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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: A Healing Spirit

A Healing Spirit A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Healing Spirit is the second book in the "Riverview" series by Melissa A. Hanson. It focuses this time on a 19 year old girl named Mia Kinney. She is in her first year of college, and is thankful for getting to see all her friends again during Thanksgiving break. They all decide to go skiing at a nearby resort. Mia gets hurt by falling off a chairlift, and the first one to rescue her is a twenty-one year old named Dylan. He helps her to the ambulance, but then he finds himself unable to forget about her. She is stuck in a coma, and Dylan visits her a few times. When Mia wakes up, things aren't easy. She suffered a fall from about thirty feet up, so she had broke a few bones. Another problem is that two boys have confessed their love for her. Both Dylan and her friends brother Quinn have feelings for her. But just when her romance with Dylan starts to bloom, she falls into a mess that has to do with his family. Read the book to find out more.

I really liked the characters in this book. Mia was a kind and brave person, and I could kind of relate to her in some places. Dylan was sweet and perfect for Mia. He did have his dark spots, like every good character. They just brought out the story even more. Mia's parents are unique, with her mom being kind of a worrier. Mia's friends were supportive, but Quinn is pushy and will do anything to be with Mia.

The plot kept me guessing. It was so much better than the first book, because it took more surprise turns. It was just a romance filled with MANY injuries until the end of the book. But then it turned into a murder mystery. That part was especially well written, and actually scared me. The turn was sudden and was perfect to keep you wanting to read more. There were also a lot of hospital visits and sicknesses that kept the plot from being too slow. I've noticed that Melissa A. Hanson uses injuries and sicknesses as a main part of the story, and I think this is neat. There is a lot of rising action in this book.

The writing style was creative as well. It was told in alternating views, mainly from Mia's and Dylan's point of view. Occasionally, Quinn and Gretchen (Mia's mom) add their point of view, just to change things up. There also were a lot of creative and descriptive phrases in this book. Overall, the writing style is great.

In conclusion, this is a great book with some hidden life lessons and a very interesting story.

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