The Healer

Book 1

Young Adult - Romance
335 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2016
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C.J. Anaya is the bestselling author of The Healer Series and Marry Your Billionaire. She also enjoys assisting authors in writing, publishing, and marketing their books with her helpful non-fiction guides on amazon.

She's a huge fan of The Mindy Project, Hugh Jackman, and binge eating any and all things chocolate. Who isn't, right?

As a mother of four awesome children, C.J. is usually helping out with homework, fixing dance recital costumes, or delivering her kids to their karate classes so they can learn discipline, respect, and "...kick some serious butt, mom." She loves writing entertaining reads for everyone to enjoy, and dabbles in singing and songwriting for kicks and giggles. Making out with her deliciously handsome Latin Lover-her hubby-is by far her most favorite extracurricular activity.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

The Healer by C.J. Anaya (Book One of the Healer series) draws upon ancient forces, gods, and demons from Japanese mythology to craft a thrilling and richly layered modern epic for Young Adult readers. In the first book of what promises to be an enthralling series, Hope, a seemingly normal (albeit slightly introverted) motherless teenager with a strange ability to heal the sick, makes surreptitious visits to the hospital in which her physician father treats patients. Her primary purpose is to offer healing and – dare we say - hope to suffering patients without drawing attention to her abilities and exposing her secret. Along the way, she befriends a terminally ill patient and begins to feel a burgeoning desire to test the boundary between life and death when she realizes that she cannot save those who are meant to die.

With the help of her red-headed, boy crazy siren of a best friend, Angie, Hope sorts out life issues as diverse as mourning her mother’s passing and defending her choice to postpone thoughts of romance. Enter Victor and Tie, two ‘new boy’ cousins too hot to go unnoticed by any of the girls at school, and Hope begins an adventure worthy of the most timeless traditional epic heroines. Layer by layer, a life-or-death scenario unfolds as characters and concepts from Japanese mythology begin to invade Hope’s world and cause her to discover powers, wisdom, and abilities no one could have guessed she possesses. As “The Healer” comes into her own, lives are changed and young female readers everywhere are empowered in extraordinary ways. The Healer by C.J. Anaya is a wonderful, uplifting, and educational Young Adult adventure, full of prescient messages and timely reminders that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

K.J. Simmill

The Healer, Book 1 by C.J. Anaya is a young adult paranormal romance, also suitable for new adults. Hope has been protected all her life, shielded and watched over. She remained hidden, despite the searching eyes of the Kami who sought her out. Hope is the embodiment of a prophecy, a mortal with the power of the gods. She is able to communicate with a person’s life force, and instruct it how to repair damage. She is a healer, and the survival of a whole race rests upon her adolescent shoulders. For so long she had hidden who she was and only her father and a young boy know the truth; not even Angie, her best friend, knows her secrets. Using her job as a janitor at the hospital, Hope heals who she can and feels a great destiny is laid before her. She has no idea her entire life has already been decided for her. Her two lives, the secret healer and the high school student, are forced to merge when two new students arrive at her school. Unusually, they capture her attention, and seem to know more about her than they are willing to reveal. Hope fears someone has discovered her secret. But the arrival of these two is merely the harbinger of danger.

With a first person narrative, it is impossible not to be drawn into The Healer. It would certainly appeal to its target audience as well as some adults, especially those who enjoy a healthy dose of mythology. The Healer is an excellent example of Fabulism/Magical realism, combining myths and fables from the Japanese culture, as well as touching on a few others. C.J. Anaya has an excellent writer’s voice and sets a brilliant pace. As a holistic therapist, I appreciated the clear thought and research that had been invested in creating a realistic healer. It shows an understanding of healing techniques employed in various forms of energy healing, thus enhancing the reader experience. It was impossible not to get lost in the story. Real characters, enjoyable dialogue, and fun to read - add in secrets, romance, and mythology ... what more could you ask for?

Tracy Slowiak

In a great read by author C.J. Anaya, The Healer, the first book in the planned The Healer series, follows the story of Hope, a woman hiding a very powerful secret. She has the ability to heal the breach between the living and the dead. Two separate gods are in love with her, and prepared to do almost anything to get her, and another power wants her for his own nefarious purposes as well. Readers will be on the edge of their seats almost from the very start of this story, waiting to see what will happen to Hope and the world she inhabits. Will the secret of her dangerous gift be realized, and if so, for what purpose? You'll need to read this incredible book to find out!

I very much enjoyed The Healer. Author C.J. Anaya has done a great job in creating characters that readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about, thinking of them long after the last page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The author's world creation abilities are simply second to none and this story, while set in a somewhat fantastic setting, comes across as completely realistic. Any reader who enjoys young adult fiction with a mythical sense and a strong romantic undertone should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend The Healer, and I look forward to reading more from the very gifted author, C.J. Anaya, as soon as I possibly can!