Scents and Senses: Supernatural Friends. What the fairy tales didn’t tell you
Playing the role of a knight in shining armor is more complicated than it seems in the storybooks, as sixteen-year-old Joy discovers when she repeatedly comes to the rescue of a fifteen-year-old human. But when she meddles in the girl’s social life, Starra sends her packing.
Starra is determined to completely dissociate herself from the subterranean creature that has manipulated her life and cast her into the limelight. However, her resolve is soon tested when she becomes involved in a critical situation where supernatural assistance can enable her to carry out a daring plot.
Eventually, Starra’s involvement with her new other-wordly friends extracts a heavy price when she is beset by challenges that range from the down- to-earth struggles of a typical teenage student, to the realm of the fantastic. Nothing prepares her, however, for the ultimate challenge.
Author Loren Secretts
Loren Secretts was raised in a book-filled home, in a sleepy east coast suburb of the US. These factors are undoubtedly responsible for her early design of a number of exciting imaginary worlds that she could escape to from time to time during her childhood.
In her teen years, between schoolwork and lending an ear to her friends, Loren had less opportunity to go AWOL. Instead, her experience as a confidant to others inspired her to major in psychology in college and earn her M.A. in the field on the west coast.
As an adult, Loren has found fulfillment in her work with children and families for more than a decade. Her passion for writing was revived when she discovered that she enjoyed delving into the human psyche to write psychological reports.
But clients’ reports are safe with Loren, who guards secrets fastidiously. Indeed, one of her aspirations is to work as a psychotherapist for the CIA, but since she now lives with her family in Canada, that dream will have to await its turn…
This is very different from most of the books I have come across. The story is told from two perspectives, one of the main protagonist Joy and the other from Starra’s point of view. The first part of the story deals with how Joy sets Starra up as a friend for her sister Radiance.. We are introduced to a lot of supernatural occurrences and Joy herself is a subterranean creature called Deems who cannot be seen by Humans. Radiance is a cross between a human and a subterranean creature and hence can be seen bu humans and can interact with them easily. Initially the reader is given the impression that Joy is meddling in Starra’s life and later her sister’s, but as the story progresses, we come to appreciate her good nature and can out aside her meddlesome ways.
Though the story revolves around Starra’s life, her family and friends, Joy, Radiance and their brother do play a big role in saving the day. There is an element of fun added in when we read of Starra being made to fly on a Condor. The second part of the story follows Radiance’s interaction with her Deem mother and Starra’s escape to a place near France in an attempt to protect her life. Here she meets a cousin who she takes to and becomes close to only to realise his true nature. The bond of friendship and trust that forms is wonderful. All characters in this story are well thought out and bring to life a well written story.
I really enjoyed reading this as it is very different from other fantasy fiction and is written in a very different way as to keep the reader interested and turning the pages.
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