Djinn by Laura Catherine

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Djinn

by Laura Catherine

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

ThreeStars

A teen shouldn’t have to live a life on the run, with constant moves and training in self-defense. Kyra and her father have always lived this way, and though she resents it, it is what she knows.

But everything she knows shatters when a boy named Will and his team of supernaturally-powered friends kidnaps her and takes her to the community of the Djinn. She learns her true past as a noble daughter of the Djinn, a magical people with fantastic powers, and she discovers the true identity of the man she thought of as her father. Can she rearrange her whole perspective of reality to fit in to the place they say she belongs? Can she adopt their strange culture and master the supernatural powers she possesses? Can she ignore her heart and reject the tempting Will because of their different classes in Djinn society?

Laura has worked long and hard on Djinn. One of my first “web friends” through our blogs, I have seen her grow and mature as an author. I know how much we writers need to learn so we can hone and craft great books. Laura is miles ahead of me as a young writer, and I am honored that she let me contribute to her efforts!

Laura’s new slant on the Genie is a lot of fun. Her world and her characters have a vivid life to them and the feelings she addresses bring them to life. The exploration of prejudice and classism she explores through the story and the protagonist perspective has a fresh perspective in the contemporary work.

The book still could use some work with active writing, verb variety, and variety in sentence structure. Some overcomplicated or overlong sentences remain, as well as a few confusing paragraphs. The way Laura wrote the book, the language might work much better as an audiobook or a movie. Some of the dialogue took a little analysis to follow the meaning.

Kyra’s tough girl character with a solid connection to her emotions was refreshing. She represented just the right mixture of soft and tough so that I didn’t want to smack her for being a wimp, but also didn’t consider her heartless. Laura thought a lot about how her characters would react to the strange surprises in their lives and that enhanced my experience as a reader.

I can’t wait to see what Laura will come up with next!

I received this book from the author for the purposes of an unbiased review.

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Eternal Destiny by Tahlia Newland

Eternal Destiny

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Paranormal, Metaphysical, Fantasy

Five stars

In the stunning conclusion to the Diamond Peak series, Ariel continues on to the end of her journey up the Mountain to reach Diamond Peak, defeat the final demon enemies, Cogin and Rasama, and free humanity from the Serpentine infection. Along her journey she struggles with the valid fear of losing those close to her who she has grown to love. Her romance with Nick has strengthened into true love, and now she must face the danger of losing him or him losing her on their mission.  Her confidence and Nick’s jealousy face their greatest challenges yet. Will she complete the dangerous task and fulfill the prophecy, or will she and her friends succumb to the murderous demons all around?

Eternal Destiny is now one of my favorite in the series along with the first book, Lethal Inheritance. Tahlia has achieved a brilliant balance of adventure, fantastic description, and heart-tugging feeling.

The deep connections between the members of the crusade to free the world drew me into their strong camaraderie and deep purpose. The universal story of suffering, sacrifice, and salvation light up this ending to a complicated, thrilling adventure.

Tahlia’s signature fantastic descriptions of inner battles made manifest in real life have reached their pinnacle along with Ariel. As with the other books in the series, Tahlia packed  Eternal destiny with magical, spiritual feats and battles. The mystical summit of Ariel’s journey and the epitome of her spiritual progression burst out onto the pages in a vivid illustration of the author’s ideals.

Everything I really want to say will reveal the ending to the story, but I will say that the ending contains surprises, but not so many that I felt cheated of the ending I wanted to see and plenty to prevent me from thinking it at all formulaic. Tahlia has pulled out all the stops for a true triumph of her own!

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Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

Lethal Inheritance

(Book one of the Diamond Peak Series)

Author: Tahlia Newland

Publisher: Catapult Press

Genre: Young adult contemporary fantasy

Four Stars

One dark and terrible night, Ariel’s mother is dragged away from their home and abducted by horrible demons. Helpless and clueless as to what has just happened to her, Ariel hopes it’s all a bad dream. In the light of morning the truth is clear. Her mother, Nadima, is gone. An old woman named Maya appears and seems to know exactly what’s happening. Trusting in her council, Ariel leaves her home and embarks on a journey into a hidden land alongside our own.

Overwhelmed with unbelievable supernatural phenomena, Ariel must act on faith and find a mysterious guide who will lead her to the evil that has abducted her mother.  Joining her guide, Walnut, and his intriguing young assistant, Nick, she will endeavor to train to reach the Serpentine’s lair and defeat her mother’s captors. Will she rescue her mother? Can she overcome these terrible obstacles and survive?

 

Tahlia weaves another fantastic tale of supernatural  amazement and peril. This story was filled with symbolism and allegory. Dealing with the very real problem of evil,  this is no lighthearted, meaningless read. Throughout the story I felt the keen awareness and grief over evil. Ariel is trapped by the Serpentine weed that pervades and cripples society, only to re-grow after defeat. It both feeds itself with evil, suffering, and negativity, and re-creates more of its nourishment with feeding.

Unique to any other fantasy book I’ve read, Ariel’s weapons to defeat these horrors are focus, clarity, and spiritual power. Tahlia has created a unique and notable new approach to magical powers. It was very interesting comparing and contrasting my own world view with the one Tahlia presented. I noticed and appreciated the references to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! Love!

As with some of Tahlia’s other books, I found that I wished for more description or introduction in certain scenes or with certain characters. For example, I was unable to recall any physical description of the character Tynan. (I was surprised to see this unique name used here, as I also used it in Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. I didn’t copy, I promise!) However, the lack of description didn’t detract from the story in any way, and many of them were deferred to later on in the narrative.

Lethal Inheritance was a fantastic and fun read with lots of action and truly spectacular imagery. The emotional lives of the main characters were honest and tumultuous, drawing the reader into their points of view. Kudos, Tahlia, on another entertaining book release!

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