Short Description: Do you believe in reincarnation and a love that can last lifetimes?
I thoroughly enjoyed, Mrs. Sloat's novel, "The Many Lives of Avery Snow". It was intriguing from the first page. Mrs. Sloat does an excellent job with character and relationship development. The author draws you into the plot, where a young adult, Avery, begins to recall her previous lives and the meetings with her soul mate in each one. Avery starts to think she is hallucinating when Angels start appearing in her life and she starts having visions. Mrs. Sloat, does an excellent job of portraying the feelings and emotions that accompany the relationships in the books drawing the reader into the story. We wind up being caught in the ever present battle between good and evil. She builds up to the climax with climbing anticipation, although I felt there was a little missing in some of the characters that showed up at the cabin. The final chapters, that tie everything together are well organized and compelling. They give a tremendous sense of satisfaction without compromising the plot or the point.
Overall I thought this is an excellent, easy read. Mrs. Sloat does a terrific job of integrating the powers of angels and demons, I would love to hear more about the psychic realms. Her novel stresses the concept of past lives, and everlasting love without over dramatizing or farfetched logic. Her characters are her strong point, as is her overall plot development.
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Reviewed on July 13 - AB
Suspenseful, well written and a truly updated ghost story that fits modern times.
In her second novel, Ms. Sloat, once again delvers an excellent read. Her main characters are well developed and plot line is excellent. The story was well revealed and the side characters were well written. They drew out her characters and plot, without overshadowing the main point.
Ms. Sloat’s themes were eloquently woven together and she finished them off in an elegant bow. I look forward t more from Ms. Sloat and highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great ghost story to read over the summer.
THE CONDUIT REVIEW
BY STACEY ROURKE
Excellent Read! Ms. Rourke does an great job mixing modern concepts with the ancient battles of good and evil. Celeste is not your typical 18 year old. Even from the beginning she is more mature than most, dealing with the family tragedy she becomes the “head of the house”. Ms. Rourke does a great job of embracing the sibling relationships with Celeste, Kendall, and Gabe in a very real manner. The rivalries as well as affection are very genuine and give the characters and incredible amount of depth. She embraces the sibling rivalries and differences. Ms. Roarke sends these siblings on adventures dumped on them by their ancestors, with a great deal of background and well integrated theme. Her battle scenes are well written, without being overly ostentatious. Ms. Rourke’s writing increased in passion as more of the “bad guys” showed up. Her evil characters we well written and the ending led me right into her next book “Embrace”. The best part of the book is Ms. Rourke’s wit as shown through Celeste. More than a dozen times, I laughed out loud at the quips and dry humor set forth amidst the intense battles of good and evil.
This was a great book by Ms. Rourke and the best part is that is is only the first in the series!
Reviewed by AB – August 3, 2012
Embrace, Gryphon Series Book2
Author: Stacey Rourke
Fantastic! Edge of your seat action, wit, and non stop entertainment with this incredibly engrossing continuation in the ancient saga of Good vs. Evil. Celeste deals with relationship issues, family issues, not to mention your everyday battle against demons as she sarcastically feels her way through lies, deceit and love finds herself dealing with all kinds of trust issues. Ms. Rourke, takes us to a world that is so well written her demonic boyfriends, and evening battles with dark forces seem completely plausible.
This is quite literally a page turner, as Ms. Rourke, picks up the series where she left off with Conduit and only gains in intensity and builds the characters throughout. Getting to know Celeste, Gabe, Keni, and their friends has been an immense pleasure and I can wait to see more from them.
I highly recommend this series for anyone, young and old, who enjoys, well timed humor, action, mystery, suspense, and a well spent afternoon that will take you on a very inexpensive trip to Gainesboro, TN.
Review – AB August 4, 2012