A Darkly Beating Heart
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A Darkly Beating Heart


A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

Title:A Darkly Beating Heart
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

    A Darkly Beating Heart Reviews

  • Emily May
    Oct 19, 2016

    "I am nothingness. An empty vessel. The core of me is rotted away, and I can never get it back. There’s nothing left to fill me but anger. There’s nothing left for me to sense but pain.” 1 1/2 ...

  • Keiko
    Jun 14, 2016

    So I beta read this for Lindsay because it's about a Japanese American bisexual girl who goes to Japan and doesn't speak Japanese. In other words: it me. I loved this story. I love Reiko who was angry...

  • Molly
    May 15, 2016

    Huge thank you to Macmillan for sending me an ARC of this book for review!Okay, so I know that this book doesn't come out until October, but I HAD to read it as soon as I got it. For those of you who ...

  • Dana
    Dec 21, 2016

    Crazy Emo Girl moves to Japan to....be more emo. Whilst contemplating her existence she happens upon a literal link to the past and finds herself in the body of a fellow emo girl from centuries past. ...

  • Cookie
    Oct 11, 2016

    (hiya guys, you can also read my review on my blog if that's what you're into xo)This book was weird. Net necessarily a bad weird, but not necessarily a good weird either.I'm actually very conflicted...

  • Chelsea
    Oct 21, 2016

    Really dark and twisted Japanese time travel story. Looking for diversity in all forms? This is the book for you. We follow self-harming, suicidal, bisexual, Japanese-American, Reiko in this story. Di...

  • Megan (bookslayerReads)
    Feb 12, 2017

    Trigger Warning: This book contains thoughts and acts of attempted suicide, as well as cutting.If you go searching through my blog, you’ll find that I have published a few posts mentioning A Darkly ...

  • Sabrina
    Oct 15, 2016

    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....I loved how dark this book is. The main character, Reiko, is brewing her own darkness and destruction. She was the master of...

    Feb 11, 2017

    Wow. I really wasn't expecting so many of the twists and the sudden changes. I really ended up loving this more than I thought I would. Lots of love for an unlikable MC. I just wish that there were a ...

  • Rashika (is tired)
    Mar 24, 2016

    ***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads I don’t write in books and have become too lazy to keep an actual notepad by my side while I am reading but recently I decided that I wanted to ...