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Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.

After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects:
Hardcover, First, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalley.)

“Blood sprays up at my face. Several droplets dangle in my line of vision. They cling to my hair. Gagging, I cover my mouth.
Only, my wet fingers slip across my skin, leaving warm patches of blood on my face. Blood that pours out onto the table.”

This was a slightly strange story about a girl haunted by the previous owner of her transplanted heart.

I felt quite sorry for
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Stella believes that her heart transplant is a defect. That it changed her for the worse. She gets nightmares and pain in her chest that flares every now and then. Wondering if it has something to do with her transplant, she tries to find out once and for all what happened to her.

Most of the beginning I felt my eyes would fall out of its sockets because Stella was one of the most annoying teen characters I have encounte
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-debuts
Initial Review: Oh this one was good!! It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I was theorizing like mad, I was looking over my shoulder every so often, I was freaking out! This one was a pleasant and spooky surprise that I'd definitely recommend!

Find the review @ A Perfection Called Books

There's something utterly captivating about this book that kept my eyes glued to the pages. I must admit that the synopsis is a bit misleading. This book starts off contemporary and then does a 180 switch to par
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars! Full review to come soon.
I was provided an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Disney-Hyperion!
This review will be cross posted to my blog.

I loved Alive by Chandler Baker. It was totally different from what I was expecting but I was extremely eager to follow Stella's story.

The entire novel was extremely unique. I went in expecting a to read about a girl who receives a heart transplant and gets involved in a love triangle while also recovering. My expectations were litera
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Stella Cross has spent years on the transplant list and is finally getting a new heart. Being given a second chance pushes Stella to live her life differently. She wants to be different from the old Stella and say yes to things she normally would have said no to. Unfortunately her ambitious plans are marred with hallucinations and a recurring pain at the same minute of every day. Then the new boy at school, Levi, turns up and Stella becomes drawn to him in a way that she isn't to anyone else. Bu ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing debut novel! I was lucky enough to score an advance copy and I started reading mostly because I liked the cover (yes, I am a marketer's dream!). What kept me reading, though, was the thrilling and fast-paced story. In fact, I completely devoured this page-turner in one sitting! Engaging characters, exciting story and truly excellent writing - I was sad to leave Stella Cross's world so quickly but I couldn't put it down!! Highly recommend for any YA fans!
4.5 stars

Well dame! This book is not what I was expecting. Alive is a spine-tingling, creeptastic thriller contemporary that was both emotionally moving and chill-worthy. I get all goose-bumpy just thinking about it!

Stella Cross, was only 15 years old when her heart started to fail her and has been on a waiting list for a transplant for the last two years, but she finally gets the heart transplant that saved her life. Not being able to really do anything since she got sick, Stella is living larg
Charlotte Huang
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had high hopes for this dark contemporary thriller and I was not disappointed! ALIVE is both creepy and emotionally wrenching. Also, it's beautifully written.

Stella Cross is a fantastic character--smart, witty and utterly relatable. I was absorbed in her story from the very beginning.

I don't think it's a spoiler to say that things go SERIOUSLY AWRY. In my opinion, one of the the best things about this book is how the MC is the architect of her own destiny, in good ways and bad, but never becom
Ai Haibara
Jan 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?



I hope this is not going where i think it's going because that would be the cheesiest trope ever- along with the soul mates shebang.


Y'all have no idea how many GIFs from Selena Gomez's "The Heart Wants What It Wants" I had to hold off on.

Stella Cross is dying. Literally. Her heart has failed her, and after being on the organ donor list for so long, she has since lost hope at living a full life. So when a new heart unexpectedly arrives, she and her family are gracious and Stella is wanting only to return to school. Her friends are welcoming. Her parents worry after "the Replacement Child," their toddler, Elsie. All is we
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Wow. We can file Alive under TOTALLY UNEXPECTED.

However, I didn't have any expectations when heading into Alive - the premise is interesting and I have this morbid fascination with the possibility of organ transplants gone wrong. That's not to say that is what happened, per se, but I have a wild imagination on a good day.

Ella was, in short, a hard character to like. I was sympathetic to her situation, but there were times when I was just so fla
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Stella Cross’s life has been saved by receiving a new heart, just when she thinks she won’t survive. Equipped with a new heart and a realization that she still has her whole life ahead of her, Stella re-enters her life determined to make the most of it. When she meets Levi Zen, she falls hard and fast, drawn to him. But there’s more to Levi than meets the eye, and Stella must decide who she can really trust before it’s too late.

May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is how I feel about the person who pitched this book to me as Contemporary YA...

This, my friends, is not a contemporary--well, I mean, it is, but I was totally expecting to read an endearing story about Stella's second-chance-at-life that would make me laugh, cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

But no.

That is not what I got. 

I got a book that scared the sprinkles off my cupcake and gave me nightmares. LEGIT NIGHTMARES. I bolted upright at 4a.m. and frantically checked to make sure
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Person receives a transplant organ that turns out to be ~evil is quite the cliche, so I appreciated that Chandler Baker didn't go for the obvious in her debut novel ALIVE. Stella Cross just got a new heart, and the surgery was a success in everyone's point of view but her own. Every day at 5:08 she's struck by intense pain.

Then she meets Levi Zin.

When Levi is close, the pain is gone. It doesn't hurt that he's handsome and charming. Stella doesn't just fall hard; she's totally obsessed. Her relat
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend Alive!! I got an advance copy, dug into it immediately, and was not disappointed! This book draws you in with a compelling story about the strange events following Stella Cross's post-heart transplant surgery, but what keeps you turning the page is the thrilling hallucinations that keep you on the edge of your seat. I was entertained from cover to cover. I can't wait for the rest of the world to have open access to this book!
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was so surprised by this book! I was expecting it to be one of those generic sick teen books with a strong TFiOS vibe - but it was not even close! Though it was far from a perfect book, it was still really good and unexpected. Possibly a new favourite.... I'm not sure yet. Either way I would definitely recemmend it
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Alive is one of those young adult books that has such a cool concept, that you can't not read it. Alive is about a teenage girl that gets a heart transplant, and then some strange and dare-I-say-it... creepy, things begin to happen. You cannot tell me that story doesn't sounds, original and flat out awesome, can you? Nope, I didn't think so. Alive is a great read. One that will leave you more than a little spooked.Ste
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3 stars (I Like It)

I wanted to read Alive because I am drawn to books about teens dealing with illnesses. Heart transplants are also something that I have been very interested in, especially when the cell memory theory is thrown in, which is what the pain reminded me of. I figured she was experiencing things with the donor's death possibly, and the connections of him since the heart is such a personal organ.

I liked the strength of Stella, how she faced such hard things and still managed to h
 Lianne Mei
Jan 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Going into this I was super excited to read it because of the description. Now after getting to know the characters especially Stella, I do not like this book.

Stella: I do not like Stella because she was reckless with her health and she turned into one of those girls who are super obsessed with their boyfriends to the point that they change their dress and hairstyle to make their boyfriends happy. I get that she was in the hospital for a long time and I do not blame her for not wanting to go bac
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, own
All Stella wanted was a heart.

She needed a transplant urgently. After the surgery, she was warned about the jagged scar that would mark her chest, as well as her inability to perform sports. What she didn't expect was the welcoming she got at school, especially the attention from the new hunk Levi, who wants to be with her all the time. It's like he can't live without his sweetheart. But when Stella starts becoming depended on him, Levi turns sour. Who exactly is this guy, and what game is he pl
Jen Panton
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an ARC of ALIVE, and I read it in about a day! This is a creepy, atmospheric, and intriguing page-turner with beautifully written prose. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there was one character I fell absolutely in love with. But what I really loved about ALIVE is that while there are plenty of suspenseful edge-of-your-seat scenes, it really focuses on Stella as a character and how she deals with her illness and her recovery. There's a thoughtfulness to her development that giv ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I felt really sorry for Stella at the start of this. Having to face an operation that huge, that could either save your life or end it, would be absolutely awful.

This started out okay, even if there was a couple of odd moments. As the book progressed though, the odd moments got more frequent, which made it hard to understand what was going on. Those moments were explained later on in the book, and after that it was pretty good
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started ALIVE, but HOLY CRAP it's good! I read it in one sitting. Can a book be steamy and scary? Why, yes. Yes, it can. If you like 90s era light-horror (is that a thing? Sure. Why not?) Then you'll love this. It was so GOOD. I know I already said that, but it bears repeating!
Reading Teen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Lee Kelly
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy and thrilling, with killer voice and enviable prose. Baker is one to watch -- I loved it!
Grecia Robles
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Este libro no era lo que yo esperaba, cuando lo empecé tenía una idea en mi cabeza sobre la historia pero a mitad del libro Oh Sorpresa ! me sorprendió y para bien
Meghan O
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I started searching for a book to read, "Alive" by Chandler Baker, caught my eye. I have always been into thrillers and realistic fiction and this seemed like a good fit. The high school aspect made it easier to connect to the book.

The book starts off with a girl named Stella Cross, going into a major surgery for her heart transplant, after two years of waiting on the donor list. However, her new heart comes with many side effects. Everyday at the same time, she experiences a sharp pain th
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heart transplant gives Stella a new lease on life, but she is still troubled with weird visions and constant pain. When a new guy moves to town, Levi Zin, it seems to ease off Stella's pain. Stella sensibly breaks it off, only to find that Levi’s still deeply interested in her—and that he may be connected to the murder of a girl who was found with her heart torn out.
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The heart wants what the heart wants...

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley.)

"I don't know about my old heart, but this one is anything but gold."

"Doesn't high school come with enough rejection that I shouldn't need to worry about my immune system rejecting my organs, too?"

Stella Cross was just fifteen years old when her life - or life as she knew it - ended. Poised on the board during a swim meet, Stella took a tumble instead of a dive. After the faint
Max Baker
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, what exactly can I say about Alive? I wouldn't go as far as to say the premise is entirely new and groundbreaking, trust me I've seen enough paranormal heart transplant stories to know, but Alive did something with insta-love that I absolutely adored.

Stella Cross is recovering from a heart transplant after two years on a donor list. However, her new heart comes with grisly side effects like pain that splits her body in half everyday at the same time, bloody hallucinations, and nightmares. T
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