Wednesday, June 20, 2012

QUICK REVIEW: "The Many Lives of Avery Snow" - by Christy Sloat

(Past Lives trilogy, book 1)
by Christy Sloat

REVIEWED BY: Books4Tomorrow


Avery Snow led a boring, no thrills life. After her father left the family when she was young, Avery’s mother died when she was only twelve, leaving her all alone except for her Aunt Paulina. Now, at twenty-six, Avery is very used to being lonely.

She enjoys her job at Sunrise Estates, it’s the one place where she doesn’t feel left out. Her boss, Kerri, is her best friend and Lucy O’Shea, a resident at the home, is a good friend to her as well. The night Lucy dies in Avery’s arms she delivers a haunting message to Avery. She tells her that there is a man looking for her from a past life. And he will stop at nothing to have her.

Now Avery is unable sleep for more than a few hours, her dreams are keeping her awake. She is too terrified to sleep for the dreams are too vivid and too real. The only catch? She cannot remember what they are about. Until her Spirit Guide, Ianni, comes to help. Ianni shows Avery her past lives and tells her about the man who is stalking her soul. Now Avery remembers every life she has ever lived and she remembers the man she shared them with. He will not give up until she falls in love with him. The problem is Avery is in love with someone else. Ianni must help keep Avery from making the wrong choice. One her soul doesn’t want. She also must keep her safe from the Dark Guides who are after Avery.


I really love the awesome cover and the title of this book. I couldn’t wait to start reading it, and I finished it in less than a day.

Spirit guides with wings that change color, malevolent dark guides that steal souls, reincarnation, a fascinating take on Hollywood celebs, and a love that spans over lifetimes, are only a few of the elements that makes “The Many Lives of Avery Snow” an intriguing story with an easy to follow plotline. The few flashbacks Avery and Landon have of their past lives together added more color to the story, and all the loose points got tied up nicely at the end; but there is also enough of an open ending left to be continued in book two of the series. These, of course, were the highlights for me, but unfortunately there were also a few negatives along the way, which I feel necessitates the three-star rating.

Although this story has an interesting premise, my personal opinion is that it lacks depth. Some of the main characters were a little flat, but a few of the secondary characters were more likeable. At times I found the pace a bit slow, with too many repetitive details and way too much exposition that didn’t leave a great deal to the imagination.

Even though it ended up not being much to my taste, “The Many Lives of Avery Snow” held my interest straight to the end. Christy Sloat’s simplistic writing style makes for an engaging read suitable for the younger paranormal romance reader. 


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