It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen's roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen's roses is a human heart and Tamrin's reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.
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For Your Heart is a young adult paranormal novel following a high school senior who has tragically lost her mother and her best friend both within the last seven years. She finds herself pursued by a knight from another world, a world of faeries and sidhe and seasonal queens, thus the paranormal genre listing. As much as I love paranormal fiction with different worlds and fantastical creatures, I really enjoyed this book because it was one of the most realistic fantasies that I’ve ever read. First, most of the action takes place in the modern world: in Jeannette’s home and her catholic high school and in the haunted woods behind her house. Second, the dialogue between Jeannette and her girlfriends is typical teenage banter—issues with boys, parents, bad grades, and jealousy. Third, in many paranormal novels, the protagonist’s friends usually end up being informed of or actually seeing the unusual creatures. In FYH, Jeannette tries to tell her friends and father about the “Green Man” and gets not sympathy but anger and harsh recriminations. And lastly, the death of her mother and her friend, Timmy’s, disappearance aren’t romantic deaths but rather very real and brutal. Timmy is kidnapped by someone, perhaps a child molester while Jeannette’s mother died of Cancer after a brief two month notice. Besides being paranormal and young adult, this book also leans heavily towards sex. It’s certainly not overtly sexual but the discussions and innuendos make it blatantly obvious regarding sexual acts and promiscuity. Jean, as a good Catholic girl, wants to wait until marriage. She struggles with her attraction to the Knight, though, which makes this a great book for young adults. It doesn’t romanticize sex like so many books do today. Besides the romance and sexual undercurrents and the paranormal aspects, there is also a mystery running through the book: Is Tamrin the Knight Jean’s long-lost friend Timmy? Is the rose Timmy? What has really happened to the young boy? Very intriguing and slyly misleading. With such an exciting and tragic story combined with mystery and faeries (one of my fave mystical creatures) plus the great writing and character development, I’m giving this book four stars.