October 07, 2019

#BookReview: Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

Synopsis: A dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times bestselling author.

In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She'll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won't be exciting, but she'll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don't talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried...

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About the Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her husband and children. She writes all manner of genre fiction for adults and teens.

Rating: 🌟🌟
My Review: This Stranger Things meets the Lake House story was one that well just didn't work for me and that made me pretty sad.  I felt like it was very confusing at parts and I just really never connected with anyone.  The story was very confusing from the start and that just never changed.  I really wanted to love this one because I am a die hard fan of Stranger Things as well as the movie The Lake House.  The other issue I had was the multitude of characters in this one.  I think that side characters were a little bogged down and because of the amount that there were. It made it hard for any of them to really have their own voices.  I think if that would have been cut way down it would have made the story a lot better.  

Overall, this one was trying too hard to be good. 

“..will appeal to YA Stranger Things fans, and the myriad cross-genre elements will draw readers of all kinds.” ―Booklist
“A unique and genre-bending tale; there are elements of a historical romance, a science fiction ghost story, and a spy thriller.”―School Library Journal

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