A Bloody Good Read!

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4.5 stars.

Hearts Still Beating was a bloody good read! Gory, satisfying, and gripping! It gave Warm Bodies and Maggie (Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie) vibes, with a splash of The Last of Us, a unique plot twist, and a heartfelt story line. It was unputdownable and gave all the feels.

This one fit perfectly within the new "horromance" genre that's been emerging in the YA book community. There's something entrancing about romance brewing between humans and "monsters", especially while learning that some humans can be more monstrous than anything you could imagine. And, I loved Rory and Mara so much. I loved the family dynamic felt within Rory's family, and I loved the messages found within the story boasting the importance of not losing kindness and humanity amidst tragedy (and an apocalypse).

Loveable characters (for the most part). Splashes of humor. Gory bits galore. A powerful story, and fantastic nostalgia and nods to other great works. What's not to love?

Thank you Penguin Teen and Netgalley for providing this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.