Book Review: Heart Tales

Heart Tales by Celine Garcia: Three charming tales of that never ending rollercoaster called life, each one sure to pack a sweet punch of candy for the heart. One story involves a girl and a mystery box with handwritten song lyrics. The second follows a guy on the road with memories of the girl that got away, and finally a teen girl who can actually speak to the source of her angst…her heart.

Audio Frequency

Geraldine works the counter at Audio Frequency, a small music store that was once the hub of the local music scene. The best part of her day is a little brown box that is delivered to the store with song lyrics written inside, a playful guessing game between a mystery guy who seems to totally get her. Geraldine finds she is ready to make big changes at Audio Frequency and thankfully her best friend Sam just scored her a ticket to the biggest music benefit in town. Geraldine may get everything she wants when she discovers that her mystery guy may be at the event.
A sweet little story about friendship, expectations, and the leaps that must be made to take the love you want.

Legal U Turn

Gwen and Dean share an awkward drive home for their first college break because of convenience. But with hate comes a confiding friendship that may mean more to Dean. After his true feelings slip during a trip home, his friendship with Gwen ends abruptly and they don’t speak or see each other again.

Two years later Dean finds himself driving the same route he and Gwen used to take home years ago and it’s accompanied with the best memories of Gwen. A journey filled with a fun combo of memorable road trips and not so great first impressions causes Dean to wonder, is there a possibility of rekindling one of his greatest friendships?

Heart Set on You

A funny thing happened to Ellie when she woke after her heart transplant. Her donor didn’t exactly die. Instead he stayed behind to both of their confusion and can only be seen by Ellie. Ellie is unable to make friends at school and her only confidant is her heart donor, who she coincidentally nicknames Heart. After thinking she would always be socially challenged, she comes across someone who could change everything. Can this new someone help free Ellie and Heart from their bond? Or will new feelings arise that neither of them expected?

A unique story that reveals how friends can compliment and challenge each other told with fun sarcastic humor and heart.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Heart Tales generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Three delightful, short stories comprise Heart Tales. All three accurately portray two younger main characters. Each story, while short, is written well with interesting plot elements, the angst that comes from first love, and strong story lines.

The stories:
Audio Frequency:
This first story was my least favorite of the three but it still fun to read. Geraldine and Sam have been dancing around each other for a while at the music store in which Geraldine works. Sam is a local artist who works for a recording studio. Through mysterious lyric exchanges, Sam and Geraldine discover first love.

Legal U-Turn:
The second short story revolving around Dean and Gwen is my favorite one of the three. Told from Dean's POV we learn through his memories how he met and fell in love, unbeknownst to him, with Gwen. There banter is cute and friendly, their relationship culminating in an angsty demise only for Dean to find Gwen years later. I found I liked this one the best because I could myself really enjoying a full length novel about these characters. This short story would be an excellent YA pre-cursor to a good, angst filled NA novel.

Heart Set on You:
Heart Set on You surprised me. It deals with paranormal subject matter which I'm not usually that into. At first, I was questioning whether I should read it because it's not my bag. However, I kept reading and actually really, really liked it. The author drew me in and made me fall for these characters. Ellie & Heart have an unconventional relationship to say the least. When Ellie meets Seth their lives begin to rapidly change. The short story deals with a lot of teenage angst themes. Important lessons to learn including the art of letting go someone you've held so close. The story is told through Ellie's POV and I really enjoyed it.

All three short stories provide a quick escape into three separate worlds where the characters are finding love and reconciling their new, foreign feelings. It was an enjoyable way to spend and hour and a half.

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