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Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite
"Benevolent" is a story about the parallel lives of fraternal twins, Gaby and Annie, and their friends Melodie and Mikhail. There is great mystery and magic surrounding them as they grow into adulthood hearing wonderful, fantastical tales of The Queen, The Angel, and Jaden the Great. Storytellers John and Mercedes continue to spread the stories as the gift is passed down from generations. No one knows where fact and fiction begin as the story unfolds and the magic continues to grow throughout the story. Twins Gaby and Annie have an odd bond as they suffer multiple accidents simultaneously that will forever change their lives and no one knows why their destinies and fate are so linked. Mikhail has to gain his courage to declare his love for Gaby through years of unrequited love as their lives are somehow intertwined as Gaby’s and Annie’s, but Gaby is hell-bent on pursuing her ideals of wanting to save the world. Enter this quirky wonderful world that the author creates to enchant you!
Flaherty spins a mysterious tale of beauty and magic. Her characters are infused with lovable qualities and personalities that are truly endearing. Each of her characters burrows deep within your heart and stays there. She weaves layers and layers of parallel characters, plots, and subplots with great mastery that lures the readers in from the very beginning and captures their interest and heart throughout the book. Magic is infused throughout the whole book, drawing you into the mystery of The Queen and The Angel. Eventually, the reader will wonder why they never heard about these two mythical legends before and why their story was never told and brought to light before. This book will have you reading it throughout the night!