Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C. C. Hunter
Genre: YA, Romance
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish date: February 27th, 2018
Leah has gone through one heart, and now has an artificial heart in a backpack until she can get a new one. She understands, and has accepted the few years this will give her, never imagining that she would get a donor. She hangs out with her parents, talks to her best friend, works on reading 100 books and simply enjoys her time. Yeah, it would be great to be able to be normal, go to school, have boyfriends… live. It just isn’t in the cards. That is, until it is…. one day changes everything. A young man passes and a heart is available. The issue? Once she has the heart, she can feel it’s previous owner. She has dreams and thoughts she knows aren’t her own. How do you tell your crush you have their dead twin’s heart and it wants to tell them something?
Matt knows his brother didn’t kill himself…. but he’s the only one. The evidence is stacked against him, but he just knows something else happened. Someone took his brother’s life… and they have to pay. When Leah approaches him, offers help, he can’t believe his luck. Finally someone believes him… finally he isn’t alone. Can they find out what’s going on, though? While they work together, they grow closer and discover new possibilities. Can it work between a girl who always thought she had an expiration date and a boy that’s seen too much death?
The premise of this book was really amazing. I loved the play between characters and the way the book flowed. It seemed very real, allowing the main characters of Matt and Leah to be, well, teens. Mature for their age, perhaps; but scared, angry, confused and hopeful. There was so much heart, so much emotion woven into this story. I cried, I laughed, I ached for these kids. The character development was spot on, though the side characters were a bit basic- mainly the book club. It didn’t stop this from being a fantastic read, though, and one I am getting my niece. Five stars all the way, and one for creativity.
On the adult content scale, there was some violence, language and sexual content. Nothing too extensive. I give it a five.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
The book comes out 2-27-18. Who’s ready?
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