For Your Heart: A Hill Dweller Retellings Novel

For Your Heart: A Hill Dweller Retellings Novel


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ISBN-13: 9781492263067
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures.

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For Your Heart: A Hill Dweller Retellings Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
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.