Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Carry on the Flame: Destiny's Call by Jodine Turner

Publishing Information:

Title – Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call ( Carry on the Flame #1)
Author – Jodine Turner
Publisher – TAG Publishing 
Date Published - 2011
# of pages - 280

Genres & Themes: Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Celtic Spirituality, Goddess, Reincarnation

GoodReads – 1 Rating, 4.0 Average Rating – 2 Ratings, 4.25ish Average Rating

My Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Humanity is in the midst of the greatest crisis in their evolution. Sharay is the one chosen to show the way forward and  help humankind move through the fear and dark times of today’s world. Born into a lineage of priestesses in modern day Glastonbury, England, Sharay’s way is blocked by her jealous Aunt Phoebe, who uses black magic against her to steal her fortune and magical power. When Phoebe commits Sharay to a psychiatric ward and accuses her of murder, Sharay struggles with the temptation to fight Phoebe’s vengeance with her own. Through the ancient Celtic ceremony of Beltaine, Sharay experiences profound sacred union with the Welshman Guethyn, who shows her how to open her heart. But Sharay must learn to transform her hatred for her aunt in order to claim the mystery held deep within her cells that will allow her to fulfill her destiny to prove that the ultimate magic is the power of love.

What I thought:

I found Jodine Turner’s debut Y.A. paranormal fantasy to be both a compelling read and a fascinating look into the Celtic/Gnostic religion. In Sharay’s world, magic is real and priestesses are given special power from the Goddess of the Sea and Stars. Sharay was meant to be the head priestess but her jealous aunt, at the death of her parents, convinced her that the Goddess wasn’t real. That her visions were no more than hallucinations. Now Sharay has been put into a mental health facility and a strange man has come to save her from the drugs and the black hole that is keeping her from her destiny.

This book includes many elements that I find compelling in a great read. It has deception, a darkness that must be overcome, romance, and most of all hope for a better future. The characters were all unique in their own way. Everyone has their own story, their own point of view, and their own motives for their actions. The plot moves along nicely, and the writing was very well done. I had a hard time putting this book down.

My only thoughts on the young adult aspect of the book is that there is a very detailed sex scene. I would say this book is better off read by an older young adult audience, one that can deal with mature scenes and subject matter.

I recommend this book to both adults and older teens interested in the paranormal genre, especially those who are fascinated by world religions.

Disclaimer: Review copy for blog tour from The Bookish Snob Promotions, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Recommended to: Paranormal Romance fans

Where you can purchase this book:

Amazon (Paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Paperback) 
Smashwords edition coming soon

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