Release Date: February 27, 2018
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.
So, I got this book as an ARC and I am so glad I did! I’m learning to speak up more about the disease I have and well, I could TOTALLY relate to Leah on a more personal level. I do not have heart failure but I do have Addison’s Disease which is adrenal failure. Adrenal glands are in fact an organ and it’s taken me 4 years no to grasp the fact that I do have a form of organ failure and this is something that I’m going to have to live with for the rest of my life. The steroid dreams that Leah has are something that I experience all the time. C.C Hunter’s description of those are spot on. I’ve had some really some weird ones that make no sense and when you wake up… you actually think they’re real when you wake up. I also totally get Leah’s paranoid moments about her medicine and taking it on time: That actually sucks in real life.
Okay, on to the actual book part of this: I don’t want to ruin it but this has become one of my favorite books in 2017. It’s up there with a A List of Cages for me, and if you know me, you know I LOVED that particular book. Even though the effects of Leah’s disease are real, you can tell that this is a work of fiction and it just enraptures you to the point that I became a really snappy mean person when I was pulled away from the book.
Anyways: This is an OBVIOUS 5/5 stars for me! It’s fantastic and I think you should preorder it ASAP.
FTC: I received an ARC of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ❤