Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: Emily's Heart (The Akasha Chronicles #3) by Natalie Wright

Emily’s Heart
By Natalie Wright
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Amazon Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emily Adams unintentionally unleashed a shadow god's dark energy power into the world and started an Apocalypse. But Emily is also the only one that can end the dark god's reign. Though the powerful faerie magic of the golden torc is still coiled around her arm, self-doubt threatens to undo her. Emily wants nothing more than to feel the soft kiss of her one true love, but he won't even speak to her. Her first crush is still quite dead and her best friend remains a prisoner in the dark god's house of 

nightmares. A growing legion of black-eyed shadow people, devoid of conscience, roam the streets. Emily needs help now more than ever, but redemption seems far off indeed as she faces the expanding darkness alone.

Emily will need an army of her own if she is to save the world from being taken over by pure evil. But will a small band of Lucent geeks and freaks be enough to send the dark god packing?

Amidst chaos and ruin, will love blossom in Emily's Heart?

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My Thoughts:

This is the third and concluding book in the Akasha Chronicles series. Another year has passed and Emily is now seventeen. She has returned from the Umbra Perdita and the Apocalypse has been unleashed. People are turning from the Light and being consumed by the Dark and losing their souls. Evil abounds. Everyone is living in fear and all of Emily’s friends have deserted her.

And then one day, Greta shows up on her doorstep asking for her help to fight Ciardha. Emily and Greta work together gathering a small band of people who are still Lucent and they begin training to protect themselves and fight the darkness overtaking the world.

Jake eventually joins the Lucent Tribe and despite the fact that Jake is still angry with Emily, he is still in love with her and she finds that she is drawn to him.

There is a lot of physical action and fighting in Emily’s Heart. It is a fast paced novel with a definite theme of good vs. evil. There is some blood and gore in this book as it is aimed at youth in their later teen years to young adults. The previous two books were aimed at younger audiences. The language and sexual content was also more adult than in the two earlier books as well.

I liked that what sustained Jake through the torture he endured while in captivity was his positive thoughts and his love for Emily. I believe that our attitude and what we think can make a big difference in how we endure any difficult situation.

There is a lot of Celtic and Eastern religious influence in this series. It deals with the idea that people are part of the “web of all things”. In one part of the novel, Emily and Jake became one with the Goddess to fight Ciardha and defeat him by embracing him with love. Emily learns that it is not wise to destroy Ciardha (the dark one) as both Ciardha and the Goddess (of Light) are two sides of the same coin.

Emily’s descriptions of the scenes are well-written and detailed enough to allow the reader to visualize the scenes easily. The world she paints is a very bleak place, but there is hope if we can find it within ourselves to love each other – a truth for us all to learn from.

Ms. Wright’s characters are realistic. Through each of the three books in the series they have matured, just as teenagers do and by the end of this third book they have reached adulthood and begin to drift apart in life, heading their separate ways, maybe to cross paths again, and maybe not. Their friendships have developed, broken, mended and changed just as friendships do in real life. Very well done!

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:
Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can't resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.
Natalie spent her formative years on a farm in Ohio living in a creaky old farmhouse, gathering natural clay and crawdads from the creek, and using the moss growing on the rocks in the woods as a carpet for her Barbie dolls. It was a fertile environment for an active imagination and an inquisitive mind.
Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She is, however, a city girl at heart and vows never to live anyplace for long where she can’t get take-out food delivered to her door. Natalie finds inspiration in travels and the desert environment of her home in Tucson, Arizona where she lives with her husband, young daughter and her dog Molly.

"Books are my friends, ideas my passion."

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