Author: Dani Hart
Series: The Arie Chronicles, #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: September 23, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Romance
To be extraordinary was a fate Arie Belle had never imagined. She was comfortable living the simple life on a meadow protected by towering trees just outside of town. Her days were filled with naïve pleasures and promising love until the unexpected and mysterious death of her mom. Instantly, her world became dark and, at times, hopeless. Her only saving grace was her lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, who was relentless in picking up the pieces of her broken future.
Years of numbness were lifted when a beautiful stranger, Ashe, entered her world and took her soul to places it had never been, across realities trapped in the worlds of fairytales. Would he be her savior, or would she find the strength within to be her own?
Her journey begins on her eighteenth birthday and quickly unravels what she is and who killed her mother. Her uncanny connection with nature and heightened sensations are just one of many secrets that unfold along the way. Will she find answers before the next full moon where her death is painted in the fate of the stars? Will she accept a scripted destiny or let the dark side of life suck her in?
Okay…here we go!
This is a really tough book for me to review. I don’t normally read paranormal books, although I’m not really sure you could call this book paranormal, and I went into reading this one blind. As usual for me, I don’t do research, I don’t look up the books, I don’t look for teasers or blurbs about them. I find that when I do that, I get everyone else’s biased opinions before I get to create my own. I was given a copy of this book for honest review, as with all the other books I review for the blog, and I can’t give an honest review if I’ve already looked to the masses to see what their opinion was about the book. So, with that said, here’s my review…
This book was so completely out of my range of normal so I don’t really know where to begin. Overall as a book, I think it was a fantastic read. It was totally, one-hundred percent original. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it! “Reality” is so far from the books I normally read which is why my ratings for each category are totally different.
This book isn’t sexy, steamy, but has some swoonworthy moments. Now to most, that sentence is going to kill your interest in reading it, but you would be making a HUGE mistake! Without all the sex and steam that most indie books offer these days, this book still has an amazing story line.
Eighteen year old Aire, is left completely gutted when her mom dies. She lives the next two years of her life in a perpetual haze thinking that there’s nothing left to live for. Little does she know, that the universe has plans for her that were mapped out for her in a different time. A different life.
Aire is special. Although it takes a REALLLLYY long time to figure out how or why (which is why the pacing score for this book was only a 3), figuring out what makes her so special, is a journey unlike any other, that a book, paranormal or not, has taken me on. I was brought into a world that most little girls imaginations couldn’t dream up on their best day.
I know that this review leaves little to be known about what actually occurs during the book, but I feel like everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE should get to experience this amazing journey for themselves.
“I don’t know what it was about today, but I was starting to feel alive again. My body was responding in ways it never had before. I let him hold me for what seemed like an eternity. Time turned into hours rather than minutes and my breathing became irregular. My vision turned crisp and clear among the darkness and shadows of night. River turned me around and touched my face gently. His fingertips caused electric shocks to pass over my skin. I closed my eyes and let the chill of the night be swallowed by the heat generating between us. I could hear the creatures of the night dancing across the broken fall leaves on the ground and the hoots of owls that filled the tree lines. I swear I could even hear the whisper of baby birds being tucked into their nests. All of my senses seemed to be heightened and I was enjoying every moment of it. A soft pressure pushed on my lips and I could taste the sweetness of River. The tingle on my lips erupted into explosions as I responded desperately. The passion between us rose by the second as if our bodies had been waiting an eternity for us to kiss again. His hands crawled down my back increasing the intensity of the moment. My hands had become limp in the embrace, but now came alive and found his face and locks of hair. I felt more alive in this moment then I had in years. I wanted more! River pushed me up against the car as the desperation in our kiss intensified. And then it was quiet. The rustling of the leaves stopped, the owls went silent, and the quiet whispers of the birds ceased.”