Gifts of the Peramangk is not like most books that I read. I tend to like light-hearted stories with romance. If you add a hint of paranormal, then I'...moreGifts of the Peramangk is not like most books that I read. I tend to like light-hearted stories with romance. If you add a hint of paranormal, then I'm hooked. Gifts is not that type of story, yet I was hooked. And I do mean hooked. Mayes posted a snippet of the book on his blog months ago. His words are more like a spell that a passage in a book. When you read them, you are there smelling the same flowers, feeling the same sunshine, listening to the same breeze in the trees. To say Mayes is talented is an understatement.
I don't like reviews that give too much away about the plot, so if you're looking for something that outlines everything in the book, you will be disappointed. Instead, let me tell you why this book hooked me. Mayes dives into a very real, and heartbreaking situation. He plunges head first into the murky waters of racism- that past and the present- and rolls around in it, letting us experience it alongside his characters. We see how the sins of the past have helped shape the present, creating an abyss for those that are descendant of the Aborigines. But in that terrible place of pain and suffering, struggle and hardship, is the story of humanity. Kindness can blossom in the strangest places. Strength can be found when most needed. And clarity can come in many guises.
In the dark, painful past, a little girl finds her love of music. Amidst slavery and horrible abuse, she finds a friend that encourages her passion and skills-- someone that has a heart of gold. In the future, you see that gift passed down through bloodlines, the struggle to have it nurtured, understood by those around her. As those around little Ruby Delfoy, struggle to pull themselves out of the sink-hole that is their lives. In one little girl and her gift, they find salvation of different sorts. Relief, peace, understanding, strength, leadership. All of that can blossom in the darkest garden. THAT is the story that Mayes shares with us.
Be prepared to cry, smile, and laugh. I loved the look into the history of Australia and the Aborigines. There is a wide supporting cast, each present for a reason, just like in life. They all have their own voice, their own reasonings and the story is woven together beautifully. If you enjoy stories about life, down and dirty, REAL life, then this is the book for you. Buy your copy, read it, and leave a review. The story will leave you thinking-- the ultimate sign of a good book. (In my opinion, of course.)(less)
I loved Gwen. She felt real and her decisions felt real. It took me a chapter or so to really dig into the book, but it sure...moreAwesome Paranormal story!
I loved Gwen. She felt real and her decisions felt real. It took me a chapter or so to really dig into the book, but it sure does pick up after that! The different types of paranormal beings were well thought out, their powers made sense, and their interactions weren't the stereotypical aspects we've come to expect in paranormal books.
Ms. Nelson has a talent for developing characters that will keep you coming back for more. Craved is a definite must-read. I'm really looking forward to the next Gwen Sparks novel. (And looking forward to more Aiden. Yum!)(less)
Ms. Sharp has created a world that incorporates paranormal elements and weaves them seamlessly into the world of the a...moreThis is a must read for YA fans.
Ms. Sharp has created a world that incorporates paranormal elements and weaves them seamlessly into the world of the average teenager. Even though the characters in her book are far from average, they are easy to relate to. I loved Amelia, her brother Xander, and sister Sariah. Oh, and Nate. You certainly can't forget Nate. I also loved the realistic connection between Amelia and her parents. They love their daughter more than life itself.
This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. I simple could NOT put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen to Amelia and her family. I recommend this book to anyone that loves YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, intrigue, and romance. Natural Selection has it all.(less)
New and Enjoyable! Paranormal fans should take notice.
Ms. Hulsey starts this book out with a really different type of heroine. She is tough, stubborn...moreNew and Enjoyable! Paranormal fans should take notice.
Ms. Hulsey starts this book out with a really different type of heroine. She is tough, stubborn (to a fault), and hears the evil thoughts of people around her. Being the strong character that Nicole is, she uses her gift to fight evil, although it comes at great personal risk.
There are some big twists in this book-- Things that I did not see coming. And the men? Well, lets just say you shouldn't read the book somewhere you will be worried about people seeing you drool. Luke... oh my.
This is a fun, interesting read, and definitely worth a look.(less)
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel, and I do mean lucky. It's been a while since I have read a book that captured me so completely. I...moreI was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel, and I do mean lucky. It's been a while since I have read a book that captured me so completely. I *still* find myself thinking about the characters. Everyone in this book is very well developed, with real personalities, and real decisions. The romantic elements felt natural and not rushed-- yet, still more than swoon worthy. (Hold on to your hearts, ladies.) While this story is a paranormal romance, you get so much more out of it. The mystery and intrigue is well rooted in history, giving you an almost National Treasure vibe at times. (Which I LOVED.)
This book is a keeper for my library. I can see myself visiting these characters many times over.
And if I might make one small request, Ms. Hunter? May I please read more about a certain earthy vamp? He stole my heart in a whirlwind of Hawaiian shirts and witty lines.(less)