I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Chandler Baker
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned.
After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive. Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment.
Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone’s radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable. Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart? After all, the heart never lies…does it?
If you are a fan of an eerie book that will keep you guessing, I recommend Alive by Chandler Baker. This book is so detailed that readers will feel like they are in the main character’s position. The reader will easily be able to imagine the setting and see themselves there.
Despite the fact that Alive is so beautifully done, it wasn’t for me. At first, it is a contemporary novel about a girl who receives a heart transplant, but then, the genre seems to switch about halfway through to a paranormal/mystery sort of book. I personally am not a huge fan of paranormal books, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much. However, this setting is well described and I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy the paranormal genre.
The main character, Stella didn’t really impress me. I found her to be a little bit rude to her friends. She ditched one of them a few times, which I didn’t like. Also, I couldn’t really relate to her all that much either because I just don’t really like characters that make bad decisions like Stella did. I think she could have been a little bit nicer to those who love her, especially her parents.
If you enjoyed The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien, you should give Alive a try! It is fast-paced and mysterious, just like The Vault of Dreamers.