Friday, February 22, 2013

Guest Review: Empowered by @darlenejones47, review by @anneli33


by Darlene Jones

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Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Dreams and visions. Visions and dreams. Both rule Jasmine’s life. Convinced by her childhood visions that her soul mate exists and isn’t just a figment of romance novels, Jasmine pursues Victor relentlessly, believing he is “the one.”

Guest Reviewer

Anneli Purchase
Reincarnation. Is it possible? A dream convinces her so. But, the visions and dream promise much more than a lover. They portend danger and a threat to Jasmine’s perfect life. Who was she in that other life? Why is she so sure she is invincible? Will her beliefs lead her into danger?

And Yves? He is the celestial being assigned to watch over her, and to provide the people to protect her. He must experience again the agony of losing the woman he loves to another as Jasmine and her soul mate fulfill their destiny. Will Yves jeopardize his rise to a position of power by going to her on Earth, or will he give up his love?

Guest Review

Having read Embattled, I looked forward to reading about Em again as she was reincarnated as Jasmine Wade Berdin in Darlene Jones' sequel, Empowered. I was not disappointed. The new Em (Jasmine) was comfortably familiar to me, yet completely new and refreshing. Jaz is beautiful, intelligent, and full of surprises.

Something tells her that she has been singled out by powers beyond her control, to do good works and fulfill a mission on Earth. To help her do this, she must find her soulmate. The rub is that Yves, her otherworldly controller, is in love with her himself. I felt huge empathy for Yves although he and Jaz are literally worlds apart.

The author intertwines the lives of the characters in such a way that we feel just as comfortable reading about "the beings" as we do about the Earth characters. You'll find action, suspense, and human relationships developed and woven into a story you won't want to put down. Jones' challenge must have been to make the story end in a way that was satisfying to everyone, and she accomplishes this very skilfully.

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