The Healer (The Healer Series, #1)

The Healer (The Healer Series, #1)

by C.J. Anaya

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BN ID: 2940152839036
Publisher: C.J. Anaya
Publication date: 02/22/2016
Series: Healer Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,402
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

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The Healer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***** I’m going to give The Healer a 4.5. It was a great book with likable characters, an interesting plot, plenty of suspense, and a little bit of romance. The best thing is that it’s not the same old supernatural fare. The author draws the details from Japanese folklore, so we get to learn about a whole new (or at least new to me) culture and mythology in a setting that we can visualize and relate to. Plot:  Since she was a child, Hope has had the gift of healing. Her father has helped her keep that gift a secret, so she can remain safe. But after some strange encounters, and after meeting two handsome but very different guys, Hope learns that that she is not only in danger, but that her gifts have a greater purpose than she could ever imagine.  Characters: Hope is very likeable as a heroine. She’s kind and caring and very selfless, and she uses her gift to help others instead of to benefit herself. At the same time, she’s not a pushover. She’s strong and determined, and she thinks (maybe even overthinks) before making impulsive life-threatening mistakes like a lot of YA heroines.  Hope has an incredible support system in her father, whose job as a surgeon gives her a great cover for using her gifts. While he does call on her for help occasionally, he also cares deeply for her and tries to keep her safe. He even has contingency plans in case her gift is discovered. She also has a hilarious and very boy crazy best friend, Angie. Angie doesn’t know about Hope’s gift, but she does see how special Hope is, and she does her best to get Hope to see that as well. She also has a friend and confidante in Kirby, a young boy is dying from leukemia. Hope’s potential romantic interests are Tie and Victor, the two new guys at school. The boys are a mystery to Hope because she is drawn to both of them, and they seem to know her somehow. Both guys are very likable and very different. Tie is cocky and self-assured, while Victor is more serious and reserved. I can’t give a lot of details about them without spoiling the story, but I will say that even though they can’t stand each other, they will both do everything possible (including working together) to keep Hope safe.   Writing: Anaya did an incredible job of building suspense by presenting one threatening situation after another. To add to that, we don’t know Tie’s or Victor’s motives, so we aren’t really sure who to trust. There are a couple of typos here and there, but for the most part, the book is pretty well-edited. In terms of a rating, I would probably give the book a PG. There’s lots of violence and a couple of heated kisses, but little to no cursing and no sexual situations. The Bottom Line: The Healer drew me in at Page One and kept me on the edge of my seat until the ending. (Yes, it is a cliffhanger, and yes, I’m already halfway through the second book.) In addition to conjuring a wide variety of emotions (laughter, desperation, sadness, confusion, hope … you name it), the book teaches us about a new culture and forces us to reflect on our own beliefs. As a reader, you can’t ask for much more than that.
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Good read. I really couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a mix of history, romance, and adventure . I can't think of a better combanation with hope's love towards her friends and family. She has also got quite a different love interest here. I hope you love this book as much as I do
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is a cut above most YA books. It has a great story, and it is imaginative and well-written. The aptly-named Hope slowly is unveiled as the embodiment of an old soul, with a compelling destiny as well as the ability to heal others. The interplay with her best friend is entertaining, and her arousal to the opposite sex is well-documented fun. By the time the ending is reached, the reader is hooked and more than ready to continue on to the next books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite The Healer, Book 1 by C.J. Anaya is a young adult paranormal romance, also suitable for new adults. Hope has been protected all her life, shielded and watched over. She remained hidden, despite the searching eyes of the Kami who sought her out. Hope is the embodiment of a prophecy, a mortal with the power of the gods. She is able to communicate with a person’s life force, and instruct it how to repair damage. She is a healer, and the survival of a whole race rests upon her adolescent shoulders. For so long she had hidden who she was and only her father and a young boy know the truth; not even Angie, her best friend, knows her secrets. Using her job as a janitor at the hospital, Hope heals who she can and feels a great destiny is laid before her. She has no idea her entire life has already been decided for her. Her two lives, the secret healer and the high school student, are forced to merge when two new students arrive at her school. Unusually, they capture her attention, and seem to know more about her than they are willing to reveal. Hope fears someone has discovered her secret. But the arrival of these two is merely the harbinger of danger. With a first person narrative, it is impossible not to be drawn into The Healer. It would certainly appeal to its target audience as well as some adults, especially those who enjoy a healthy dose of mythology. The Healer is an excellent example of Fabulism/Magical realism, combining myths and fables from the Japanese culture, as well as touching on a few others. C.J. Anaya has an excellent writer’s voice and sets a brilliant pace. As a holistic therapist, I appreciated the clear thought and research that had been invested in creating a realistic healer. It shows an understanding of healing techniques employed in various forms of energy healing, thus enhancing the reader experience. It was impossible not to get lost in the story. Real characters, enjoyable dialogue, and fun to read - add in secrets, romance, and mythology ... what more could you ask for?
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In a great read by author C.J. Anaya, The Healer, the first book in the planned The Healer series, follows the story of Hope, a woman hiding a very powerful secret. She has the ability to heal the breach between the living and the dead. Two separate gods are in love with her, and prepared to do almost anything to get her, and another power wants her for his own nefarious purposes as well. Readers will be on the edge of their seats almost from the very start of this story, waiting to see what will happen to Hope and the world she inhabits. Will the secret of her dangerous gift be realized, and if so, for what purpose? You'll need to read this incredible book to find out! I very much enjoyed The Healer. Author C.J. Anaya has done a great job in creating characters that readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about, thinking of them long after the last page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The author's world creation abilities are simply second to none and this story, while set in a somewhat fantastic setting, comes across as completely realistic. Any reader who enjoys young adult fiction with a mythical sense and a strong romantic undertone should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend The Healer, and I look forward to reading more from the very gifted author, C.J. Anaya, as soon as I possibly can!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite The Healer by C.J. Anaya (Book One of the Healer series) draws upon ancient forces, gods, and demons from Japanese mythology to craft a thrilling and richly layered modern epic for Young Adult readers. In the first book of what promises to be an enthralling series, Hope, a seemingly normal (albeit slightly introverted) motherless teenager with a strange ability to heal the sick, makes surreptitious visits to the hospital in which her physician father treats patients. Her primary purpose is to offer healing and – dare we say - hope to suffering patients without drawing attention to her abilities and exposing her secret. Along the way, she befriends a terminally ill patient and begins to feel a burgeoning desire to test the boundary between life and death when she realizes that she cannot save those who are meant to die. With the help of her red-headed, boy crazy siren of a best friend, Angie, Hope sorts out life issues as diverse as mourning her mother’s passing and defending her choice to postpone thoughts of romance. Enter Victor and Tie, two ‘new boy’ cousins too hot to go unnoticed by any of the girls at school, and Hope begins an adventure worthy of the most timeless traditional epic heroines. Layer by layer, a life-or-death scenario unfolds as characters and concepts from Japanese mythology begin to invade Hope’s world and cause her to discover powers, wisdom, and abilities no one could have guessed she possesses. As “The Healer” comes into her own, lives are changed and young female readers everywhere are empowered in extraordinary ways. The Healer by C.J. Anaya is a wonderful, uplifting, and educational Young Adult adventure, full of prescient messages and timely reminders that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating read
Theresa_F More than 1 year ago
Free book for honest review. The Healer The Healer centers around a teenage girl named Hope who was born with a very special ability. She can heal people. However, she can not heal everyone, which makes her frustrated as it would anyone. As she describes it she taps in to the "life force" of the person, which even she has a hard time describing. Luckily she works at the local hospital (as a janitor) but her father is the chief surgeon which gives her an excuse to be there when she isn't working but doing other "work". But on her way home one evening her father calls her back urgently. I little girl she knows was in a car accident and not fairing so well. Hope is able to help her heal but not her father's office aide who was also like a Mother to the young child. But this time when she reached the life force of the woman it spoke to her and told her she is not supposed to live and it's not her fault, just like when she couldn't save her own Mother when she died. This is something that has NEVER happened and has Hope concerned... After speaking with her father she goes to one of her favorite patients, a 10yr old boy named Kirby who has Leukemia and accidentally found out about Hope's gift. She enjoys his company and always tries to help him, even if she can't heal him she can at least help with any discomfort. She expresses that she feels it's not fair. She struggles with the fact that she can't help someone like him and on her way home she suddenly feels like she's being followed. Lately, she's felt she was being watched but this time she was sure..... Maybe it was the exploding fireball shot at tree or the two tailed cat. When she talks to her her BFF Angie (who doesn't know about her ability) she begins to think that she did imagine it, just like her Father said after she told him. She tells him just about everything because of their fear that a govt would find her and want to study her or a religious zealot or group would try to take her. The next day at school things become even more strange. The author captures the feelings of being a teen, but also the feelings Hope has on her gift. She is wise but also vulnerable like any 17yr old girl. The interaction between Hope and Angie is comical and you could even picture the school and other students. She writes descriptively without being boring, keeping your attention and not wanting to put down the book. The twists and turns you wont see coming. I would say my only worry was the ending. I honestly thought it would have a part two, but the epilogue I thinks ends the story, but because it was so quick (almost like the author just wanted to be done) I'm not sure if there will still be a part two. For this reason alone I am only giving 4 stars, because it leaves the reader feeling cheated on a conclusion or not. Charidy
CassandraUlrich More than 1 year ago
The Healer by C.J. Anaya is a captivating account of a young woman with incredible healing powers. Yet, she's so much more with a history she only remembers in waking dreams. With a devoted father and best friend Angie, Hope's adventures begin when two great looking guys, Tie and Victor, attend her high school. This is a real page turner. Recommended to readers who like books about supernatural powers and battles against demonic monsters.
aly36 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Hope has the power to heal and not many people in her life know about it. I have a niece that would really like to read this book. This is a unique healer story with a unique mythological twist. I loved the ending it was really good and I can’t wait for the next book. *This book was given to me from the author in exchange for an honest review*
WishingUponaBook More than 1 year ago
Okay, to avoid spoilers I won't make this review to long, because otherwise I'll keep talking and eventually I'll blab about something I shouldn't, so here goes. I really loved The Healer! I've always loved Japanese culture and mythology and this book had tons of that and it was awesome! Like the Nekomata stuff! Also the story itself about Hope, being who and what she is, I never expected this story to captivated me the way it did. The way the author writes, just captivates you and keeps you glued to the book and almost forces you to keep on reading until it's finished, like I did. And of course there's the characters: I quite like Hope, she's cool, kind and suprisingly scary too, but you'll have to read the book to know what I mean. Then there's Angie, Hope's best friend and I definitely like her. She's sarcastic, cool, aloof sometimes, temperamental and has quite a devilish streak in her, which I liked a lot. Then there's Kirby for a ten-year-old, he's a bit too mature for my liking, but I like him anyway, he still has this sweet, innocent air about him too, also I hate his mom, I can't believe she'd ditch a sweetheart like Kirby like she does. Hope's dad, well I don't know what to feel about him, he's okay, but he way to overprotective and okay maybe he has valid reason to be, but sometimes too much, is just ... to much. And then we have the guys, Tie and Victor. Is it bad of me to say that I'm not into Hope/Victor and I'm hoping Hope ends up with Tie? Anyone else, who read the book, feel like that? I just can't help, there's just something off about Victor that makes me just feel like he's unfit to be with Hope. And personally I think Tie is a way better suitor for Hope. And as for Mrs. Mori, I don't like her not one bit. She makes my skin crawl and not in a good way and she's too manipulative for my tastes. And I still believe there's something wickedly off about her. I don't trust her and I don't like her. All in all, The Healer was a great start to, what I hope will be, the series and I will definitely eagerly anticipate the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Hope there is a sequel very soon!