Title: Reality (The Life of Arie #1)
Author: Dani Hart
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy YA
Release Date: September 23, 2013
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 out of control. They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul. Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon.
This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you.
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To be honest, I liked this book. I usually don’t read something told at first person, but this… I don’t know. Maybe I liked it because it reminds me of a cousin who was born with a butterfly mark, maybe not. Anyway, it was something unusual about Reality that made me read it. Dani Hart created something mysterious and beautiful just like a butterfly. She wrote so gracefully, you’ll be able to see and feel everything.
It always starts with a mystery, and it ends with solving it, but in this case, it starts with a mystery, and every chapter will bring anotherone, in the end, you’ll have just a part of them solved. There is a lot going on that you really do have to pay attention to or else you get turned around a bit. Not all is as it seems, and there were a few parts where I didn’t know who the bad guy was and who was the good guy.
Dani Hart is the creator of something beautiful, a butterfly made from the only two things that represents magic on Earth – books and human feelings.
I look forward to the next book in this series. I give it 4.5 out 5 stars!
„My mom always said that if you listened hard enough that you could hear nature talk to you. In my case, I could feel it.”
„If River was home, Ashe was my heart. Two parts of me that I needed and could never live without.”
“I closed my eyes and let the music surround me and slowly enter every pore of my body. It invaded my soul and erased my thoughts. I started to move with the music, letting myself go, including letting go of the pain. I could feel the energy around me grow more intense as the chorus began. Bodies started rubbing up against me, but I kept my eyes closed and focused on the energy building inside of me, the feeling of release and freedom.”
“I felt like a butterfly with broken wings, and River was trying to mend me back together. But after a butterfly’s wings are broken it was destined to live a life without flight, and fate’s destiny for me was not to fly. I would never soar above the sorrow and be free from the guilt of those surrounding me whom I would drown in pain.”