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The Divine Heart Paperback – July 21, 2017
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I enjoyed this cute paranormal teen drama - It's got romance, intrigue and a bucket load of YA drama.
I have to admit I wasn't initially sure about the concept because it's a very sensitive subject for me. I lost a close friend a while ago only a few years after she received a heart transplant. I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading about a young girl with similar problems. The paranormal and mystery elements helped balance out the emotional drama and I'm pretty sure my friend would have enjoyed reading it herself if she could.
Elle lives a very strained and unusual existence. Pre-transplant everything is about surviving until a donor heart can be found, then after the surgery her entire life changes again. Elle's new heart comes with a whole load of drama and mysterious new abilities.
For the most part I liked Elle and empathised with her struggle. I did find her indecisiveness with potential romances a little irritating at times but I suppose given her circumstances its not something she has any experience with. I appreciated her determined search for the truth and the stellar way she adapts to her new abilities, the only slight negative is that she is a little immature at times.
Rob made me smile and I liked their friendship. I'm still not sure what to think about her doctor or a certain yoga teacher, but their behaviour made a weird sort of sense considering what happens.
The combination of paranormal and mystery works and although the subject is pretty heavy it never felt too draining or OTT.
I received a review copy
In an Oyster Shell - A book with great suspense and a supernatural storyline that is slightly subtle.
The Pearls - I liked the concept of the story that's why I chose to read it. I was not disappointed. Having a girl be connected paranormally to her heart donor was interesting and well executed.
The characters were distinct and well developed. Elle was a good character to empathize with. She was also very smart and figured out what was going on. I liked her neighbor who also turned into a love interest. The supporting characters were well-defined and added depth to the story.
I liked the mystery that I found in the story. I was reading it more for the paranormal aspect but it had an intriguing plot line.
I want to preface this review by saying that YA Paranormal novels are not generally my go-to area for reading enjoyment. However, when Danielle reached out to me I could not deny that I was very intrigued by the premise of the book (also, that beautiful cover!)
I really enjoyed Elle and I liked how the author didn’t glamorize her sickness. We get the sense at the very start of the story that this protagonist has been through medical hell since she was born, and the fact that she has overcome all of that is why she becomes such a well-received character. That’s not to say, however, that there were aspects of the book that I felt could have used a bit more fleshing out. I would have liked to see a bit more detail about her disorder and treatment, but obviously, it’s not always easy to include that much backstory/information in a novel (especially one of such short length like this one).
I really really enjoyed the fact that the love interest was a person that Elle was already close with! The friends-to-lovers trope is common in contemporary stories but I find that it is less common in paranormal stories, so this was a refreshing twist. It also allowed us to get to know them better as a couple because we had a lot more time to engage with them (rather than if Elle had to meet a completely new person).
In terms of the plot, I found it completely intriguing. I absolutely loved the idea of Elle connecting with the deceased girl (Cas) and learning through her. (It gave me a lot of The Host by Stephanie Meyer vibes– which I loved!) Mani manages to continuously engage and surprise the reader as the story progresses which is a huge nod to her storytelling skills.
Although I did find that the pacing could be off at times and that there were a lot of expanded/run on sentences from time to time, overall I found this book very satisfying. I think if you are a person who enjoys paranormal stories with a touch of romance that you should definitely check this book out!
* Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book to review, however, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and the result of my own personal reading experience.