Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Review, SST & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (called Night Owls in some countries)
Author:  Jenn Bennett
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Published Date: 3rd November 2015
Rating: 5 stars

*Thank you SST for the review copy*

Synopsis: Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Review: After reading Joy @ Joyous Read’s review of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I know that she sometimes has a love-hate relationship with the YA romance genre in general, so if she loved it like crazy it meant I would too. And guess what? As always, Joy’s recommendations were spot on and I loved this one. Don’t let the anticipation or hype put you off because this romance is definitely worth it.

Jack and Beatrix are both artists, although they are both very different kinds. I really loved how art was portrayed in this book and how we saw their artwork develop and change as their relationship did as well. It reminded me of how much art can be a reflection of your own emotions and thoughts, as well as troubles that you go through at the current time. Oh, and I really liked the reasoning behind why both of them did their type of art. We don’t get that reasoning right at the beginning but I did like it once we discovered it.

In terms of the romance itself, it was very good. It wasn’t quite a clean romance, but then it didn’t get too explicit either although it did get a bit heated at times. If I had to compare the heat level to another book it would be Inconceivable byTegan Wren. I loved the flirting and banter that came right at the beginning of the book – if that didn’t have me wanting to read more, then I don’t know what would. I also really liked how we came into the whole teenager-romance situation later and the subject of virginity came up later and all that. It was perfect for YA readers (like myself.)

The couple together was so cute. Beatrix was an obedient and steady minded girl who had ambitions and goals and knew what steps she needed to take to get there. She was the kind of girl who demanded no nonsense and could hold her own, which is why I liked her. She reminded me of myself at sometimes. Jack is the kind of guy who is a bad boy. Not for the sake of being ‘bad’ but more so because his kind of art is against the law and he has very strict parents so he has learned that to have a fairly normal life he has to be pretty sneaky. They both had their flaws and their perfections, and they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Not only were the main characters epic, but the secondary ones as well. I liked Beatrix’s brother and his own personality. Then we have Beatrix’s mother who is also fighting her own demons and is comparable to Beatrix sometimes because they share some of the same personality traits. I liked Jack’s family as well but won’t tell you any more than that in fear of spoilers.

Many themes crop in this novel. One of them is death, and what it means to be confronted with a dead stranger. This theme weaves its way into the story because Beatrix draws dead people and dissections as her form of art. We also get a mention of schizophrenia too, although it was a different kind than the one that I was familiar with through the book Made You Up. Divorce is mentioned too, because Beatrix’s parents are separated. All the themes were handled very well.

Jack makes me faint due to his wonderfulness.

On a final note, the writing style was perfectly suited to the novel too. I couldn’t stop reading until the book was finished, and kept pushing away other things to get it finished.

About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20's historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.


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Olivia’s Question: Are you a fan of art?

Olivia-Savannah x

20 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I hate to admit it, but some graffiti art is actually quite pretty. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I would agree with you! It really just depends on how it is done ^^

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  2. I can't wait to read this one! I've been pining for it since I saw it months ago. Anytime you rate a book 5 stars, I'm all over it anyway. You don't give out those easily. LOL! Awesome review as always!

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    1. Sometime I think I am a bit harsh because I really don't give out those five stars too easily ahaha xD But I think you will love this one!

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  3. Great to hear that the romance and cast of characters were enjoyable

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    1. It was really good! I think you would like this one :c

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  4. I've been wanting to read this book since it came out so I'm so happy you reviewed this! I love books with art in the stories! Awesome review!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it soon because it is simply epic! And the art in it is fabulous too <3

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  5. This sounds like a really nice read and I'm glad you loved it so much :) I like art alright but I miss a lot of it, especially paintings. I prefer music, movies and theatre in the whole art department :)

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    1. There are different kinds of art and you do seem more so the preforming arts type. I just loved the way they portrayed it in the book after reading it!

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  6. Oh yay!!! You loved it. I knew you would!!! And thank you for the mention, hun. <3 You are the sweetest!

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    1. I had to read it after I saw your outstanding review, so thanks so much for the brilliant recommendation. It was wonderful <3

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  7. This really was such a fantastic contemporary! I look forward to reading more by this author!

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    1. Whenever she writes her next YA book I am going to jump on it immediately!

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  8. I'd never heard of this until now, but I am all about romantic contemp books these days. Seeing how much you loved this made me add it to my TBR. Thanks for the awesome review!

    And thanks for stopping by The Left-Handed Book Lover!

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    1. I think you will especially like it in that case. Hope you do get to it :)

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  9. This just sounds amazing! I am glad to hear you liked it so much and that you didn't want to stop reading. Awesome! I hope I get to read it soon. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. When I don't want to stop reading you can tell it is a brilliant sign!

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  10. This book I think I can get with because of the art angle.

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    1. I think you would like that side of things a lot~

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