Ada: Legend of a Healer by R.A. McDonald

Title: Ada: Legend of a Healer
Author: R.A. McDonald
Publisher: House of Lore
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
paperback, 250 pages
ISBN: 978-0-615-41258-0

Summary: For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her. 
The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping. 

Ada is an interesting novel. The tagline to this book reads "If you had the power to heal, What would you do?" I thought that is a really interesting question. My first response to this question is yes, of course. Then after thinking about it for awhile, I began to reconsider my answer. There are many pros and cons that kept entering my mind. R.A. McDonald does a fantastic job answering these questions in Ada: Legend of a Healer. Ada is teenage girl who has grown up in foster care. She is not an average teenager though, she has a special ability. Ada can not only sense sickness she can heal it. So far this gift has been a burden to her. It freaks people out if she tries to tell them. Because of this she is moved from one foster home to another over and over again. Ada has pretty much given up on humanity until she meets someone who can help unlock the mystery of who she is and what she can do. I thought the storyline in this book was outstanding. It's a bit dark at times but not without cause. It is a fast paced novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The setting of the book constantly changes as Ada tries to find answers to what happened to her mother.
Ada is a teenage girl that has been through a lot in her fifteen years of life. She's been moved around constantly. This leaves Ada disgruntled about life. She's rough around the edges but you can see bits and pieces of a softer side of her. Ada understandably has trust issues. She's always prepared to bolt if the need arises. I like her character a lot. McDonald does a great job of exposing Ada's insecurities and her strengths at the same time. Ada is forced to make tough decisions at a young age. Ada has to learn to trust. Through her journey she meets several interesting characters. My favorite character in this novel is Madame Jardin. She is an older lady that shows Ada true kindness.
Overall this was a really good book. It is a quick and easy read with a lot of depth to it. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. I'm not sure if this book is the first in a series but from the way it ended it could be. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes paranormal and is looking for something different to read.

To find out more about this novel, check out the website

*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a review. I received no monetary compensation. My opinions are my own and not influenced by this.


Post a Comment