This Heart of Mine
A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

This Heart of Mine Details

TitleThis Heart of Mine
Author
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250131652
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

This Heart of Mine Review

  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.Seventeen year-old Leah MacKenzie has a bucket list. At the top of it? Read one hundred books before she dies. The problem? Leah’s days are numbered. She has an artificial heart and she has no idea if she will receive a transplant. She is on the donor list, but Leah has a rare blood type and in her life, infections are not uncommon. Then all of a sudden, it happens - Leah gets a new heart and she has to change her entire outlook on life.Seventeen year-old Matt has always been a twin. Eri 4 Stars.Seventeen year-old Leah MacKenzie has a bucket list. At the top of it? Read one hundred books before she dies. The problem? Leah’s days are numbered. She has an artificial heart and she has no idea if she will receive a transplant. She is on the donor list, but Leah has a rare blood type and in her life, infections are not uncommon. Then all of a sudden, it happens - Leah gets a new heart and she has to change her entire outlook on life.Seventeen year-old Matt has always been a twin. Eric has been by his side since day one. They have been different sides of a coin. They have gotten each other through everything, including their dad’s death. And then one night Matt feels it, the loss. Eric is gone. Everyone says it’s suicide, including the police. Matt, however, knows that Eric wouldn’t kill himself - and he sets out to prove it. Leah always had a crush on Matt and now, she is bound to Eric and will do whatever she can to help Matt figure out what happened to his twin. “This Heart of Mine” by C.C. Hunter was a sweet, endearing, easy read that captured my attention quickly and held it. There were times when the novel was serious, sad and incredible sweet. In addition, the subject matter was very important and was handled deftly by the author, while telling one heck of a story.Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and C.C. Hunter for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley, Goodreads and Twitter on 1.8.18.*Will be published on Amazon on 2.27.18.
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  • C.C. Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Reader,I never really understood the meaning of the phrase “book of your heart” until I wrote Leah McKenzie’s story. When I typed “The End” to every novel, I used to feel it was my favorite. But This Heart of Mine is different. It’s not only the book of my heart, it’s the book from my heart.As the wife of someone on the transplant list, I held my husband’s hand as he accepted that his time, our time, would be too short. He needed a kidney, but the dialysis that was saving his life, was kill Dear Reader,I never really understood the meaning of the phrase “book of your heart” until I wrote Leah McKenzie’s story. When I typed “The End” to every novel, I used to feel it was my favorite. But This Heart of Mine is different. It’s not only the book of my heart, it’s the book from my heart.As the wife of someone on the transplant list, I held my husband’s hand as he accepted that his time, our time, would be too short. He needed a kidney, but the dialysis that was saving his life, was killing his heart. And breaking mine.Then like Leah, he got a second chance. His journey, his pain, my pain, his fear, my fear, and our enormous appreciation to the donor and his family for the gift of life, poured out of my soul and into my keyboard. This didn’t make writing it any less scary. In some ways, it made it that much more. When my ten-book Shadow Falls series came to a close, and the book idea was in its infancy, I was both apprehensive about writing such a personal story, and about making the switch from the paranormal genre to contemporary. Then my grandmother’s words of wisdom whispered in my head, “If there’s not a bit of fear in your belly, you’re not living right. Invite fear into your world, make friends with every challenge you meet.” In that moment, I knew Leah’s story needed to be told and I had to be the one to tell it.This book blends emotion with romance. It’s seasoned with my humor, my love for a little mystery, and sprinkled with a pinch of the mystical. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure and take the journey with Leah as she creates her own recipe for living and makes friends with every challenge she meets.Here’s to always living with a little bit of fear in your belly. C.C. Hunter
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read and review this heartwarming story by C.C. Hunter. This is the story of transplant recipient Leah’s struggle through critical illness and the emotional journey she makes as life suddenly becomes more than just about surviving one day at a time, and also Matt, whose brother’s heart was the organ she received. Full review to come closer to publication date, but I REALLY loved this one. 4.5/5 stars.
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    I notice that Hunter's writing evolved, that it's better and even more fluent than it already was. I loved it and read this book in no time!I wasn't embarrassed about reading. If anything, it saddened me that some people were missing out.I loved the story, the plot and everything around it. It never felt forced, at all. Everything, not only her writing, flowed fluently and just made you want more. Made you want to figure out what happened to Eric. And, of course, keeping your fingers crossed for I notice that Hunter's writing evolved, that it's better and even more fluent than it already was. I loved it and read this book in no time!I wasn't embarrassed about reading. If anything, it saddened me that some people were missing out.I loved the story, the plot and everything around it. It never felt forced, at all. Everything, not only her writing, flowed fluently and just made you want more. Made you want to figure out what happened to Eric. And, of course, keeping your fingers crossed for Leah and Matt was an obvious reason to want more as well.Although at first their feelings steer a lot towards insta-love, they only appear to do so. If you hate that trope, I'd say, ignore that because it gets clear in only the first chapters that it isn't a case of insta-love!Then our MC! Leah! God, how I love that girl's sass. She's brutally honest, makes the best comments and - as if this could get any better? - is a huge book worm! Reading is a vacation for the mind. Well, if the book is good, it is.The way I could connect with Leah, I couldn't with Matt. I honestly still can't figure out exactly why it didn't work. Maybe because I felt like he didn't have a unique voice like Leah did? Maybe because I simply didn't feel like having anything in common with him? I don't know. I really don't. It didn't really ruin anything for me, but it is something I thought of after finishing this novel.4,5/5I received an eCopy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own. I'm not being compensated in any way. Quotes used may differ from the finished copy since I took them out of an unfinished ARC.
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  • Marie Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Full book review also posted on my blog here: https://lotsoflivres.com/2017/10/08/t... Okay. Just wow. Where to start with this book?!I’ve never actually read any of C.C. Hunter’s other books so chose to read this based purely on the synopsis I found online, which I thought was very intriguing, and I was not disappointed. At All. This is definitely my favourite YA book I’ve read this year (dare I say ever?!) and it is filled with everything you could possibly want in a book (and more!) – secrets Full book review also posted on my blog here: https://lotsoflivres.com/2017/10/08/t... Okay. Just wow. Where to start with this book?!I’ve never actually read any of C.C. Hunter’s other books so chose to read this based purely on the synopsis I found online, which I thought was very intriguing, and I was not disappointed. At All. This is definitely my favourite YA book I’ve read this year (dare I say ever?!) and it is filled with everything you could possibly want in a book (and more!) – secrets, mystery, death, love, justice and friendship!This Heart of Mine follows 17 year old Leah, who has a heart disease, which means she relies on an artificial heart to keep her alive. Knowing that a heart transplant is highly unlikely due to her rare blood type, she spends her time at home completing her bucket list and living for each day.We also have Matt, whose twin brother, Eric, was found dead in the local woods. Matt is on a mission to prove that Eric didn’t commit suicide, despite the closed case. No one believes him and Matt is in desperate need of someone to support him. This is where Leah comes in…Although this initially seems to be a love story, it is so much more than that! I couldn’t put it down and as we get further and further into the novel, and learn more about the circumstances, I was so gripped! The ending was just phenomenal (which I never saw coming!) and raises some very important issues and questions that we face in today’s society. This book is so relevant and seems to have been so well researched (C.C. Hunter says some more about these issues at the back of the book) and the accurate portrayal of all these issues made me connect a lot more with Leah and Matt as characters and support them in their aim of finding justice.I loved both Leah and Matt and their individual personalities seemed so authentic, which reflects how beautifully written this book is. Their relationship develops over time (no insta-love YAY!) and the book has several sub-plots too which makes it intriguing to watch how these characters react to certain situations. The plot itself flows seamlessly and often I forgot I was reading a book and not someone’s actual life!This is definitely a book to watch out for in 2018 and I’m predicting huge success and amazing reviews! It gives me The Hate U Give vibes and despite it’s YA ‘categorisation’, This Heart of Mine is a book that people across all ages should read and will enjoy! This has become a firm favourite of mine and I can’t wait to grab my own copy when it’s released next February. You should definitely read this if you get the chance to – you won’t be disappointed!*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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  • TurnThePage
    January 1, 1970
    “Don’t do anything you know you’ll regret. But do enough to know exactly what you’ll regret and learn to regret less.” I have been a big fan of C.C. Hunter since reading her Shadow Falls series and the companion series Shadow Falls: After Dark. Her characters and world setting are just something I have always enjoyed and “This Heart of Mine” was no exception. We are introduced to two people, Leah and Matt, who are both confronted with death and the effects it can have on a person. Leah has an “Don’t do anything you know you’ll regret. But do enough to know exactly what you’ll regret and learn to regret less.” I have been a big fan of C.C. Hunter since reading her Shadow Falls series and the companion series Shadow Falls: After Dark. Her characters and world setting are just something I have always enjoyed and “This Heart of Mine” was no exception. We are introduced to two people, Leah and Matt, who are both confronted with death and the effects it can have on a person. Leah has an artificial heart and lives her life in days because she never knows when it may be her last. Matt, who lost his father, is again faced with loss when his twin brother Eric dies. Everyone believes it to be suicide, but Matt doesn’t believe his brother could something like this. When Leah finally gets a heart transplant, the events that transpire after the surgery will bring her and Matt closer together and even closer to the truth. “This Heart of Mine” was a very unique read. I loved how C.C. Hunter dived into the special psychic connection between identical twins and how a person can gain the memories of someone who has received a donated heart. That was my favorite aspect of the book. The romance wasn’t anything special, but I still loved Leah and Matt together. They really cared for each other and you can feel that when reading this book. I also found the mystery to be quite exciting. You really have to read this book to see what I am talking about! This book was a very quick and interesting read for me. Anything C.C. Hunter writes is a must read for me and this book definitely satisfied my C.C. Hunter book craving! I love that this book is special for C.C. Hunter and I thank her for sharing this story with us. Thank you to Netgalley for this e-ARC.
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  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.I enjoyed reading this book and was drawn to the story line; it was very different and intriguing. The foundation of the story was solid, I just felt that parts of the execution didn’t work for me.Shy 17 year old, Leah, is awaiting a heart transplant. A popular boy from school, Eric, is found dead of an apparent suicide and Leah is the recipient of his heart. His twin brother, Matt, is the only one who does not believe that his b I received an arc of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.I enjoyed reading this book and was drawn to the story line; it was very different and intriguing. The foundation of the story was solid, I just felt that parts of the execution didn’t work for me.Shy 17 year old, Leah, is awaiting a heart transplant. A popular boy from school, Eric, is found dead of an apparent suicide and Leah is the recipient of his heart. His twin brother, Matt, is the only one who does not believe that his brother killed himself. Leah starts having dreams that lead her to believe Matt: they work together to try and figure out what really happened to Eric.The story moves quickly and you can’t help but keep reading to try and figure out what happens. I knew about half way through what the outcome would be, it was just a matter of how they would get there.There is a love story that will remind you of those butterfly in your stomach days from your youth. It was cute, but may have been a bit too juvenile for me. I do understand that this was a young adult read and wasn’t expecting fireworks, it was just a little too cliche (shy, nerdy girl who doesn’t know how pretty she is and super cute, popular jock).The author did a great job of exploring grief on all fronts: Leah’s own grief, her parents anguish, and friends reactions, as well as parent and sibling grief.Although there were a few bumps, I do feel this book is a worthwhile read. It went quick and kept you engaged.
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  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a tearjerker, at least for me., but that being said I also really enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It also had it fair share of humor so not all doom and gloom and tears. It was easy to follow and the characters were easy to relate to as well likeable.Overall I can say that it is one of those make you feel good books that make you ugly cry .I rate it 5★ and recommend
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    This book starts with Eric being dumped by his on/off girlfriend Cassie and then wandering into his Dad's office and finding the gun. It then jumps back to a month prior and we meet Leah who is on the heart transplant list and living with an artificial heart carried in a backpack. Leah normally is tutored by Ms. Strong, but one day she calls in sick and Matt comes in and tutors her in Algebra instead. Years ago, back when Leah was healthy, she had the biggest crush on Matt, and we learn that he This book starts with Eric being dumped by his on/off girlfriend Cassie and then wandering into his Dad's office and finding the gun. It then jumps back to a month prior and we meet Leah who is on the heart transplant list and living with an artificial heart carried in a backpack. Leah normally is tutored by Ms. Strong, but one day she calls in sick and Matt comes in and tutors her in Algebra instead. Years ago, back when Leah was healthy, she had the biggest crush on Matt, and we learn that he has always thought she was pretty hot too. Fast forward after the accident and Leah learn she is getting a new heart, but it isn't until she is lying in the hospital recovering after the surgery that she discovers the truth of where the heart came from. The heart turns out to be none other than Matt's twin brother Eric. Leah soon starts to have dreams and nightmares of what looks like Eric's last days and his life, can Leah help Matt who is trying to piece together what happened to his brother as he doesn't believe it was a suicide in his last hours? Will the truth pull Matt and Leah together or will it push them apart? Will Matt look at Leah like he would his brother or will he look at her as the girl who he loved? Find out in C.C Hunter's new book which is a different direction from her more popular series "Shadow Falls."
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Serenity
    January 1, 1970
    This is something different than Ii'm used to from C.C., but oh my I loved it!Leah doesn't think highly of the future. Mostly because she has no heart and doesn't know if she will have a future at this point. In the mean time, she walks around with cute Disney slippers, reads romance novels and gets tutored at home. Then you have Matt, a cool and cute guy who is also hurting. He still isn't over the loss of his dad fully. But things are going to get worse for him when his twin is found dead and This is something different than Ii'm used to from C.C., but oh my I loved it!Leah doesn't think highly of the future. Mostly because she has no heart and doesn't know if she will have a future at this point. In the mean time, she walks around with cute Disney slippers, reads romance novels and gets tutored at home. Then you have Matt, a cool and cute guy who is also hurting. He still isn't over the loss of his dad fully. But things are going to get worse for him when his twin is found dead and everyone but him ruled it out as a suicide. Well turns out one day Matt ends up tutoring Leah as her usual teacher couldn't make it. Leah and Matt talk. She explains her crush on him, wants a kiss, and well after that things are different. Matt can't stop thinking about her. It's not long until Matt knows. Knows that something is wrong with his brother. He finds out what happen and uses that chance to help Leah.Now with a real heart Leah may have a future. She doesn't know what she's going to do with it yet, what the new her would be like. She certainly didn't expect to play detective and fall in love. But it happened. Now the ending got me. I was excited to see Leah made it through and survived. That Matt was there in the hospital every day until finally he got to see Leah. The love they have and everything that happened, it just gets you. So be prepared to have the tissues out!!!I can't wait for C.C.'s next book!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is listed as a YA or Young Adult novel, but the story and the telling of it transcends ages. It is sad, funny, uplifting, mysterious, scary, and most of all, it will hook you and not let go long after you've read the last page.
  • Debbie VanZandt
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is the best book I've read all year! It made me late to work twice in the 3 days it took me to get finished. I cared about Leah and Matt from the very first chapter because they (and their anguish) felt so real. Although for different reasons, both Leah and Matt are struggling to regain their lives while navigating a world of high school, budding romance, and future plans -- and trying to prove that Matt's twin didn't kill himself. The wrap-up of the mystery felt a little too quick I think this is the best book I've read all year! It made me late to work twice in the 3 days it took me to get finished. I cared about Leah and Matt from the very first chapter because they (and their anguish) felt so real. Although for different reasons, both Leah and Matt are struggling to regain their lives while navigating a world of high school, budding romance, and future plans -- and trying to prove that Matt's twin didn't kill himself. The wrap-up of the mystery felt a little too quick until I continued reading and realized that the mystery isn't the real focus of the book. The focus is learning "The Art of Making Tomorrows." This part of the story wraps up perfectly. Both Leah and Matt (and their families) are on their way to mastering that art. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could.
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  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This Heart of Mine will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster.(view spoiler)[This book is sort of like a romantic crime novel because there is a murder involved. So it is about a young transplant patient, named Leah, who receives a heart from the murder victim. Then the murder victim's twin brother, who's name is Matt, falls in love with the patient. First let me state that this book is not an "insta-love" relationsh Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This Heart of Mine will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster.(view spoiler)[This book is sort of like a romantic crime novel because there is a murder involved. So it is about a young transplant patient, named Leah, who receives a heart from the murder victim. Then the murder victim's twin brother, who's name is Matt, falls in love with the patient. First let me state that this book is not an "insta-love" relationship. The romance definitely progressed at a normal rate. It was totally relatable to how relationships are nowadays. Again, I loved the relationship between Leah and Matt. Their story takes you on an exciting ride (but again it hits you feelings left and right) that you just can't put down the book. It was a really good book and a pretty quick read. I didn't hate any of the characters. I just loved how they were represented and grew throughout the book. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    This books seems to have gotten a lot of great reviews and I’m not sure why. It ended up becoming just another generic YA romance. Normally I’m down for a cute romance but I found Matt and Leah’s relationship to be anything but cute. Leah is your stereotypical shy book nerd and Matt is the popular football player. To add to the unoriginality there is some insta-love when they kiss within the first fifteen pages. We find out that they both have had crushes on each other since middle school but th This books seems to have gotten a lot of great reviews and I’m not sure why. It ended up becoming just another generic YA romance. Normally I’m down for a cute romance but I found Matt and Leah’s relationship to be anything but cute. Leah is your stereotypical shy book nerd and Matt is the popular football player. To add to the unoriginality there is some insta-love when they kiss within the first fifteen pages. We find out that they both have had crushes on each other since middle school but that’s not a good enough explanation to say it isn’t insta-love. According to Leah, she was never in his league and it seems that up until now they have never had any interactions with each other. Their crushes on each other were based solely on looks. After this kiss, they don’t see or speak to each other for nine months. During this time, Matt’s brother, Eric, dies and Leah receives his heart. She realizes she has Eric’s heart because she keeps having dreams of him being chased through the woods and Matt is having the same dreams. This is where the “mystery” aspect of the novel comes in because Matt doesn’t think Eric committed suicide and they decide to work together to find out who killed Eric.I don’t know if the author intended this to be more of a romance or a mystery, but there wasn’t a good balance between the two. I felt like it focused to much on their relationship and the mystery was barely there. And like I said before, I didn’t like their relationship. All they could think about was kissing each other and how much they wanted to have sex. I am someone who believes that sex before marriage is wrong but I’ve come to accept the fact that it’s going to be in the majority of YA novels and I don’t let it ruin an entire book because it’s included. The reason it bothered me so much in this story was because they barely knew each other. Whenever they talked it was usually about Eric and it took over half the novel for them to actually get to really know each other. To prove my point, there is a scene in the book where they are talking on the phone and Matt says that he “knows” Leah so she asks him to describe her. He of course starts talking about how she looks. Knowing how someone looks does not mean you know each other, which is basically how Leah responds. He then lists some random facts about her that still don’t constitute him really knowing her. There was no substance to their relationship and most of the book was them basically obsessing over each other. If an author is going to include sex in their novel I would at least like the characters to actually have a believable relationship with people who actually know each other. As for the barely there mystery, I figured out who the killer was basically right after the character was introduced. One aspect that I liked was that the author included Leah’s fears and doubts after receiving Eric’s heart. Even though she is given the chance to live, she still struggles with the fact that her life will never be completely normal and she could still die if her body rejects the heart. I thought this was very believable and I’m glad it wasn’t just brushed over. I feel bad giving this a low rating because the story is very personal to the author but this book wasn’t for me. I would have preferred the story to focus more on discovering who the killer was and the romance to be in the background. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    One of CC Hunters great books, This book will keep you wondering what will happen next, Also you Will not want to put it down, Great read.
  • Alyson Dupuis
    January 1, 1970
    This Heart of Mine is a book that has it all. There is love and loss, mystery and suspense. The book is a great read for all ages, and especially for those going through difficult times. When reading you feel like you are right there with the characters, and is you're going through something, they teach you that it won't always be easy but you can get past it. Fantastic read!
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  • Loretta Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of This Heart of Mine by the publisher, Wednesday Books, in exchange for an honest review.Christie Craig, or CC Hunter, seems quite capable of writing any genre her tales lead her. She crafts stories of light-hearted romance, paranormals graced with the kiss of youth, to stories reminiscent of Jodi Picoult’s works. All of Christie’s, or CC’,s stories touch the heart, sometimes the funny bone and most often, both.The novel, This Heart of Mine, does it all. It has lots of heart, I was given an ARC of This Heart of Mine by the publisher, Wednesday Books, in exchange for an honest review.Christie Craig, or CC Hunter, seems quite capable of writing any genre her tales lead her. She crafts stories of light-hearted romance, paranormals graced with the kiss of youth, to stories reminiscent of Jodi Picoult’s works. All of Christie’s, or CC’,s stories touch the heart, sometimes the funny bone and most often, both.The novel, This Heart of Mine, does it all. It has lots of heart, of course, but also has the bittersweet touch of laughter through pain. And because this story comes to us penned under the name CC Hunter, we have a powerful tale of youth taking on very adult situations. This Heart of Mine takes us inside the discussion of mortality and immortality, and while there, we follow one step further and touch the paranormal. In This Heart of Mine, seventeen year old Leah Mackenzie carries her heart around in a backpack. She’s waiting for a transplant, but has such a rare blood-type, she’s trying to come to terms with the fact she may not make it. So, she doesn’t plan for the future, instead she tries to live each day as fully as she can. But then, miraculously a heart becomes available. Suddenly she has the hope of a future, if she makes it through the surgery.As Leah enters the hospital for the transplant surgery, another boy does too. But he’s no longer alive. His heart is, though. And the boy has the same blood-type she does. It’s the same blood-type as his twin brother's, Matt. The brother Leah’s had a crush on for years.Not long after the surgery, Leah finds she’s inherited something else besides Matt’s brothers’ heart. She seems to have inherited the memory of his last few minutes of being alive, and those few minutes hold a heart-wrenching amount of terror, pain and running. It’s as if he’s running for his life. Leah knows this because she feels like she’s there, inside him running for her life, also, every time she dreams it.Matt is having dreams too. And he believes someone was after his brother, Eric. Matt doesn’t believe Eric committed suicide as the authorities concluded, and he’s determined to figure out what the dreams mean. Even though she’s afraid to know whether or not she’s carrying Eric’s heart, because she’s concerned it will make Matt resent her, Leah eventually approaches him. They soon discover they’re having the same dreams. It’s as if Eric’s trying to explain what happened to him. Matt and Leah learn that when it comes to heart matters, sometimes you truly do have to follow your heart before you can find all your answers, and even then, there are no guarantees. But sometimes, the risks are worth it and you find more than your heart ever dreamed.
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  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    January 1, 1970
    This is a young adult fiction book so need to keep in mind that the writing is geared toward young adults. I had to remind myself of that at times because of the more juvenile writing. I don't say that it in a critical way. The book is labeled YA.Organ donation has always been of interest to me. The idea that someone would be willing to donate their organs to help someone else is such a big gift. I am a blessed recipient of a cornea donation and I am getting ready for my second transplant. In no This is a young adult fiction book so need to keep in mind that the writing is geared toward young adults. I had to remind myself of that at times because of the more juvenile writing. I don't say that it in a critical way. The book is labeled YA.Organ donation has always been of interest to me. The idea that someone would be willing to donate their organs to help someone else is such a big gift. I am a blessed recipient of a cornea donation and I am getting ready for my second transplant. In no way do I have the challenges as other organ recipients. I do often think of my donor and their family. This family is never far from my mind especially at holidays and special occasions. Now the idea that a second family will experience a tragic loss is a bit hard to handle. Leah's and Matt's stories were well developed. I understand why the author had the plot with Eric's murder but I felt that could had been avoided. I don't feel that it added that much to the story. To me if felt too much like filler for the real story. Personally I don't agree with some of the choices that Leah & Matt made about their relationship etc but that wasn't the theme of the book. Living each day and taking nothing for granted is a good reminder for everyone. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    Leah is a sufferer of the condition myocarditis, so when a transplant becomes available to her she takes the chance.However, she doesn't expect that the heart she got lucky with was one of a twin's, leading her to Matt whom she knows from school and falls into a tricky love with as he reveals his twin Eric committed suicide, resulting in her new heart becoming available.But when Leah and Matt both start suffering from dreams about Eric's last night alive they start to uncover what really happene Leah is a sufferer of the condition myocarditis, so when a transplant becomes available to her she takes the chance.However, she doesn't expect that the heart she got lucky with was one of a twin's, leading her to Matt whom she knows from school and falls into a tricky love with as he reveals his twin Eric committed suicide, resulting in her new heart becoming available.But when Leah and Matt both start suffering from dreams about Eric's last night alive they start to uncover what really happened that night suicide or otherwise...This is a really deep and emotional read throughout from varying points of view. We can tell how everyone has been moved by the tragic events which is true to life when someone really does commit suicide. The way Leah and Matt come together is really natural and I feel shows how sharing grief despite their twist of events can help people move on and accept the unchangeable.Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be in the likes of Things We Know by Heart, another book I adored, and it was not a disappointment! However, this one did not make me feel as emotionally attached as TWKBH did. Anyway, this book is told in dual perspective (Matt in third person and Leah in first person), and I found that to be pretty interesting. My heart broke for both characters while reading- for Matt because he had lost so much, including his dog, his dad, and now his twin brother, and for Leah because o I found this book to be in the likes of Things We Know by Heart, another book I adored, and it was not a disappointment! However, this one did not make me feel as emotionally attached as TWKBH did. Anyway, this book is told in dual perspective (Matt in third person and Leah in first person), and I found that to be pretty interesting. My heart broke for both characters while reading- for Matt because he had lost so much, including his dog, his dad, and now his twin brother, and for Leah because of her heartbreaking condition that caused her to need a heart transplant. I also found myself really relating to Leah because of her avid love for books! There is a big focus in this story on living for the moment, and I really appreciated this moral. Overall, this poignant and inspiring novel belongs on many 2018 TBRs- it was so good! FRTC :)
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This Heart Of Mine by C.C. Hunter a five-star read that you can’t miss. This was my first read by this author and it won’t be the last, it was so good. You get captivated and fall in love with the characters, when you watch Leah as she struggles with her own mortality, things take a twist for her a twist that will change everything. What happens when your crush becomes linked to your life in ways that you couldn’t dream off, until you do. This story deals with so much, there is love and drama bu This Heart Of Mine by C.C. Hunter a five-star read that you can’t miss. This was my first read by this author and it won’t be the last, it was so good. You get captivated and fall in love with the characters, when you watch Leah as she struggles with her own mortality, things take a twist for her a twist that will change everything. What happens when your crush becomes linked to your life in ways that you couldn’t dream off, until you do. This story deals with so much, there is love and drama but there is also twists and intrigue galore. It’s not all fluff and fairy tale, there is a real story to the plot and everything has a reason in the story all you need to do it read the book to see what the reasons are. Where there is lots of depth and twists you could get lost in a different story but the author has a way with words that keeps you steady and clear. Well done on a great story.
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  • Kalliste
    January 1, 1970
    *** Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. ***Usually I choose to go with coming of age YA novels which this definitely was but it also had a mystery part which I found myself getting more into than expected.Unfortunately, the mystery is sort of just shoved aside once it is solved/finished and it all seemed to happen very quickly/easily so that a bit of drama could be put in at the end.I did enjoy the book but it was very... mushy and l *** Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. ***Usually I choose to go with coming of age YA novels which this definitely was but it also had a mystery part which I found myself getting more into than expected.Unfortunately, the mystery is sort of just shoved aside once it is solved/finished and it all seemed to happen very quickly/easily so that a bit of drama could be put in at the end.I did enjoy the book but it was very... mushy and lovey dovey. There is also mention of sex in this book, which I think is great for YA, but it's all a bit perfect. Really, given the subject matter of this book the romantic relationships were all a bit easy and it would have been good to have a bit more awkwardness thrown in to be true to teenaged life.
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  • Kate Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    Seventeen year old Leah MacKenzie wants to be just like every other teen girl—she wants what other girls want, she enjoys the same things, has the same dreams. Except in Leah’s case, dreams are most likely all she’ll have. Due to illness, she’s now kept alive by an artificial heart she carries around in a backpack.When a donor heart becomes available, she’s rushed in for a transplant, but that’s where things start to get really strange. Dreams that make no sense, changes in the way she thinks ab Seventeen year old Leah MacKenzie wants to be just like every other teen girl—she wants what other girls want, she enjoys the same things, has the same dreams. Except in Leah’s case, dreams are most likely all she’ll have. Due to illness, she’s now kept alive by an artificial heart she carries around in a backpack.When a donor heart becomes available, she’s rushed in for a transplant, but that’s where things start to get really strange. Dreams that make no sense, changes in the way she thinks about things, even in the foods she enjoys, all unsettling and disconcerting—unless they have something to do with her donor, a boy from her school, who, rumor has it, had killed himself.Matt refuses to believe that his twin brother committed suicide. When Leah tells him about the dreams, they’re close enough to the ones that Matt’s been having that the two begin to wonder—was Matt a victim of something even worse than suicide?This book absolutely blew me away. I’m a fan of YA romances, especially when the author nails the voice. I’ve got grandkids, I’m familiar with teenaged speech and the sometimes convoluted thought processes, and I have to wonder if C.C. Hunter is somehow channeling a seventeen year old.Not only does she create believable characters, she touches on so many facets of the whole heart transplant experience: the fear and the guilt—and the heartache—the need to think about living and dying while navigating the whole growing up process, going through what can be a tumultuous period in any teen’s life, even without the drama.THIS HEART OF MINE never lets up on the action, the thrills, or the romance—the story absolutely flies. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down, and it isn’t going on my C.C. Hunter shelf until I get a chance to read it again.Without giving away any of the story, I can say that the author manages to create a tender and believable romance amid the intricately woven plot threads, one that leaves the reader with a powerful sense of hope. Definitely one of the best YA romances I’ve read in quite some time.
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  • Kael
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.First, let me say that I appreciate how this book highlights the importance of organ donors and the constant struggles that people with terminal illnesses face.I don't think this book was horrible, I just think it wasn't for me. I really wasn't a fan of the writing and the pace felt very off. Ultimately, the mystery aspect of this novel just got glossed over, which was di Thanks so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.First, let me say that I appreciate how this book highlights the importance of organ donors and the constant struggles that people with terminal illnesses face.I don't think this book was horrible, I just think it wasn't for me. I really wasn't a fan of the writing and the pace felt very off. Ultimately, the mystery aspect of this novel just got glossed over, which was disappointing because it was basically Matt's life mission to figure out what happened to his brother. And once we find out what happened it gets swept to the side to make room for more Matt and Leah romance. Also, I found the revelation for Eric's death extremely predictable. Not only did I guess who did it, but also specific details as to why. And I'm not usually great at predicting outcomes unless its super obvious. Overall, I found this very slow and couldn't wait for it to be over.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Holy guacamole. I enjoyed this book....a lot. It was unputdownable. The characters felt real, had real emotions to their situations, and reacted like teens would. The author does a great job with the voice of a teen....very authentic. I would definitely recommend this book to teens. I'm not sure the girls in the book club (that Leah started) would really enjoy this book....bookshamers be damned!! I think I need to read more by t Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Holy guacamole. I enjoyed this book....a lot. It was unputdownable. The characters felt real, had real emotions to their situations, and reacted like teens would. The author does a great job with the voice of a teen....very authentic. I would definitely recommend this book to teens. I'm not sure the girls in the book club (that Leah started) would really enjoy this book....bookshamers be damned!! I think I need to read more by this author! I realize this book is not her usual book, but her writing style really grabbed me.
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written book about living and dying, survivor's guilt, and love and moving on. Leah needs a heart transplant. A virus destroyed her heart and she is living with an artificial heart. With a rare blood type, Leah is living her life on borrowed time. I loved Leah. She is wise beyond her years but I guess with everything she has been through she has to be. I love the relationship she has with her parents, her best friend, and new boyfriend. This is a book that will stay with yo This is a beautifully written book about living and dying, survivor's guilt, and love and moving on. Leah needs a heart transplant. A virus destroyed her heart and she is living with an artificial heart. With a rare blood type, Leah is living her life on borrowed time. I loved Leah. She is wise beyond her years but I guess with everything she has been through she has to be. I love the relationship she has with her parents, her best friend, and new boyfriend. This is a book that will stay with you for a very long time. I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. All opinions are my own.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book tugged at my heart strings, no pun intended! This poor girl has such a difficult life, and after she gets the heart of someone from her school.... well drama ensues. I can't say much without ruining the whole book, but for someone who usually doesn't enjoy contemporary book, this was definitely amazing!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    This Heart of Mine is the latest young adult novel from NY Times Best Selling author C. C. Hunter. A caveat from the author herself, “You might need some tissues.” Indeed. Hunter has managed to pen a romantic crime novel about a murder victim, a young transplant patient who receives his heart, and the twin brother of the murder victim who falls in love with the transplant patient. With her signature wit, Hunter weaves a tale that is both thrilling and touching all at the same time!
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  • Sarah Gries
    January 1, 1970
    Okay wow!!!! That is the first thing I have to say! CC Hunter really out did herself with this mind blowing novel! Second of all, I have never cried so hard on such a beautiful book. For anyone who has lost someone or cared for someone so much, they will connect so deeply to his book. CC's beautiful words and laughable humor have you turning page after page! Thirdly, is it just me or did anyone else get major hots for Matt! Seriously he sounds so gorgeous! (totally drool worthy) Also, don't get Okay wow!!!! That is the first thing I have to say! CC Hunter really out did herself with this mind blowing novel! Second of all, I have never cried so hard on such a beautiful book. For anyone who has lost someone or cared for someone so much, they will connect so deeply to his book. CC's beautiful words and laughable humor have you turning page after page! Thirdly, is it just me or did anyone else get major hots for Matt! Seriously he sounds so gorgeous! (totally drool worthy) Also, don't get me started on Officer Yates he is a world class douche bag and gets everything he deserved for hurting Cassie, Matt's mother, Matt, and everyone else in that whole town for that matter. What Eric did for Cassie was incredibly brave even though he died and I will always remember his bravery. Hell you could even say Leah learned some bravery from Eric.Honestly, I fell in love with Leah. Leah reminded me a lot of myself, especially when it comes to though you love. Leah has lived day to day watching everyone around her slowly have their souls drained from them. She refuses to let anyone get hurt by her death, but in the end she understands it's human nature to care. CC, you've brought a wonderful message to the world, people do care and we are good. We all have moments to redeem ourselves and be brave. We may not always get the time we deserve, but we should always look back on that time without any regrets.
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