Michelle, Guest Reviewer
For the last couple of years, I’ve been reading spiritual and self-help books. So in an effort to step outside my comfort zone, I’ve decided to read some fiction. Not just any fiction, but paranormal fiction.
The first book I was introduced to, was Ruined by Kinley Baker. It is set in a town of shadow shifters, whose king is missing and presumed dead. When I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down. It proceeds with a series of twists and turns, that left me asking for more and looking find out how the story progressed.
In reading this book, I found that it spoke to me on different levels, even though it is fictional. One of the main characters is a Senior Healer who heals the king whenever he is sick or hurt. But the town and current king believe that she also served as the previous king’s mistress. On the one hand, she doesn’t like the association, but on the other hand, she knows she wasn’t, so why try to prove them wrong? It speaks to me, because people will always believe what they want about you, no matter what, so as long as you know what’s in your heart, that’s all that matters. I identified with the Senior Healer because in one part of the book, the current king is poisoned and in order to heal him, she must take the poison from him into her own body, which almost kills her. But as caregivers and nurturers, how many times do we do that for our loved ones?