Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Return the Heart by T.K. Richardson

Here's a brief summary from T.K. Richardson's site:  What if your gift was a curse?

To a casual passerby, Lilly Paige is anything but special. As a seventeen year old, she is faced with all the complications of a teenager, but deep down there is much more. Lilly has a gift, though sometimes it seems to be a curse.

Lilly can peer into the hearts of others - their deepest, darkest secrets are there for Lilly to see - but to what end? Raised by aloof parents, Lilly has been independent her whole life, but soon she will need to rely on her friends to evade an evil that has sold her gift to the highest bidder on the black market. Lilly and her four closest friends are immersed in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, that will not only reveal more about Lilly's gift, but also her link to an old Russian prophecy.

I loved this book!  And I'm not biased because T.K. is my friend.  The growing love story between Lilly and Seth was wonderful.  I liked the suspense surrounding the Russian prophecy that they were a part of.  It kept the pages turning quickly for me.  I reveled in them taking down some of the bad guys.

Lilly was realistic for a 17-year-old girl.  She had self-doubt as so many teenage girls do, as well as a refreshing innocence about her.  Seth was a well mannered, well intentioned, highly intelligent young man.  Claire and the twins, Kyle and Andrew round out the group.

I did feel Lilly's lack of parental involvement or concern was a little troubling, but I liked her Aunt and Uncle.  The lack of parents is nothing new in YA lit and I felt this was handled well by T.K.  I just personally find it disturbing and I felt for poor Lilly. Sheesh, I almost forgot, the cover rocks too!  I did throughly enjoy this book and would recommend for ages 13 and up.  Four big smacks!!

11 comments:

  1. I haven't read it yet, but can't wait! Sounds terrific! :)

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  2. Oh, I just LOVE this premise!! And how cool you know the author, too! Great recommendation. This is the first I've heard of it!

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  3. Ooh, sounds like a good one. I'd not heard of it either. Thanks Lisa. :)

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  4. I won this book from T.K. and can't wait to read it (now that I finished Nightshade). ;) Great review.

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  5. I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

    P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?

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  6. Good review. I know about the book because TK is one of my oldest followers and vice versa. But I hadn't yet heard mention of the love interest which to me makes it all the more appealing. I think it's great that you are helping to get the word out on new authors. Maybe one day you can review one for me!!

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  7. Thanks for reminding me about this book! And it's a perfect gift for one of my nieces. ;D Must go out and buy a copy. Birthday's coming.

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  8. This looks good! Thanks for the great review.

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  9. I avoided reading your review until I got mine done so it wouldn't bias my writing - glad to see that we both liked it so well!

    P.S. I like the new look of your blog. :)

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  10. The Russian link is interesting! And what a neat cover, too...

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  11. Great review! I agree TK handled the parent situation well.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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