What Others Are Saying

KIRKUS REVIEW

“In Mani’s debut novel about cliques and finding one’s place, a mysterious stranger brings love to a lonely teenage girl, but there’s a celestial twist…” Kirkus Review

“Mani’s refreshingly optimistic fiction shows the teen years as more than discontent and angst…” Kirkus Review

“Refreshingly optimistic YA with divine inspiration…”  Kirkus Review

Red City Review:  5 Stars

The first book in The Divine One series, Mani’s debut novel combines the realities of school and home with spirituality in a unique paranormal twist. Rising author Danielle R. Mani writes with a flair that is uncommon in much of young adult literature today. Without the use of vulgarity and lustful salacious scenes, Mani draws readers into the world of an ordinary teen who wants nothing more than to experience love and peace amid her difficult circumstances. Mani skillfully incorporates irony by creating main characters (Delilah and River) who, in spite of their personal problems, are far more peaceful than the surrounding sea of people engulfed in selfishness. Mani keeps her third person plot continuously moving by alternating chapters with scenes depicting Delilah’s home and school life, her relationship with River, her mom, and friends, as well as River’s life. Poignant and thought provoking, The Divine One is both a great beginning to a new series and a refreshing addition to young adult literature.”

Amazing yet Shocking!, August 16, 2014 (Review Taken From Amazon.com)

By Lesli Kraft – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Divine One (Kindle Edition)
I can’t begin to put into words how truly amazing this book is! I would recommend this to anyone junior high age on up. This is great as it does not contain sex, drugs or language but does touch on bullying, death and the effects it has on a person as well as family. Having said that it is also a love story with an amazing and shocking twist that gave me flashbacks of a great movie I will not name as I hate plot spoilers and this would give away a truly amazing part of this book. All I want to add it buy it, read it and love it!! I’m sure you will not be disappointed!

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I received a copy of this book to review and can effectively sum up this book in one sentence: I cried. Yes it was that emotional for me. I thought that the storyline was gripping and the characters were certainly relatable (well Delilah was anyway). I knew how it would end but I cried anyway. River’s real identity is kept a secret and this suspense lasts well until the last few pages. No hint is given to who or what he really is. Teens everywhere who have been a victim of bullying or who have gone through depression will be able to relate to this book. And it’s a delightful read even if you haven’t been through depression or bullying. It’s a great read. Period. I skipped sleep and meals for this book which I think tells you more than anything else(besides the part where I cried). I finished this book in a matter of 2-3 hours. It was a face-paced book and I really enjoyed it, Get yourself a copy now!!!!!!!!

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“Being a teenager is hard enough. Hard enough without the guilt and remorse of being responsible for your younger sister’s death…

Delilah Simms a teen with the world on her shoulders. Bullied at school, she is just trying to make it through by avoiding her tormentors, a group called the Imitators, as much as possible. When she meets River and sparks fly, The Divine One hooks you in and you find yourself wanting to know more about this new boy in her life who seems too good to be true.

Delilah finds a friendship with River that she has desperately been missing in her life; one that allows her to come to terms with some things in her past. The story features paranormal twists and turns that keep the reader guessing as to what really happened in Delilah’s family.

With complex characters you will love to those you will loathe, this book has it all. It features realistic dialogue and fast-pace storytelling. This novel is one that you won’t be able to put down. As the story moves forward and Delilah begins to learn more about the truth of her past, she also begins to find the confidence to stand up to her bullies and find peace within herself. In the process she learns to accept the flaws in other people—including her mother and father.

The Divine One also presents an excellent message for teen girls struggling with acceptance and fitting in.”

Marni McNiff

Content Editor – MuseItUp Publishing

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“Loved this book! I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of, The Divine One, by Danielle R Mani. I finished it in only two days! Even though the book is geared towards teens (the story touches on many topics that teenagers face today) it gave me, a 30ish year old woman, severe dry eye because I couldn’t put it down! The story of Delilah was intriguing and took turns that I was not expecting. It was an easy read that was not boring or drawn out. It was such an interesting premise. I would love to see a movie based on this book and its characters. I think teens will really relate to it too and I plan on giving a copy to my 15-year-old babysitter.”

Review taken from Goodreads.com

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“I received a free advanced copy of this book and I really liked it. I couldn’t put it down because each chapter left me hanging. I was rooting for the characters, Deliah Simms and River Spencer to end up together. I won’t spoil what happens but I think it was a really interesting premise. I also liked the Nora character. I thought she and her mother were very funny. I think the author did a good job making the characters feel very real and talked about issues that young adults can definitely relate with. “
Review taken from Goodreads.com
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“I received a free advanced copy of this book and I really liked it. I couldn’t put it down because each chapter left me hanging. I was rooting for the characters, Deliah Simms and River Spencer to end up together. I won’t spoil what happens but I think it was a really interesting premise. I also liked the Nora character. I thought she and her mother were very funny. I think the author did a good job making the characters feel very real and talked about issues that young adults can definitely relate.”
Aimee
Jul 04, 2014
Shelves: net galley
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“I really liked the idea behind this book and the story line. It had some paranormal elements to it and also a lot of family and teen drama. I can’t say too much about the plot without giving a lot of the mystery of the book away, but I’ll say that it’s definitely original and will keep you on the edge of your seat…”
Melissa
Jul 10, 2014 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
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“I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Loved this book! I was pulled in from the first chapter, and each chapter had me reading more. Read this book in one sitting! Can’t wait to read Book 2 in the series!”Review Taken From Goodreads.com***”Omg omg, I really liked this book. A lot of teen problems were discussed. I liked how Delilah built up her character throughout the story. Hopefully her senior year is something she can remember in a good way now. Wish I knew her hubby though, so I could really feel happy for her. River was such a complex character. Throughout the whole book, we’re guessing what the deal with him is…”Review Taken From Goodreads.com

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By Donna A –
This review is from: The Divine One (Paperback)
“Best book I’ve read in a long time! Easy read, could not put it down. Highly recommend this book for teens, especially those dealing with bullying.”5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this book as a good read for all ages, July 11, 2014
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By frankie –
This review is from: The Divine One (Paperback)
“Couldn’t put the book down. Many twists and different characters. Just when you thought you’d figure the climax, it took you on another spin. Recommend this book as a good read for all ages. The author has shown extraordinary talent in writing this book. I look forward to her next novel.”5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, June 29, 2014***By CorineD –
This review is from: The Divine One (Paperback)
“Great read!! Kept me intrigued the entire time, I couldn’t put it down! Would recommend to people of all ages!”***

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!, June 26, 2014
By CarMac – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Divine One (Kindle Edition)

“What a great story. I didn’t want to put it down until I was done. I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. The author was very descriptive with her writing and gave such a great understanding of the characters. This book made my train ride to and from work fly by. I cant wait for the next one!!!!!”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the page turner!, June 25, 2014
By Ang (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Divine One (Paperback)
“I received an advanced copy from the author for an honest review and was totally impressed by the storyline. Normally I’m not a huge fan of the supernatural genre so I was a little hesitant to start but I was instantly hooked. I was intrigued by the internal and external turmoil Delilah struggles with throughout the novel. The author leaves little clues that keeps you guessing but nothing can prepare you for the unexpected twists this novel brings. A fun and easy read for young and old!”