~ Rift Healer ~
Rift Healer is the first installment of the 'Forest Magic' series, a Young Adult Fantasy/Romance set in Central and Western Massachusetts.
Gisele Westerfield's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to heal the magical forest.
Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as The One whom he'll share his future. But after witnessing a terrifying display of Micah's Gift, Haley cools to his advances while unexpectedly discovering her own Gift--she can heal the earth.
Monsters, mayhem, and teenage angst follow the small group as they confront evil in the forest and a dangerous prediction that 'one will fall'. Will they heal the rifts in time? Can they save the unicorns? And is Haley really destined to be with Micah?
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~ Review ~
I fell in love with this book within a few chapters, and would have easily finished in one sitting if I hadn't had to get up for work the next day.
The book follows the story of an old lady, Gisele and a group of teenagers, Haley and her twin sister Lacey, Taylor, Micah and Selena, who are thrown together in an adventurous, exciting yet dangerous summer in which they must save a magical forest from rifts that are appearing all over.
The storyline is well thought out, and will easily appeal to both young and old. The writing style is clear, very vivid descriptions and you can just completely lose yourself in the story. The characters are well balanced, and all have their own strengths and weaknesses which develop as the story moves on.
This book stayed with me for so long after reading it, so much so that when I went camping with my son and we were walking through some woods my mind started wondering if there were any rifts nearby! It actually took my brain until the end of the sentence to realise what I was thinking and give myself a stern talking to!
~ Sirocco ~
Sirocco is the follow-up to Rift Healer and the second installment of the 'Forest Magic' series.
While on a Christmas visit to Bidwell, MA, sixteen year old Haley Miller sees a disturbing vision in her new crystal ball. With her sister Lacey and Lacey's boyfriend, Taylor, she concocts a daring and dangerous plan to change the bleak fate of their elderly mentor, Gisele Westerfield.
Entering Gisele's snow-filled enchanted forest, the teens attempt to locate the legendary Sirocco, an ancient creature reputedly able to cure all ills--unaware that the price for its service is far too high.
Their ill-conceived adventure promises excitement, danger, monsters and perhaps the scariest moment of all--Gisele's fiery reaction to what they've done.
~ Review ~
Two years after Rift Healer ends the gang are back on another adventure in the magical forest. Haley, Lacey, Taylor (and for a short while towards the end Micah) along with Gisele are thrown into danger again when Hayley sees the future in a crystal ball and goes on a journey to find the legendary Sirocco. Giselle (and Micah) end up having to rescue them when it all goes awry.
I loved the first book in the series, Rift Healer, so when this book came out I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for them all. I was far from disappointed! This book is just as well written and full of twists and turns. The characters are all just as lovable and more mature, letting the reader grow up a little with them all. This series is amazing, and will appeal to all ages.
~ Diane's Bio ~
Diane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an "excellent report writer" were often noted in previous employment.
On her brother Rick's birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a 'Spirit Gift,' sent by her brother.
Diane continues to reside in Central MA with her husband and a very naughty Basset Hound named Basil and his new adopted sister-Basset, Ruby, both of whom cleverly wreak havoc on the Haynes' formerly well-ordered lives. She spends her time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors, antiqueing and attempting to train a very reluctant Basil and a willing, but highly comedic Ruby.
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