Rift Healer

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
306 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2012
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Author Biography

Diane M. Haynes has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an "excellent report writer" were often noted in previous employment.

On her brother Rick's birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. Deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a 'Spirit Gift,' sent by her brother.

Diane resides in Central MA with her husband, their very naughty Basset Hound rescue named Boris, and his rescue Sister-Basset, Ruby. The family was rounded out with the recent addition of a young black cat, Natasha--because obviously things weren't exciting enough before.

Diane spends her free time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors and attempting to train a very reluctant Boris and the willing, but somewhat clueless, Ruby.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Rift Healer" by Diane M. Haynes is a young adult fantasy sure to please readers. A small earthquake opened rifts allowing vile creatures to escape and terrorize the enchanted forest. Gisele turned to her friends for help but only two teenagers were willing to help, Micah and Selena. Haley and Lacey were fourteen year old identical twins, yet it was Haley that caught Micah’s attention. Micah may only be sixteen years old but already he had broken many hearts. Micah’s great-aunt Gisele was determined to keep him away from her best friend’s grand daughter. Haley was the more intuitive of the two girls. When she felt the earthquake it left her concerned. Soon she was experiencing nightmares and itchy palms. “The creatures must be destroyed or returned to the earth, and then the rifts must be closed and healed.” Haley had no idea about the power that lay dormant inside of her.

"Rift Healer" is an entertaining read. Author Diane M. Haynes combines fantasy, suspense, and romance to create a real page turner. The plot grabbed my attention early on and held it to the last page. The characters are fascinating, especially Haley and Micah. From the first chapter you know they are meant to be together. I can’t begin to describe all the cool things that happen in this book. Readers will be spellbound by people turning into trees and crystals, fighting trolls and scorpions, and taking a ride on a dragon. Kudos to Diane M. Haynes.