Reality (The Life of Arie #1) by Dani Hart
Series: The Life of Arie #1
Author: Dani Hart
Published: 23rd September 2013
Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review
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.
This book has such gorgeous language and as you read you get entrapped in the vivid, beautiful imagery this book creates. One of my favourite quotes from the book is in the excerpt below. It's sad but it's such a wonderful simile that I can't help but find a wonderful beauty amongst the sadness. The cover of this book is gorgeous too and really fits with the ethereal quality of this book.
There are a lot of lovely scenes, especially the ones with the butterflies, and it really made me wish I had some cool, magical affinity with nature. Being able to walk through a field of butterflies or a family of deer would be amazing! There were also plenty of emotional scenes in this book and a good number of swoon-worthy moments!
The characters in this book were good, but some of the things they did, especially Arie, didn't quite sit well with me. For example, there was a weird love triangle thing going on in this book and Arie's constant uncertainty and change of heart really annoyed me and I felt really bad about her continual refusals of River. He was such a sweet, nice guy, and I really wish she'd just been straight with him and talked about her confused feelings.
This book moved quite slowly in the beginning and while I loved the descriptive language, I couldn't get myself fully engaged with the story. The story was interesting and I wished I'd felt more involved with it, but overall I did enjoy this book.
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.
Author Bio - Dani Hart
My passion for writing started at a very young age. It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could write well, then poetry, then short stories. I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully. I have since started several books, but have never had the courage or time to finish them. I missed it, but I was discouraged from my years in the industry and I was scared to go back, so I had convinced myself I was too busy and it would be a waste of time. Then I started reading again which reignited my passion for writing. I started writing a story that had been brewing inside of me over the years. The characters were slowly developing and itching to break out onto paper, so in the summer of 2011 I wrote the first two chapters. Life got busy again and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now. I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write while raising a family and living life. Thank you so much for your support! And I hope to keep the stories coming!!!