6 February 2015

Heartsick Review

by Caitlin Sinead

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What they say: Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she's going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that's before she meets Luke, a hot townie who's moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it's before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people's eyes purple.

Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug?
Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab?
Is it the mark of the devil?

Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle—until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he's kept carefully hidden. That he's so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn't a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: The concept behind Heartsick is very clever and I enjoyed the mystery element. 

The story focuses on Quinn, a University senior, as she faces a strange mystery, the last year of Uni and romantic entanglements. When people's eyes suddenly start turning purple, Quinn decides to work out why and find who is responsible. I wasn't sure if we were facing something supernatural or a simple mystery at first - I wasn't expecting things to turn out quite as they did, but I liked that the story wasn't predictable. 

I wasn't entirely sure of the age range because it could have been a mature YA book or a younger NA. I did find Quinn's dialogue a little immature at times and the pacing didn't always seem balanced - But I think this was largely down the YA/NA crossover. I did like Quinn though and her carefree spirit was a refreshing change from the more angsty female leads out there.

The ARC I read did have some formatting and editorial issues, with words being joined together and a few typos, but I imagine this will be fixed for the actual book release. So I haven't let it influence my review.

Quinn made me smile with her 'modern' approach to romance. Her opinions on dating were hilarious. There's a sort-of love triangle between 'hot-nerd' Rashid (her words not mine) and sexy local Luke - who I loved btw!

3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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