Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nadia's Heart, Part One (Evergreen Series Book 4) by Wendy Altshuler

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Author: Wendy Altshuler
Publisher: Evergreen Books
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Age Rating: Young Adult
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Arborgate Media in return for an honest review

A growing evil will use magic to steal the hearts of children. Can they be saved?

From Award Winning Author Wendy Altshuler comes Book IV in the Evergreen Series:
When an amnesiac girl who suspects her heart is missing utters a prayer, she is met by a mysterious angelic stranger from her forgotten past. Together they embark on a journey to recover her removed heart, but enter into battle with an Evil Voice on a rampage to remove the hearts of an entire generation of children.

I wasn't sure at first if I even wanted to read this novel. The synopsis made it sound so strange; the main character is missing her heart? If she doesn't have one, she'd be dead. Are we talking about the metaphorical heart? Of course it's a fantasy novel so anything could be possible. Eventually I was just too intrigued by the questions I had and the positive reviews I saw to reject this book, and so here we are. 

The feel of Nadia's Heart, Part One changed as the story progressed. The very beginning was told like a fairy tale, about a young girl, Nadia, who lived in a village and was extremely interested in hearts because she felt like she didn't have one. After the mysterious Georgeonus showed up and whisked her away, the flow started to become more like a typical novel.

Nadia was very courageous for a twelve year old. She was taken away from everything she knew and introduced to strange worlds with absolutely no explanation, at least for a while. I suppose her inquisitive nature and questions about her missing heart helped her to be fearless. Also, as her memory starts to return, she realizes these worlds aren't that "strange" after all. I'm still not sure what to think of Georgeonus. He really doesn't say a whole lot, either out loud or telepathically, so I don't feel like I know him that well yet. He seems to be a very confident teenager, a born leader with a tough past. I know I am probably missing some back-story due to the fact I haven't read the previous novels in the Evergreen series. I have a feeling we will learn more about Georgeonus in Part 2, however, as they continue to try and stop the antagonist known as "the Voice". I'm still not 100% sure why she wants the children's hearts, but I'm positive that too will be explained with more detail later on, after Nadia is able to completely remember her past.

Nadia's Heart, Part One was a very quick read, partly because it is only about 77 pages long and partly because the author painted a whimsical world that kept me reading until the last page. If you haven't already guessed, this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. A lot of questions are posed and plot points are set up, yet we don't get much by way of resolution. It's very effective in getting you excited for the next book, because I know I can't wait to get some answers. 

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