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Keep reading for a spoiler-free review of The Divine Heart!
Title: The Divine Heart
Author: Danielle R. Mani
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 27th, 2017
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**Disclaimer: Although I received a free ARC of this book my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and are truthful to my individual reading experience. **
Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins spent most her life waiting for someone else
to die…When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just
a new heart—clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is
convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.
Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor– a young girl named, Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob—the guy who’s a testament that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’ s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.
Just a reminder that this will be a spoiler-free review of The Divine Heart by Danielle R. Mani.
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!
3.5 stars out of 5
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Thank you so much to Danielle R. Mani and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me this book for review!
Thanks for reading, darlings.
See you soon,