Shield the Heart by T.K. Richardson
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Lilly’s gift of reading the heart seemed like a curse, but when she discovered her gift was linked to an old, Russian prophecy it changed everything. What she never questioned, though, was her own heart.
When the prophecy pulls Lilly back to Russia and demands to be fulfilled she is torn between love and loyalty.
One thing I would like to point out about Lily is that while I admire her courage, I dislike her recklessness. An example would be her sneaking away, then board a train to Moscow with a gun in hand, wanting to seek revenge for the dead CIA agents who were killed while protecting her, when in truth, she doesn't even know how to use a gun. :/
Lily's identity appears to undergo a change at the second half of the novel. Her heritage was kept a secret from her, but it was later revealed to her, much to her surprise and delight. There is a twist in the romance department when Lily discovers that she loves someone else other than Seth.
In a nutshell, Shield the Heart is an enjoyable continuation of Lily's adventure, though there are clearly rooms for improvement. I would recommend this book to middle grade readers and younger teens who loves reading books featuring characters with super powers.
Many thanks to T. K. for providing a copy of Shield the Heart for this review!
Raised on the West Coast, she improves the lives of children near and far by advocating for abused and neglected children in her community, as well as sponsoring a Christian based orphanage in India.
She is the founder of Partners In Print, a book donation program for children in the foster care system, and runs The Writer's Resource Directory. Writing books and helping children are her passion. She lives in California where she is at work on her next novel.