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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an android.

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published January 11th 2013
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Nicole I have heard it compared to that book, however, I have never read it myself. So despite the fact that I am the author of Blue Hearts, I can't answer…moreI have heard it compared to that book, however, I have never read it myself. So despite the fact that I am the author of Blue Hearts, I can't answer that. Stories about the "other" and forbidden love go back further than Shakespeare and definitely aren't unique to these two books. Blue Hearts itself deals with more than just the romance (many have faulted it for not having a long, drawn out romantic plot) and focuses on the civil rights aspect of what happens with the androids. I'm not sure how that compares to Silver Metal Lover.

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Ash Wednesday
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who wouldn't mind an annoying heroine and fuzzy logic in their sci-fi

Giving this a star because of Mei the crazy bestfriend. Anyone who observes Slapsgiving Day EVERYDAY is worthy of note, but anyone who exercises it against Retta deserves some love.

I sincerely believe that somewhere in the deep, blue heart of this book is a story worth telling. Like a needle lost in a haystack. In the middle of Hong Kong Central Station rush hour.

Which is such a disappointment because I am not a hardcore sci-fi reader precisely because my imagination is still trying
Apr 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Taking a look around at the ratings this book has received so far, it looks like I might be on my own here. The fact is that I hated this book with a passion.

I was ok with the premises: sci-fi, romance, androids. Cool. But gosh, if I hated this Retta girl.

First of all, for someone who's supposed to be smart she seemed to be oddly immature and naive most of the time. But what bothered me the most is how superficial she appeared to be throughout the book. To begin with the whole core of the story,
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

The blurb just doesn't do this book justice! After reading it, I wasn't expecting much beyond a dry sci-fi story about androids on Mars, but Retta's voice was actually really funny. She's an overly-dramatic hormonal teenager, but her saving grace is that she knows it. Her inner monologue is filled with lots of eye-rolling that she directs at herself for being...well, an overly-dramatic hormonal teenager. Her observations about herself and everyone
Kat Meyer
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem. --from goodreads synopsis of Blue Hearts of Mars.

And so the story starts for Retta Heikkinen, who is smitten by a gorgeous boy named Hemingway. They are just like any other young couple starting a new relationship. The only difference? They live on the planet Mars hundreds
Emily Anne
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I enjoyed this tremendously! I loved the world building, the plot, and all the creative ideas. While the book wasn't heart pounding or a "favorites shelf" book, I still was completely sucked in. Such a cool book... The characters were pretty awesome, the romance was sweet, and the book constantly gave off the vibe "Read More!"

The Androids theme was pulled off epicly! On Mars, Androids are considered completely below humans. It is terrible, really. This book is mostly about how much
Karen’s Library
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I received this book from the author as part of a Read and Review.

I love sci-fi! I love Mars and anything that has to do with colonizing Mars! So, yes, this story was right up my alley and I really enjoyed it! It was well written and well edited! Retta, a typical teen falls head over heels for a blue-heart, or android, which is looked down upon in Martian society and pretty much forbidden. The author takes us on a journey of discovery and truth about the blue hearts of Mars.

The world building
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 3.0 stars.
Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas is an interesting book with a good plot line. The cover is absolutely breathtaking and when I first read the synopsis I knew that I wanted to read it; however, this book took a while for me to get into and I felt like parts of it were too unrealistic for my tastes.

This novel takes place in the future where humans live on Mars as well as on Earth. Seventeen year old Retta Heikkinen quickly falls in love with Hemingway, the only catch is
If you read the plot of Blue Hearts of Mars, it sounds really promising and interesting. The cover also looks amazing! But...
Blue Heart is a science fiction, a story about a future of humans living on Mars with so called androids. Androids are said to be made by humans, to help them settle on Mars. Later humans, lets say perfected androids, making them look and act like humans, except for an incredible strength androids have. It looks like they made androids a part of human society, even
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Blue Hearts of Mars was an interesting read for me, though not necessarily in a good way.

To start with, I didn't like Retta. For the first 100 or so pages, she was completely and utterly full of herself and infuriatingly unconvincing as a 17-year-old. As the book progressed and the plot picked up, she gradually became more likable, but the way she started out was unforgivable. Hemingway was the android version of Edward Cullen. Nothing more to it. As for the supporting characters: I really liked
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Blue Hearts of Mars is a rather unique story that has a unique mesh of revolution, androids, and moral/social issues. We are introduced to the city New Helsinki which is inside a massive dome on the surface of Mars. There is one major difference between the Martian colonies and Earth (other than being on a different planet) and that’s the androids, also known as Blue Hearts. They are an integral part of their society and yet they don’t stand on even ground with humans and their existence is ...more
Scott Moon
Blue Hearts of Mars
Nicole Grotepas

Blue Hearts of Mars, by Nicole Grotepas, is a science fiction, YA romance about a seventeen-year-old girl and an android that fall in love. The girl (or young woman rather), Retta, goes to school and works to support her family. She encounter's a boy who exposes a world of prejudice and unfairness. Androids are a crucial part of society and Mars would never have been colonized without them. They are so human in appearance that most pass as humans. This gives
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Telling Verses Showing.

I would like to begin this review by saying I didn't hate the book. But I felt like I was missing so much from it. I had a hard time getting into it and found myself not wanting to finish it. I do think the arthor has a great concept of dealing with future life on mars, forbidden love, and trying to deal with the government, from someone who lives underneath it. I felt like the book was to fast and I think that the author could have push all three of these themes in 3
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing possibilities of Transhumanesque romance. - My review isn't fair.

Let me expand on the latter part of the above sentence.
I started reading the story but quickly found myself getting puzzled by what "seemed" like tense jumping. It looked like at one point the MC is thinking out aloud, yet a couple sentences later she seems to be addressing the reader directly. The effect was to pull and push me.

An example is on page 9: "Before I go any further, let me just explain that I’d never done
This was a captivating read with a youthful voice and tempo. The chemistry between Retta and Hemingway hums unerringly throughout the pages. Both are likeable, and even though they have vastly different upbringings, both are honorable and especially broadminded. The chasm between the “machines” and humans is broad and deep. This future culture makes sense. It is unthinkable that a human would fall in love with an android; and yet Retta falls in love with Hemingway. As Retta searches for answers ...more
Tom Krug
I'll start off with a summary and delve into the specifics.
The pros:
- Very talented writing
- Decent, even likeable characters
- Convincing setting
- Great for Young Adult readers

The cons:
- Cheesy, Twilight-ripoff romance
- Too-convenient plot twists
- Ham-handed symbolism

Two young lovers about to graduate high school are secretly infatuated with each other, but kept apart by a world too cruel to see past their differences. Finally they throw caution to the wind and confess their love for each other.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again

What a terrible book. 10% in and I stopped because wow, tween diary of a self-centered, all-hormone-no-brain brat wanting to be hot shit much?
Themes of forbidden love, fighting injustice and inequality, discovering government cover-ups and coming of age love are always appealing to me, but melding them with a young adult Sci-Fi set in an earth colony on Mars involving humans and androids makes this story something that I was unable to pass up.

The story opens when a human girl, Retta, working in a mall coffee shop meets her first android, Hemingway. She is enchanted by him from the start. He's gorgeous and he's personable. His warmth,
Vrinda Pendred
To preface, I'm the sort of person who actually cried when Data died at the end of 'Star Trek: Nemesis'. So for me...I LOVED this - for several reasons.

1. I loved the story. It's like 'Bladerunner' gone young adult, and it really works (especially since I love 'Bladerunner', and I love Philip K. Dick in general). 17-year-old Retta is human but falls in love with an android named Hemingway. Trouble is, that's forbidden by the laws of Mars, where they live. I loved the imagining of life on Mars,
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

„Who is me? What am I, that I have thought, that I think this, now?”

Blue Hearts of Mars has all the chances to please many.

What seems someway quiet at first assumes tension. What begins with a flirt amplifies to planetary proportions.

It is a love story that blends perfectly with a... social one. Because yes, even in the era in which we’ll conquer the space and will populate other planets we will not rid off vices which unfortunately are firmly planted in many of us.

In terms of forbidden
Gwynn White
3.5 stars.

I saw this book on a blog I read, fell in love with the cover and immediately downloaded it onto my Kindle. I'm so glad I did. I love sci-fi and this didn't disappoint.

Nicole Grotepas is not scared to explore some interesting concepts about intelligence, the soul and humanity. A lot of her views resonate with me. But don't think this is a heavy philosophical book. It's not.
It's a quick fun read with a well thought out plot, interesting characters and amazing world-building.

Elsa Carrion
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Blue Hearts of Mars
Author: Nicole Grotepas
Format: ebook 260
Genre: YA Futuristic Fantasy Romance Novel
Cover: Loved it
Characters: Retta & Hemingway
Rating: 4 stars
Series: No
Language: None
Sex Scenes: None
Setting: Planet Mars

Story Brief:
Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just come off a read for review that was a DNF. So you can imagine, as a reader, how down I was feeling. I went straight into Blue Hearts of Mars thinking that I had lost my mojo but quickly found myself loving the story and the fabulous writing. This story is unique in so many ways. You may think, androids, been there, done that. Don’t think that! You may think, teenage girl carelessly treating her life like it doesn’t matter. Don’t think that either! What you can think is a new evolution ...more
Katherine Paschal
In a distant future, Earth has colonized other planets, such as Mars. Mars has become independent of Earth,attempting to have an entire dependent society while still being human. 17 year old Retta faces a problem. She lusts after a very attractive boy named Hemmingway.The problem is that he is an android, a man made creation that is inferior to man, a non entity really, with a blue heart. She tries to stay away from him, but ultimately the heart wants what the heart wants and the two have a ...more
Kandy Scaramuzzo

Just Because It is Different Doesn’t Mean It Is Wrong

I was provided this book for an honest review. I was a little concerned when I first started reading this book that it would continue on the veins of prejudice. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a really good book with a lot of social commentaries in it. I really like it when the YA books approach and handle difficult social situations.
It is true enough that it is a human/different species romance like Twilight, but let’s admit it, that
Patricia Hamill
A tale of love in the face of injustice and fear.

Blue Hearts of Mars is an analogy for civil rights and how the general public can be influenced to fear and despise those who are different. The story begins with the birth of Hemingway, an android: coming into self-awareness, his mother welcoming him, and sleep. Alive despite his origins.

Flash forward and Retta, a seventeen year-old girl working at a coffee shop, notices the most handsome boy she's ever seen walking into her life. She and
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
My review:

I am discovering new things about myself while reading. Blue Hearts of Mars is a well-written book by Nicole Grotepas, which is thought awakening, fast paced science fiction for young adults. The more I read science fiction, the more I like it and Nicole Grotepas' novel definitely pushed me to explore more of the genre.

The novel takes us to the future where Mars is inhabited by humans and Androids. Retta is a human girl who meets an Android boy called Hemingway. They fall for each
Megan Thomason
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, but am rounding up.

First of all... awesome cover! Second, love the fact the book was well edited (seems to be a rarity these days, particularly with self-published novels).

I love how the author populated Mars... so descriptive and comprehensive... I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. The author *really* thought through every aspect of the cities, monetary system, transportation, housing, etc. The back-story of how androids
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I'm happy to be a part of the blog tour for Blue Hearts of Mars. It's always cool to read new books and discover new authors.

First off, I really like the cover of this book. The blue heart thing with the cityscape behind it is cool, I think. I just wanted to say that before I delved into a review. :)

The concept of this book is a bit different than lots of I have read. Androids have been sent to new places, such as Mars, before humans to set up a safe place to live. Androids are viewed by humans
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-review
I love the cover it makes a reader too curious of what's inside.

Very futuristic but then the Author had a great visual description of the place which is Mars.
I visualized when i read like looking into it on a 3D plane so this one gave the details i needed. Starting with the use of glass technology, which was called Gate and those Links as the Author called it in her story-wired to humans as a way of communication and something like planner or just like a futuristic mobile device. Then there's
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Nicole writes stories exploring various topics and themes that she can't stop thinking about. They usually involve concepts of surveillance and how it effects human behavior, colonization, AI, robots, and a bunch of other impossible but cool scenarios. She studied folklore in college and believes that the best parts of any story touch on these living, changing elements of culture. For example, ...more
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