Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.
Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whether her gift is worth all that she must give up to keep it. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Teen for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
This was a great YA book. It is hard to pin point this genre, it’s kind of several genres mashed into one book, and while that doesn’t work for some books, it did work for this one, I felt. I think it had a very good message to it, and I appreciated the fact that it wasn’t a happily ever after type of YA book. This one is sad, and it is emotional. From a semi-heartless mom, to finding first love, and having to choose between everything she has ever known, and the new outlook she has on life.
I came across this book on Edelweiss, initially it was the cover that got my attention, and then I read the synopsis and I was sold! Luckily I didn’t have to wait long as Harper Teen approved my request within hours. Thank you! I was hoping that I would like this one, and I was hoping it would provide for a nice distraction from all that is going on in my life right now, and it did.
I loved Marlena and Finn. They were so cute,and I appreciated their emotional love story. I want to add, I don’t read books with religious undertones, that’s just not something I am into. This one does mention God a lot, and her belief in him, as well as several mentions of spirituality. I didn’t mind it, and I do not think it was too over-bearing, or preachy. So I am very appreciative of that.