29 September 2017

The Divine Heart - Tour & Review


The Divine Heart






Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 27th 2017


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. 


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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I enjoyed this cute paranormal teen drama - It's got romance, intrigue and a bucket load of YA drama.

I have to admit I wasn't initially sure about the concept because it's a very sensitive subject for me. I lost a close friend a while ago only a few years after she received a heart transplant. I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading about a young girl with similar problems. The paranormal and mystery elements helped balance out the emotional drama and I'm pretty sure my friend would have enjoyed reading it herself if she could.

Elle lives a very strained and unusual existence. Pre-transplant everything is about surviving until a donor heart can be found, then after the surgery her entire life changes again. Elle's new heart comes with a whole load of drama and mysterious new abilities.

For the most part I liked Elle and empathised with her struggle. I did find her indecisiveness with potential romances a little irritating at times but I suppose given her circumstances its not something she has any experience with. I appreciated her determined search for the truth and the stellar way she adapts to her new abilities, the only slight negative is that she is a little immature at times.

Rob made me smile and I liked their friendship. I'm still not sure what to think about her doctor or a certain yoga teacher, but their behaviour made a weird sort of sense considering what happens.

The combination of paranormal and mystery works and although the subject is pretty heavy it never felt too draining or OTT.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


Book Trailer




Excerpt:

She lets out a long sigh. “I heard that you received the heart of a girl about the same age as you.” She looks at me intently. I can tell she’s trying to read my expression, but I play it cool and keep a straight face. “She had an accident, honey.” After a long pause and a moment of uncomfortable silence, she continues. “There was nothing anyone could do,” She takes a deep breath and pushes the strands of hair away from my face. “Are you okay?”
“I am,” I say, surprised by my composure. A sense of calm washes over me and I use my pain as a guide to trace my fingers over my chest. I feel the bulkiness of the bandages under the linen hospital gown and rest my hand over my chest. It takes a moment before I feel the beating of my new heart. It’s different—steadier. I slide my tongue over my lips and taste the salt of my tears. Thank you. Thank you. I’m not exactly sure whom I’m thanking—God or my donor. It doesn’t feel right to thank God for what’s happened. He couldn’t have taken this girl’s life just to save mine. Closing my eyes tightly, I say a quiet prayer. I wish I knew your name. Then I could know whose soul I am praying for.
“Cas!” The voice is a soft, willowy whisper. I open one eye and gaze around the room. My mother is seated in the chair next to me, a closed People Magazine on her lap. She’s staring at a blank TV screen, lost in thought. The nurse is standing in the doorway, speaking with a doctor. From where I lie, I can’t see anyone else around.
“Cas!”
“Cas?” I repeat again, only louder.
My mother sits erect in the chair and the color drains from her face.
“What did you say?” she whispers.



Author Spotlight:

Danielle R. Mani is a fan of the paranormal in both print and film. In her first book, The Divine One, Ms. Mani combines supernatural fiction with the everyday dramas of young adulthood. Her newest YA paranormal novel, The Divine Heart, is scheduled to be released later this year. Ms. Mani holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in communications. She is currently a doctoral student studying parapsychology. She resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, four children, two dogs, and two rescue cats.




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