Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

Review: Alive by Chandler BakerTitle: Alive
Author: Chandler Baker
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating: three-stars

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? 


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

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.

❀ A Beautiful Contemporary

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.

❀ Main Character Makes Bad Decisions

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 by Chandler Baker a try! It is fast-paced and mysterious, just like The Vault of Dreamers.

About Chandler Baker

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Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college in Pennsylvania, and studied law in Texas, where she now lives with her family and an ever-growing pile of books. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe. In addition to the High School Horror series, Chandler is the author of the young adult novel, Alive.Chandler Baker lives in Austin with her husband and toddler where she also works as a corporate attorney. She is the author of five young adult novels. Whisper Network is her adult debut.

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