(The Blood Inheritance Quartet Book 2)
Multi-volume, fantasy author, M. Ainihi introduces us to her latest book in the Blood Inheritance series:
In this sequel to Rise, Amanda searches for the link between herself and the visions that afflict her. Unsure if the people she observes are the cause or the cure of all her troubles, she focuses on the two she feels the deepest connection with the shy healer Emily and the brave Kiami, who can control humans with her song. For years, Emily has endured her parents’ harsh treatment without her curse showing itself, but when her best friend has an accident, she cannot ignore the compulsion to save her. She’s afraid to return home, and the wisps, glowing beings of light, seem to be her only allies as trouble and magic follow her everywhere she goes. Before Amanda knew about the seven realms, she longed to know her mother. Now her inherited gift is the very thing she fears most, and even as she fights to keep her shadow magic at bay, she can feel it growing inside her. Plagued by nightmares and haunted by a new vision of Emily, a cryptic accusation may just send her tumbling over the edge. Kiami’s magical abilities have always been nurtured by her guardians, but when she suddenly finds herself abandoned, she becomes desperate to find anyone that’s immune to her song. So when Amanda and her jinn companion seek her out for help, she agrees. As their paths intertwine, the world around them becomes increasingly dangerous. There is a dark power determined to prevent them from understanding the truth, and as the teens get closer to unraveling the mystery, it becomes clear that they will have to work together if they want to survive long enough to figure it out.
This story is getting more and more interesting as a continuation of “Rise”. The stakes are rising, and the risk is for Amanda is growing. The tale is getting quite good. We learn more about many of the characters and they endure trials of various kinds. If anything, the scene-setting is lusher than the first book. The action and dialogues are improved also. I particularly enjoyed the variety of realms the author has created. Such a good story, easy to get lost in.
I award a score of 4.6 stars.
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Tags: Teen, Young Adult, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, dark, Horror
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Debut author, Kate Recore, introduces us to her shocking memoir, “Brain Storm”, about being misdiagnosed as an adult-onset epileptic:
“The most difficult thing about being misdiagnosed with a mental illness is the more you fight it, the crazier you seem.”
At the age of twenty-three, Kate Recore began to suffer from a common brain disease. Although signs pointed directly at epilepsy, her neurologists misdiagnosed her with mental illness. For almost a year, Kate struggled against her worsening mind-altering seizures without any medical help. She lost her memory of the past, and her dreams for the future.
After finally being tested and properly diagnosed, her journey through epilepsy began. Many years of failed drug therapies stretched before her. She battled against doctors who refused to consider the importance of their patient's quality of life, never changing course to help her manage her disease.
Finally finding a true caregiver, Kate became well again. With a new drug and a new place to call home, she learned to let go of who she was, and love who she is.
Misdiagnosis affects over twelve million people in the United State every year, and is considered the country's third-leading cause of death. While told against the backdrop of one patient's life, Brain Storm: An Electrifying Journey resonates with anyone fighting the overpriced, inadequate American healthcare system. By fearlessly adding her voice to the demand for better care, Kate Recore hopes to blaze a trail for all patients calling for help, and needing to be heard.
“It seems inappropriate to call an autobiographical account of epilepsy and medical malfunction a page turner but, in fact, that is what BRAIN STORM is—a story that keeps you turning the pages. Kate Recore educates us on the reality of health insurance, doctoring, diagnosis, functional brain damage, epilepsy, and familial influence without losing the thread of her plot, a plot created from lived experience. You will read because it is interesting. You will learn because it is unavoidable. You will be inspired because you will be awakened. Don’t miss this one.”
~Dr. Lynette Louise (The Brain Broad – www.lynettelouise.com) award-winning neurotherapist, humanitarian, director, speaker, writer, brain-change expert, author of MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real-Life Guide to Autism
I thank Kate for her bravery to reveal so much of what she went through and for sharing how to live a life without most of her memories from the past.
I can’t argue with Lynette, this story kept me on the edge of my seat, just like a medical thriller! The scariest part is it’s true! Kate was on the verge of losing control of her life for so long.
The fact that she was able to leverage a couple of lucky breaks provides welcome relief from the suspense of her memoir. Besides being betrayed by her brain and her body, some of the medical “professionals” were of little help, not listening to the patient. One more indictment of our healthcare system, seeking to maximize profits and minimize expenses can leave the patient hanging out in the cold.
The people who were closest to her were great assets in her life. Each had an important role to play.
One of the smoothest reading books I have read in a long time, I award five stars to “Brain Storm”!
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