put back together and I was content. Happy. Understated and open endings are some of my favorites. They prove we write our own endings.  Authors who write these kinds of endings, I feel anyway, have a true understanding of life and know that not everything has to be wrapped up in a pretty little bow to be good, great even.  Bravo Whitney.

Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.

But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance.

Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind.

Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness.

But then, isn't mad love the most honest?

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Pieces of Eight is the sequel to Six Feet Under and the final book in the Mad Love duet. It should not be read as a standalone. Triggers include mental illness, self-harm, and addiction.


Six wasn’t the hero I needed.

But he was the man I wanted.

And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing. 

No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them. 

I was sick, but love didn’t heal me.

Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes. 

Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn't be the last.

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Six Feet Under is the first book in the Mad Love duet. If you've struggled with mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, or drug use this story may be triggering for you. If you are still recovering or are susceptible to relapsing, please reconsider reading.

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About the Author


Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.

I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee.

I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.

I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.

I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.


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