Book Title: The Diamond Rose
Author: Daniela Valenti
Target Audience: New Adult
Publication date: 24th November 2020
What it’s about
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 of 12 books. Fans of paranormal romance will enjoy this tale of a female heroine who struggles to understand love and master her own powers.
What I Thought
Thank you to Netgalley and Brigid Book Publishing for the opportunity to read this book for free for an honest review.
This book has a plot that I’ve not yet come across before to this extent. Amanda is hit by a solar flare while stood in a car park and suddenly has supernatural abilities and is the strongest Sentinel the committee has seen in a while.
Amanda is a down on her look ex-model (which I thought would be said in passing but then was mentioned a few times) who has just started her residency when this happens. Amanda is not a likeable heroine, she says she’s never been in love before then falls for her partner James and then falls in love with another.
The romance aspect for me was quite weird, I know books do have insta-love as a trope but to me, this was on another level and didn’t really fit in with what else was happening.
For me, the story didn’t really seem to be getting anywhere until the halfway point which is where Alain comes into it and it’s at this point the title is explained.
The author seemed to do a lot of telling and not showing which caused some of the scenes to be a lot longer than they needed to be.
I’ve got to say I did like the idea of the plot but I didn’t really enjoy it and found it a struggle to get through. I wish I could have been more positive but it simply wasn’t for me.
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