Saturday, December 13, 2014

Heart by Nicola Hudson Book Review & Blog Tour

Title: Heart
Author: Nicola Hudson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: ARC ebook
Pages: 213
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014

This title is suitable for readers over 15 

Sometimes it doesn’t end with happy ever after.
Neve believes Jake is the one.  She is miles away from home, struggling to fit in at university and missing the people she loves.  The only thing getting her through is the knowledge that Jake will be visiting for the weekend.
Jake believes he isn’t the one.  His family and lifestyle mean he can’t give Neve what she deserves: so much more than him.  He arrives for the weekend, knowing that he has to break her heart, along with his own.
Sometimes we make decisions and have to live with the consequences.
Each of them struggles to cope with the aftermath of the weekend.  Each of them is unhappy.  Each of them refuses to do something about it.
Sometimes it isn’t about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love; sometimes it is about what happens next. 


Cover Thoughts-
Now that is a beautiful girl. After reading the story I really wish that the cover had shown Neve's heart-shaped mark. What I imagine in my head probably doesn't come close to the real thing. 

First Thought-
Reading the line "Sometimes it doesn't end with happy ever after..." really scares me. Don't get me wrong. I love reading books that emotionally traumatize me, but I don't want to stay up the whole night crying over a book that doesn't have a sequel.

Unfortunately, I did stay up all night crying. It wasn't soft cries either. It was loud, ugly sobbing. The kind you have when a piece of you dies. Man I wish I could tell you why it broke me, but I won't spoil it for you. Just know that the kind of ending this book has shouldn't be allowed. This is the kind of book you will always remember. I have these books stuck in my brain shelf that aren't my favorite happy stories, but I remember them for their significance. Heart is forever sitting on my brain shelf. If I found my way into a situation like Neve, there is no way that I would let Jake walk away. When she started hanging with the american boy I had to fight the urge to yell out NO! I couldn't put my finger on it but I knew that he wasn't going to be good for her. I really liked how the novel has 2 point-of-views. It helps you feel empathy for Jake and Neve. You understand both of their situations and it makes you cry even harder in the end. The only thing that really bugs me about Heart is Garrett. He is the american boy that starts advancing towards Neve. I don't understand how he could go from sweet to evil so fast. The book gave no signs of his creepiness except for rumors. The book tricked me. For awhile I thought that Neve found solace in Garrett and his silliness. I was very wrong and surprised. Even though Heart broke me into a million sad pieces I encourage you to read it and feel what I am feeling.
Overall Readability-
If you are interested in new adult contemporary romance I recommend this as long as you don't mind a little heart break. I can't promise you won't cry.
My Final Thought-
I wish I could tell you that this book has a cute happy ending leaving you wanting more. The novel left me strangely empty and pessimistic. I don't think I have read anything as sad as that in a long time. In a way the ending does look up. It holds the theme of moving on, but I could not move on from that ending.

4 out of 5 Haunted Roses
Author Information
As well as being a writer, I love reading and reading about reading. My taste goes from Shakespeare to John Green...and much of what lies between! Dickens, check. Austen, check. Atwood, check.

Over Christmas 2012, I discovered the joy of new adult fiction and, inspired by Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber, I decided to try my hand at writing my own NA novel.

I love the friendliness of the Indie writer community and have been overwhelmed by the support of followers interested in my journey. Please feel free to monitor my publishing progress via my Facebook page, Twitter or blog :-)

My first novel, Curve, was released in October 2013. My second novel, Heart, is a standalone companion to Curve and will be released in November 2014.

Nicola Hudson is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the release of her novel HEART! Check it out and enter on her Facebook Page!

  • Signed Print Copy of HEART (International)
  • eBook Copy of HEART
  • Nicola Hudson Swag Pack
  • $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $5 Amazon Gift Card
    Heart ATOMR Tour Schedule

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