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Awakening Fire (The Divine Tree Guardians Series Book 1) by [Emerald, Larissa]
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Length: 262 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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Shapeshifters, angels, demons and magic--from award winning author Larissa Emerald comes the much-anticipated paranormal shapeshifter series of the Divine Tree Guardians.

The return of sculptor Emma Grant to her Georgia home town sparks the return of the visions she tries to deny and rekindles a centuries-old feud between shape shifters Venn Hearst, guardian of the Divine Tree (The Tree Of Knowledge) and his nemesis. Emma is determined to place and dedicate the statue honoring her beloved grandmother despite Venn’s opposition; despite the fact she is in love with Venn, despite his sacred duty not to permit it. Will she overcome a test of evil or shatter Venn's world?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1608 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castle Oak Publishing LLC (3 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U8DF0F4
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review from Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews 5 April 2015
By Tonya Allen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Review from Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews

I would give this book 3.5 stars. It is very well written, but I felt that some parts were dragged out and other parts were repeated somewhat. This is a good start to the series. I just found it hard to really get into it like I normally do when I read. The book is unique and the idea is original, to me. It's something that I haven't read before. Which is a good thing.

Venn has been an Immortal Guardian of the Divine Tree for many centuries. He and his brothers each have a tree that they have to protect. The Divine Trees basically hold the secrets of the universe. They are the protectors of Good. Venn can shift from immortal human to both wolf and hawk.

Io is a demon. He is trying to destroy the Divine Tree that Venn protects. He has tried before and had killed Venn's love, Amelia. But her blood soaked into the tree.

Emma has had visions and dreams her entire life. She can also manipulate metal. She is also aware of her past lives. She is a metal sculptor, and was commissioned to make something for her hometown's town square. This is when her past comes into the present and things start to make sense. With the help of Venn and Seth.

Overall, this is a good book. It is a unique story of good vs evil, heaven vs hell, angels vs demons.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vs. Evil, the battle that has stayed the same through out all time with a twist 25 August 2015
By Niki Driscoll - Published on
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Good vs. Evil, the battle that has stayed the same through out all time with a twist. The balance between good and evil has a very fine line, if the scale is tipped to the side of evil their will be great devastation. Venn is an immortal guardian of one of the twelve Divine Tree's, his life and the tree are tied together and if one falls so does the other. Emma is special. She has rare gifts and is a reincarnated soul tied to Venn and the tree. Evil is watching and has a plan, the tree must die and if he can cause pain in the process, its a bonus. I really loved the concept of this storyline. I was a little confused in the beginning but most intro's tend to be brief and only give you a glimpse of what was going on at the time. The fact that the characters had a past only one of them could remember made for some interesting inner dialogue. I had to wonder if they had met and not recognized each other if the attraction would have been so intense or not at all. I felt like Venn was trying to make Emma into her past self and not really seeing who she really was now. Emma was clearly at a disadvantage, she was out of the loop so to speak with what was going on and I could not decide if it was forbidden to fill her in on everything or if it was Venn's attempt to keep her from running away from him. I enjoyed Seth and Emma's grandma. They were both such colorful characters and I just loved the ending. By giving the divine tree a name it became more of an individual and not a thing or just an object. It was cool how it communicated with the guardian and that their relationship was a type of friendship. I thought this was a well written story, with unique and interesting ideas and characters. There was danger, intrigue, drama, love, jealousy, humor and some pretty cool magic. It was a great a start to a new series and I look forward to seeing what Guardian we will be visiting next.
4.0 out of 5 stars She doesn’t have a great relationship with her father either so the distance helps ... 7 April 2015
By steamy book momma - Published on
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Emma Grant has been different her whole life. She can mold metal with her hands and she has visions of which she thinks are about her previous life. She has run to Paris to avoid things. She has finds that she has fewer visions the further away she is from her hometown. She doesn’t have a great relationship with her father either so the distance helps there too. But, now she is coming home. Her grandmother arranged for her to make a sculptor in a local park. When she arrives home she starts having more visions and one other thing she wasn’t prepared for. She falls in love. She learns all kinds of things about herself. She is faced with love greater than she could ever imagine and the fact that she is part of a long going feud between her beloved, Venn and his nemesis. Things aren’t as they seem. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but this is a great book. There are shape shifters, angels, love, and so much more. I couldn’t put this book down. I love paranormal books and this was a great one. I can’t wait to read the next book. Emma is a great characters, she is faced with learning things she never thought could exist. She takes in great stride. Venn has lived a very long time. He thought he would never get a second chance with his mate but now he is getting that chance. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. He finds himself not wanting to overwhelm her but needing to telling things to keep her safe and help her come to terms with who she is. He remembers everything about the last time they were together but she doesn’t. Plus she isn’t the exact same as she was last time. She is a little different and her own person. That is difficult for Venn at first. I am eager to read more about them and what happens next.
I was given this book in return for an honest review.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 Stars - Promising start to the series. 4 April 2015
By MsRomanticReads - Published on
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*Complimentary ARC provided by Book Partners in Crime Promotions for the purpose of an honest review.

I found the blurb intriguing, and I never could resist a story about centuries old immortal warriors carrying out their duties, and who were loners because they hadn't yet found the right woman to share their long lives. The change from Highlander to immortal guardian also came with the power to shift, and Venn could shift into both a wolf and a hawk at will.

Emma was an interesting character because she wasn't just another simple human. She'd had visions all of her life and the ability to melt and mold metal with her bare hands. As if that wasn't enough for her to contend with, Emma was Venn's former lover, Amelia, reincarnated. Her visions were more like flashbacks of her former life up until the moment she'd been killed.

I really liked Venn for his charm, compassion and protectiveness. He'd taken to his fate rather well, and although he'd been without a mate for two hundred years, he was never depicted as a womanizer. I liked that he didn't make it a habit of comparing her to Amelia. He noticed the differences and accepted them.

Overall, the story was good. However I enjoyed the plotting of the destruction of the Divine Tree and thus Venn more than I enjoyed the romance. Simply put, I believed his feelings more than I did hers, and he certainly put forth more effort into showing any feelings. Not only was Emma spoken for at the time, sort of, but I felt like I was supposed to accept that she was growing closer to him because she felt a connection through her flashbacks. Even once Venn had told her almost everything, she never asked about him or his family. She never pressed him for answers about anything. Granted, she was overwhelmed by her grief over her grandmother and the fights with her father over the span of a week. But she just always seemed depressed or on the verge of tears for too much of the story. The three sex scenes were steamy, but she seemed to give in to passion only after she'd had some emotional upset rather than feeling invigorated by romance or deeper feelings, if that makes sense. And, even though he was an immortal, they never used protection much less discussed it.

There were several skirmishes between Venn and Io, but since he wasn't allowed to kill him, they just seemed a bit unnecessary and served no real purpose. Much like the back and forth between Emma and her father. The ending was decent, and I finally saw a different side of Emma, a more appealing one. I will probably revisit this series in the future.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal read. 23 March 2015
By xrayer - Published on
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"She placed a delicate palm on the trunk, and Venn growled as a surge of energy -- her very essence -- flowed into the Divine Tree, filled him as much as earthy air filled his lungs."

Emma Grant has returned home to her hometown to place and dedicate the statue in honor of her grandmother. While she is there she meets Venn and has an instant connection to him. She also finds out she is connected to the Divine Tree. She is placed in the middle of feud between Venn and his nemesis. Will evil win out or will Venn and Emma have a future together?

This story is written from Emma's POV. Emma has dealt all her life with her ability to manipulate metal and vivid dreams. As the story progresses Emma is able to understand her abilities. Venn knows Emma is his soul mate and sets out to convince her of this.

"Could it truly be Amelia? Had she returned to him in this women, this Emma Grant?"

The paranormal part of this story is intriguing. Ms Emerald did a great job of writing it as not to over the top. The story line moves just fast enough to see Emma and Venn's past life and how they accept their future. The battle of good versus evil is prevalent throughout the story. You can feel the connection between Venn and Emma. Not only does Emma have to deal with her past but has some tragedy in her future. Can she deal with that and move forward? Will she be able to fix the relationship with her family?

This is the first book I have read by Larissa Emerald and I love how she made the storyline flow. The way she brings the past and the future together was fantastic. The characters were also well developed.

I received a gift copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed for Stories and Swag Blog.

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