Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Mia's Heart by Courtney Cole

 Title: Mia's Heart (The Paradise Diaries #2)
Author: Courtney Cole
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review


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.



Mia's Heart is the second book in The Paradise Diaries series by Courtney Cole. It's a wonderful young adult novel about a girl named Mia who loses her memory. Despite everyone trying to remind her of everything, she struggles to remember anything. Most of all, she struggles with not knowing who she really is. Her love life is a mess. She finds herself being attracted to Gavin, her best friend that she has known for years. But there is also Quinn, the guy from America that she met shortly before her head injury. It's hard to know who you should be with when you don't even know yourself.

I enjoyed this book very much. Mia is a very likable character and you can't help but feel sorry for her. It would be scary to wake up and not remember a thing about your life. She's very easy to connect with. The situation she faced made her grow as a person throughout the book.

The love triangle was interesting. For the first half of the book, I couldn't decide which guy I liked better – much like Mia. Both guys had great qualities and she didn't want to hurt either one. In the end, I'm glad she went with the decision she made.

I liked this book even better than the first, Dante's Girl. Reading the first book isn't really required before reading this one. The main characters in this book were just background characters in the first. I'm glad that Mia got her own story. For the guy that Mia didn't choose - I would like to see him get his own story as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult contemporary romances. I would recommend it to older teens though, because there are some adult situations involved. 

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