A new heart saved her life — but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was- a boy from her school -and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Wednesday Books
I do not know where to begin with this book. I loved it. Loved the start, loved the mystery, loved the drama. I loved that the writing style was so simple and yet so intriguing. I loved that Leah had pretty much resigned herself to accepting Death’s company before she received Eric’s heart, only to then struggle with the guilt of getting to live when the original owner of the heart could not. So much went on between Leah and Matt trying to figure out their relationship and figuring out what really happened to Eric. You could sometimes see the way Matt’s near obsession began to change him, just as Leah’s guilt could sometimes influence her to push the people she loved further away.
Hunter weaves a very fine paranormal thrill that had me reading this late into the night until the sun came up. It was just so interesting how the writing style could send you on this roller coaster of a ride and not let you rest. If I wasn’t wondering when Leah’s health issues would get in the way, I was wondering how Matt would chill out with the closed case. So much drama stemmed from their own problems, and I liked how it all connected. And it was weird in a sad, bittersweet way to see these two people who had crushes on each other since middle school have such an otherworldly connection because of his twin brother’s heart. The twin connection was a big thing in this book, so it was always interestingly weird to see Matt getting to know this girl because she had his twin’s heart, a piece of the brother he always had a link with up until the day he died. This was yet another issue that rose between the two, and in the end, it all gets laid out.
It’s a recommend from me if you love YA romance and a little paranormal in your mystery thrillers. The whole thing was great and engaging and infuriating but so adorably cheesy. If you like to laugh and cry, This Heart of Mine is it.