By Danielle R. Mani
**** Twists and turns like a rollercoaster – the kind you can’t wait to ride again and again!!
Danielle R. Mani takes her readers on a ride like no other in her YA romance book, The Divine One. I’m super excited about this one. Ms. Mani makes us question the everyday occurrences that happen to us and the true intention behind why they happen. Shucks! It is so difficult to review this book without giving anything away. It is a superb story and I dare say a word to ruin it for you.
The Divine One is most certainly a page turner. I couldn’t put it down, so desperate to figure out what was really going on. At one point it led you in one direction, and then at another point you’d be back where you started never the wiser. The Divine One is one of those weekend books you can curl up on the couch with and finish within the day…and might even decide to read it again.
James Madison High School is not a joyous place for Delilah Simms. Every day is torture, no exaggeration-poor girl. Every day a group of girls, aptly named The Imitators, get great satisfaction out of tormenting D (as she’s known by her loved ones). She finds herself alone and to the point where she’d rather not even go to school. The sad part is that one of The Imitators used to be her best friend. High school changes everything, she figures.
D’s mom, Susan, finds her daughter lamenting about having to go to school and allows D to stay home. Susan wants D to find a way to deal with the situation. Good luck with that! D’s accepted that things will always be this way. And for whatever unknown reason The Imitators have chosen her to be the target of their insecurities. Little does D know that nothing in life is set in stone and in a millisecond of time your destiny can be changed by not only the actions of another, or even something you unknowingly do yourself.
Yes, to some degree I am speaking in code and I apologize about that, but I can’t help it. I refuse to give anything away and spoil it for perspective readers! What I will say is that a very attractive guy named River comes into D’s life and opens her eyes to how quickly things can change even by simply stopping someone to ask the time. Although River isn’t the person she thought him to be and perhaps a bit of an Imitator himself, he’s there for a reason.
The Divine One is well written and edited. It truly is an amazing read and something I’m looking forward to talking with Ms. Mani about in my interview that follows this review. The only thing is that I have to be just as cryptic in my interview with her as I've had to be here. My hope is that if you are one of those readers who like a bit of love – it’s not a mushy gushy love story romance – with your fiction or even just a reader who likes the unexpected and believes that life isn't by chance, you will give this book the shot is so deserves. Ms. Mani has created a great work for all ages, not just the young adult readers.