An ancient pattern begins anew…
Generations of oracles, seers, soothsayers and healers pass a relic of their lineage from hand-to-hand. They protect and prepare one another for the eventual blooming of a mysterious and terrible secret.
Until one among them breaks the chain.
Haylee Garrett, a California farm girl growing up in the '70’s, has no idea that she is about to take part in an age-old relay.
With an emotionally remote father, Haylee has become an expert at coping with things on her own. Plagued with worry over her failure to physically mature, she wears sweats and avoids teachers who ask too many questions.
An ability to communicate with animals brings her a sense of acceptance and belonging - one of her few comforts.
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, a drastic development changes everything for Haylee.
©90 years Lisa Marie Redfern (P)2014 Lisa Marie Redfern
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
pain before progress
I can't think of any
Haylee,she seemed so real
When dad woke up and realized he'd been a crappy dad for 11 years
I really liked this book,though it was way too short.Poor Haylee loses her mom and has to figure out life without her.Dad doesn't know what Haylee really is.Haylee,over a few days transforms from a underdeveloped child to a beautiful adult who is treated like a child,plus she has webbed fingers,but only when she wants to.The characters are well written.The narrator was excellent though sometimes the loudness coming thru the characters was jarring next to the regular storytelling.I would like to read more if there is a series.
Weirdly interesting read
haven't read anything like it
the end was abrupt but left me wanting more, can't wait for the next book
The vignettes of Haylee's early life don't seem to have any rhyme or reason as to their order, but they all did serve to illustrate the plot well. The problem was the ending. While I know this is a serial, I expected some kind of clues that we were nearing the end. The ending as it is wasn't even a cliffhanger, it was just the end of one vignette.
The narration by Meghan Kelly was excellent.
I am a audio book lover turned Audio Book Reviewer since Nov '14. Love it and now started my own review blog featuring all the reviews here!
Meghan Kelly did a wonderful job narrating the book. She maintain an even change between the characters that she was preforming throughout the book.
I found that this book is a great listen for the teenage girl. It was a coming of age and a coming of what changes Haylee Main character) found her body going thru. Even though her mother told her that she was special like the other women in her mom's side of the family. She never knew quite what expect except for the talent she had from a young age with animals. What you ask? Well not spoiling this part of the book.
With her father left to raise her unaware of her gifts and how to handle Haylee's coming of age. It made me smile to think of all those father's raising their daughters' on their own and how he handle her becoming a woman. How serious and funny her dad was at the same time it would in my words would have listeners blushing.
When her dad rushes her to the hospital unaware why his daughter looked like she was dying. While he was waiting for the doctors to take care of Haylee, the on duty nurse Gloria comforts her dad. A magical connection between them makes me feel that the nurse in this story may become a character in the next book.
The end does make you want more because of the abrupt ending. Had me a bit confused had me go back a chapter to listen again. Would go onto Book 2 just so I can see what will happen next. I feel that this book is great short listen from teen to senior. Being in my 50's I enjoyed it.
I am a 53 yr old, married, momr to 5 I am grandmother to 10 and soon to be greatgrandmother to one. God is my protector and joy!
Without a doubt the talent. Meghan Kelly is a phenomenal Voice Talent
I loved the part when Haylee notices her webs. I usually do not read fantasy books, in fact I never read fantasy books. This one, however, was pretty impressive. I was very pleased with the storyline, the outcome (although, it isn't a stand alone book and cannot wait for the next in the series).
Haylee, without a doubt. Her innocence and then her fiestyness, was so fun to hear. Part of that is Kelly's talent though, she knows how to record a storyline and does it very well
When Haylee discovered her webs. It was like a coming of age before the coming of age
Haylee Book 1 basically is a pretty clean read for those that only want to read like that. I think I heard one curse word. The book is true fantasy though, so if you don't like fantasy, you normally wouldn't like this book.
The story is a bit graphic near the end, however without that, the story would be a moot point though.
This coming of age story is a great little book and has a lot packed into it's short status.
Again it is not stand alone though, the book leaves you hanging and leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen with Haylee.
I even cried a little bit when Haylee got so sick.
Dad, while emotionally reclusive, LOVED his daughter and you could tell.
I was really, really impressed with the VO talent!
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