Heartsick

Heartsick

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by Caitlin Sinead
     
 

Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she's going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that's before she meets Luke, a hot townie who's moved back home to help take care of his dying

Overview

Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she's going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that's before she meets Luke, a hot townie who's moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it's before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people's eyes purple.

Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug?

Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab?

Is it the mark of the devil?

Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle—until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he's kept carefully hidden. That he's so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn't a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle.

81,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426899607
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
02/16/2015
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
342 KB

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Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists. She earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two cats.

Twitter: @CaitlinSineadJ

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CaitlinSineadJ

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Heartsick 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Quinn is an artist, a mentor to Danny from the art department, and in a dance troupe. She lives in Allan and attends Poe University. She's at a frat party with Mandy when Natalie starts on Danny. Danny had been having shots with Josh, who afterwards had been drunk driving and had hit and killed Lynn. Rashad wanted a relationship with Quinn. She turned him down. I tried reading the entire book, but I just couldn't finish this. It just dragged on. It didn't seem to have any rhyme or reason. I got through about 1/3 of the book and then just gave up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent, I couldn't put it down! The characters are interesting, and it's definitely not your typical and formulaic storyline. The writing style is realistic and engaging, really helping to enhance the story and characters. There are some real funny moments too, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I hope there's a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HEARTSICK is great NA Spec Fic! I enjoyed the mystery/epidemic side of the story, as well as Luke. Oh, Luke <3 4/5 stars. Is there going to be a sequel? It certainly seemed like there would be. I'll be tuning in if that's true!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Although it starts off pretty slow, it picks up about halfway through and turns into a pretty good page-turning mystery. When Quinn's roommate, Mandy, begins showing strange symptoms, not the least of which is lavender eyes, she finds herself embroiled in the mystery of the century. As more symptoms and victims pile up, the small town of Allen, Virginia finds itself at the center of a media and panic firestorm. Caitlin is torn between brainy Rashid, fellow student at Poe University, and towie, Luke. Each has something to offer, making her inability to choose somewhat understandable. But I had a hard time with understanding the way she bounced back and forth between them, sometimes hour-to-hour or even minute-to-minute. Plot The plot centers around the mysterious illness plaguing Poe University students as it spreads from Caitlin's roommate, Mandy, patient 0, to the broader Allen community. Numerous theories abound, including it being the work of the devil, a side-effect of a new club drug, or a manufactured virus. When another symptom appears to be miraculous healing in those with purple eyes, sick people from everywhere come to Allen hoping to catch the virus, and with it a cure for whatever ails them. The love-triangle subplot is almost thrown in as an afterthought. If you come for the romance, stay for the  mystery, because that's what really drives this story. World Building The author creates a believable world of small town paranoia and life for both locals and students when an exclusive university is the biggest thing around. Characters The cast is pretty large, but Caitlin is the main character. She's not particularly likeable, but she does have her moments and by the end, I found myself rooting for her. Mandy is the most interesting character, with her tragic backstory and her love for a nerd when she could have almost any hot guy she wanted. Luke, one of Caitlin's love interests, is more rounded and sympathetic than hot, brainy, Rashid. There's also a whole host of colorful locals and college students to make a tapestry of characters that drives the plot. Top Five Things I Enjoyed Heartsick 1. The Mystery. I love a good new adult romance wrapped up in a mystery. It might be my new favorite genre. 2. Luke. He's totally badass with a nice soft underbelly and a big heart. 3. Danny. What's not to like about the loveable Freshman? 4. Mandy. She's feisty, spunky, and as loyal as they come. Sometimes I think she deserves a better BFF than Caitlin. 5. Allen, Virginia. This small town has heart and soul and perfectly encomasses a place where everyone knows your name and your business and aren't afraid to tell you what they think you should do about your life. Bottom Line Heartsick is a surprise hit. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it exceeded my nebulous expectations. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Something strange is happening in and around Poe College, which does not endear the students to the small town community or the state health officials or the Federal health department. The town and students are quarantined, no one in and no one out. Why? Because someone or something is infecting people with violet eyes! I know, shades of Elizabeth Taylor! Purple Eye Disease is spreading and doctors think it is carried through bodily fluids.There are other side effects, too, that are not exactly bad, just unexplainable. Caught in the middle of this is a pretty college student, Quinn, a carefree college senior, looking to have fun with her friends, avoid romantic entanglements and heading straight toward a lopsided triangle of sorts. One young suitor is a fellow college nerd and friend, the other, a townie, Luke is a bit older, a little more worldly and kind to a fault. When events in town get nasty, as the fear of the purple eye disease grows, the college is blamed and anyone associated with or having purple eyes becomes a target for violence and even death. Through it all, Quinn becomes embroiled in the fray, she always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to help, but causing more trouble and coming under the scrutiny of the law. And the other shoe drops as she discovers Luke has been withholding a secret that really wasn’t necessary. Will ground zero be found? Will the culprits come forward? Was it just a fluke or is there more than meets the ”eye” going on? Will the gulf between the college and the town grow even wider? Heartsick by Caitlin Sinead is far more than just another NA romance where every scene must test the boundaries of sexual awareness. There is mystery, intrigue, moments of grave anger and even death as the search goes on to discover who is responsible and how will this “ailment” be cured. Not too deep, always moving at a good pace, Ms. Sinead flips from scene to scene and emotion to emotion brilliantly without slowing down of clogging up the pace with over-details. Although filled with a few dark moments, overall this is an airily light and quick read with just enough “difference” to be refreshing and completely enjoyable. I mean, really, do you think Elizabeth Taylor sees purple eyes as a drawback?
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Mysterious and Intriguing! Great Debut Novel...  3.5 Stars! The Review:  Though this read took me a couple of chapters to get into, I really enjoyed it once the story started flowing and the characters were being fleshed out. There was a great deal of mystery surrounding the happenings at Poe College and the town of Allen, VA. and it kept me interested and eager to know how it was going to end. The hero was sweet and likable and the heroine, though she had a few quirks I didn’t like, turned out to be a solid and brave character. This was this authors debut novel and thought there were some plot points and character actions I think could have been better, this was a solid, interesting story that ended on a great note and left plenty of room for more should the author decide to continue it. Story...  Quinn is finishing up her senior year at Poe College where she’s studying art and dance. One night at a party seems to change everything, when her roommate and best friend, wakes up with purple eyes. One by one, more and more people start to turn up with this mysterious manifestation and soon it’s discovered the purple eyes aren’t the only affliction from this “disease”.  And what’s worse, some of the residence of Allen aren’t to happy with infected people roaming their streets and take up arms against those they deem evil. This story spirals out of control really fast and about half way through the book, things pick up and don’t let up until the very end! Characters...  Quinn wasn’t my favorite character. She was distant and definitely against any and all romance. And other than the one incident from her past, I didn’t understand why. I also didn’t understand all the secrecy around her parentage other than maybe she just didn’t want to be treated differently. She didn’t seem to have the best relationship with them but to me, it wasn’t explained clearly as to why they were so off limits. She also has a secret in her past that I wish had of been explored with her love interest. She never right out confesses to him why she’s so afraid and I felt that needed to be explored in order for their relationship to progress. They didn’t have a lot of “get to know you” time where their pains and pasts were divulged. But I did like how Quinn stood up for her friends and vigorously went after the truth. Luke was a great hero. He’s moved back to the town he grew up in to help take care of his ailing sister. He also has a secret, though I’m not sure why his profession would scare off or reign in “certain” women, but he keeps that part of himself locked away from Quinn for the first half of the book. It was easy to guess. The author did a great job laying down clues for us to figure out. But Luke is still a mystery to me. I liked his character. He was sweet and seemed honorable and brave and the fact he came back for his family gives him extra gold stars in my opinion. But his past isn’t really explored. You never get a clear reason as to why he left town though you do get the impression he was desperate to do so and hated the fact he had to come back. And there seemed to be a desperation in his attraction for Quinn. There are several instances where he thinks she might be in danger and he’s almost frantic in making sure she’s safe, like perhaps he had a lost love in his past but that was never fleshed out or revealed. There just seemed to be more there that wasn’t spelled out. There’s an intriguing cast of characters written in this book. Each one was distinct and well done and I loved the red herrings the author creates.  There was a wonderful mystery surrounding what was happening in Allen. I had my guesses early on and though parts of it were right, I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t able to guess it all. The writing was in present tense and was a little shaky in some places. I stumbled over a few “quirky” lines that I didn’t fully get but other than that, it was well done and I loved the poetic beauty of the authors descriptive words. Well done! The Wrap Up:  All in all, this was a really good read. I’d definitely be up for part two if the author decides to write more in this intriguing world she’s built. Heartsick leaves off in a good place but there is a ton of room for more and I hope to see the residence of Allen again in the near future. * Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews *