{Effie Reviews} The Healer by C.J. Anaya

Posted February 2, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} The Healer by C.J. Anaya

The Healer

by C.J. Anaya
Series: The Healer #1
Published on May 31st, 2014
by Beau Coup Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!

Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.

Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope's future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.

Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor's gentle, easy manner, and Tie's mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.

Hope's life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of a supernatural demon sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.

With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

Okay, to avoid spoilers I won’t make this review to long, because otherwise I’ll keep talking and eventually I’ll blab about something I shouldn’t, so here goes.

I really loved The Healer! I’ve always loved Japanese culture and mythology and this book had tons of that and it was awesome! Like the Nekomata stuff! Also the story itself about Hope, being who and what she is, I never expected this story to captivated me the way it did. The way the author writes, just captivates you and keeps you glued to the book and almost forces you to keep on reading until it’s finished, like I did.

And of course there’s the characters: I quite like Hope, she’s cool, kind and suprisingly scary too, but you’ll have to read the book to know what I mean. Then there’s Angie, Hope’s best friend and I definitely like her. She’s sarcastic, cool, aloof sometimes, temperamental and has quite a devilish streak in her, which I liked a lot. Then there’s Kirby for a ten-year-old, he’s a bit too mature for my liking, but I like him anyway, he still has this sweet, innocent air about him too, also I hate his mom, I can’t believe she’d ditch a sweetheart like Kirby like she does. Hope’s dad, well I don’t know what to feel about him, he’s okay, but he way to overprotective and okay maybe he has valid reason to be, but sometimes too much, is just … to much.

And then we have the guys, Tie and Victor. Is it bad of me to say that I’m not into Hope/Victor and I’m hoping Hope ends up with Tie? Anyone else, who read the book, feel like that? I just can’t help, there’s just something off about Victor that makes me just feel like he’s unfit to be with Hope. And personally I think Tie is a way better suitor for Hope. And as for Mrs. Mori, I don’t like her not one bit. She makes my skin crawl and not in a good way and she’s too manipulative for my tastes. And I still believe there’s something wickedly off about her. I don’t trust her and I don’t like her.

All in all, The Healer was a great start to, what I hope will be, the series and I will definitely eagerly anticipate the next one!


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