I received this book for free from agency review pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: agency review pitch
Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.
After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.
Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?
After all, the heart never lies...does it?
Stella believes that her heart transplant is a defect. That it changed her for the worse. She gets nightmares and pain in her chest that flares every now and then. Wondering if it has something to do with her transplant, she tries to find out once and for all what happened to her.
Most of the beginning I felt my eyes would fall out of its sockets because Stella was one of the most annoying teen characters I have encountered. She becomes obsessive about this boy she’s only known for five minutes. She ends up changing herself for Levi and I assure you it’s not a healthy relationship. She felt cared for when it’s with Levi but if anyone else does it, it’s not okay? Then there’s the love interest Levi who is super creepy! He is possessive, controlling, aggressive and abusive. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to kick him in the face. I know that he manipulates her, but still it was hard to see her brush off the people who actually do care for her.
There’s instant love, a love triangle and stalking involved. But that’s only for the first half of the book. Because the middle starts to get better. There’s a mystery and all things start to turn into a paranormal mystery. I was quite surprised that it changed direction but I was also happy for it too.
I’m glad I stuck with Alive because so far it managed to be a little boring but by the end, I was creeped out to the max! Overall, it’s a good mystery thriller that will definitely make you think twice.