For your Heart by A.L. Davroe
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.
I was very torn about how I felt about this story until the last paragraph. The last paragraph had me in tears.
I get emotional about books (what book nerd doesn't?), but it's rare for one to move me to tears.
Through most of the book, the strong religious undercurrent was a little too much for me, but the story presented was just too interesting for me to pass up. As I continued to read, I got lost in the world of Janette and Tam and even her friends Celeste, Emily and Amber. What a great group they are! They have problems, but are so strong and their love for each other is undeniable. They are able to work through their issues and stand strong to support each other thought their hard times. And boy do they have their hard times! I don't want to give any of the story away because you will really want to read this one for yourself. It really has everything. Fairies, demons, magic, witches, heart stopping terror, love and loyalty. You'll have to read it to find out how it all fits together and see for yourself how amazing this story is.
5 stars! I definitely recommend this to everyone since it has a bit of everything. I thought about giving this one a 4 star rating, but honestly I had to read to the end to realize what a gem this book turned out to be!
A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. Her debut YA paranormal romance novel, FOR YOUR HEART, releases October 31, 2013. By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. She also wears Vibram five-finger toe shoes and corsets...Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.