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More than anything in the world, Ivy Merchuk longs to be just another face in the crowd-easier said than done for a woman born with the ability to heal grievous injuries with the touch of her hands. To a young girl just struggling to fit in, this gift is an unbearable burden, one that fills her with shame and anxiety. Her mother understands and cautions the young girl to k ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by iUniverse
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I was intrigued by the premise of The Healer when it was pitched to me, having the ability to heal injuries no matter how severe seems like an wonderful power but author Sabrina Furminger explores how such a gift can also be a curse.

We are introduced to the novels protagonist at the moment when the stillborn Ivy Merchuk, spontaneously takes first one breath and then another. At five, as Ivy cradles her beloved puppy who has been badly injured by a car, a light pours forth from her small body an
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Karina
Feb 24, 2012 Karina rated it liked it
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This was an overall good read. It had more character development with the main character Ivy Merchuk than any other character. She went from having very little to live for and in fear of herself to becoming a confident happy woman who no longer hated herself. Her growth was very obvious while her love interest Victor Morgan was not. His only obvious growth was in the beginning when he met Ivy. Piper was a way more interesting character to see progress, and he did. Although this was not a love tr ...more
Weston Kincade
Feb 03, 2014 Weston Kincade rated it really liked it
Quite a while back, I won a copy of The Healer. However, it wasn't until now that I got the time to read it. At first I was skeptical about the modern take on samurai and urban science fiction (and a little curious how the author brought the two elements together) but overall Sabrina Furminger deals with this very well. It was an entertaining read and would be worth buying for fans of this genre.

My only complaint was the believability of relationships and how quickly things progressed. It seeme
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Teresa D.
Feb 17, 2012 Teresa D. rated it really liked it
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I received this book from the goodreads giveaway.

The Healer has a really unique storyline. It is a little different than my usual reads, but still enjoyed it very much. You can tell the author put a lot of time and effort into the story. The characters were well developed and really interesting.

I really enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. There was so much emotion and suspense that I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Katerina
Apr 06, 2012 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Less of a trad love story and more of coming of age story with romance on the side. Lots of twists and turns. I read it in a few hours. Bonus: it's set in Vancouver, one of my favourite cities!
Laurie
For Ivy being different is a curse. Alone and lonely, Ivy longs to be free of her freakish gift. As a research librarian, she is able to avoid most human contact, the better to safeguard her secret.

Victor is nearly beaten to death by some irate business associates. Lucky for him, Ivy happens upon the scene and is able to rescue him before succumbing to the darkness; asleep in a coma-like state. Victor, on the other hand, is rejuvenated and energized by the experience.

Ivy awakens to find that Vic
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Heather Button
Jan 09, 2012 Heather Button rated it really liked it
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I began Sabrina's book The Healer before I started NaNoWriMo in November. I had to put it aside while I spent my free time trying to write my own 50,000 word novel, leaving me too exhausted pumping out words to do anything else. I promptly picked it up at the end of the month, finishing it in one day. The Healer is a book with characters so memorable, that even though I stopped reading it for a month, diving into my own characters, I knew exactly who they were when I returned, without having to ...more
Tina Marie
Nov 07, 2015 Tina Marie rated it it was amazing
Sabrina Furminger has a real gift at writing emotion & wisdom in every page of this book.. The Healer has it all, story arches you get soo involved in, you just want to keep reading. The 2 main characters you fall in love with and get incredibly in vested in, with a twist in the middle of the story, that floors you a bit. Perfect book for a day at the beach or sitting by the pool. You'll want to re-read it over again.. Totally would recommend this book to my friends and family..
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Sabrina Furminger is an award-winning journalist and author based in Vancouver, Canada. Her speculative fiction has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, OCW Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, and in EDGE Publishing's Danse Macabre anthology. Sabrina published her first novel (a paranormal romance entitled The Healer) in 2011. She writes a weekly film and television industry column for a weekly newspaper ...more
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