Heartbeat

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin Teen

Synopsis:

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Thoughts:

This is the first time I’ve read Elizabeth Scott’s work. I was pulled in by the synopsis, which I thought had great premise. It sounded like everything I want in a book, so I was incredibly excited to read it. Heartbeat is a very easy to read book and it’s fast-paced so before long, you’ve finished reading! I didn’t love the book, but I thought it was great in places and lacked in others.

Emma is the main protagonist. She has obviously experienced something so tragic. The loss of her mother. I felt so bad for Emma, but the way in which she dealt with her grief didn’t make me warm to her. I didn’t like the way she treated her stepfather, and this irked me about the story. I very nearly gave up, but I kept on going, hoping it would get better. It did. I didn’t really love Emma by the end of it, but the story itself improved.

I think this is down to the relationship between Caleb and Emma. They had both lost loved ones, which brought them closer together. I thought the relationship was sweet and believable. They helped each other feel better about their losses. I felt much more compassion for Caleb, as he blamed himself for his sister’s death (she died after being hit by a car whilst on her bike, she wasn’t wearing a helmet).

Heartbeat is an emotional, fast-paced read. It’s definitely made me curious to read other work by Elizabeth Scott.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #53

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently between two books, which is something I don’t usually do! I usually like to focus on one book at a time. I’m finishing Aesop’s Fables as part of my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. I’m also close to finishing Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. I’ll hopefully finish these both today. I’m enjoying Aesop’s Fables, but they are a bit repetitive. I’m also enjoying Heartbeat but I’m not as connected to the main character as I thought I’d be.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’ve had some trouble settling with books recently, but Dead Jealous captured my attention brilliantly. I really enjoyed it!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m going to try and read Storm and Stone before Friday, as I’m attending a blogger’s evening at Oxford University Press. OUP kindly gave me this book to read. Then next on my radar is Cress by Marissa Meyer. I’m so worried about reading this book, as I’ve really hyped it up in my mind! Let’s hope I’m not in for a disappointment!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions in the comments below, or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday posts. Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #48

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’m really happy with my haul this week!

NetGalley:

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I had requested books ages ago and they all seemed to be approved at once! Most of these are January releases so I’ll try to get to them soon. Out of this little selection I’m most excited to read Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

Bought:

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I decided to buy these books because I’ve heard great things about them!  I can’t wait to read Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. I’m also excited to read Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her before.  I’ve also heard great things about Golden by Jessi Kirby and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m intrigued by Jenny Han’s series which kicks off with The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Oxford University Press:

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I am attending an Oxford University Press blogging event at the end of January. They kindly sent me these two books to read before the event!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your links!