c.j. anaya

Review of ‘The Healer: Box Set, Volumes 1 – 3’

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Hope is a young woman with a secret; she had the ability to heal others, and helps her father, a doctor, with critical patients. She is unaware that there are those who know of her secret, including two warring gods who compete with each other for her love, and a fallen god who wants her for less-than honorable purposes. Forced into a dream-like state, she lives her life as Mikomi, princess of an empire and the Healer of the world. As Mikomi, she joins forces with a rebel group against her evil father, but falls prey to a ‘friend’ who has her own deadly secret. Finally, when the veil between life and death is weakest, Hope/Mikomi must face her fate.

The Healer (Box Set, Volumes 1 – 3) by C. J. Anaya is a three-volume set of books that follows Hope/Mikomi through her battles, physical and metaphorical, as she fights evil and finds love. I previously read book one in this set, and was impressed with the author’s plotting and facility with the prose. She’s created a strong character who, surprisingly, holds up extremely well through three books, and a fantasy/science fiction world that, while unbelievable, is acceptable.

Her treatment of Asian culture, and the melding of ancient lore with popular modern Western culture is very well done.

This is a good starter set for young adult sci-fi/fantasy fans.

I give this set four stars.

Review of ‘The Healer’

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Hope is an 18-year-old high school student with a secret. She can heal people, not everyone, but some. She and her father struggle to keep her ability secret; but it’s far from the only problem she has. She learns that she is actually the incarnation of an ancient princess, Princess Mikomi, who is the love interest of two warring gods, and that a fallen deity wants to control her for his own evil purposes She is forced to make a choice, surrender to her fate, or fight.

The Healer by C. J. Anaya is a young-adult, paranormal romance story that has so many elements woven into the narrative one is almost forced to write notes to keep track of them. An interesting and somewhat entertaining story if you like this genre.

I received a free copy of this book. I give it three and a half stars

Review of ‘My Fair Assassin’

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Crysta Jensen is a recently emancipated 17-year-old who, because of her strange, other-worldly appearance and odd eating habits, has always had trouble fitting in. When a strange, but attractive, stranger shows up in her apartment and announces that he’s there to kill her, her life goes off on an even stranger tangent. After encountering her, the stranger, Jareth, finds himself drawn to her and decides, instead of killing her, it is his mission to be her protector, sending them both on an even stranger journey as she discovers that she’s, in fact, not human but fae, and not just an ordinary fairy. Crysta, it turns out, is the daughter of royal winter fairies who were assassinated, and she too has been marked for death.

My Fair Assassin by C. J. Anaya is a novella that is part fantasy, part thriller, and part young adult romance. The author spends almost the first half of the book developing the relationship between Crysta and Jareth, passages that are laced with budding romance and rib-tickling humor as they learn to communicate with other and test the limits of their growing relationship. The second half unravels the mystery of who Crysta really is and why she is on someone’s hit list—but, more chillingly, who really wants her dead. While the ending is not technically a cliff hanger, it does very effectively set the reader up for the next book in the series, and leaves a strong desire to read more.

This was an enchanting story (pun intended) that had me laughing and tense with worry at the same time. One can’t help but cheer for Crysta and Jareth as they each come to fateful conclusions on the proper way forward, as individuals and as a couple.

I received a free copy of this book. I don’t usually give this genre higher than four stars, but I have no qualms about giving this one five stars. It was a thoroughly enjoyable short read.