I received the following book from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Parallel Hearts by J.E. Darnbrough
Series: Parallel Hearts Trilogy #1
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 1 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Author
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When small town high school senior Anna Scott, loses her family in a mysterious accident and wakes up to the charming and mischievous Aaden Cross, her quiet and predictable world takes an impossible turn. Sent from the parallel universe of Everly, Aaden reveals the unimaginable secrets Anna's family have kept hidden leaving her feeling lost and second guessing everything she's ever known. Without her twin sister to turn to, Anna struggles to understand the significant role she's expected to play in Everly, and why the unlawful Valdorian clan is hell bent on taking her for themselves. But as Anna discovers the responsibilities and sacrifices that come with being a Descendant, she can't help but break the one promise Aaden needs her to keep. Now, Anna must decide between doing what's right or risking everything to follow her heart.
“His brutal honesty hits me square in the chest, like an invisible dagger jabbing me over and over again until my heart breaks open like the promise I couldn’t keep. Crumbling beneath the weight of his words, I slide down the wall until the bathroom floor catches me like an old friend. I can’t breathe and the burning in my chest ignites every time I replay his voice over in my mind. Why did I let myself fall so easily, even when I knew it wasn’t right? Like drops of rain with no river to call home, heavy tears fill my eyes and pour endlessly down the sides of my face. I should have known, I yell at myself, slamming my fist against the floor until my hand feels as numb as my heart. I should have known not to let him get close enough to hurt me. “
Can I just start by saying that I’m so excited to tell y’all about this book? I mean, I thought before I read it that I was going to like it, but as it turns out, I loved it!
Anna’s whole life is turned upside down when her parents die in a car accident in which her twin sister was apparently thrown from the car into the river below–never to be found. She is filled with an overwhelming sadness, and misses her family so much. Living with her grandmother, she’s just taking her days one at a time. While her grandmother is away for a few days, she wakes up to a guy at the end of her bed(who she totally gets a good hit in on–just saying!). As it turns out, her world will never be the same.
His name is Aaden Cross and he’s from the parallel universe, Everly. Turns out, Anna’s family is too, she’s a Descendant and she now needs to go back. Then there’s this thing with a promise that she so breaks, but I’m not going to give any spoilers.
This book was such a wonderful read! Great character descriptions, nice back story and lots of awesome plot twists. While I saw the big surprise reveal coming(no spoilers, remember?), it was still done in a way that really brought the book together. I absolutely loved Aaden and, though he made a few bad decisions, they were all made with a good heart.
The world of Everly is not like ours, the rules are different there–they have to be. With such a small population the Descendants do their best to keep everything under control. I truly cannot wait until book two, because I have to know what happens next! J.E. Darnbrough is new on the YA scene, this being her first book, but I have no doubts that this book is different than anything else out there in the genre. I highly recommend for young adult fans!