ARC REVIEW: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
YA > Contemporary
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
“Feeling alive is always a risk.”
Wow. Gorgeous cover. Stunning story. Incredible writing. This isn’t your average YA Contemporary Romance. I admit that Jenn Bennett is a name that I haven’t heard of when it comes to YA. But after reading this novel, her name is one I’ll never forget and and I’ll forever stalk.
TASoaH sucked me in from the very start. Theres something so magical in the first chapter of this book that made me stick around until I read the last page. Well, that magical feeling never left until the end. Jenn Bennett just aced that incredible writing style where every words, every scene, oozes with romance and… and feels. Honestly, this book is rendering me speechless.
Another thing that will impress you would be the whole plot of the book and its pacing and how it flowed until it ends. It’s just so refreshing and very unique! Bex’s interests are not the kind of stuff I usually encounter in this genre. It’s actually the first time I read about it. And in YA! We need more ideas like this. Even the love interests character and story is not something you’ll call cliché or been there, done that. Every little bit in this book is exceptional!
Beatrix character is 100% likeable. There’s something wrong with you if you and Bex won’t get along. She’s truly one of the best character I’ve ever read in a very long time. And Jack. Oh wow… JACKSON VINCENT. I could write a whole review for Jack alone. This boy. This boy just stole my heart.
There are books that you read and that you’ll like. There are books that you read and that you’ll love. But then there are books like The Anatomical Shape of a Heart that you read and that you’ll treasure forever. Because you’ll never forget the feeling that it gave you. Those butterflies that invaded your stomach. Those smiles that appeared in your face. An absolute gem! The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is not a book you want to miss. Real, romantic and full of wit.. we need more Jenn Bennett in this genre. This is absolutely one of the best books this 2015!
Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.
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