Blog Tour-Review + Giveaway: A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith


Welcome all to my stop  on the blog tour for A Darkly Beating Heart and huge thanks to Irish Banana for hosting this tour.

Blog Tour: A Darkly Beating Heart

Title: A Darkly Beating Heart
Author: Lindsay Smith
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

A troubled girl confronts her personal demons in this time-travel thriller alternating between present day and 19th century Japan.
No one knows how to handle Reiko. She is full of hatred; all she can think about is how to best hurt herself and those people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life . . . until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.
A Darkly Beating Hearts starts off with a girl intent on revenge and the reader is left turning the page to find out why.

The main character, Reiko, is so different from any other fictional character I've ever read; she's dark, really dark and I sometimes had to put the book down because of how intense things would get. Then I would pick the book back up because I had to know exactly how and why someone with such great dreams would try to commit suicide.

As the story progresses Reiko has the chance to impose another person, a girl who has even more hatred in her heart, by touching a stone. I loved that twist in the story because Reiko realizes that that what Miyu is planning is wrong and that's when things get really interesting.

Also another thing I liked about A Darkly Beating Hearts was the secret the town Kuramagi has, I gasped when it was revealed because the build up to said secret was definitely worth the wait; I still have chills thinking about it.

A Darkly Beating Heart was a dark mystery that surprised me since I'm not use to reading books this dark but I can honestly say that I really liked this book and I can't wait for Lindsay Smith's next novel.

Lindsay Smith is the author of Cold War-era espionage novels Sekret and Skandal, as well as the fantasy novel Dreamstrider. She writes on foreign affairs and lives in Washington, DC.

3 Finished Copies of A DARKLY BEATING HEART (US Only)

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Week 1:
10/24: Ex Libris – Review
10/25: Live Love Read – Top 10
10/26: What Sarah Read – Review
10/27: Brittany’s Book Rambles – Q&A
10/28: Pondering the Prose – Review

Week 2:
10/31: Such A Novel Idea – Guest Post
11/1: Owl Always Be Reading – Review
11/2: A Backwards Story – Japanese Inspirations
11/3: Bookiemoji – Review
11/4: The Irish Banana Review – Fast 5


  1. I love secrets and now I have to know! I love that it was kept a surprise and gave you chills.

  2. Wow.. Sounds like a really great book! I've been reading a lot of Dark Fanatsy and Sci-fi and this fits the bill! I love the book cover too :) Great review!



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