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Under a Painted Sky

(Spirit Warrior #1)

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Isabella Reed is a fast-track twenty one year old from a small Florida town. She flees to the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, NM, where the beautiful painted skies go on forever and hold hope for a fresh start.
She meets Logan Hayes, a sexy guide who has been hired to show her all the sights of her new city. He shows her much more than that. Something Paranormal happens t
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207 pages
Published January 9th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services
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Kimberly Schaaf
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2012
Under A Painted Sky...a title that speaks volumes after you make it through this debut novel of Jenna Roads.

"When God paints the sky, he doesn not mess around."

Even though I only gave this book 3 of 5 stars - I did really enjoy it. Jenna does a lovely job at bringing her main characters to life and is amazing at making you feel like you can taste, hear, smell, and see everything that she's describing. New Mexico - if it is anything like Ms. Roads describes I have to get there!!

We are introduced
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Jenna Roads
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am very excited about this book being released. It was definitely a work of heart. Isabella is 21 yrs old and after being married a very short time finds herself divorced by her husband and leaves town to escape the disgrace. She moves to beautiful New Mexico and meets a sexy tour guide Logan who shows her around town and all the sites of Albuquerque. She encounters paranormal activity when visiting the Petroglyphs and her life spirals out of control. I think I wrote a very original and exciti ...more
Taylor Lakke
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jenna Roads did an outstanding job on her first novel. It was hard to put the book down (I did only one time). Isabella and Logan fall in love in the beautiful town of Albuquerque. When I read the book I felt like I was there. I loved the characters and the plot. Jenna Roads did a great job weaving the Spirit Warrior. Look forward to reading more about him in the next book. I recommend young adults and adults Under A Painted Sky for entertainment.
Shasta
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jenna Roads takes us on the journey of a 21 year old girl who sets out to start her life over and gets so much more than she bargains for. This journey is set in New Mexico and is descriptively told. When you read it you feel like you are there. I could have used more paranormal activity but I'm sure more is to come from Jenna Roads! Great job!
Ashley
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, thanks Jenna! First, I thought the descriptions of New Mexico were so beautiful! I really would love to visit there and go in a balloon someday. The mountains, the food, the tram ride, the balloons, all the scenery had such wonderful and rich descriptions and details that were truly poetic. I also like the supernatural twist that was added to the plot. I thought it was very creative and a nice change from a lot of YA paranormal that is out there. I ...more
Mary
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I need to thank Jenna for letting me read this ARC.

Best part of the book: By far Logan is the best part of this book! Isabella is so lucky that her aunt paid for him to "show her around"! I loved the connection between Isabella and Logan! This was a bit of a different story than I normally read. Spirit/Ghost stories are not what I usually read; however, Jenna did a great job of keeping the story going and interesting. I really enjoy seeing the relationship between Logan and Isabella the most!! I
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Kristina Snyder
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
After a divorce with her high school sweetheart, Isabella flees to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her aunt is allowing her to stay the rest of her life if Isabella loves it. Isabella loves the place and feels at home immediately. Logan, the care taker, shows up to introduce himself and and lets her know that her aunt paid him to be her tour guide for a week. So Logan begins showing her around town, and both Isabella and Logan can't stop thinking about each other. They fall hard and quick for each othe ...more
Tina
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I loved this book and the story author Jenna Roads shared with us. Her descriptions of New Mexico were so vivid and mesmerizing. I felt as if I could see the vibrant sunset and colorful hot air balloons dancing across the sky through Isabella and Logan's eyes. I can picture the vendors along the sidewalks selling their handcrafted jewelry made of turquoise and other stones. I could practically taste the many foods described in such yummy detail. I want to go to New Mexico now and feel the warmth ...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed this book but I felt that it deserved 4 stars and not 5! Under A Painted Sky was the perfect length to keep me interested and not make me lose interest! I wouldn't have expected this book to have any paranormal aspect to it unless it didn't say it in the synopsis as it took a while for the paranormal stuff to start happening! The plot was pretty interesting and I learned so much about New Mexico from it! I also learned a lot about Indian and Native America cultures as well! Isab ...more
Chris Torretta
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would have loved to see a bit more paranormal in this! Jenna touches on it (Sadly I can’t say how! No spoilers allowed!) but I would have loved more! Also, I do really like the characters but the conversations threw me off a bit. It was clunky here and there. I wanted more of them! Although the characters are a lot of fun to read about. And the world that Jenna makes for us… Wow! I mean I’ve been to New Mexico, but the descriptions she adds in was brilliant.

And man! To have a pool boy show you
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Tammy Hall
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Under a Painted Sky what a fitting name for a book that literally paints the sky for you. I fell in love with the New Mexico skyline and I've never seen it. As I continued reading I was amazed at how I became so familiar with somewhere I had never been. Jenna Roads does an amazing job of taking you through this story with every word as if the scenery were right in front of you.

Isabella is a very strong character who won me over from the start a
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Shadow
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
First book in a series thats sure to keep your attention and have you hungering for the next!
I found the book fascinating and the characters enjoyable to read.
Isabella Reed leaves behind her past and travels to New Mexico. Ready to escape her past, she soon meets Logan Hayes, caretaker of her aunts home. Together they explore ancient petroglyphs, opening up a bit of paranormal things and a ghost in her aunts home is unleashed. Theres mystery and intrigue. This story was very descriptive, everyt
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Gale
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jenna Roads is on her way to becoming an excellent author. This is her first book and she does a great job making you feel like you are right there with Isabella as she starts her life over after she gets a divorce. She takes you on a romantic journey with Isabella and Logan that takes a mysterious turn that is both exciting and heart warming.
Jenna describes the scenery in New Mexico so well that it makes you feel like you have been there before. After reading this book I would love to take a
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Jennifer
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a sweet breakout novel! Careful, you might get a toothache with the sweetness and love Isabella and Logan form while Logan helps show her around her new home of NM! On one stop Isabella touches stones that were meant to stay sacred and be left untouched. Next thing Isabella knows she's experiencing encounters she never believed possible and brings her and Logan even closer as they try to solve the mystery of why this is all happening! Spirit warrior Chevio joins them in the story, c ...more
Lulu Vega
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Under a painted sky is the perfect name for this book. I fell in love with it since the very beginning, not only with the characters, but with the place and the way it makes you feel as if you were there. It's true when they say that being adventurous can take you places you can't ever imagine and that's exactly what happened to Isabella as she moves to New Mexico after being heartbroken, in hope to find a new life, what she never expected was to fall in love so soon, not only with the place, bu ...more
Katherine
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Under A Painted Sky may be the debut novel by Jenna Roads but it doesn't feel like it. She was able to write a wonderfully descriptive love story with a fun supernatural mystery. The descriptions of New Mexico were beautiful and made it easy for me to picture the setting in my mind. The descriptions made me want to visit New Mexico. The love story between Logan and Isabella was sweet and it was easy to see that they were meant to be together. I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the ne ...more
Melissa Simmons
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Under a Painted Sky is the first book in the Spirit Warrior Series by Jenna Roads. I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story very much. It was interesting throughout and exciting in places. The characters were engaging even if they seemed too good to be true in some instances. The pacing was a bit slow at the beginning, but once things started happening, I was completely intrigued. I am looking forward to reading book two and finding out what comes nex ...more
Claire
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story, the description of the surroundings was very detailed and vivid, made me want to travel there one day. The end was an unexpected twist. I look forward to book 2 in the series to see where the characters go from here.
Rebecca
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it

an interesting story to read, and I can tell you, after reading this book, I want to go to the land of enchantment myself!

The story follows the 21-year-old Isabella after her divorce from her husband-for-six-months. Her aunt offers her to live in one of her houses, and she gladly accepts. Who wouldn't, it someone offers you to live in their villa for free :). So there Isabella goes, off to New Mexico. Her aunt has hired the former caretaker of the house, Logan, to show Isabella arround. They rea
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Erin
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
This was an interesting story, not at all what I was expecting. The concept of the Petroglyphs holding a link to the paranormal was definitely unique, and it was a twist that I didn't see coming. There was a creepiness factor as Isabella began to witness the inexplicable happenings in her aunt's home, and you definitely start questioning her sanity when no one else seems to see anything out of the ordinary. Thankfully, she had Logan, the handsome caretaker turned area tour guide, for support. Th ...more
Jennifer
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will say it took a little bit at first, there were a few grammatical errors in the beginning... now if there were more in the middle I missed them because I was enjoying reading the book! The book really took me to all the places in Albuquerque! It reminded me when I was in Old Town, rode on the Tram, watched the balloons as they prepared and launched for the annual balloon festival! It also reminded me of all the wonderful food in New Mexico! Wow, there was a lot about the food, but the food ...more
Sarah Elvin
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent
Andrew
“Under A Painted Sky” is the first novel in what is anticipated to be a series called “Spirit Warriors”. I believe it is also the first published novel by independent author Jenna Roads. Ms. Roads tells the story of Isabella Reed, a divorced young woman who accepts an invitation from her aunt to pursue an escape and new start in New Mexico. I don't believe it'll be much of a spoiler to say that she gets both.


Ms. Roads pacing is deceptive. My original thought was that the book is developing very
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Petronella Ford
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a good read, I am assuming it was written more for the young adult market as the main couple start professing some quite deep feelings on the basis of 2 kisses which is where it lost something for me, not that I needed a whole erotic chapter but maybe something more alluded too. It was really descriptive and I feel like I could use it as a tour guide for New Mexico!! The story was excellent with very subtle paranormal happenings at first but a good ending leading nicely into the co ...more
Terry Trahan
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great read! This book had me wondering what was going on with the "events" in Isabella's present and hoping her heart would be healed from her past so she could look forward to her future! Thanks Jenna for an awesome read!
Courtney Robichaux
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this author's debut novel about love and mystery in New Mexico. The way she described the scenery was mesmerizing! I can just picture the beautiful sky, see the colorful hot air balloons, and feel the warm sun on my skin. I can smell and taste the peppery food and feel the breeze while watching the vivid sunset. I can see the Native Americans selling their beautiful masterpieces on the sidewalk. This is a big part of what made the book fun to read! I want to vacation there now!

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Rolje Rolje
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, romance
I will start by saying that I tend to be a persnickety reader. But, this book was no disappointment. The moment I sat down to read it I was hooked until the last page.
Isabella Reed, a newly divorced twenty-one year old goes to New Mexico to escape from the shame of the past. While there she meets Logan Hayes, the caretaker of her Aunt Carol's home, where she is staying. Ancient petroglyphs pull her into a new, exciting world. Logan becomes her protector and more than that...

Isabella is so cute,
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Lesslie
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
review on Amazon!!
Whitney Sprague
DNF

Nope nope nope nope nope.
Couldn't do it.

This book was like watching high school student's home video that they made for film class. It was cringe-inducing.

I wanted something a bit ghostly and spooky after reading "Ghost Gifts" and unfortunately, this book let me down in a bad way.
Arieana rie
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Isabella Reed has a painful memories with her married and made her move to a new place, New Mexico. There, she meets Logan Hayes, a handsome travel guide. At started, Isabella was enjoy with a new place and new friend until she tour the Petroglyphs, a national monument. She started get a series weird events happen, and made she and Logan investigates what is really happen.

First, this is really nice story and the author have an idea to deliver that but it seen like she lacks of talent to elabora
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