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?
This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.
Leah Mackenzie didn’t have a heart. She survived on a bag carrying an artificial heart after a rare disease killed her original heart. With her rare blood type, she didn’t expect to get another chance at life – much less to live to the next year. Instead, she lived each day like it could be her last, because it might have been. Until someone dies and she gets the heart.
I loved Leah. I didn’t get to know the Old Leah. New Leah takes full control of this story, starting with her desire to live each day to the fullest, even when that means kissing her tutor before he left and before she knew she’d live. I liked the person that I met, the one that had to come to terms with the new chance at life she had been given. Her spirit was contagious, and I liked her voice. I sat down and read chunks of the book at a time because I couldn’t get enough.
The love interest in the story, Matt Kenner, also had a voice. While Leah told her story through first person, Matt’s side of things was told in third person. Matt was driven. With his brother’s, Eric, death came a new Matt, like how Leah was saved by Eric’s heart. He made me swoon, and I liked the passion and determination that he showed for his brother. He wanted to prove to everyone that the Eric he knew was the one that needed to live on, not the one that everyone thought they missed seeing all along. Because of the circumstances, Leah and Matt could’ve had a different ending to their story. However, I liked how Hunter didn’t focus on the obvious, how weird your girlfriend having your brother’s heart would be, and focused on more pressing matters. Matt saw Leah with Eric’s heart as a way for his brother to live on in someone he could love in a new way, and I ate that up.
I fell in love with Hunter’s writing when I discovered her Shadow Falls novels in middle school. I stayed along for the entire ride of Kylie Galen’s journey and was stoked when Hunter announced a new paranormal romance. If you love this genre in YA, especially if you love romance and love as much as I do, then you need to add this author to your TBR. Her writing is fantastic, and her storytelling captivates you from page one. Can I have more, please?