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After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts. Gisele's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to help the magical forest. Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press
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Autumn
Jul 13, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author herself as to give an honest literary review.

Rift Healer was an amazing read, I could not put it down. This book is targeted for all audiences young and adult it is such a wonderful book you will truly enjoy it yourself.

I found a part in here that made me chuckle quite a bit, "Taylor grabbed his blue plastic six-shooter. This is so stupid. We're going to get eaten and all they'll find is melted, plastic water guns."
Now you will have to read this story to fi
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Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
I received “Rift Healer” as a GIFT from Author Diane Haynes herself for my enjoyment, and as a lover of books I wanted to pass along my fair and unbiased opinion in a review.

I absolutely loved this book, and I must admit that I was totally surprised by the story… you may ask why surprised? Well when I first read the blurb it was like ok, I’ll read this soon, but it wasn’t one of those that said READ ME NOW!
It, the blurb.. didn’t do this novel justice at all.

Rift Healer is one of those books that
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Nov 07, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author for a review.
I really liked the beginning of the story with Micah feeling a very strong attraction to a girl in a photograph. Once I met the twins I really got invested into the story line and with their first battle I was hooked. This is totally new and fresh in so many ways. The dragons they need to fight to make sure good overcomes evil is new and fresh and from flying rats, which, by the way was totally freaking me out to fast growing moss assi
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Heather Alexander
Jul 03, 2012 Heather Alexander rated it really liked it
Haley and Lacey are twins, they come to their grandmothers in the summer and work on learning herbs and plants with Gisele, an old woman who is also in possesion of magical powers and a secret she is unwilling to share. An earthquake caused a series of rifts in the forest floor and are letting a bunch of terrible creatures loose. Gisele calls on her grandnephew and his distant cousin twice removed, Selena, to help her. Micah and Haley have an instant connection much to the dislike of Selena who ...more
Claire Taylor
Aug 06, 2012 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
I was given this book on a read to review basis.

I fell in love with this book within a few chapters, and would have easily finished in one sitting if I hadn't had to get up for work the next day.

The book follows the story of an old lady, Gisele and a group of teenagers, Haley and her twin sister Lacey, Taylor, Micah and Selena, who are thrown together in an adventurous, exciting yet dangerous summer in which they must save a magical forest from rifts that are appearing all over.

The storyline is
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Duncan McGonall
Sep 12, 2012 Duncan McGonall rated it really liked it
Duncan McGonall’s Review of Diane M. Haynes’ Rift Healer

Rift Healer is about half Young Adult and a healthy helping of Middle Grade paranormal fantasy rite of passage romance. Except for a scant few errors, Rift Healer appears to have been professionally edited. The style of prose is engaging and forward, following a straight-line chronology with few deviations into backstory. Those present are artfully done and always in forward motion, immediately relevant to present-tense action. Characters a
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Pam
Mar 08, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
Haley and Lacey look forward to staying with their grandmother in the summer. They love being there and also they love helping and learning from Giselle. She help them have a fun summer last year learning a little about magic and exploring the enchanted forest. This summer may have more magic and adventure than the twins are expecting. See rifts are opening up and it may be up to them to save the forest and maybe the world from an evil. They have help when Micah and Selena show up at their aunt ...more
Christina Boulard
Aug 09, 2012 Christina Boulard rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm ashamed to say that this book is a classic 'don't judge a book by it's cover' case for me.
I'm not really a fan of the cover, and the blurb on the back was only mildly interesting. Those things almost made me pass on this book.
HOLY COW, that would have been a HUGE mistake!!

Let me try to put this into perspective for you--
I have a 4 year old daughter, and I've been buying YA and MG books for her. Yes, I realize that she won't be able to read them for years. I just want to have the books
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Julie
Aug 29, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Ebook: Rift Healer
Author: Diane M. Haynes
Fiction, Paranormal, magic
This review may contain spoilers
I was gifted this by the author for an honest review
Summary: After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts.
Gisele's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to help the magical forest.
Much to the consternation of the beautiful
...more
Ctrl, Alt Books!
Jan 31, 2013 Ctrl, Alt Books! rated it it was amazing
I want to start off by saying this was such an interesting read! There was no room for me to be "if-y" in anyway. The plot was well developed and the story has a continuous pace that draws you in but doesn't overwhelm in any way, I found it quite enjoyable and couldn't put it down, literally whenever I found the time to read it I did, I finished it within a days length.

Haley and her twin sister Lacey are in for a real treat this summer when they go to stay with their Grandma Clara but one of the
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Kelly Jones
Sep 09, 2012 Kelly Jones rated it it was amazing
Rift Healer is a story that is unlike any other story I have read before. I have read plenty of fantasy and mystical kind of books but this one just took me to a place I can honestly say I have never been and I loved it. The mix of reality and the magical and the group of mismatched and to a point inexperienced magical people if you like, was so refreshing I didn't want it to end. I really hope there is more in this series.
The characters were different and even though some of what they can do is
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Valerie Mcqueen
Sep 10, 2012 Valerie Mcqueen rated it it was amazing
My review of Rift Healer by Diane Hayes

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Gisele has enjoyed her life next to an enchanted forest for almost fifty years in peace. She has used her skills in herbology and her Gifts to heal and even taught other student along the way. No students have grabbed her heart more than her latest pupils Haley, Lacey, and Taylor. Haley and Lacey and identical twins and Taylor just happens to be Lacey's boyfrie
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Merisha28
Sep 12, 2012 Merisha28 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest review ~WaAr~

I just love love this book, and I'm hoping to see more to this story. I love the characters so much. I can relate to Hayley easy and Lacy reminds me of my sister. I also love Micah (who wouldn't)! Taylor is also a great character. The writing is wonderful and it is a fast read full of adventure! I'm very impressed and can't wait to read more by this author!!

Hayley and Lacy are twins down for the summer to visit their father and Grandmoth
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Renee Booth (Sassy Book Lovers)
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! First of all the cover. It related to the book and is such a magical picture. Perfect for the story. You know how sometimes you pick up a book because the cover looks interesting then you read the blurb and think "how the heck does it relate to the picture?" That annoys me.

Anyway back to the story...

Rift Healer was sweet, lovely and romantic but also exciting, magical and energetic. It was one of those books I had a really hard time putting down. I was addicted to t
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Samantha
Sep 16, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
The wonderful Diane Haynes gave me a copy of her book Rift Healer in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled that I accepted. The book was awesome in a can’t put it down kind of way.

As we start Rift Healer we are introduced to 14 year-old twins Haley and Lacey. They spend the summers at their grandmothers house and spend the weekends during the summer with their father. During the summer before the book starts, they started working with a woman named Giselle who begins teaching them differ
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TJ
Sep 15, 2012 TJ rated it it was amazing
Being warned by the fortune teller about having the most exciting and dangerous summer of their life, twins Hayley and Lacey head to their grandmother’s for the summer. Looking forward to romance and adventure, not knowing that’s exactly what they’ll get and then some! Rift Healer was exciting, fun and it never really had a dull moment in it. Beautiful imagery made me want to actually visit the forest. The concept is so unique and different that its special to me just for that! This one had me ...more
Rachel
Sep 10, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
"You are about to have ze most exciting and dangerous summer of your life." They were warned by a fortune teller before the summer even began.

Haley and her identical twin sister Lacey return to their grandmothers for the summer. This year they return to study magic with their grandmother's best friend to find the magical creatures in the forest under siege. Rifts are appearing to spew danger and all variety of scary biting and venom spitting creatures. Haley has a new found talent for healing th
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Avery Olive
Jun 02, 2012 Avery Olive rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books where the age of the reader doesn’t matter. I can see this appealing to both a younger audience and an adult one.

Ms. Haynes creates a fabulous enchanted forest with an array of mythical creatures. Her characters are well thought out, tight and believable. I loved how they were all connected— a group of friends and family.

Description is one of Ms. Haynes strong points, from the characters, to her amazing enchanted forest, to the good guys and the bad. I felt like I wa
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Delphina
Aug 25, 2012 Delphina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WOW!!! That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I finished Rift Healer. This was one of the best YA fantasies I have read. I could not put it down. The characters were very fun and likable, the adventure was fantastical, and the pace was perfect. I simply adored the lore Diane used and anytime someone is able to have a unicorn in a story for YA and adult readers, they are my kind of author. The presence of Gisele, the mentor/leader/grandmotherly figure really added a lot to the story ...more
Jovhanna
Sep 02, 2012 Jovhanna rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book it was truly a unique book, I have never read a book like this with this kind of plot of adventure. It is a totally different take on fantasy. I love the characters in the book and how they tied in to the story, it is a great mixture of romance and adventure, that leaves wanting to know more, cant wait for the next book. I had trouble putting down this book to do other stuff, because I just wanted to continue
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Christine bonner
Aug 12, 2012 Christine bonner rated it it was amazing
This books is about a enchanted forest and the person that cares for it Gisele

You have the twins Haley and Lacey who every summer stay with there grandma

You get to meet Taylor who is in love with Lacey and also meet Micah that falls in love with Haley

There is also Selena who is in love with Micah

The forest is in trouble as rifts have started and quick sand the group go out to heal it

There are many monsters that come out of these rifts and with the help of other enchanted creature there all try t
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Jody
Sep 01, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it
This novel is creative, adventurous, and magical. A group of teens spend their summer with their aged herb teacher battling fantastical creatures while attempting to heal rifts in their favorite enchanted forest. Unicorns, dragons, fairies, and my personal favorite--The Green Man--plus many more like giant scorpions, line quicksand, and Terrors all make their appearance in these pages. Mix in teen romance, some jealousy, and the special bond between twin sisters and you have a great YA fantasy!
Maer
Apr 06, 2013 Maer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Haynes drew me in with her Enchanted Forest right away and I was ready to stay there. Her vision of its magical inhabitants is wonderfully different, yet familiar at the same time. RIFT HEALER is tightly written, fast paced and flows smoothly from one magical moment to the next. The characters are engaging and believable and will appeal to adults as well as the YA group. Haley is especially endearing, with her awkward blossoming into an adult and magical healer. I can't wait ...more
De Jr.
Sep 23, 2012 De Jr. rated it it was amazing
Rift Healer
By: Diane M. Haynes

“A Literary Triumph for Author Diane M. Haynes and Rift Healer”

A truly incredible and excellent read!!! I loved the plot and character flow….. Rift Healer is a culmination of suspence, action, danger and a sprinkle of romance to equal a Brilliantly Awesome Ride…..
Magically illuminating, a Must Read that you won’t be able to set down until it’s done…. An Adventurous Fantasy for every age for years to come…..

Reviewed By De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. Author of “Peer Insid
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Melissa Robitille
Oct 31, 2012 Melissa Robitille rated it it was amazing
Ms. Haynes is an excellent storyteller. I found myself surprised that the story was not the teenaged angst-filled romance with a few mythical beasties thrown in. Instead, the forest's healing is integral to the story and, I think, a metaphor for the trials faced in a relationship. The rifts at first are small and both parties are pleased that they are healed fairly easily. However, they become progressively worse and more teamwork and effort is involved, and outside influences interfere.
Ruth
Mar 20, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
Although technically YA, I found this to be a nice break from a lot of the stuff out there. It had an entertaining story line, believable characters, and drew me in from page one. While obviously a fantasy story, there was enough 'real world' to keep it from being frivolous and downright silly, which made it one of the more entertaining books to cross my path in quite a while.
Julie Powell
Dec 06, 2012 Julie Powell rated it really liked it
I was sent this book for a review, so here it is.

A delightful story filled with magical ingredients where the characters must battle evil and save the forest. It was well written, if for a younger audience, and I could see its potential for fantasy fans.

I won't give away too much, but will say that it is worth a look.
Cheryl
Apr 21, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down!! It was awesome ,, its a love story with magic ,, I bought two copies ,, great to read with your teenage daughter ,, must read ,,

Bianca
Aug 25, 2012 Bianca rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!
Tammy Sparks
Jun 26, 2013 Tammy Sparks rated it really liked it
In a word: a dizzying array of magical creatures, non-stop action, a dangerous mission and some very scary monsters.

Rift Healer was one of those books that gets better the more you read. I have to admit I wasn’t convinced in the beginning that I was going to enjoy this story. It took a while to really get going, and although there is quite a bit of action in the first half, it felt a little disjointed to me. But once I hit the 50% mark, the story took off like a bullet and didn’t slow down until
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