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Reality

(The Arie Chronicles #1)

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Sixteen year old Arie Belle never imagined she would be anything but ordinary, and most certainly not a princess. She lived a simple life with her mom, next door to her best friend, River, in a rural area just outside of Los Angeles. She had everything she could ever want until it was suddenly ripped away from her. Her mother’s mysterious death plunged Arie into darkness a ...more
Nook, 213 pages
Published September 23rd 2013 (first published August 31st 2013)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

First off let me start by saying this is the first book I have read by Dani Hart and I loved it!
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This book is different from any of the paranormal books I have read. I enjoyed the world the writer created and the plot was great. I could not put the book down! Twice this book had me tearing up!

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I loved Arie, River, and Ashe, but let it be said right now that I am totally Team ASHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There was a few times I wanted to shake
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Natasha
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be beta reader for this book! I'm gonna TRY to do my best to review it without being too spoilery! Hope I do it justice :)

Arie has had a hard few years to say the least, the loss of her mom has her secluding her self from everything she loves. Feeling alone she doesn't know how to bounce back to her former self.

She goes out with a friend one fateful night (Which just happens to be her birthday) and sees a mysterious man watching her. He seems to start showing up in the most
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Necrotic
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-100
Not even sure where to even begin with this book. Finally a book that stands on it's own and a story apart from the mundane and repetitive literature. At first I jumped on attaining it because of the huge mark off price amazon was offering. Secondly the cover drew me in it's simple yet eye catching. It took me two days to complete this captivating book. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and not only got attached but was able to picture it all as I read.The structure of the book is ea ...more
Tantalizing
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all let me say this before I start this review…
Take a nice long nap before you start reading Reality because you are going to be up all night long reading. Secondly, have a box of tissues handy because plenty of tears will be shed while reading this book! You have been warned! Don’t blame me when you are not prepared
It’s going to be hard to write this review without spoilers so pardon my vagueness, because if I give the slightest hints about what happens you will not have the jaw-drop
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Trina
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a great quick read for me, the story flowed very well and plot was very intriguing. A lot of the story deals with Arie's grief from the death of her mother, her unrelenting visions, and Arie learning she is not who she thought she was or quite sure what she is. I can't say too much because there is a big reveal at the end of the book. The story is full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing and wondering about Arie and her family until the very end. And even then there's a lot left ...more
Darlene
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult/adult/paranormal fantasy readers
Recommended to Darlene by: Dani Hart
Shelves: arc, first-reads
OMG! DANI HART HAS DONE IT FOR THE YOUNG ADULT READER IN THE MOST AMAZING AND CREATIVE AWAY POSSIBLE !!!
*** I received an ARC from the author , Dani Hart in exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey's very honest opinion of " REALITY (THE ARIE CHRONICLES #1).****
First let me say this about this amazing & very talented author Ms. Hart. I have read her adult books " Forgotten Treasures and Firefighters Flame both are amazing books. Now I have started reading "THE ARIE CHRONICLES" and
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The Book Trollop
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my followers on Facebook told me they were reading this book and that it was GOOD and it was SAD..
Pssshhh SOLD I love me some books that can make me sad, I LOVE the feels, even when I am cursing the author for making me FEEL!!

So I ask the author politely if I can read and review this book for her before it was released.. I needed something different, I was being burnt out from the same 'ol book/love story/HEA and I thought this one was right up the alley of what I wanted to get me out of
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Amanda
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I WAS GIVEN THIS ARC FOR AN HONEST REVIEW!

Reality will captivate you from the first page! Your imagination will be on fire! I still can not believe how much this story has stuck with me!!! Let me start by saying this is not my normal genre I read. But I have read several paranormal/dystopian books and for me Dani's story is in a class all its own! You have the paranormal feel but the love story and descriptive details just set this book apart! If you love paranormal and romance then you will be
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Staci Randall
WARNING: Grab some tissues and be prepared to stay up all night reading because you won’t be able to put this book down!

I am so fortunate to have received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I do not like spoilers, so I am going to be very vague with my review. I want you to experience this book the way I did; going in with NO CLUE about what this book is really about!
Arie Belle is just a quirky, beautiful girl with a happy life; then, when Arie is sixteen, her mother dies ver
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Mike
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Funny thing is in this story butterfly bushes are referenced, which I just took to be bushes that butterflies are attracted to. But the next day I saw an article about “buddleja davidii” or a "Butterfly bush"! What are the odds?

This is one of those books that left me feeling pretty conflicted about... well about almost everything really! The writing is so very descriptive that I couldn’t help but be pulled into the story and yet at
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Shasta Mosley Swoon Worthy Books/Cherry0Blossom
There are some books that you read that will captivate you from the very beginning. You will fall in love with the characters from the very start. Share their joys, sorrows and triumphs. Dani Hart has done just that with her book: Reality (The Life of Arie). From the very beginning I was so emerged into the book that I did not want to set it down. Thank you Dani for allowing me to beta read this book I love it so much. You have my 5stars!!!!

In Reality (The Life of Arie), you will follow Arie's j
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Cat
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Reality by Dani Hart is a fabulously intricate fantasy! A definite 5 stars.
Arie is so alive, so connected to nature and growing up fast. She is having to live in a world without her mother who was her world. When she turns 18, her life becomes even more confusing and mysterious. River who has been her rock and support as she deals with her mother's death as well as as her long time childhood friend is asking for more. And the mysterious Ashe draws Arie into feelings she has never experienced.
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Marinda
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I fell in love with Arie and River. I laughed, I cried and couldn't put it down. Thank you Dani for allowing me to beta read this book. It is a lovely story about Arie trying to cope with the loss of her mother with the help of River. She starts to have visions and realizes something is wrong with her. No more can be said as I don't want to put any spoilers out. The story is well written, the characters are very developed and the story flows. This is a great book for anyone in ...more
Stacy
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this for an honest review. I don't think I can write a review that will do it justice. It was beyond amazing. I have read books with fairies, angels, spirits or whatever you want to call them but I can't honestly think of one that has been so emotional or captivating as this one. It had me crying without even realizing I was until it was so bad I couldn't see. My heart broke and ached as I read Arie's story. I can't wait to be transported back to Arie's reality in the next ...more
Angie
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I got this book. The characters, the story, it's all so amazing! The world Dani created is so fantastic. I sat down and read the book in a day, I couldn't put it down. Love, heartbreak, passion, action. All in one amazing fairy tale! One of my favourite books! It's so different from any fariytale story I have ever read. Simply fascinating!!
Maari
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to see where this goes!!

"I wish I could live in my dreams and sleep in my reality."

This book was so mystical, yet so real.. Everything about it ran me over with emotion, past my heart deep into my soul!! <3 Hold on.. get ready for a ride, this is quite a journey.. SO ready for book 2!!!!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rebecca
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it

"I wish I could live in my dreams and sleep in my reality."

"The first time I realized I wasn't like my friends was my seventh birthday."

Reality was Dani Hart's debut book and what a great job! Reality is about Arie, a girl on the cusp of womanhood, who loses her mom at the most important juncture of her life. She has an uncanny ablility to be "one" with nature. Her next door neighbor and best friend River is her only shining light and Knight(hehe). They have been friends since they were babies a
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Lily
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved a free copy of this novel from the publisher throught NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is hippy-ish, Utopian and fairy-filled. We're talking butterflies, meadows, valleys. It is impossible to feel sad while reading this witches' brew of: best-friends-for-life, meditating, lying in meadows, unusual bonds with animals, nature spirits, and sitting in the moonlight.

Plot:

Arie has a close relationship with her mother. Their world is perfect: they lie among butterflies
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S.F. Benson
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

"The Arie Chronicles: Reality" was the first book I’ve ever read by Dani Hart and it won’t be my last!

Hart delivered a great contemporary fairy tale. It included magic, fairies, and the concept of good vs. evil. But, she took a different approach with it. We didn’t get the atypical story about mythical beings creating havoc through use of magic. There were no fairy godmothers, no witches, no typical vill
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Lesley
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Several days out with this one and I am still not sure where to go with this review. This one is very original and layered. It had me crying, sad and yet, it left me with hope. It’s not cupcakes and candy. Nor is it spiders and snakes. It’s a little bit of both. It’s about coming into your own. Discovering who you were meant to be, while life is plays tug of war with your reality.

What is Reality? * The quality or state of being actual or true. * One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, tha
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Ginnie
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for an honest review.

This book was one heck of an emotional roller coaster, I think 90% of the time I had tears in my eyes though. Jeez this book needs to have a warning label on it. "WARNING: A box of tissue is required before you can start this book." Whew, I needed to take a breather during it a couple of times. And Oh my goodnessss, it drove me insane with questioning everything that was going on. Half the time I was just wanting some answers. I loved how the author ju
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Feisty Girls
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it



I'm going to start with what I found difficult about this book first. It took me a bit to get into the book. To me, it felt like it kind of dragged on and at time is was difficult to keep reading. There was A LOT of build up, but the main thing that kept me turning to the next page was that I had to find out what Arie WAS. That being said, the author did an amazing job describing the different realities, and overall capturing the essence of the animals and nature. It was beautiful.

Poor Arie h
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Tara
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first impression just from the book description alone was “Yay!” as it’s been awhile since I’ve had to the pleasure to read an urban fantasy. So I dove in and was able to complete this in about 6 hours (could have been shorter had I not needed nourishment and potty breaks, such is life).

The prologue is gripping and emotional. It sets you up for emotional heart break. In my notes, I counted the times I wrote down “emotional”…10 times in my 3 pages of chicken scratch. So you have been forewarne
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JC82
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Arie has always had a connection with nature; she feels the earth, the wind and the life around her. Arie has always had a close relationship with her mother, growing up Arianna did the best to raise Arie and give her everything in life. Arie has always had the handsome neighbor River as her true love and protector. But when Arie turns sixteen all that Arie has and knows will change forever.

Arie’s world is literally turned upside down after the death of her mother; she becomes sort of a recluse
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Taylor Harbaugh
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay…here we go!

This is a really tough book for me to review. I don’t normally read paranormal books, although I’m not really sure you could call this book paranormal, and I went into reading this one blind. As usual for me, I don’t do research, I don’t look up the books, I don’t look for teasers or blurbs about them. I find that when I do that, I get everyone else’s biased opinions before I get to create my own. I was given a copy of this book for honest review, as with all the other books I r
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Gracie
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I can honestly say I've never ready anything like this at all! It is so unique in every aspect. This book lays the ground work for a novel that is different from any other one I've ever read. Arie's world is real world mixed with a dream like world. I love it, it's so unique!

The story starts out a little bit slow. This seemed necessary as it was building up the world that Arie lives in and letting us become familiar with it since it is so different. Arie has a connection with nature unlike
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Suleika Santana -All About Books
I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
So here it goes, 5 beautiful stars. Let me just start by saying that this book is very different and also original. It is also very beautiful, the author does a very good job describing this other world (or reality) that she created and the descriptions are just so beautiful. I was always just smiling because of how beautiful and nice everything felt. The story is very sad at parts and it might bring a few tears to your eyes b
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Erin
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I need to preface this by saying I am really out of my element here by reviewing a fantasy novel, and a young adult fantasy to boot. It is not my genre of preference, and more often than not I don’t make it through a complete book because it loses my interest. But this book not only held my attention, it had me looking forward to the journeys that the character’s took, and I became so engrossed in the story that I’m looking forward to more volumes in Arie’s tales.

Arie always suspected she was di
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Kayla
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless. Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me. My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemed to change. My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer o ...more
Amanda
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to start with the dislike first. It took me a bit to get into the book. To me, it felt like it kind of dragged on. There was A LOT of build up, but the main thing that kept me going was I had to find out what Arie WAS. That being said, the author did an amazing job describing the different realities, and overall capturing the essence of the animals and nature. It was beautiful.

This is a very original s
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