The Diamond Rose (A Sentinel 10 Novel) by Daniela Valenti
Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 250 pages
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Enigma Publishing | Release date: Nov 2020
Tour dates: Nov 30 to Jan 29
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. Suicide is mentioned, that's for the M. One sex scene without explicit description of the genitals
Amanda’s med school graduation is unlike any other. A solar flare awakens her super psychic powers, enabling her to fight evil, supernatural and human alike. She is the Sentinel 10, the most powerful warrior in a secret society of similarly endowed people. Her life becomes a whirlwind of international travel and exciting paranormal challenges. But all is not as it seems. Soon Amanda discovers that the man she loves has an evil alter ego, and that her own powers have a dark side. This first year as a Sentinel will push the limits of her resilience, and put her own humanity to the test.
The Diamond Rose is a thrilling and romantic adventure, the first in an exciting new series. Fans of paranormal romance will enjoy this tale of a female heroine who struggles to understand love and master her own powers.
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While on vacation, two medical students and a pilot experiences a surreal impact which changes their lives forever. Nobody on the surface are who he/she truly is. Does anyone really know know oneself and what he/ she is capable of?
The characters are well described and are realistic. The scenes are depicted and easily visualize. The Book Cover and Title are chosen well.
I struggled at first, to get "into" the story. As the action increases, so do the events and new characters.
*I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
** This book was gifted me with no pressure to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
"Captivating and addictive! A page-turning, suspenseful debut paranormal romance with the perfect balance of action and memorable characters. I'm eagerly awaiting the second book!" (Amanda J. Clay, award-winning romance author)
"A well-judged and absorbing mix of genres with strong characterizations. Valenti, in her engrossing novel, at first seems to be offering a familiar plotline about discovering supernatural abilities to fulfill a special destiny. But the story's true focus is Amanda's love triangle with a ruggedly handsome but emotionally unavailable pilot and a psychopath who can feel normal emotions only when he's with her.
The author nicely ties the plots together and skillfully establishes the psychological groundwork for her characters that makes Amanda's dilemma believably wrenching, helping to counterbalance her considerable powers, beauty, and wealth." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Beneath the adventure and the glamour and the drama, the Sentinel 10 series seeks to make people think about two questions: namely, what is love and what is the nature of evil?
I believe I found those answers. For the purposes of this blog post, I’ll talk about narcissism. I believe that narcissism is the true nature of all evil. For this reason, narcissism is a theme in all of the books in this series (some more than others). It helps that Amanda’s best friend, Lydia, is a psychiatrist-in-training. One of the points this series makes about narcissism is that a narcissist can only be “cured” by supernatural intervention!
On a more serious note, a narcissist, a true narcissist, is never going to change. It comes down to their lack of a real self, which is such a stunted, infantile one, that if they were to truly confront the reality of who they are, they would fall apart, so they guard against it, with a quasi-delusional conviction of their superiority and a need for control.
Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. Like I said . . .
Thinking and learning about narcissism calls to mind the story of Dorian Gray, the fictional character whose portrait aged but he didn’t. The parallel with narcissism is that being forced to look at his portrait was lethal to Dorian. Being confronted with their true self can be devastating to a narcissist.
Narcissism is my favorite obsession, and I could talk about it forever! You’ll read more about it in the Sentinel 10 series!
Meet the Author:
Daniela Valenti is the pen name for a Canadian psychiatrist who writes Paranormal Fiction. That may seem incongruous, but it’s not really. The work in her chosen field and her writing dovetail nicely. She is able to draw upon her work as a psychiatrist to create multidimensional characters who are simultaneously powerful and vulnerable. Daniela lives in Montreal and holds a medical degree from McGill. She speaks French and regards herself a chatty introvert. Growing up, she was a voracious reader of sci-fi and fantasy. Her interests today include supernatural lore, skincare and fashion, gorgeous travel destinations, true crime, and learning about narcissism and psychopathy. She’s thought a lot about love and evil and maintains that narcissism is the true nature of all evil. Daniela has traveled extensively. Her love of the exotic dominates many of the settings where the characters in her stories romp and play their parts. Her prior attempts at writing began at age nine with a story about a doctor’s cat, and then a short sci-fi story at age twenty-three. Thirteen years later, her foray into serious-minded writing simply happened. She began writing in 2017, after she returned from a trip to Prague for an international forensic psychiatry conference. What she learned there, combined with her impressions of Prague, her prior ruminations on the nature of love and evil, and her clinical knowledge all combined to create the first book in her series. It was a moment when all sorts of aspects of herself, her life experiences and her interests came together, like a self-assembling puzzle. The story came to her like a movie, unfolding in her head as she sat on an airplane, staring at the screen-less back of the chair in front of her, for the eight-hour trip back to Canada. Once set in motion, the wheels of creation kept on turning, and resulted in the Sentinel 10 series.
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