Welcome to my stop on the Betrayal book tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Here you can read a synopsis of the book, my review, and First Chapter, Book Trailer and a Giveaway! I also have a bio of author J.L Bowmen Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information and other reviews about this book and author
Title: The Healer
Author: J.L. Bowmen
Series: Dare To Heal Series (book 1)
Publisher: Featherweight Publishing
Publication Date: April 28, 2012
Summary in Scrollbox below
This review is spoiler free, I do not mention more than what is in the blurb.
I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I do not normally read many books with the main character being male, much less a 14 year old (that’s probably what my biggest complaint is, been better if he was 17 at least)
Anyway, the story did hook me in, I was disturbed at the severe abuse this poor kid had suffered at the hands of his “uncle” and “aunt”, broken bones, severe beatings, pure torture, but of course he is not a normal boy, he heals in 3 days, but that’s 3 days of agony.
I did have some trouble connecting to the main character, Armond Costa, partly because he was such an immature character, but really was about right for a 14 year old, and his thinking had me wondering at times, but then again, I would not know what that kind of abuse would do to someone, as I had not experienced it like that.
Overall the story is told very well, writing was spot on, no complaints at all in that.
I am not sure what the target audience is for this book, guessing YA, but would not want a 14 year old to read this, it’s a little too violent, with the beatings, and abuse, as well as other things I didn’t like seeing in YA books.
The story in itself, is a unique one, I went into this book thinking angels, because the front cover made it kindof look that way, and that cover is something else I didn’t like, not only is it fake looking, but the fact his wings are described first NOT having feathers, more like a bats wings, so that cover does not fit the description.
So as I mentioned, not angels, we have “good” tribe of the Golden Demons, then the “evil” Dark demons. So the Golden demons, are all about peace and harmony, which is the tribe our main character is from.
I found some of the interactions between Armond and the Golden demons funny, seems the kids that were raised at the Golden demon castle high in the mountains did not go to human schools or interact too much with them, as some phrases and sayings that the “humans” would say go right over their head, so those made me laugh. Here is one below.
Where a human Rusty, his best friend and self appointed big brother/protector says something that goes over Lucien’s head, who is from Golden demon family. This following remark is said in all seriousness, not sarcastic, lol.
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