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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I've read a few books and seen a few movies and TV shows where a great power like Love or Death takes human form. It seems like it would be a good idea to work with. I remember a few episodes of Charmed where Love is personified as a guy called Cupid, Coop for short. It was fun and satisfying, very well done. But neither Charmed or Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins is as fun and exciting as Rise of the Hearts: Rebirth by Antoine Bonner. This book is fast paced, interesting, and very well written. I’m not sure if it is part of a series or not, but it certainly should be. These are characters you will want to visit again and again. At 100 pages, it is the perfect weekend read. You won’t want to put it down until you are finished. I didn't.
The plot is excellent and not too convoluted but with enough going on behind the scenes that you feel great things are afoot. The characters are well written and likable, even the disposable ones. But the stars of the show are Nate and Kim, a brother and sister duo that have been granted special gifts and powers by supernatural deities. The novel is told from Nate’s point of view, but I grew to love Kim as much as her brother does. She is powerful and tragic. Her brother is her tether to her humanity and she is his. Setting is not so important in Rise of the Hearts: Rebirth. But Antoine Bonner’s writing is on point for the setting and all other aspects that make a good novel as well. With plenty of action and just enough violence and suspense, I repeat, it is the perfect weekend read.