Divided (Open Heart #1) by Sharon M. Johnston (Review by Stephanie, #NerdGirlLuna)


Title: Divided (Open Heart #1)

Author: Sharon M. Johnston

Published Date: November 24th 2015

Genre: New Adult


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A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world.

Yet life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed.

Torn between love and obsession, Mishca must unite her divided heart and decide between the two men. But when the truth about her weird powers comes to light, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Stephanie, #NerdGirlLuna Review***
 Mishca is a teenager who, all of her life, has been sheltered by her adoptive parents due to a heart defect that requires a heart transplant. Finally, at the end of her senior year, she finds out that she has a heart, but what she doesn’t know if that her life will never be the same.
When I first started reading this book I didn’t think that it was in the paranormal realm, but I was surprised and happy to find out that it was. As an avid reader of the paranormal this book was right up my alley. I would also like to say that as a reader who is not a big fan of first person POV, I found that the author used first person quite well. It was easy to follow her thoughts and transition into her many nightmares.
I do not want to give away the book, but I did not see this plot twist coming. When Mishca started to struggle with her new powers (or abnormalities) I immediately thought about super hero, and I wasn’t alone. But after everything she has gone through I was excited to find out that Ryder ( pretty much the love of her life) has abilities of his own and I hope that will make her feel like less of an outcast as the series progresses. The author, in my opinion, did a great job or growing the characters especially Mishca and Ryder. Ryder is such a loving person and he is so proper that you can’t help but adore him. I see him as more British then Australian in my mind. Mishca is so confused and allows a lot of guilt to guide her actions, but she always manages to find a way to do the right thing. She also cares very deeply about those that are close to her. I don’t quite know what Sophitia is up to, but I’m sure it is nothing good and I still don’t like her.
I think one of the few things that I did not like about the book was bringing in Colin. The book was a pretty good length and I just felt like he was thrown in for no other reason than to show that something was not quite right with Mishca’s birth. She has enough problems going on in her life without throwing a wedge between her and Ryder. We are already left with the big secret, that he may not forgive her for keeping, to keep us on our toes about their relationship. It was also just a little bit skeevy to me because the age gap was pretty substantial at their ages. I guess I just wasn’t a fan of this part.
In the end I really enjoyed reading this book, but my heart contracted in pain when I realized we wouldn’t be getting all of our answers at the end of the book. Sorry folks, it is a series! And sadly we will have to wait for Shattered to come out. I will be waiting with baited breath, but not very patiently.


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  • SuziSummer

    sounds very interesting Terri mcneal

  • Christine #NerdGirlPixie

    Added to my Goodreads. Looks so interesting, and I cannot wait to see this twist!

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