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Central (Daughters of Saraqael #2)

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**Optioned for movie rights by multiple-award winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions.**

For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself.

Helping with her lessons is her
ebook, 357 pages
Published July 2011 by Iambe Books
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It's really hard to put into words how fabulous this book is, it really is. Central which is book two in the Daughters of Saraqael series is a rather perfect sequel in more ways than one. It is well-written, intelligent, imaginative, and it has just the right touch of romance. In Central we have a book that centers itself on it's characters overcoming their fears and learning how to trust not only themselves but those around them and I really loved every minute of it.

In Central we continue to le
Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥
I LOVED IT <3 <3 Soooooooooooooo sWeeT love story...
swoon worthy !!!! i loved every moment of the romance ..
i missed this kind of love stories..

& totally lovable!!!!!

The paranormal is another thing, it is well built and colorfully constructed.. it is a light hearted read that i loved every bit of it...
the book is written for young readers it is a clean book that u will enjoy, it shifts POVs btw characters but the biggest part of that is given to the 2 main characte
i REALLY , REALLY enjoyed the book especially since it was written from Olivia AND James's POV. i liked how Olivia had sound judgement and was all calm and collected and James he's like the best guy ever !!!! i mean making tea for her in the morning? how SWEET is that??!! this book is amazing and its one i would definitely read over and over again!
I really liked this book. I thought it was a lot better than the first book because the stakes were raised and we get to learn more about the girls and their new lives on the Estorilian Plane.

I really liked that the story was mostly from the POVs of Olivia and her Gloresti, James. Olivia was a character that I was interested in from the first book and I liked getting to know her better. She was very sweet and sensitive but she wasn't a push-over, she was definitely able to hold her own when she
I enjoyed this book just as much as the firs one! Poor Olivia, she sure has some trying times in this book. I was so glad to see her build her confidence and become a pretty awesome fighter. The Mercesti are so creepy and I am nervous for what they have planned for the next book. I liked learning more about the Estilorians, they are fascinating and they have cool powers. As with the first book this one had some interesting twists and turns in it and I found myself racing through the story. Also ...more
Bayan Basri
I just have to say: I loved this one even more than the first. It had the things I liked from the first book, but it also had other things that made it it's own.

I absolutely adored Olivia. Although I relate to Amber a lot, I discovered that I relate to Olivia just as much. Olivia is really clever and thoughtful. She thinks things through and knows how to react and what to do in certain situations. Plus, she acknowledged her strengths and weaknesses alike.

James!!! I fell in love with him, every t
**4.5 stars**

Don’t you love it when a series gets progressively better? Ya, me too!

Of all the sisters, Olivia is my favorite. Her logical, inquisitive, quietly intelligent manner makes her a perfect hero. She’s like the Clark Kent of the sisters…mild mannered, physically weaker…but, with training and her keen mind, she turns into Superman (well, maybe Wonder Woman). The story picks up where we left off in the Estilorian plane as the sisters begin to learn more about who they are and what their
So happy right now! This seriously.....oh gosh!
I loved the first book, I thought it was "cute" but this...holy crap! MARVELOUS!
Olivia and James' story is so romantic and sweet! The whole time I was just like "AWWW!!!" I just couldn't quit smiling!

“I now have the most beautiful wife in the world, who, for reasons that escape me, is in love with me.” He tilted his head to catch her gaze. “I keep having to convince myself that I really do get to spend the rest of my existence with you now. It’s go
This book brought to life an entire new world with endless possibilities and magical creatures. The author's powerful words ended the three sisters' journeys on Earth, and began their adventures on the Estilorian plane. I was intrigued by the mystical beauty that I could envision in my mind. It was impossible to stop reading about each new twist that she weaved into the story. Reading about each challenge that the sister's faced gave me an entirely new perspective on true strength, both inside a ...more
I really didn't care for Olivia in book one, but am extremely happy to say I love her now! What a great book! And I love how even though this is Olivia's book, the Characters we met in Becoming didn't take a back seat! We got to see everyone we loved on a regular basis! Loved it!
Rachael Boyd
This series just stole me away into a vivid and magical world. Strong characters who you get to know so well. This is on my must read list for people who love an epic adventure with strong characters and a gorgeous love story. I love love love this series!!!
Sofia Sundfors
This book was: awesome and would have gotten five stars if I'd been able to read from Amber's perspectiv (and Gabriel's) like book one; but other than that, It's excellent (and really, my reason for not giving this book five stars, is as good as shit!).
The plot was: excellent. I enjoyed it immensely!
The beginning was: great.
The middle was: even greater.
The crescendo was: perfect.
The finish/ending was: amazing.
The characters were: excellently portrayed.
The worldbuilding was: fantastic.
The languag
I enjoyed this even more than the first book. I was leery of reading about Olivia after I was attached to Amber, but the author did it in such a way that I still felt the connection to Amber and grew to love Olivia too.
Jo Rose
Totally love this book!
Sep 16, 2011 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is actually a 2.5.

I really liked the first book and though there was a lot of promise, so I was left feeling slightly confused by book 2. The book itself is good. The story pulled me in, the love story (no love triangles in this series) was great. All in all, if you have read the first book, I recommend you continue reading.

Here are my issues. This book was just not as strong as the first (or 3rd for that matter). The author did say in the comments to the readers (cause I'm a dweeb and re
CENTRAL - Daughters of Saraqael Book Two

My Rating: 5 stars

Excerpts from the Great Foretelling:

“She will come to us ignorant of the ways of her father’s kind, but with an unparalleled desire to learn all that she can of them.”

“He will have to overcome our many centuries of distorted knowledge to understand human emotion, and he will find in her the best teacher to do so.”

My thoughts:

While each book features all three sisters, they each seem to focus on one of Daughters of Saraqael’
**4.5 stars**

Don’t you love it when a series gets progressively better? Ya, me too!

Of all the sisters, Olivia is my favorite. Her logical, inquisitive, quietly intelligent manner makes her a perfect hero. She’s like the Clark Kent of the sisters…mild mannered, physically weaker…but, with training and her keen mind, she turns into Superman (well, maybe Wonder Woman). The story picks up where we left off in the Estilorian plane as the sisters begin to learn more about who they are and what their
Central is book two of the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy. This book continues to show us how the three daughters of Saraqael learn to adapt themselves into the world of the Estilorians, with an emphasis focusing on what’s happening with Olivia, the second daughter of Saraqael.

Olivia enjoys spending time in nature. Although she is physically the weakest among the sisters, she is diligent and she always rises up to the challenges that she has to face. What I love about Olivia is her graceful and q
Judy Hubbard
Here’s my no-spoiler review of Central, the 2nd book in the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy. Central picks up in the sister’s lives where Becoming left off. It is mainly focused on and Olivia and her love interest, James (both of whom I really enjoyed reading about); however, the other sisters, Amber and Skye also have good roles in the book, along with Gabriel and Caleb. I loved James—nothing is more romantic than not knowing you’re romantic and Olivia was an excellent teacher helping him learn a ...more
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
This was an awesome book,I was able to get to know the characters more in this book. The book follows Olivia ;she is the second sister in the Daughters of Saraqael;the more studious sister,Olivia is not as much into the physical training as her other sisters. In fact, she feels somewhat less than... in respect to her sisters ability and overall characters. But Olivia blossoms into her own, she discovers her affinity for the bow and arrow, she goes through rigorous training and in the end, shows ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Melly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a pulse :)
How is it possible that this series keeps getting better and better? I am in awe and I cannot seem to wipe the grin off of my face. My mind has been off wondering the Estilorian plane since I started reading about the Daughters of Saraqael. I would gladly lose myself in this world. Sleeping and eating have become afterthoughts because I am so engrossed in it.

Olivia is the type of person that anyone would automatically feel the need to protect. She has a brilliant mind and a loving heart, but he
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Central by Raine Thomas

Central is the second installment in Thomas' Daughters of Saraqael series and focuses primarily on Olivia and her growing relationship with James. Thomas's descriptive writing of the Estilorian world is fantastic, making you feel that you are sitting in the background watching everything that is happening around you.

In Central, the sisters, along with their Gloresti's begin to become a family in and of themselves. This bond becomes even stronger when
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Author: Raine Thomas

Synopsis: For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself.

Helping with her lessons is her Gloresti, James. Teacher, scholar and distractingly attractive, James takes on his roles of Olivia’s guide and protector with equal dedication. As he learns
Becky Shambley
*Taken from my blog,, not edited for any other site*
First off, I want it known that this was already written a week ago, my loving fiance however, took the laptop and didn't know to NOT CLOSE THE TAB, so now.. (huge pout), I am re-writing my review, which isn't all bad, since I won't be in utter shock and writing, like the first time, BUT, I am doing it under protest. Protest, because Raine's new book, Defy, the first in the trilogy that follows the ones I am revie
Central picks up where Becoming leaves off. This book centers on Amber's sister Oliva. Oliva, Amber, and Skye are triplets, the daughters of Saraquel, who transitioned from the human plane to the Estilorian plane when they turned 18. I really love Oliva, and the relationship she develops with James, her Gloresti protector, is so romantic. Central delves more into the realm of the Estilorians, and you learn more about the different classes and the history of the world Raine Thomas has created. Th ...more

Everyone's had that feeling, where you feel like you can't measure up to other people's standards. Maybe to the point, where you totally loose all hope, and stop trying. But some people — some people don't give up. Some people surpass, the expectations of others, just to prove that they are different, that they care, and that they can do whatever they put their mind to. Clearly, Olivia in Central shows these characteristics. And for what it counts, those characteristics really helped us relate
Marilyn Almodóvar
After having read Becoming, I was extremely intrigued by what would happen, now that all three sisters were together. I was also looking forward to learning a bit more about the Estilorian plane.

I have to say that Central doesn’t disappoint. Even if it moves focus from Amber and Gabriel *swoons* we get to know a lot more about Olivia and James.
One of the things that I liked the most, was reading about the sisters coming to term with the expansion of their family. The way they grow closer and e
Deena Graves
Okay... So I finished reading Becoming in just a couple days and immediately bought Central because I HAD to find out what happened! Central was the perfect continuation to Becoming. Once again Miss Raine takes us into the Estilorian world where we learn more about the sisters. We learn more about Gabriel and his fellow Gloresti (haawwwwwwwt) warriors and the other Estilorians.

Central was predominantly through the perspective of the middle sister, Olivia, which was nice. I relate to her most be
In the second book to Thomas’s Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy, Central the story is more focused on the second sister, Olivia. It was a nice change to be able to still maintain the connection with the same characters from the first book as well as the same world, but be able to explore a different sister more intimately. The author did a good job of keeping the Estilorian world as vivid and descriptive as the first one as well as the romance between various characters.

Central starts off where the
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I loved this book:) 1 3 Dec 15, 2011 09:33PM  
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Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream.

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Other Books in the Series

Daughters of Saraqael (3 books)
  • Becoming (Daughters Of Saraqael, #1)
  • Foretold (Daughters Of Saraqael, #3)
For Everly Becoming (Daughters Of Saraqael, #1) Foretold (Daughters Of Saraqael, #3) Defy (Firstborn Trilogy, #1) Shift (Firstborn Trilogy, #2)

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