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I have to say I loved everything about the general idea of the book and the fact that we finally have a male main character in YA just makes it sooo much more interesting! The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is the strange triangle Matt-Amber-Daedree - it didn't convince me, same goes for some of the dialogues and decisions that characters make. They seem a bit rushed for the sake of the story. But the last chapter made up for any of my doubts. I am definitely going to read about the Soul Feeders!
A typical 'How to be successful' book: same techniques, same advises. It has a bit more anecdotes and maybe because of that it is a bit more persuasive than the others. The author is religious and he mentions that many times, some stories and examples are also quite religious, so it could be a bit disturbing for those who are not. But if you haven't read any book about how to be successful yet and you are not touchy when it comes to religion, you probably will enjoy it.
I am surprised by how much i've liked it. It is YA and some romantic scenes more or less in the middle of the book were irritating me with their naive touch but the rest is absolutely perfect. And i love the Epilogue that perfectly opens way for the next part!
/I received the book for free from the author through Smashwords/
I loved the intrigue in this book and i just couldn't put it down! I liked most the first chapters, when the tension was just building up and two different centuries were mixing up so well to build one story.
If I had to look for something to criticize, I would say that it was a bit weird not to be preoccupied or at least very surprised that a child that is supposed to be autistic surviving a fire suddenly becomes much more open in a new unknown to him place and with one completely strange person, that he opens up so much that finds a way to communicate his needs and comes out of the stupor, stops rocking himself back and forth and walks around the flat freely.
The other thing that disturbed me a bit was the ending: I would prefer to leave it open and cut the story after Aron's sacrifice, because all the details of the boy's future and happy ending were written in a different style.
But still, I would read any other book by this author without any hesitation and i truly enjoyed it!
/I received a copy of this book for free from the author/
'Desert Gold' is a beautiful, old style love story. And by old style i mean good taste and no too-explicit information: there is still some space for your imagination!
Natty is suddenly pulled into a completely unknown to her spiritual world, where legends and life are too close to distinguish one from another. She has to learn to listen to her intuition and believe and trust the unbelievable.
I have to say I enjoyed chapters 13, 14 and 15 much more than the rest - there was so much action and tension in them, that i just couldn't stop reading. Also the final explanation answers well all the questions and any doubts that might have appeared.
I will definitely read another book by Donna Hawk Regehr!
A wonderful mix of mystery and paranormal romance. I loved it from the first page and swallowed the whole book in one night. I couldn't wait to know how it finishes and at the same time didn't want it to end! Well written characters and scenery - reading it i've 'saw' each part of it happening! There is absolutely nothing I would change in the story!