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This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B01GKDJGUK

To say I know where this story begins is to say I  remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul ha
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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by India's Productions
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To say I know where this story begins is to say I remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul has done this bef
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Snow
So, India R. Adams , challenged me to see if her book Serenity can make me cry. Now my besties Shanny and Denise ( Sirens Book Reviews http://sirensbr.wix.com/sirensbookrev... ) know that - me crying is like that sayin "when hell freezes over" but I'm up for the game, just so I can see how far emotionally I can go 😏😈 LOL

Let's do this!!!

Reading finished April 14, 2017.

I didn't cry per se, but this was one of the most emotionally fulfilling books I have ever read!

India R. Adams writes a poetr
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Irena BookDustMagic
DNF

I gave up when I reached sth about 20% of the book.

This was just not for me. It was way too cheezy for my taste and I found myself lost at times bc all the love scenes made me feel like the time passed bc it felt like love statements were just too strong for this short amount of time in which they were made.

The main story seemed like it had a potential but I knew I wouldn't like it as much as I would like to bc I kept rolling my eyes over and over again.

I decided that the fairest thing would
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Carrie
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen year old Serenity hides her secret of her abusive home life well. She only has a handful of friends that she trusts but even they do not share in that horror which haunts her. Serenity also know there's something a bit different about her than others. She can see the dark or light that surrounds a person and has visions of other lives and a woman that she feels connected to.


Serenity is a book that holds so much in the pages that it's hard to describe and do it justice. It's definitely a
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J. Kahele
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best way to describe this book, serene and filled with such beauty.
Serenity is a very special seventeen-year old girl, who lives in a not so special home with a mother who completely drove me crazy in the story. She knows she is different, she feels things and can see the light(good) and darkness(bad), in every living thing. She stumbles across a diary that she is amazed by because the words written on the pages are so similar to what Serenity is experiencing in her own life. She be
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Dianne
Once again, India R. Adams blazes her own trail with depth, drama, charm and suckered punched my heart with the raw pain and a beautiful soulmate connection for a girl who sees emotions in colors, has dream visions and lives in a brutal reality. Serenity goes beyond an emotional rollercoaster as Ms. Adams exposes the ugly truths of dysfunctional families, child abuse and alcoholism, while giving a teen girl the support system few people truly have from unlikely sources, other teens and a secret ...more
L.N. Denison
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: metaphysical
Heart breaking in places!

I know I have probably said this before, but i'll say it again! I am a great fan of India R. Adam's work and always will be. She has a unique style and the way she translates her stories to paper is nothing short of amazing. I think she is one of the only people I know who can pull off the first person POV properly.

Now to the nitty gritty! Serenity deals with many different topics. Some of them I can relate to, but won't divulge, as it is a part of my past that I choose
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Kaitlin
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Full Review on my blog: http://kaitbooktopia.blogspot.com/201...


Serenity was such a beautiful and carefully crafted story that you are bound to fall in love with. You will feel so many emotions that keep you invested in the story and characters. I 110% recommend this story. It is definitely one I will re-read over and over again.
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Mimiorphee
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2018
This book is a true UFO, as I've never read that kind of story before. It's long, very long, and emotionationally intense. Don't think you'll get through it unfeeling, this is a moving story! With the spiritual/ magical/ mystical and very enigmatic tone, we are plunged into the heroine's cruel life.

Serenity is a teenage girl who lives with abusive parents, she deals with domestic violence and alcohol. From the beginning you know that it's going to be a difficult read, and the heart-wrenching sce
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Sage Knightly
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5

Serenity is a heartfelt journey that takes you on an emotional ride through hopelandia. Even when your heart is broken, you're healing from all the hope this book gives you. Even when you're surrounded by the darkness, the light always finds a way in.

Serenity is a 17-year-old (she starts off 16) girl who is abused and has an alcoholic for a mother. She doesn't tell anyone, not even Sky, her best friend who she can't live without and is connected to in a way that they feel what each other feel
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Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you India R. Adams for the opportunity to read your book. This was an amazing read. The concept really intrigued me. Also, after reviewing her novella, Blue Waters, I really fell for the author's writing. The story was a beautiful masterpiece. The characters were wonderfully developed. Serenity is a special girl who lives in a not so loving home. I felt bad for the things she went through. Her best friend, Sky, also from a
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India Adams
Serenity is a very heavy book. I warn, she is NOT for the faint of heart. This novel will show sides of people that are not pretty, and that is the point. It will also show support through beautiful characters, representing the wondrous depths of the human heart.
Help children that are facing abuse at home.
This novel was written by me, as an adult, for the child I was… who wished for more…
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
(Note: I received book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. Many thanks to author.)

This book is about social abuse and bully, how that can affect so deeply to a person, struggle of coming out of that suffering to a whole peaceful person. How friendship and love that can heal anything in life.

This novel featuring Serenity, who was born different, had a gift to see aura of people, having a dreams of brown cloaked woman who giving signs to h
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Briana
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am utterly speechless right now. This novel has everything in it; love, disaster, heart ache. It had funny moments and sad moments. But overall, every emotion/every situation was written beautifully.

When I started this book, I was not prepared for the intensity it portrays. At times I had to stop reading for awhile and then come back because of its realism, and since some of the experiences Serenity went through India went through as well got me...

While reading I laughed, pouted *ahem*, c
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Roya
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received this in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about a group of teenage friends and their lives together as they struggle with issues of bullying, abuse, opening up, and growing up. The main character can see auras and has strange dreams and visions that lead her to figure out that she is connected with her lover and friends through past lives.

My main issue with this book was the characters and the dialogue.

All of the friends are good people that are amazingly kind and talented.
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Deb Cechak
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Sky wants us to be happy today,”

I have to admit that I had to give myself a lot of breathing space after reading Serenity. Even as I start to write this review, my heart flutters with love for the characters, Serenity and the other part of her soul, Skyler; Derrick and Rocco; and Jolene and Josh.

This book made me believe in love more than any other I have ever read. The deep in your heart, magnetic pull, emotional clashing of love. Love that ties you, whether in its healthiest form, or not.

I
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Tamara Harrington
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not even sure that I can put into words how absolutely amazing this book is!
The first thing that you need to know is that this is a super intense book, and as per the usual with India, there is her own brand of magic that goes into it. You need to delve in with an open mind and an open heart.
This is not a sexy book and is all about the feelings. India writes from a truly amazing place with friendships that you can only admire as they are closer than most families, and love that knows no b
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Dr. Wright)
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely enjoyed this book even more than I expected! India captures the perfect mix of good story telling, dynamic relationships, real life issues, and supernatural/spiritual tones. The heartbeat of Serenity is not just in the beautiful story it tells, but in the deeply human experiences and themes shared throughout the book. Serenity has reminded me all over again that love is always stronger than any darkness and that resilience and healing are always possible- no matter what someone has b ...more
Bonnie
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! This is a must read I loved the book. It really pulled at me, and it made me bawl. I am someone that I dont always show a lot of emotions when I read, but if someone would have seen me reading this book they would be wondering what was wrong with me. IT touched me so much and it is an amazing book. India R. Adams is new to me author and I will be reading more books by her.

I give this book an A++++ I mean just theres not enough star to give it but do give 5 but would give more if if I could
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Cecily Wolfe
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is crazy intense and while difficult to read, impossible to put down.

Serenity's terrible life is only eased by her friendships, which mirror reality in how many abused and neglected children find and support each other, without the benefit of adults in their lives to care for them. While the fantasy aspect is compelling - and Serenity's dreams and ability to see emotions in color are fascinating - the relationship between these teens and the characterization is what makes this story st
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Sarah-Jane
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I'd read in a while that dealt with abuse (the other being A Child Called It, which was completely different) so I knew I'd be going through a lot of emotions while reading. I thought the subject was handled well. It was beautifully written and led nicely onto the other books in the series. I definitely want to know more about these characters. ...more
Erin Figueiredo
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably Beautiful!

This was a truly gut wrenching, tragic and beautiful story. India R. Adams is a true master of storytelling. With this book she captured my heart and made me feel such pain, sorrow and love for all of the characters. Her words are poetry to my heart! I have never felt so connected to a book in my life.

I honestly cannot wait to keep reading this series to see how the main characters develop and change.

This book is bursting at the seems with the amount of love and sorrow
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Adrienne Carrieri
I must say that this book gave me a run of emotions that I didn't expect. I truly love the bond that Skylar and Serenity share. I love how although they have rough home lives, serenity especially, they find salvation in each other. Then to have parental guidance in their older friends is truly amazing. When Serenity and Dereck meet and share that pull to each other it gives me hope. Serenity has love and protection with Skylar, Josh, and Jolene but the love and connection she feels to Dereck is ...more
MH
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Oh man, what an emotional ride it took me on. I think I felt EVERYTHING reading this. I laughed so hard, I was so angry at one point I couldn’t even talk right. I cried like a baby, I loved immensely.
India R Adams is such an amazing writer. Everything she spoke about felt so real. I felt like I could relate to a lot of the character there.

I can’t wait to jump into the next book Destiny. That small cliffy/not cliffy has me begging for more of The Wise One, Protectors, The Shorti
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Rosie Amber
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Serenity is book #1 of the Forever YA fantasy series. This is at the top end of the YA genre as it deals with some very mature issues and might be less suitable for some younger readers.

Serenity was five years old when she became aware she could see auras around people, but we don't meet her until she's sixteen. Home events, which we learn about later, have created a timid teenager who clings to her relationship with best friend Skyler. Inseparable girlfriends, the pair are linked by their negle
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Sweet Spot Sisterhood Book Lover's Blog
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, PNR, Fantasy Readers
This was a very different read for me. I went into it blind, which I prefer with most of my books. I knew it had some paranormal elements to it, so I was prepared for that. The beginning was very exciting to me, so much so that I immediately messaged a member of my review team about how the premise of the story had my mind going crazy. Our main character, Serenity, has visions from what appear to be past lives. Aside from her gifts that she keeps secret from others, this is the only time we real ...more
Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
Because I realized I hadn't posted my review here a year ago *facepalm*

First thing, those journal entries are so great! They are poetic and abstract, and I love them. And absolutely adored their presence throughout the novel.

The first words that come to mind after reading this book are: elegant, beautiful restraint, and balance. Yes this book put me through heartache followed by extreme joy, but the overwhelmingly constant feeling was a sense of calm; Serenity.

At first, I didn't know what to exp
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Megan
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read from this author and man I've been missing out! Serenity was such a heartbreaking, emotional and unique read. The range of emotions whew this story will take your breath away... I'm finding it hard to describe everything that is this book..the tough topics that were discussed, the beautiful bonds of friendship and family, finding someone to love all of you even the broken pieces...So I will simply say this..I loved this book; I'm kind of haunted by it at the moment (the bo ...more
Karin
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by India Adams and, just like the first one I read (Steal Me) the writing is AMAZING!!! India truly has such a gift of writing that makes you feel like you are living among the characters of her books. It's very polarizing in a way.

Serenity is not a easy book to read cause it will bring many many emotions out of you and, it touches among several trigger points that unfortunately to many people have to deal with it.

Serenity is a very gifted individual, I won't elaborate on
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Annette Brignac
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Purple flame

Good Lord this book.... Holy mackerel. As my first read from this author, I am going to attempt to put into words how amazing this story is... But I don't think I'll be able to do it justice. However, I'm going to try!

This story will take you through every emotion possible. You will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will want to throw things. There's also the strong possibility that your chest will hurt. But IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT.

The writing is superb. A world has been created
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