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For Your Heart (Retellings #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…

It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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A.L. Davroe
Jun 04, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it's my book so I can't rate or review it, now can I? I can tell you that I loved writing this book and I'm so glad to finally be sharing one of my novel-length pieces with the world.

I will say, right off the bat that I don't think that this piece is good for younger YA readers. I had a lot of trouble deciding if this book should be YA or NA. With a lot of help from readers, we've decided that this book is for mature teens and adult fans of YA. The ultimate decision is up to the parent of
Tally Catarina
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was super lucky and got to be one of the Grass-Roots beta readers for this book. I LOVED it. You have no idea how much I love this book and how much I'm praying you all love it too!

First, I'd like to say that I thought that the author did a really good job of adhering to the Ballad of Tam Lin. When she first had me listen to the ballad (which I don't suggest to readers until after you read because then you'll kind of know what happens) I wondered how she would pull some of these things off in
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

For Your Heart by A. L. Davroe is a modern day fairytale and first book in the Hill Dweller Series. This well-written YA paranormal romance is a quick and fun read.

All of the characters are believable and. I really identified with Jeanette, a high school senior, who is a nerd and loves anime, Dr. Who and Supernatural. Tamrin her love interest is an experienced, sexy knight in Otherworld.

Ms. Davroe weaves a beautiful story of friendship, love and values between two worlds.

Being a Whovian myself,
Christen Laughlin
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the themes in this book, while I know they're for mature young adults - it's something that is rarely talked about with them and has become a hushed subject. Brushed under the rug as teachers and parents pretend, or actually believe, it doesn't exist. This is a great conversation starter between parent and child as to how to deal with the tough situations the characters face and specifically how to treat those who personally have faced such a hardship. It's unfortunate, but likely the sit ...more
Shaina Ungar
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy to P/R this novel before it's released this October on the 31st. I jumped on the change to devour this book in pretty much one sitting. It was an engaging read that had me invested in the characters. I was really able to put myself in Jeanette's shoes, as I watched her try and juggle high school and a social life...not to mention more than a few fairies.

I have a whole shelf on my bookshelf is devoted to reworked folk/fairy tales and "For Your Heart" w
Ann Sutphin
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is now one of my favorites. It is a YA but worth the read no matter what your age is. Read it... do it now!
Irena Barecka
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply, you have to read this enchanted story.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
In Jeanette's younger days, she went into the park with her very best friend.... But came out alone. She hasn't been the same since his disappearance, and she hasn't gone back to the park since that day. It's been seven years and she still can't shake what happened, living her life through a series of distractions to try and forget. Meanwhile, a knight of the summer court named Tamrin has been given the task of protecting the queen of the summer faeries' very special rose patch. Unaware of the c ...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
For Your Heart by A.L. Davroe was an interesting and endearing tale involving two young people who meet in a mystical wood and discover that they are in the middle of both reality and fantasy as they try to understand and reconcile their feelings for one another while trying to fix an unintentional yet no less dire mistake involving the Summer Queens’ roses.

I thought Ms. Davroe did a nice job of blending the realms of fantasy and reality quite well, and I felt that she gave the reader a very vis
Ashley Ubinger
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by the author through PR&ATR.
First off I am not at all familiar with the legend of Tam-Lin however I now feel the need to look into it!
Where do you even begin with this amazing story! At first I thought this was going to be a little off my normal reads, but I was quickly hooked. I love the whole 2 worlds with mortals living with immortals, faeries, gate of hell, the queens of different seasons.
You have Jeanette, a devote Catholic and follows all the rules. Jeanette
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock in exchange for an honest review.

I am frequently disappointed by Young Adult romances, particularly within the Paranormal Romance genre. So, I began reading For Your Heart with few expectations. And I was completely blown away. Ms. Davroe has taken the idea of the world of faerie, which has been re-tread over and over in the Paranormal Romance genre, and has turned it on its head to allow for a completely fresh take. I have read
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! I was so lucky to be given an Advanced Reader Copy of this when I met the wonderful author at the Authors After Dark conference in Savannah GA. The story pulled me in and I was engrossed with how it was all going to play out. The author did a great job of giving depth and substance to her characters. The female main character, Jeanette, was a little on the innocent side but that was refreshing given the current state of over-sexed teens in our culture. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't read books about faeries because they kind of creep me out. All for your heart changed my opinion a bit. If the faerie world can be as easy to read and toned down like in this book I could read more books featuring them.

All for your heart is a tale of otherworldly and human love--long lost love finding its way back home. The characters are built up immediately so early on in the story you kind of know everyone. The world building was paced well. It was weaved throughout the story allowin
Patricia David
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just completed the book, For Your Heart, by A.L. Davroe. This book was a joy from beginning to end. I enjoyed meeting Jeanette, an anime lover who has suffered severe loss in her 17 years, and her besties. They have a bond that all true friendships have, and the "I've got your back no matter what" love that everyone should experience. And Tamrin seems to be what every girl dreams of, even if he is from Otherworld. I truly enjoyed this story, and can't wait to read other stories in the Hill Dwell ...more
Sarah Keller
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't familiar with the legend of Tam-Lin and this book introduced it and did a great job of combining the two stories. I found the female protagonist to be strong, although not obnoxiously so. The underlying mystery of what happened to her childhood friend, had me guessing and re-guessing throughout, which I loved.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this in beta. It is a book with great potential and I have no doubt that the kinks and grammar issues will be worked out by the author soon.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have never read nor heard of THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN but when I read the Synopsis of this I knew Id read it.

When Jeanette and her best friend Timmy decided to enter Carver Hall Park Halloween night their lives changed forever. Timmy disappeared with no trace and Jeanette was devastated. She has never forgotten him.

Now years later she finds herself faced with having to go back into the woods that claimed Timmy, something she vowed she'd never do. On her way through she has flash backs of what ha
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, let me just say that this cover is gorgeous. All the foliage and the roses compliment the insides of the novel perfectly. I tend to judge books by their covers (even though I try not to), so I had hopes that the story would be as good as the cover. I got about 20 pages in, and I was hooked. Within the first few pages, there was a reference to Doctor Who and steampunk, and as soon as I read that, I knew I’d like the main character. (Actually the main character and I are pretty simil ...more
Kathy Horsman
Fairy Queens are a bitch to deal with! Jeannette Sauderheim is just trying to be happy, but that doesn't seem to be working. After going back to the same park her best friend mysteriously disappeared from seven years earlier she finds herself mixed up in some really dangerous situations. Picking one rose from a garden that is special to the Summer Faerie Queen and meeting the knight that is suppose to be guarding them changes her life forever.

For me, Jeannette was a little naive. She is religiou
Kimber Wheaton
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Some stories are meant to be retold...that is only if the retelling offers something new, better, or different. For Your Heart is just such a retelling. A.L. Davroe takes a beautiful legend and gives it new wings. This retelling is far and away my favorite version of The Ballad of Tam Lin. I love that it's set in our modern world, and I adore the author's portrayal of Jeanette and Tamrin. Let this be a lesson to everyone out t
books are love
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book. Full of adventure and so sweet to read. Tamrin and Jeanette have been through so much that they deserve the HEA.

based on the Scottish story The Ballad of Tam Lin this retelling has a modern and fun vibe to it. With references to Harry Potter and Hunger Games it grabs your attention.

So Tamrin is a Aos si and likes Jeanette. I mean really likes its to cute. But he can’t figure out the pull towards her he has. His life is a wee bit complicated though for he is a Aos si who has n
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
First I wish to thank the author for providing me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first looked at the cover I thought of a female version of Robin Hood, but once I really looked at it I realized it was a modern age girl in the green forest. Not the most unique cover, but one that is eye appealing. Let’s face it, eye appealing covers are one of the things that gets a book noticed. How many of you just walked past Hunger Games before the movie because the cover was just
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I don't normally do reviews, because I never have the time. I read too many books, and have too little time. But, I feel like I must do one for this book, because I won it in the giveaway. And, it was a great book. The best I've read for a while.
Okay, first off, the book was supposed to be YA, but it had a big NA feel to it. It could be both, I guess. It was great either way.
I know it was paranormal, obviously it was. But, it also has a contemporary feel to it. The book has a regular teen life i
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I didn't really remember much about the Ballard of Tam Lin before I read A.L. Davroe's reinterpretation of the story. I do remember my Aunt telling me as a child to stay away from the flowers by her house in Devon because the faeries wouldn't like it. I have since gone back to my old folk tales book and found more about the Scottish legend.

For Your Heart is a clever and enchanting version of Tam Lin. It features a very modern teenage heroine Jea
Ashley Dawn
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I completely got into this book. Tam makes his morning rounds and keeps an eye on all of the neighbors close to the forest in the park. It is his job to protect the Queen's rose garden. Jeanette lost her best friend Timmy on Halloween night 7 years ago in Carver Hall Park. Since then she has stayed away from it like the plague. She and her 3 best friends have complicated relationships but she is determined not to lose another friend. When a shortcut through the park leads to her picking one of t ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A mythical love story crossed with religious beliefs.Jeanette lost her best friend,Timmy when they were 10.Now 7 years later and a senior in high school,Jeanette will face her fear when she crosses paths with fictional creatures she reads about and accidentally stumbles into their world.She is plagued with threats of death,wavering friendships,unexplainable feelings,and a past mistake she can't forgive herself for.After meeting Tamrin her life takes a drastic turn.Tamrin must repay the Summer Qu ...more
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My Review
3 Roses

I'm a fan of most retellings, if they're done well. The idea for this book sounded interesting, and seemed like it could be entertaining. It was, for the most part. It's a good book to sit down with on a lazy afternoon.

The characters are interesting, and certainly fairy/fae-based. Most of the humans are fairly typical, focused on a well-rounded group of characters. The fae are interesting, and described well, in their uniqueness. The writing was pretty good, and I liked the fact that the author
Kurt Springs
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review war originally published through Invincible Love of Reading under Kurt's Frontier

This is a tale of a teenage girl who is just getting out of college. Jeannette Sauderheim is a girl who is troubled by nightmares of her friend Timmy who disappeared one Halloween when she was ten years old. In most respects, she is a teenage girl going to a Catholic School. She has three friends who, for the most part, share her interests. One day she takes a short cut through the forest where
Jonel Boyko
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I fully admit, this novel was a bit confusing at the beginning but once the two story lines came together it was phenomenal. Davroe’s approachable writing style and phenomenal descriptions draw you in so completely. She uses very appropriate descriptions that show rather than tell you what’s going on. She combines a few different myths about the fae and gives it a twist of her own to create a very unique and utterly captivating tale.

I appreciate the fact that this cast of characters mixes r
Ali's Books
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming, Heart-stopping, Suspenseful, Passion-filled, Dreadful, and Awe-inspiring!
These are just some of the adjectives I’d use to describe this book! I was sucked in from the start. I really enjoyed the characters and the very real and timeless issues they faced. But, there were also huge problems from the fantasy aspect that added even more intrigue. The story was anticipation-building right up to the hold-your-breath ending! This story took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions!
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I write both YA and adult speculative fiction. I'm represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. I've written FOR YOUR HEART; CITY STEAM; NEXIS; and M.I.A.. My latest novel, REDUX (YA science-fiction) is coming out with Entangled Teen in March 2017.

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