Friday, August 29, 2014

Healed (Rebirth, #2) by Becca Vincenza (4 stars)

About Healed 
Rebirth, #2
(from GoodReads)

The race is on to find the Rebirth paranormals.

Elijah doesn’t have feelings. He doesn’t care, nor does he empathize, until the day Audrey was found. While searching her mind telepathically, things suddenly changed for him. He never imagined that he would face all the emotions plaguing him. Now he is on a mission to find the rumored Rebirth creature. What happens when a creature never meant to feel anything suddenly becomes attached to another?

Valentine always knew there was something…different about her. While she hated even the thought of blood, she loved to help those in need. She felt an instant connection with her patients and always strived to save lives. Her adoptive sister always told her that she cared too much. That she couldn’t save everyone. And now there is a colder than ice man in her life that won’t go away, and won’t take no for an answer. The problem is, she never wanted to push him away, even though she knows he will be her downfall.

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Elijah has no emotions, and Valentine doesn't have answers. Then, they meet. Elijah can't deny the feelings she's stirring in him as Valentine begins a journey to discover who she really is. Both have so much to learn. Can they find a way to work together? Or will they only bring pain and devastation into each other's lives?

First... what an amazing world of paranormals! I must admit that I was confused at first, having not read book one in the series. But once I got into it, I was taken with the story and characters. 

Elijah is the bad boy you want to root for, and I loved how the author kept me interested in him even when there weren't sparks of goodness to be found. His abilities, at first sinister, become his torture. 

Valentine, although the name confused me because it wasn't particularly feminine and the book is told from alternating perspectives, is another great character. She's struggling, yet growing stronger with each revelation. The ultimate reveal of her paranormal classification is breathtaking and unforgettable.

Amani, who Valentine considers a sister, ended up being one of my favorites. She's that great peripheral character who steals scene after scene and helps bolster the protagonist's strength. On the surface, she's not likable--gruff and fierce--yet you can't help but like her.

By the end, I was captivated and wanted to know more (especially about the clans and their motives), but I think I would have given more stars if I'd read the first book and had been able to jump into the story more quickly. Oh, and did I mention it's full of some steamy romance? I might have had to defog my glasses once or twice. 

Overall, I would highly recommend Healed--just make sure and read book one first.

Note: There were a few grammar issues in the beginning which smoothed out as the book went on. Or, maybe I didn't notice them as much when I became more engaged with the story.

Rating: 4 stars

About the Author

Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, and reading about hot men. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her recently acquired English degree. She recently released the first book in her Rebirth Series and is set to release the second book before the beginning of summer.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.