Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4 stars: Alive by Chandler Baker

"Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.

After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.

Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?

After all, the heart never lies...does it?"

Expected publication: June 9th, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion. I received a digital ARC of this story. 

55% of the people who read Young Adult books are adults. Since that is the case, I will make the assumption that the majority of the people reading this review are adults like me. Remember relaxing during the summer and curling up with a Christopher Pike thriller? Reading this book made me so nostalgic, because it brought back those wonderful memories. This is a spooky thriller laced with romance and some gore.  

This is Baker's debut novel, so I'm overly impressed with the writing. Her descriptive narration made this an immersive experience; you could see, taste, feel, smell, and hear everything,

"Inside, the hallway smells as damp and musky as the outdoors. My shoes squeal against the linoleum. My locker's close enough to the open door that the early fall breeze plays with my hair."

Things really start to take off when we meet the mysterious Levi Zin. More nostalgia, because I couldn't help picturing JD from Heathers. He dresses similarly and you can tell there's something a bit sinister, even if it's that he's way too over-protective of Stella. 

This was not by any means a story with a lot of depth or with an important message, but it's an awfully good book for a cozy stormy night.

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