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Mia's Heart

(The Paradise Diaries #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  77 reviews
My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.

This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?

You don't know the half of it.

Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Lakehouse Press
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Mia's Heart was a fun, quick and lovely read. Although it has two of the things I wouldn't want together in a book - amnesia and love triangle - I was surprised to find myself not at all really bothered by it and I actually sped through this! However, I had some slight issues with it that prevents me from really liking it. Still, I enjoyed most parts of it.

Mia Giannis was a character I wasn't really sure about when I first read her. I liked the fierceness and the bad ass vibe about her but I'm
Autumn Review
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, review, arc
I remember telling the author that I really liked Mia after I had read Dante's Girl. When she told me that Mia would have her own book I was thrilled! Mia's Heart was everything I expected it to be; fun, flirty, and well-written.

Mia's always been a bit of a rebel. She has a tough time following the rules her parents have set in place. She has piercings, dyes her hair with bright colors, and tends to live a bit dangerously. After the earthquake, she's changed. I mean...obviously since she can't
Jennifer Green
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
I just loved the first book in this series, Dante's Girl, so I was so excited to be able to read Mia's Heart. The setting of the book is again the beautiful island of Caberra, which is located not far from Greece. We met Mia in Dante's Girl. He father is the Ministry of Defense for Caberra, and she, Dante, and Gavin are best friends. When Reece, Dante's girlfriend from Kansas entered the picture, they soon became BFF's also. The other character in this story, we heard a lot about in book one and ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I adore Courtney Cole. Seriously. Her writing style, at least in this series, is light and fun and witty and I just cannot get enough of it. I ADORED "Dante's Girl", the first book of The Paradise Diaries, and as soon as "Mia's Heart" came out I downloaded it immediately and without hesitation.

I did not regret it.

Yes, I'll admit, this book was corny and cheesy and predictable and even silly in parts. It was as big a cliché as you can get, and cynical (or even just stubbornly realistic) readers w
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! As good as the first. Courtney Cole is officially one of my favorite authors.

I loved Mia's character from the first book, so I was totally excited when I found out that she would be the heroine in book 2. I Mia didn't disappoint.

I thought it might bother me that Mia loses her memory, but it was well done. She retained what was best about her, but the memory loss allowed her character to evolve. Mia remains our feisty girl, but she loosens up and grows throughout her trial. And I real
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Dante's Girl really caught my heart when I've read it and finding that there would be a companion novel to it, I can't help but feel enthusiastically happy and excited about it.

But there's a big but in here, Mia's Heart didn’t quite work that well for me. The story was interesting at first but there's this sense of shallowness on it. It was told in a way that things didn’t quite gets deeper than Mia's desire to be herself and her love life complication add up her missing memories. Even the char
Zoe and the Edge
I didn't rate this because half-way through I read a review that said this book contained sex in it. So I stopped reading it. The End.

I’m going to snap.
And maybe kill somebody.
And I won’t look good in an orange jumpsuit.
Or actually, I probably would. I do look lovely in orange.

Mia is rich and her dad's the Ministry of Defence. Mia's mother can generally control her daughter in most areas but has so far failed to keep Mia away from black clothing and funky hair.
Mia's the rebellious sort of
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BR w/Jennifer
Mia was a force to be reckoned with. She has charm, wit, flare, attitude... she's a kick-butt chick who could attract two seriously major hotties. Problem is, she doesn't know who she really is. Mia was injured during an Earthquake and loses her memory. So, who is she? The old Mia who didn't let others push her around, not even her mom? Or the new Mia who cries easily, is supposedly the perfect child according to her mom and complies easily? That's what Mia would like to know... who is she? And ...more
Well.... This was an interesting book. I never came across a character who got amnesia in the beginning of the story so points for something original.
There was a love triangle but, I was rooting for Quinn. I don't know something about Gavin I did not like. He may be an amazing guy but he hides behind that happy -go lucky feel too much. Quinn was completely open and he said what he felt. Thats what I liked about him the most. Mia is confusing. I'm guessing she's trying to find out who she is and
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Such an adorable love story. Love it! :)
Madelyn Lee
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a great book! I like how Mia can recreate herself, change how she is and try to build a better her. And with all her memories gone she tries to bring everyone together especially her mom.

The love triangle was so matched, like you couldn't tell who she really wanted. But from the beginning I rooted for QUINN! And I seriously hate Elena.
Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
Officially reviewed on the blog while on the Blog Tour:

eARC via Kismet Book Touring

Plot: 4
Setting: 5
Writing: 5
Originality: 3
Characters: 4
Romance: 4
OVERALL: 25/30 = 83%
Title/Cover Bonus: 5

A great addition to follow the amazing Dante’s Girl. Looking forward to the next one!

First Line

Five times.
That’s how many times I have looked at the clock while my mother has been lecturing me.

Most Memorable Scene
Skinny dipping! Horseback riding.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance, ya
GENRE: YA Contemporary
THEME: Romance

I was really excited to read the next installment to The Paradise Diaries by Courtney Cole. The first book pulled me into the romance of two young adults and continues with Mia’s Heart, once again in the beautiful Caberra Valese. Lately I've been really addicted to the contemporary romances and even though a girl getting amnesia and tries to follow her heart has been done before, I adored this bo
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 4-stars

Mia's Heart by Courtney Cole was a great addition to The Paradise Diaries. The Paradise Diaries is a fun, adventurous series that is perfect for young adults. The Paradise Diaries isn't a paranormal series, but there is a magical, other worldly vibe to this companion series. Some of the storyline in Dante's Girls and Mia's Heart is a little farfetched, but everything that happens in this series could potentially
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
What a wonderfully light read! I’m completely hooked on the series. It may not be as profound as other books, but sometimes something like this is exactly what you need to relax and forget the world around you for a bit. I liked its predecessor better, but that’s mainly because I could relate to Reece more easily than I could to Mia.

I loved Mia’s voice. She’s easy to like, totally badass and sassy… and there aren’t not enough characters like her out there! I still don’t know what to think about
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it

“I sigh and stare out the window.
And ponder my life.
Because I live in a bubble.
A fragile, beautiful, misleading bubble.” (Mia’s Heart ARC Pg. 3)

Mia’s heart is one of loneliness, confusion and love.

From the second I read the first sentence of this book I knew I liked Mia. I connect to the line above because I constantly feel like I am living in a bubble of idealism that leaves me with being confused of what I want out of my life. My connection with Mia lasted the whole book as she changed
The BookWhisperer
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Mia's Heart picks up immediately following the conclusion of Dante's Girl. After the attempted assassination of the Prime Minister of Valese; Reece was whisked away to return hometown in Kansas. Dante's creative and heart warming ending was perfect for the transition into this second story, and jealousy resulting in the exchange of Quinn McKeney was hiliarious. Little did I know that this switch would set the stage for a romance in book two. After completing this second installment I am having a ...more
Stina Madison
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Mia Giannis is always fighting with her mother about her clothes, her actions, her friends, just about everything and how it could reflect on her father. Being the daughter of the Secretary of Defense of Caberra has a lot of expectations, when Mia just wants to be herself, not who her parents want her to be.

When a devastating earthquake rocks Caberra, Mia rushes home looking for her mother and finds her house reduced to rubble. Determined
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
What an excellent sequel to The Paradise Diaries Series!

Mia is Dante's old friend, they've known each other since they started grade school and she's also Reece's new best friend. But after everything that happened in Dante's Girl, Reece and Dante couldn't bare to be apart and Dante decided to finish high school with Reece back in America, leaving Mia alone and bitter for being left behind. Her only friend being her other grade school chum, Gavin - the class clown and adventurer that knows exact
Vi (like the letter)
After reading Dante’s Girl I couldn’t wait to go back to Caberra, a true land of paradise, and fall in love all over again. I have to say that I’m becoming a serious fan of companion novels, the perfect way to revisit the characters you love, without it being overkill. Courtney’s writing is still just as hilarious and fun as the first.

In Mia’s Heart, we get to see everything through the eyes of Dante’s friend Mia, who is an outgoing, wild-child kind of girl with a good heart. After she gets amne
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
I want to give a huge thank you to Kismet tours for allowing me to be on this tour. I have to say that Courtney Cole has captured my heart with her writing. She captures you right from the beginning and Mia's Heart is another story that had me on the edge of my seat. Her first book to the series Dante's Girl had me swooning like crazy so when Mia's Heart came out I just devoured it in one night and I could not put it down. This is one of those series where you can't get enough of the places and ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I met Mia in the first book in this series, Dante’s Girl, and I loved her from the start. She was spunky and sassy and moody…all the things that make a character fun to read about! I was happy to hear that she was being given the opportunity to tell us her own story and I definitely enjoyed reading it! This book is about overcoming obstacles, it’s about friendship and it’s about love. What more can you ask for?

In this story, Mia goes through a life-changing event…an accident that takes away her
I have been anxiously awaiting the return of Mia, Gavin, Quinn, Reece and Dante. Dante's Girl was such a sweet, fun read and I couldn't wait to find out if Mia was going to get her happily ever after as well.

Poor Mia! Really, I can't imagine waking up and not knowing anyone, not even yourself. How terrifying not to know anything about who you are, how you feel about someone, what you like or hate! If that's not enough, now she has the added stress of falling for a gorgeous guy. Wait...make that
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
Mia's Heart is the second book in The Paradise Diaries series by Courtney Cole. It's a wonderful young adult novel about a girl named Mia who loses her memory. Despite everyone trying to remind her of everything, she struggles to remember anything. Most of all, she struggles with not knowing who she really is. Her love life is a mess. She finds herself being attracted to Gavin, her best friend that she has known for years. But there is also Quinn, the guy from America that she met shortly before ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Paradisa Diaries are always a breath of fresh air for me! Courtney does a great job of just taking you away and dropping off in paradise!

Mia's Heart is a follow up to Dante's Girl where we met Reece, Mia, Dante, Gavin. This book is obviously all about Mia and I love it. Mia is the little rebelious one and bit of spit-fire! In Mia's heart she feels all alone because Dante and Reece are back in Kansas and spending their senior year there while Mia is stuck by herself with Gavin. And then comes
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
Okay hate it when you take time to wright a review and it doesn't save!!

This was a really fun light chic lit. read, it was perfect for the mood I was in. This book is all about Mia, but the cool thing is that we do get lots of Reese and Dante as well. It was nice to watch their relationship continue to evolve. Mia has a life altering experience which allows her to start a new. Which is kind of a good thing for Mia. Mia has this tough exterior shell that is so tough I am not sure she even enjoyed
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Mia is the daughter of a very important man, on a small island nation, so there is intense pressure on her to be a good girl and conform. Mia does not want to conform, but just wants to be left alone and allowed to do her own thing. To tell the truth, Mia seems like a bit like a spoiled brat at first. Having grown up as a politician's daughter, she really should know better at her age. Then she loses her memory.

Liked that we met Mia before her head injury, as most of the amnesia stories I've rea
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Mia’s Heart by Courtney Cole. I read Dante’s Girl earlier this year and found I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t as fond of Reece as I wanted to be. Well, in this one, I LOVED Mia. I loved her before, during, and after her amnesia. She’s quite down-to-earth, and really has a good heart. Sure, she gives her parents hell, but isn’t that what teenage girls are supposed to do?

Quinn is amazing. I love that he’s the picture of the perfect Midwestern guy – charm, manners, hot, etc. (As a lifel
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Courtney Cole has quickly become one of my fave authors. Creating wonderful story lines along with amazing characters, I know that once I immerse myself in her story, there's no looking back.

What I loved most about this book is the plot line. The reader is introduce to Mia who has lived a life so calculated Everything must be presentable. Everything must be in order. And Mia, like every other teen has rebelled. So when she loose her memory, I was anxious to see if she would change or come back j
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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.

She loves giving advice, loving on her kids, red lipstick and blonde hair dye.

Courtney was born and raised in rural Kansas, but has since migrated south. She now lives in Florida and writes beneath palm trees.

Learn more about Courtney and her books at

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