Heartwood Box

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This is a fast-paced, suspenseful, paranormal book with a teen romance thrown in. Araceli has moved to a new town and is living with her aunt. What seems like a dull small town turns into a mysterious place where strange lights appear in the woods and people keep disappearing. It also seems that the disappeared are haunting the townspeople. To add to the mystery, Araceli finds a box that allows her to travel across time and speak with a soldier from World War I. The book is well-written, although not always well-developed. The romance is not really very interesting and takes away from the suspense and mystery of the story. Araceli is a likable character most of the time, but she lacks depth. There are several side characters that are not well-developed beyond their role in helping us see that Araceli is an “outsider.” They generally seem very one-dimensional. Ultimately the story is less about the suspense and mystery and more about the romance, which did not interest me. I would recommend this book for people over the age of sixteen who like teen romance with a little time travel thrown in, but it is not for anyone looking for suspense.

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Author Ann Aguirre
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Tor Teen
Publish Date 2019-07-09
ISBN 9780765397645
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Issue January 2020
Category Young Adult


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