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India R. Adams
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
To say I know where this story begins is to say I remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where I don’t know but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe it has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.
A destructive home life silently tears Serenity, a 16 year old girl, apart until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night.
Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…
The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul, may not be a figment of her imagination and with these words Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.
The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away.
~~4 out of 5 stars~~
This book is slaying over on Goodreads! I’ve read some great reviews and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do this book justice.
Thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for letting me be apart of this tour – this book was so much more than I had expected.
“My name? Serenity – a cruel joke that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Serenity is incredibly well written and the author takes you on this exceptional rollercoaster ride with your emotional triggers at the helm. This is a story full of love, heartbreak, humour and more and I found that just when I thought I knew which direction the story was going in, Adams would through in a mini twist that would have me pulled right back in.
The main character is 16 year old Serenity who has a horrible home life thanks to an alcoholic mother but a soul sister in her best friend Sky. Sky and Serenity share a close relationship with two characters named Josh and Jolene who have become unofficial parental figures. It is with the encouragement of the two J’s that leads them to meeting Dereck and Rocco, two characters that change the girls lives inexplicably.
I really, really, really like Dereck and Rocco. While I will say that there is an insta-love element to this story, these two boys are the ultimate book boys who would burn the world down to let these girls know how they feel. They are the ultimate protectors and they are mine. I’ll fight you for both of them.
Serenity ends up finding a diary with entries that reflect the things she has going on in her life and the feelings she is struggling with. Of course all the parallels mean she has an instant connection to this mystery girl and begins to have dream-chats with her.
A whole lot of weird stuff starts happening after her dreams turn from being about the diary girl to involving Sky, Dereck, Rocco, Josh and Jolene. This is where the story really picked up for me and all I can say is hold onto your seats team because things take a turn.
I don’t want to give too much away so I will leave you with this…read the damn book, just do it!
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India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.
India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing tobe ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.