Author: Lee Monroe
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published: October 1st 2010
Series: Dark Heart (Book #1)
Source: I purchased a copy from a bookstore.
Blurb from Goodreads: Jane Jonas is nearing her 16th birthday and troubled by unsettling recurring dreams where the same mysterious boy her age comes to her, telling Jane that they are each other's destiny. Her mother is increasingly anxious about Jane's disruptive sleepwalking episodes, but for Jane her dream world and reality are about to collide...
When she develops a friendship with an enigmatic stranger in town, the blond, uber-cool Evan, it's exciting, it's new, and Jane wants him more than she's ever wanted anybody - until her mystery dream boy gets in the way.
Now Jane is caught between two worlds: one familiar, but tinged with romance and excitement; the other dark and dangerous, where angels, werewolves, and an irresistible stranger are trying to seduce her.
My thoughts: I absolutely adored this book. I've seen a lot of bad reviews but I didn't let them stop me from reading Dark Heart Forever, and I'm glad! It's a fast-paced first-on-a-series books with new concepts and ideas. Although it has some of the typical stereotypes of supernatural creatures, it creates two parallel worlds. The first one, is the real world, the normal world, where Jane a home-schooled teenager without friends lives with her parents and sister, and where she met Evan, the sexy and charming new guy in town. Jane is shy and has no friends because she was bullied when she was on school, but with Evan she suddenly feels like a normal teenager, although she is not sure she can really trust him, because there's something about him that doesn't add up. The other world is Nissilum, Luca's home and the place where the supernatural creatures lives. There are vampires, werewolves, witches and some others. Luca is the most adorable guy ever, he's caring and sweet and I have to admit I fell for him from the start. Jane meet Luca when she was supposedly sleepwalking, but there's something more about it, something stronger, a bond between the two of them. The relationship between this two is really heartwarming and cute and makes you want to be Jane.The author manages to create a new concept, with two worlds, some sort of love triangle and still adds a lot of unexpected twists in a story that had many interesting details.
There's so many things I like about this book. It is definitely one of my favorites of 2012.
“To truly love someone you have to see their flaws. See the dark side. The things you don't like.”
About the author:
Lee Monroe was born in London, but spent a short time living by the sea with her family when she was a teenager. She moved back to the heart of the city as soon as she could, and now lives in Westminster.
Lee was an obsessive reader as a child, and still is. She has worked in publishing and contributed to, and ghost-written, books.
Dark Heart Forever is her first novel under her own name.