Alive by Chandler Baker
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Full (368 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rated: 3.5 stars
Review by Lupine
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 with 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 can barely stand to be apart. 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?
This book was an excellent read for me because of the interesting plot, though I did figure it out quickly. The pace never really slowed, which made it enjoyable.
The heroine is a little dimwitted when it comes to piecing things together and questions the pieces of the mystery hanging over her head when it’s blatent what the answer is. I did enjoy her voice, and her strength, to fight through her surgery, and to deal with the pain it causes her, both physically and emotionally. The premise of the book was well done, but I wish it had been more of a surprise for me to find out what the cause of Stella’s pain was, because I had it figured out way before she did.
The end was exciting nevertheless, and made up for the anticlimactic plot twist. Overall, I felt it was a good read and I think it was worth the whole night I stayed up reading it in one sitting. The friendships were solid, the reality was rough and brought the book into the hard truth of death and life, and the whole thing was a interesting and creepy (in a good way).