A Story So Sweet! - Secret of a Heart Note (Review)

The level of the beauty that is this book is unmatched. Stacey Lee's writing is flawless and I'll never get enough of it.

Scientists say smell is our most complex sense, stirring people to act instinctually, often without us even realizing it.

The Secret of a Heart Note has one of the most unique worldbuilding because while it is a contemporary novel, the world is set up not my visual sights but by the smells in the world. We see the world in through the eyes of a nose.

Aromateur is my name, and love is my game.

Featured cover model is Mimosa, the teenage daughter of the famous love witch. Mim is tasked with carrying on her family's trade, one that belongs solely to her. Much to her mother's chagrin, Mim wants to do normal teenage stuff like make friends, go to school, and maybe fall in love. GASP. Enter Court, the cute jock who might be the only one who's not charmed by the love witch's charms (but is still mad about her).

Stacey's writing seriously could not be more beautiful in this book. It's poetry without being excessively whimsical. You'll fall in love with it as much as you'll fall in love with Mim and Court and the whole smelly world around them.

PS: The launch for The Secret of a Heart Note is on Tuesday (1/31) along with Caraval by Stephanie Garber! Of course, we will be there to bring you all the live coverage but if you're in the area, we hope to see you there! 

Christy



The Secret of a Heart Note
by Stacey Lee
Published: December 29th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

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