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Daphnée Kwong Waye
on March 06, 2012 :
I really like Heather's writing voice. It is so personal and easily makes me enter the mind, position of the protagonist in the story. I appreciate the Wiccan background: Adkins wants to show us a glimpse of her real life as a Witch.
I was totally hooked about half-way and it was too sad that it ended so quickly.
The plot is rather simple so it's nice to read the book after a heavy dull day... It helped me to relax and forget all of my worries.
I also liked the fact that she included Macy as being lesbian - we have to accept that the world is changing and that everyone is allowed his own point of views, his own decisions in life.
It was a funny way to end it. For a moment I really thought that Brett was a villain but well...
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
(review of free book)
on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Hi folks, we’re almost at a new year, so it is time to start something new. Santa (K) gave me a KOBO for Yule so I started my e-reader career with a book by Heather Adkins. Heather is a relatively new young writer. This lady has a world of potential. Her book is called The Temple.
When I started reading The Temple two things struck me. First, the author kept shifting into description which made the story hard to follow. Second, she has a delightful turn of phrase that made me want to keep going. By the time I was ten pages in, I was hooked.
The Temple is a story of a young woman leaving home and country to start a new life. That life comes with new challenges, friends, lovers, and desires. I won’t spoil the story by telling you about it, but I will tell you the characters are great and easy to identify with, both beautiful, perfect, and yet flawed and familiar.
The Temple is an early effort for Heather and it shows great promise. This young lady is an author to watch, she is destined for great success.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 26, 2011 :
Loved the main character and her soulmate and its totally awesome that everything worked out in the end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2011 :
I can really say that Heather Marie Adkins doesn't disappoint.
After reading "Underneath" - and loving it - I was more than eager to read this new novel and I have to say that I loved it and it's a shame I didn't read it sooner.
The story revolves around Vale , a 24-year-old girl from US, who -when the book starts - has agreed to move overseas to England and take on a job that is both weird and potentially dangerous.
Not exactly normal herself, Vale fits right in.
Member of a very loving family, of hippy, college professor parents (Dane and Theresa)and a younger sister, Macy, Vale - even though adopted- has had a very happy childhood.
She was found in the woods near her parents' house and they took her in without question giving her love and affection.
From the beginning it is evident that Vale is unlike other girls, as she possesses super-strength, super-speed, telekinesis, a form of talking to spirits (only when they appear) and an orgasm-inducing touch when she chooses. Dane and Theresa know that right from the start, but like practicing wiccans they have faith and open-mindedness and have instilled that into her.
It is obvious that more or less, Vale, isn't unhappy about her abilities - on the contrary - and does not suffer from any complexes due to them.
Her powers are exactly the reason she accepts the "security" job in England, since her father knew the man in charge and her abilities make her uniquely qualified for it. All the guardians have abilities.
Her task seems menial enough, as she is presented a tower/castle in the middle of a forest and she is asked to keep the doors locked and -since it is actually a temple for three goddesses, Bast, Cerridwen and Freya- to keep the incense burning.
It seems easy enough, simple, quiet and dull...up till she gets one last advice.
Whatever you do, ten to midnight lock the doors carefully, pull a switch and no matter what you hear DON'T OPEN THE DOOR, DON'T GO OUTSIDE TILL IT'S 3A.M.
Jordan, the guard doing the shift before her is not helpful enough to explain anything and earns him a place in Vale's black book with good reason as we find out later.
It seems the switch she is meant to pull, adds additional doors and reinforcements to the locks and everything protecting the Temple and it is with effort that Vale makes out the terrible noises, groans and howling at first.
She soon finds out that it is all because of "The Wild Hunt". A group of damned souls led by a lesser deity or a demon, wreaking havoc and condemning everyone that sets eyes on them to be part of their parade. She thinks it's just a myth, an urban legend to keep the teens in check, but as does some research at the local library she realizes that not only is it real, but it has also taken the lives and souls of many innocent people , men and women, adults and children alike, in the past forty years.
In her search for the truth she is aided by a fellow guard, Melissa, who is just as intent on finding the truth. As she investigates Jordan, the mean-tempered guard, who is awfully suspicious and as his wife divulges, very violent and blood-thirsty, she finds out that he had been arrested for murder, fact which causes Vale to think that he may be the one behind the disappearances of female guards over the years without a trace.
While working there, Vale meets, Brett, the guard who often takes the shift right after hers, Bella, a call-girl living next door with a psychic ability which may very well save her life, and Anya, the ghost of a previous guard who went missing but gives only cryptic answers over what is going on.
I have to say that the story started relatively slow, but exactly because of that it gave us the chance to get to know the main character really well and love it. Vale is strong, brave, altruistic, loving and caring but in a laid-back way, that makes sense. She is only 24 years old, she is not normal and even though she has been loved, she strives for independence and wants to have and do something of her own.
The author often gives us insight into what she is thinking and not only because it is written in the first person, but also because we can actually see and feel, how Vale second-guesses herself at times, chastises herself over her decisions and generally her thought-process is thoroughly explained and justified.
The other characters are very well fleshed-out as well, starting with her sweet, wiccan, peaceful mother with a strong dislike towards anything chemical from conservatives to medicines and her father who is just as wiccan, but more level-headed and balances his wife out. Her teenage sister, comes across as an intelligent young woman who makes her own way and even has the courage to come out to her parents for being a lesbian - not that they mind.
Jordan is despised all around, whereas Melissa and Bella really step up to the challenge of being Vale's friend in their own ways and abilities.
Finally, Brett, the main love interest is charming and mysterious enough to make him drool-worthy and dark enough to raise suspicions.
Should Vale trust him or not? Is he honest with her? Is he faithful to her?
I loved how the author didn't make Vale trip over herself to justify him. Yes, she feels the attraction and raw magnetism and sexuality that he emits, but she is not frivolous about giving her heart away and being hurt.
I thought the story was original and well thought out. It flowed very smoothly.
Not that it didn't have a climax towards the end, but it felt like a natural thing... It's hard to explain but it felt like completion. At first I thought it would end with whatever happened at the temple and was ecstatic for book 2, but the end felt like a closure of shorts... It would really be a delight to have a sequel though.
If I had to name something that didn't set well with me regarding the book, it would be towards the end, where Vale is in a hard situation and somehow using her telekinesis occurs to her at the last minute. For someone who grew up feeling comfortable with her powers it struck me as awkward and it would make more sense to have her kick butt that way and not the one that was chosen... After all, she could move things with the power of her mind and she didn't have to wave her hands or anything.
If you haven't read this yet, you should.
Totally worth your time as the writer is really talented and the descriptions are wicked.
I for one will definitely be reading more by this author!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 10, 2011 :
Great read!! Loved the main character and the story kept up the suspense all the way to the end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2011 :
This is by far the most engaging, and most original, story I've read in quite some time.
THE TEMPLE brings metaphysical mythical into the realm of totally plausible, and does so with romance, intrigue, and exceptional good taste.
If you like visionary-metaphysical mythical-mystic romance-mysteries, read this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)