Reality by Dani Hart
I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless. Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me. My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemed to change. My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer out of control. They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul. Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon.
This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you.
Reading Reality was such an adventure. I swear my emotions were probably all over the place while I was reading. I was able to relate to the characters and feel what they were feeling. I love Arie! I envied the close relationship she had with her mother. I wanted to be there beside her helping her get through her heartache and sadness. I felt myself wanting to shake her and tell her to wake up and get it together. Then there is River. Ah River. He is definitely my choice. I absolutely envy how they grew up together and were so close. They shared life experiences and had such a past. I am definitely team River :) Then Arie meets Ashe and a love triangle is formed. I can totally understand the hot mysterious guy being attractive and interesting but I just could not make myself like him. I mean I liked him as a character just not to be with Arie. Maybe it is because I loved River so much. I mean once you have a guy like River why would you ever be interested in anyone else, mysterious or not? I don't know lol maybe I'm just biased. Though I struggled through the love triangle I did enjoy the story plot of the book. Arie has always had a special connection to animals and nature. She doesn't understand it and she doesn't have many people to turn to for help. Soon her life takes her on a journey to discover who she is. All in all this was definitely a good read. Dani did an amazing job writing Reality and I will definitely read more from her in the future.
My passion for writing started at a very young age. It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could, then poetry, then short stories. I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully. Life got busy and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now. I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write. I just self-published book one in The Life of Arie series and am currently working on book two. I am also working on an adult dark romance.