Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress by Christine Schulze

Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress by Christine E. Schulze

*I received this book (digital copy) in exchange for an honest review and participation in the blog tour.  The blog tour is being hosted by The Bookish Snob Tours.

Amazon Product Description:
He leaned his head close to my ear and whispered, "Are you afraid?"

Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires.

But they weren't your typical vampires. They were Stregoni Benefici, the good kind. Nor was Chrystine your typical fairy. She was the Golden Healer, and she alone could save the Stregoni Benefici from the Dark Enchantress. But can Chrystine figure out the Dark Enchantress' secret and defeat the evil vampires without destroying the good ones as well, without destroying Aaryn?

Find out as you read for yourself the story of the first vampire.

My thoughts:
This was a great YA read!  It has a mix of paranormal and fantasy which is all the rage in adult reading right now so it's a sure draw for the middle grade reader.  It also throws faith in there, which will capture the hearts of many while adding in a bit of realistic fiction too.  Christine Schulze has given her readers a blend that I haven't seen before in YA.  She spins a wonderful tale of good versus evil where the main characters are paranormals and Christians.  She sets the beginning of the story in a real world setting with a not perfect home life for Chrystine and then takes them to another world that is a fantasy world she has created.  With a story like this she is sure to catch the eye of a wide range of readers!  
I enjoyed the characters very much and although the plot isn't terribly complex it is clever, well done, and easy to get caught up in.  This story catches you from the start and keeps you to the very last page.