Title and Author: Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.
Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.
Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine is the first book by her that I have read and this was a different type of story that had me entertained till the end.
The cover and the unusual title were the first things that attracted my attention towards this book and then the interesting blurb sealed the deal for me.
The plot is simple and yet the author has implemented it beautifully. Intriguing the readers right from the start the book takes us on a journey of the ups and downs faced by the teenager heroine who is struggling in finding her identity and caught up in some usual and some unusual dramas that seem so life threatening when we are teenagers.
I loved Joss and her mom who are both strong characters, headstrong and stubborn. Joss' inquisitiveness regarding her Indian father and her mother's attempt at trying to protect her daughter from making the mistakes she made when she was her age are both sweet and then frustrating.
The story is well paced and develops seamlessly. It is moving, surprising and a story many of us can relate to.
All in all, a lovely experience, I enjoyed reading Heart in a Box and give it 4 out of 5. Recommended to all readers looking for a different type of story that teaches as well as hooks.
I received and ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.
About the Author:
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.
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The prize pack includes:
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.a Rafflecopter giveaway