Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson
This is a different kind of young adult book. With the surplus of books on the paranormal, it was refreshing to read something a bit more literary.
The book’s premise is good. It captivates the reader from the beginning, and since the novel is fast-paced, we stay interested all the way through.
The main character, Bailey, is dealing with the loss of her entire family, and we get to see her change throughout the book, making her a well-rounded character. The rest of them are fine, not memorable, but Bailey is enough to keep our interest up.
The issue I had with the book had more to do with the writing style itself. I found that the author “told” more than “showed”. There were many instances of this that distracted me from the story itself. I think with another round of editing, this novel would have been an even better one.
It was entertaining, so I do recommend it, especially for young adult readers who like a nice romance with a bit of psychological tension.