Monday, April 8, 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas - Review and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Tour Schedule
Welcome to my stop at Blue Hearts of Mars Blog Tour! This tour is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by the author Nicole Grotepas. My stop includes a review, giveaway and information about the book, the author and blog tour.

Let's start with review!

Author: Nicole Grotepas
Title: Blue Hearts of Mars
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publishing date: 23rd of February 2013
Genre: YA: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 268 pages in e-book version
Source: From the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

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 other and have to fight for their relationship, because Androids are not equals with humans. Far from it.

Without revealing the story and giving away any spoilers, both Retta and Hemingway need to face lots of obstacles and not only from people and Androids they know, but also from Retta's family.

What did I like about the story?
I liked the message, that you need to fight for what you are believing in. I truly enjoyed the writing style and the pacing, it was a page turner and the story made me want to know what is going to happen next. The action scenes were captivating and really well-written.
I think the ending of the book was fabulous, because it was not what I expected. I liked the surprise that the author gave to me as a reader.
I did love the characters, even though I have to say, that Retta was both lovable for her beliefs and also annoying sometimes. My favorite character was Hemingway. He was sweet, smart, hot and ... with the blue heart.
I think the title of the book is brilliant!


There were few references to 21st century which I found awkward when the book was about 150 years to the future. I understood them, but it made me think, that the author did not think it through few times.

Blue Hearts of Mars is a great book! The plot is unique, writing awesome and you will find some very lovable characters! I recommend it!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Thanks goes to the tour organizer and to the author for providing me with the review copy!


"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"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. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (Internationally)
Signed Copy of Cinder & Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)
Ends 4/19/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Good luck and happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds good. I recently started enjoying Sci-Fi Romance too. Thanks for sharing your review.