This was a great story of love, loss, truth, and destiny. Anyone who is intrigued with past lives will love the accuaracy of this story and anyone who is not familiar with past lives will love learning about what Affinities are and how the people who are in our lives now have always been with us. I give this 5 stars.
Follow Ianni’s new path in this novella of The Past Lives Series.
My Review: This is just a short story of Ianni, Avery's spirit guide, and her journey from being cast out of heaven for using her Light to kill the dark guides that were threatening to take Avery and Landon's souls in The Many Lives of Avery Snow, to acclimating as a human and learning the ways and customs of humans. This is a great novella that ties the first book in to the second upcoming book The Unraveling of Avery Snow in which I will be reviewing next. We really see Ianni's personality emerge in this story. She falls in love with coffee and shopping, like most typical human woem, so she has no problems there. Kerri and Avery help her get a job where they work, at the retirement village, and the 3 girls become the best of friends. What Avery can't offer Ianni, Kerri makes up for, as with the love of shopping, something that Avery really doesn't care for. And though Ianni has her ups and downs with acclimating to being a human, feeling lonely at times when everyone around her seems to be happy and in love, she really does enjoy her new life. But being a human does mean she has her moments of saddness, something the Dark Guides thrive upon and so just when everyone thinks they are safe again after Dedrick and Benjamin's Deaths, Avery's Watcher and Ianni's friend, Mr. Grey, comes to warn Ianni not to let her guard down and keep a close watch on Avery. This novella is also great because it sets up the story for the next book. I give this 4 stars because I would have loved to see more from the author about Ianni as a human. I really think she could have expanded further on her acclimation, perhaps providing a stronger backstory or more ways in which Ianni struggles with her new life and her grieving for her old life. I truly enjoyed what I read and have no complaints on the content or storyline at all, I just wish there was more.
Blurb: As Avery Snow settles into her life and relationships with those around her, she fights to forget her past lives. All of which she spent with Landon, who still has no recollection of who she really is. It seems better that way. Even though she still feels a draw to his soul, she chooses to ignore it. For now everything is fine. Her boyfriend, Dallas, has opened a new restaurant. Her friends, Ianni and Kerri, are settling into their lives as well. But when news of a new Dark Guide is revealed, Avery is forced to start thinking about the life she truly leads. One that is very abnormal. One she is desperate to forget. This Dark Guide is determined to make Avery pay for the death of someone she held dear. Now Avery’s life has gone from seemingly perfect to falling apart. What will be at stake next? Her life? Her love? And who will be there in the end to help her up off the ground? Even the strongest love can unravel. Will Avery be able to hold it all together, or will she just let go?
My Review: In this follow up to The Many Lives of Avery Snow, Avery continues to struggle between her desire to make a life with Dallas and and her soul's desire to be with Landon. She loves both men and her heart aches for both of them. To make things more difficult on her, Landon's memories have been altered so that he doesn't remember her in this life or any of the others. He only knows her to be Dallas's girlfriend. So everytime Avery see's Landon, she knows the truth and knows why he walks around looking lost and alone. In fact, everyone (Ianni, Dallas, Kerri, Justin, even her dad) knows why Landon is the way he is.
Not only does Avery have to deal with knowing the truth while Landon does not, but she also faces other challenges in this book. Her relationship with Dallas is strained and she's constantly looking over her shoulder because of a vengeful Dark Guide named Sarafe, hell bent on avenging Dedrick's death. If you read The Many Lives of Avery Snow, you'll remember that Dedrick is the Dark Guide who wanted Landon's soul and was killed by Ianni when she used her Angel Light to destroy him and Benjamin. Now Sarafe has threatened to hurt everyone Avery loves as payment for helping destroy Dedrick.
Along with these challenges Avery faces, she must also deal with her own inner feelings and emotions, deciding that leaving California for somewhere more serene is her only option at this point. I really connected with this book because I saw so much of myself in Avery's situation. For me, this book touched me on a different level and I really embraced that. This sequel is by far my favorite in the series and I really hope the author continues the series, as I would love to see where Avery's life path goes. I give this 5 stars!