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05 August 2010

Book Review: Return the Heart

Return the HeartReturn the Heart by T.K. Richardson
I bought this book.

Description: 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.

Can Lilly and her friends escape the danger that is so close they can practically feel it? Where will their perilous journey lead them - to darkness or light?

Return the Heart, by T.K. Richardson, will take readers on a wonderful adventure filled with excitement, twists, turns, and revelations that will keep you reading from start to finish.

My Review:
Return the Heart is a wonderful debut novel. Penned by T.K. Richardson, this novel explores the world of Lilly Paige, a girl with a unique gift - the ability to read a person's heart and to see their true self.

I loved Return the Heart. There was enough action in it to keep me riveted, but what kept me turning pages was the character development. Richardson does a great job of writing Lilly. She acts and talks like a real teenager, but there is also this "old soul" quality to her because of her gift and the things she has seen of people as a result of the gift.

I liked how Lilly developed from a self-reliant girl who saw her gift as a curse into a resourceful young woman who used her gift to help others.I also liked how Richardson established the relationships between Lilly and her friends. In any other book, I might have found it unrealistic that Lilly gains instant friends and a guy who likes her. But, in Return the Heart, because of the story's premise, this was believable. It was nice to read about teenagers bonding and selflessly using their special gifts to help others.

Return the Heart made a big impression on me. It is well written, has great character development and explores the rich culture of Russia. I hope that T.K. Richardson writes more books with these characters. I am anxious to see what further adventures they will get into and how their gifts develop even more over time.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Click here to check out my teaser of Return the Heart.

Description and picture courtesy of Goodreads.

Return the Heart Book Trailer


Stephany said...

Great review!This sounds like a sweet book. The cover really reminds me of Phantom of the Opera...maybe that's just me.

JL said...

The cover does remind me of Phantom. That's what interested me first!

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