Book Review : Shield the Heart by T.K. Richardson

Shield the Heart
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Yorkshire Publishing
Available on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository

What if the battle was in your heart?

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.

I'm glad to say that I enjoyed this book more than its prequel - Return the Heart. The flow of this book is certainly much better than the first book, in which some phrases seem unnatural and lack of a certain flourish.

This book mainly focuses on the teens in Russia, thwarting yet another evil scheme. But once again, the author did not give us the pleasure/torture (any way you may see it) to find out the perpetrator's identity. Lily, being a heart reader, has it figured out in a matter of seconds.

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.

Rating: 3.685

Note of Thanks
Many thanks to T. K. for providing a copy of Shield the Heart for this review!

About The Author
T.K. Richardson
T. K. Richardson is the author of several books for young adults and much of her writing is subtly influenced by her love of Russian history and literature.

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.

1 creative remarks:

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

Thanks for review. I think recklessness helps keep her human but see what you mean.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog