I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless. Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me. My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemedto change. My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer out of control. They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul. Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon. This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you.
“Reality will captivate you from the first page! Your imagination will be on fire!” ~Amanda
“This book is an original and I have read many books of different genres and I have never read one like this.” ~Nichole
“I don’t think I have ever read a book that has brought my imagination to life quite like this one. I cannot believe how real everything felt! It was creative, mysterious, unique and adventurous all in one.” ~Rachel
“This is one of those stories that draws you in and keeps you guessing.” ~Tatianna
“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.” ~Reality
Several days out with this one and I am still not sure where to go with this review. This one is very original and layered. It had me crying, sad and yet, it left me with hope. It’s not cupcakes and candy. Nor is it spiders and snakes. It’s a little bit of both. It’s about coming into your own. Discovering who you were meant to be, while life plays tug of war with your reality.
What is Reality? * The quality or state of being actual or true.* One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual.
Arie has been shattered. Her mother has passed on and she was left alone at the tender age of 16. She has her best Friend River and his family to look after her but there is still an empty void. Not knowing what happened to her father, she assumes he is dead as well. She has shut herself off refusing to feel. The hurt is too great for Arie.
About the time of her 18th birthday, strange things start happening to Arie. Making her question the only reality she has ever known. Following the clues left by her mother, she tries to piece together the puzzle with no idea how it goes together. The one constant love in her life, River, is there supporting her as always. However, she’s met a mysterious boy who draws her like no other, Ashe. The one who sets her on fire as no one has, not even River. She feels as though her body is coming back to life. She’s torn and elated about her new found feelings. Arie sees the heartbreak she is causing River but can’t deny the magnetism to Ashe.
Between the love triangle building, the magical and strange things happening, Arie has a full plate and her life is about to change in a BIG way. You might say her reality is shattered and new one put in place. But in every reality there is heartbreak and pain. Arie’s trials and tribulations have only just begun. Even in this sadness there is a glimmer of hope.
I really enjoyed the originality and mystery to Arie’s story. It starts out slow and drags you deeper into the layered story. I will say that I felt slightly confused about some parts of the story. However, as the story progressed I felt most worked themselves out. This one had me crying from the pain in Arie’s life but it didn’t leave me in despair. I thank the author for not leaving us there. I am anxious to see where this adventure is going to go. I am rooting for Arie’s HEA.I mean how much heartbreak can someone take? If you are looking for something original, different and clean you most definitely should read this. I give this book 4 stars.
My passion for writing started at a very young age. It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could write well, then poetry, then short stories. I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully. I have since started several books, but have never had the courage or time to finish them. I missed it, but I was discouraged from my years in the industry and I was scared to go back, so I had convinced myself I was too busy and it would be a waste of time. Then I started reading again which reignited my passion for writing. I started writing a story that had been brewing inside of me over the years. The characters were slowly developing and itching to break out onto paper, so in the summer of 2011 I wrote the first two chapters. Life got busy again and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now. I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write while raising a family and living life. Thank you so much for your support! And I hope to keep the stories coming!!!
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