Charmeine (The Light-Bearer #1) by Emily Guido – Review by Susan’s Book Reviews
Older Editions of “Charmeine”
Okay folks… I had to re-post this review because I wax poetic about this past year as life is a tornado with little reprieves to take a breath… and a major birthday is coming.
Originally,I wrote the ONE big book “Charmeine” and self-published in January 2012. I had no knowledge of Publishing and because of that, getting reviews, was very hard. For all these reasons:
1. I didn’t know how to request reviews or where I should go.
2. My book “Charemine” was unedited and not formatted.
3. “Charmeine” was a monster book, 600 pages 150,000 words.
4. I had no publisher.
Since then, my publisher, PDMI Direct Publishing, split the book “Charmeine” into three = “Charmeine,” “Mactus,” and “Accendo.”
This review is one of the most important reviews I ever had. It was by a reviewer who didn’t know me and read my unedited large book in its entirety.
Originally reviewed in May, 2012
She is the author of “Charmeine,” the first book in the new “The Light Bearer Series.”
Everyday I would impatiently check my email waiting for another excerpt from her book “Charmeine.” When I found out that the next book in the series is going to be released soon, I decided that I needed to read the entire book, not just the snippets. So I purchased my copy (first book I’ve bought in ages) and started to read…
In Heaven, Charmeine and Tabbruis are worried. Charmeine, an Angel of Harmony, has a mission to provide harmony and peace in times of trouble. Lately she feels a serious drain on her power and her ability to provide harmony was lessening daily.
Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination and is several levels higher than Charmeine. He allows us to use our free will and inspires us to think of new ways to do things. He must help an Archangel to have conviction in his beliefs and will therefore be unavailable to the family for most of the day. They are waiting to hear what the Prophecy will bring but neither believes it will be good news.
We then go back, back to a time before Tabbruis and Charmeine have met. When Tabbruis used another name and Charmeine had no idea who she really was or what her real name was. Back before love had finally made them complete.
Tabbruis is a Blood Drinker, a vampire. He believes his destiny is to walk earth always in need of blood. Human blood is best, but Tabbruis has learned to use wild animal blood instead to curb his craving. He can go out in sunlight, but prefers the darkness, he seldom sleeps, he is very wealthy and very handsome. People usually bend to his will with little or no problem. He prefers to be alone. The sound, the smell and the action of the sea calms him.
Charleen (aka Charmeine) has beautiful brown eyes and a very sweet nature. Summer is her favorite time of year, she loves the feel of sun on her skin. She learned Judo so she will never be a victim. She has never really dated and has never really been attracted to any man, and she has no interest in finding out why. She tries to tell herself she is happy but she knows that really she wants a man in her life, someone to share with. Charleen loves to go and watch the waves at the sea-shore. it’s very peaceful.
Tabbruis and Charleen meet. They stare deep into each others eyes, and they know. They have found the other half of themselves.
But will it be enough to overcome all the obstacles both known and unknown in their paths?
Can there be happiness between two such different creatures?
I am very satisfied with this story.
There were many things to like such as vampires, the supernatural, action scenes, good characters who throughout the book evolve and a very emotional romance involving two people of different races/cultures.
I did at times feel the writing was a little stilted (the kindle edition needs some editing) and that did affect the flow of the story.
Overall, this is a great read, and a terrific debut novel for Emily Guido!
I look forward to the next book in the series.