Review: “Kaleidoscope Hearts” – Claire Contreras

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Review: “Kaleidoscope Hearts” – Claire ContrerasKaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
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Published on: January 20th 2015
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 295
Series: Hearts #1
Genre: NA Romance
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Hearts series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1)
Torn Hearts (Hearts #1.5)
Paper Hearts (Hearts #2)
Elastic Hearts (Hearts #3)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.

He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.

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Initial Reaction

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My Thoughts

I was recommended and then lent this book by my bookish friend Sam, and it has to be one of the best recommendations she has ever given me, because I loved it! It was slightly strange though, in that normally when I love a book I read it super fast, but with this one I found myself reading it slowly, just to make it that little bit longer!

For me, a good romance needs to make my heart ache, my tummy fill up with butterflies and my eyes to be full of tears (both heartbreaking tears, ‘nawww moment’ tears and happily ever after tears!). Sure, cute ‘lovey dovey’ quotes and sexy time in books is great, but I need more then that!!! I love the heart breaking moments when you literally feel your heart being torn to pieces along with your favourite character and the intensity of the moments that make you crave a love like one that your characters have found. That’s what I need in a romance book and the best thing about this book is that it is exactly what I got.

“I always thought you were mine.

Friends to lovers have got to be one of my favourite types of romances, along with forbidden romances. So Elle and Oliver’s romance was the perfect mix of these two themes. On one hand you have Elle, who has been death more heartbreaking in her life then anybody should trying to move on and live her life. Whilst Oliver, who the allure of real life and the pursuit of his dreams and ambitions has always been much greater then that for anything else, tries to open himself up to love with the girl whose heart he broke all those years ago. It was such a heart-warming and emotional tale of love that took us into the past as well as focusing on the present. I really liked seeing the contrast of their fragile relationship back when they were teens that blossoms into this totally intense present day second chance romance.

“Sometimes we let the first ones get away, but it teaches us to cherish the second ones that much more.”

I really like the theme of art throughout this book and by the end of it I felt totally inspired to open up my craft box and start creating. Artists are known for using their own pain and life experiences to make beautiful works of art, and this is totally true in the case of Elle and her Kaleidoscope Hearts. I really like her explanation of her hearts (quote below) which fits in perfectly with the theme of the second chance romance for Elle and Oliver. It is such a simple thing, but a powerful idea and so well written about by Claire.

“Shattering hearts … it’s fitting.”
“They’re not shattering hearts, they’re kaleidoscope hearts,” I correct him.
“What’s the different? You make them with broken pieces.”
“The difference is that it’s already broken, but I use the pieces to rebuilt it. The difference is that the heart has a second chance, and maybe it’ll get broken again, but it’s already shattered, so maybe the fall won’t be as bad.”

This book featured a really great group of secondary characters. I really loved Elle’s best friend Mia who was the perfect mix of fun but supportive and is the kind of BFF that every girl needs in her life! The was a whole lot more fun in the form of Elle’s big brothers friends (including Oliver) who were just too easy to fall in love with, as where Elle’s arty friends. There was a really good mix of characters and all of them added something to the story, no one was there just to fill the room…or page. I was especially excited to hear about a sequel that is planned for Mia and her love interest who appears in Kaleidoscope Heart’s too.

 “The thing about life is that you never know when it will show you something that touches you so deeply that you can’t help but be grateful for everything . . . even the bad.”

I recently read a book that featured a group of guys who had all been close friends with this particularly girl for years and so all felt very protective over her. I totally get that and think it’s nice that they cared for her, but in the case of that book the need to protect was just totally over the top and I actually found it really annoying. In this book Elle grows up surrounded by her brothers friends, who in turn become big brothers to her. I really liked that the guys didn’t become stupidly over protective of Elle, instead they just knew when she needed them and would be there ready.

“You can try to steer your life in a certain direction all you want, but ultimately, the wind is in charge of your sail.”

The cover to this book is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of it and the different colours. It really manages to capture the feel of the book, both of the romance and the arty/creative theme and merge them into one beautiful cover. I would love to have this cover up on my wall in a frame. So pretty.
I also have to mention here that there are some truly beautiful quotes to come out of this book, I have featured some of my favourite on this page, but to check out more of them go to the Kaleidoscope Hearts Quote Page on Goodreads.

“Every second counts. Live in this moment. This is life. This is what matters.”

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Final Thoughts

This one would make a perfect summer read, the perfect love story to pop in your beach bag. I want so much more, and I know fans of this book were very excited to hear that Claire is writing a sequel containing a love story for two of our supporting characters..

Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: friends to lovers type romances, second chance romance, heartbreaking moments, arty characters, steamy sexy time, pretty covers, loveable secondary characters

Have you ever read any ‘art themed’ books? What is your favourite second chance romance book?

Have you read Kaleidoscope Heart’s yet?

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2 Responses to “Review: “Kaleidoscope Hearts” – Claire Contreras”

  1. Elizabeth

    You broke down all your positives so clearly, it made me TBR it on goodreads, even though I’m not big on NA and have plenty to read right now. Thanks!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I always find myself warbling on when I just write a review, so bullet pointing it like this helps me to keep my reviews on track! But I’m really glad my review got you interested, that’s always nice to hear 🙂 I hope when you get round to reading it you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂