Tuesday, April 6, 2010

REVIEW: Soul on Fire by Skyy Banks


Date:                         April 5, 2010
Title:                          Soul on Fire
Author:                     Skyy Banks
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:                   978-0-9815326-5-3
Pages:                       241
Publisher:                UrbanEdge Publishing
Cover:                       Softcover
Rating:                      4 Stars
Reviewer:                Adellia Whitson-Stafford– Literary Wonders! adelliawhitsostafford@literarywonders.com (www.literarywonders)

From the outside Dana Taylor seems to have everything.  She is a beautiful young woman that owns her own thriving business.  No one knows about the nightmares that wake her up at 3 o’clock most mornings.  No one knows about the many men that have hurt her in one way or another.  No one even knows about the jealousy that she feels towards her best friend Chelle.
        Dana wants what most women want; to be happy and loved.  She tries to find it in the arms of numerous men but none of them can give her what she needs.  One is married and one has an ulterior motive.  Then there are her nightmares of masked figures and a little girl.  All of these things combined finally drive Dana to seek professional help from a therapist.  After a family tragedy, more is revealed than she ever expected.
        Can Dana deal with all the harsh blows that life is throwing at her?  It has been said that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle but she feels otherwise.  Does she need to lower her standards?  Chelle seems to have everything that Dana wants. Can she get over that jealousy?  In the end she will find strength and support in the people that she least expects.
On a scale of 1-5 I give this book a four.  The only thing that kept me from giving it a five had nothing to do with the story.  There were times in the beginning where there was confusion with the paragraph and sentence structure.  It kept throwing me off and making it hard for me to get into the story.  I would have to read the sentence over again to comprehend.  After doing that one too many times I had to put the book down for a few days.  I wish that I hadn’t because when I picked it back up- the story picked up. 
        In Soul on Fire, Skyy Banks really drew me into Dana’s story.  She kept me interested in what was going on with her.  I hurt with her and I was happy when she was happy.  This was a great story.  It makes you laugh, almost cry, and want to slap a few people.  I can easily see Skyy Banks becoming one of my favorite authors if she keeps this up.

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