Heartwood Box: A wild ride full of fantasy, mystery, and romance.

Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre book cover
Published: July 9th2019
Page Count: 336
A dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times bestselling author. In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She'll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won't be exciting, but…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, that book was a wild ride. I was so excited when I got approved for this book because I like Ann Aguirre. Her enclave series was one of the first few series I read when I first started reading a ton and I fell in love with it. I originally wasn’t too sure about it since the paranormal genre is not one I just read a ton of. So there were a few times while reading that I wasn’t fully enjoying the book. And honestly, at times, I felt close to the characters and then other times I really connected with them. It was strange. 

I really did like the main character though. She had a great personality, and I never minded being in her head. There were a few times that I didn’t understand why she did the things she did, but for the most part, I liked her. Araceli ends up having to stay with her great aunt in the states because her parents have to be somewhere that is not safe for her. Plus they want her to graduate and go to an American school. At first, she isn’t sure exactly how this whole situation will go down, but she is pretty used to making new friends and adapting with whatever living situation she is in.

Araceli is able to make friends quicker than usual at this school because she has been friends with a girl online for a few years now that happens to go to this same school.  She just wants to have a regular senior year and get ready for college, but that is not what’s in the cards for her. She ends up finding out some insane things about the town she is in and decides she has to find out what is going on. With the help of her friends and the boy next door, she thinks she can solve it. 

As soon as she arrives in this city close to New York she knows it won’t be very normal. There are missing ads everywhere and way too many people missing. That’s not even the strangest thing about this town. She finds out that her great uncle is one of those missing and can tell there is some weird stuff going on in the house that she just can’t explain. Even weirder still, she finds a box where she gets letters from someone in the past. 

I will say I kind of saw the ending coming. I didn’t know exactly how it would work out but I knew it would fit somehow. The end got me pretty emotional. I thought that I would get more emotional throughout the whole book but I just didn’t. There were only a few characters that I emotionally connected to. 

I do recommend this book. I felt bad not giving this book 5 stars because I did like it, and I really like Ann. Being connected to the characters is a big thing for me while I’m reading. Because that didn’t really happen in this book I gave it 4 stars. It was a very interesting read and I liked the concept. I def think you should try it out, and once you do comment so we can talk about it! 



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