Tuesday, May 7, 2013

{Book Reviews} Heart Murmurs by R.R. Smythe

Heart Murmurs
by R.R. Smythe
Publisher: Astraea Press
Released: March 21st 201
Genre: Fiction- YA:  sci fi, time travel,
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

Mia Templeton is dying. Or was dying. After receiving a heart transplant, her world is forever altered. Before her eyes open, she overhears her donor was a murdered girl of the same age. Whispers invade Mia’s head before she’s even left the recovery room. She develops tastes for foods she once hated, and dreams so vivid, she feels they’re someone else’s memories. Her personality is altered—once a quiet doormat, she’s now inexplicably flippant, and confident. And her unexplained longing for the new boy at school is borderline obsessive.
Morgan Kelley is new. Adopted by his aunt, a descendant of Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), he’s thrown into life at a new high school, and as a historical guide for his aunt’s store—a homage to all things Alcott. Conspiracy theories abound about his mangled lower leg—but no-one has been brave enough to ask. Till Mia.
Something is awry with the Underground Railroad tunnels beneath his aunt's home. Mia and Morgan enter the world of a secret Literary Society--and are drafted to help bring a rogue Literary giant to justice, solve the mystery of her heart donor, the the real fate of Beth from Little Women.

Review: Mia finally gets a much needed heart transplant. It not only saves her life, but changes it in ways she never imagined. She begins to eat foods she never liked before and once tone deaf, she can now sing. While these are weird it pales, to the attraction she feels for Morgan. Beth, Mia's friend and employer, has taken in Morgan her nephew but are things really what they seem. As Mia digs into all the mysterous happenings, she is shocked and amazed by what she discovers.
This is an interesting story lots of surprising twists and turns. I was thrown for a loop when the plot takes a completely unexpected turn. I really didn't think this was going to take such a science fiction turn. As each clue is revealed the plot becomes a little more bizarre. I found myself pulled into this book, wanting to find out exactly what was going to happen to Mia and Morgan. If Morgan was truly in love with Mia or just her heart. Not to mention where the whole book was going.
The concept is new, creating a world beyond and within our own. I liked the authors writing style and the world building used to develop the tunnels and the world where the Literary Society dwells.


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