Title: Mia’s Heart (GoodReads)
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Publication Date: 13 November 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
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Place(s) Traveled to: Valese, Caberra
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line(s): Five times. That’s how many times I’ve looked at the clock while my mother has been lecturing me.
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Paradise Diaries Series Order
Book 1: Dante’s Girl
Book 2: Mia’s Heart
Book 3: Untitled (Spring 2013)
I really dislike reading books in a series out of order but sometimes time sneaks up on you and you realize that you just won’t have time to read the first book before reading the one you need for a blog tour. Such is the chase with my read of Mia’s Heart by Courtney Cole. Since I’m coming into the story after most of the major characters have been established there was a chance that I might feel lost or disconnected with the story and I’m happy to report that wasn’t the case. Although I was spoiled to events that happened in the first book, Dante’s Girl, by reading this one so I wouldn’t recommend reading this series out of order to anyone else.
Overall, I enjoyed Mia’s Heart. I really liked the character of Mia and the whole approach that Courtney Cole took to her amnesia and how it affected her life and those around her. I liked seeing a bit of Mia before the accident and then the Mia that came after and how she was able to merge her old and new self into a true picture of herself. I liked how she had doubts about her character and was able to change and grow by learning new things about herself. I also liked seeing how these changes in herself also affected those around her. There is real growth in her character and I always enjoy that.
I enjoyed the romance in the story though felt at times it was a little too simplistic. As I have never been a fan of love triangles I didn’t care for how Mia would flip between Gavin and Quinn and never really felt that she should be with one over the other. I was more interested in her as a person and never really bought her romance with either boy. I also wasn’t a fan of the stream of conscience narration that would often crop up in this story. That form of story telling makes me a little batty as I don’t need to know each and every thought that a character has the moment that he/she has it. Fortunately though, Mia’s Heart, is a very quick read and so my eye didn’t have time to go all twitchy from it.
There were parts of this story that felt a bit underdeveloped to me. I think more time could have been spent on the effects of the earthquake. And I never really bought that this book took place in a foreign country. All the characters just felt and acted like Americans to me in how they acted and the expressions that they used. Only once was it mentioned that Cabrerra’s national language was something other than English but once Quinn said he didn’t speak it Mia switched to English and then Quinn never had issues conversing with anyone else in the story. It also struck me as odd that someone who doesn’t speak the language of a place would be part of a foreign exchange program to it. So there is some suspension of belief that I as a reader, and maybe you as well, need to undergo while reading this story. In this incidence and in a few others that cropped up during my read.
Mia’s Heart is a good book to have on hand if you are looking for a quick, brain candy sort of read. A book that you can just drop inside of and not have to think too hard about any twists or turns. The characters are mostly believable and once I was able to put aside some of my issues (like the language thing mentioned above) then I was able to sit back and enjoy the story. I enjoyed this book and despite knowing what happens in it I will probably read the first book, Dante’s Girl, at some point as well as check out the third book which will be out sometime next year. Because sometimes you just need that uncomplicated story after a long hard day to escape from the stresses of life. And what better place to do that that in a story that is supposedly set in paradise?
About Mia’s Heart
My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.
This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?
You don’t know the half of it.
Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn’t feel right. Or, if what they’re saying is true and that really was me, I’m not sure I like that person very much.
And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?
But then… there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.
Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.
I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.
About Courtney Cole
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds). Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo. Learn more about Courtney and her books at www.courtneycolewrites.com
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