Release Date: June 1, 2012
Format: Paperback, 251 pages
Publisher: KFR Communications
Series: Heart Waves #1
Source: Author for blog tour
Description from Goodreads:
Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”
From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?
The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the Romeo & Juliet reference. Say what you will, but I love that play. I do admit, a big part of my reason for this is that the class I read it in was AMAZING, but I also think there are parts and aspects of it that are beautiful. But anyway, I was excited to read a story kind of sort of like Romeo & Juliet.
Personally, now that I've read the book, I don't see how it parallels to Romeo & Juliet. BUT, I can tell you that if you stick around for book 2, Breaking Waves, you will most definitely start to see it. But I'm not reviewing that, so yeah.
Let's put the ROmeo & Juliet thing aside. This book is incredibly cute. It's a super cute summer love story with a dash of paranormal elements thrown in, and by that I mean, the main character is psychic. Other than that, not much paranormal, which I thought was really nice because it put more focus on her every day life. A lot of times in paranormal stories, the actual LIFE of the characters takes the backseat to all the special stuff going on. It was cool to see it the other way around for a change.
Jenna: Oh, Jenna. I think I tolerated her very well. Needless to say, she is not my favorite protag ever. I just don't feel like she lived up to everything she was supposed to be. Especially the "Ice Queen" thing. I did not see that. But it's okay because I still loved the book and the way that Jenna was DID make for some really nice events that entertained me. So it all worked out. Doesn't mean I like Jenna, though.
Reece: Heeeey, Reece. I really, really, REALLY liked Reece. He was stubborn and caring, but also a believable character for the most part. There was a moment or two where I wished I could punch him in the face and I LOVE that. It made him feel real to me and not in an annoying way. And he always made his way back from those I-wanna-punch-you moments. I completely approve of this boy.
Plot. So, as I said, this book is mostly a summer romance. Then they DO start school, but that's only super close to the end, so I'm making an exception here. So most of this book is the usual relationship-building stuff--until the end, that is. Then...well, yeah. Stuff happens. STUFF, guys. Hahahahahaha, you'll see. I'm not going to spoil and tell you. That would be wrong. ;)
Sweet things! Say what you will about Reece, but he can have his sweetheart moments. I wouldn't say he's the sweetheart of this book (that would probably be his little brother, Aaron), but he most definitely made me smile more than once. He also makes Jenna seem okay to me, thus helping me to seriously like--if not love--this book.
The ending. I didn't see it coming. You probably won't either. And just remember--there is a book to come after this one.
Overall, Heart Waves was a cute, fun, romantic read with little dashes of paranormal here and there to spice things up a bit. Book 2 is definitely something I went right for after I finished this one--I wanted more Reece & Jenna!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.