Ada: Legend of a Healer

Ada: Legend of a Healer

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ISBN-13: 9780615412580
Publisher: House of Lore Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

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GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story itself is unique...not in the choice of characters (teen girl with powers and issues struggling to find her place in the world....certainly familiar) but in what the author does with them. Ada is no wall flower. She may prefer to stay out of the limelight because of her abilities, but she is not afraid to stand up for herself, and at times leads to some pretty funny moments. Back to those abilities...Seeing sickness and injury is only the beginning for as the title implies, she can heal others as well. The extent to which this applies is mind boggling and I'll leave you to discover on your own but the moral dilemma it introduces is huge. How DO you determine whom to heal and who should not? What makes one more worthy than the other? Jessie sees it as her way of giving back and sharing her gift (except in the case of a particular person of power that wants them as his own fountain of youth) but Ada raises a good point as well. To heal everyone is a beautiful thought, but the reality of that could be rather scary. Think about it. We have population issues now, imagine if the due course of nature didn't take place and people lived on til virtually forever. Then again, no one wants to say goodbye to their loved ones so we're back to square one of the dilemma. The way the issue is explored is realistic and offers both sides of the coin inviting readers to reflect further on the ideas after the reading. Props to the author for the one two successful combination! Now back to the characters...Aside from Ada and Jessie, we have a whole cast of interesting folks along the way. Some are temporary fixtures like one Simone LaRue, while others leave lasting impressions on both Ada and her life such as Ms. Jardin and Daniel. As each learns a bit more about Ada's life and abilities, it's interesting to see their reactions and interactions going forward. You can see where human nature and curiosity get the better of some while others remain nonplussed. The Senator though? Evil! Really, he is quite the manipulator...and his henchmen, no different. Just watch out for them, trust me.So we've covered the story and the characters in brief, let's talk artwork which is a rarity in YA books nowadays. The cover art is only the beginning. Throughout the story there are images scattered about illustrating some of the more important moments and lending a visual to an already stunning story. I love the gritty feel of the art. It speaks of the life she has lead and the troubles always there just around the corner but it doesn't stop there. There is always this inclusion of these butterflied around the edges of the image which to me show that despite all she endures, beauty and wonder can be found in the situation as well as the gift she's been given.In short, a great book with a lot of meaning, adventure (anyone heard of Parkour? Definitely worth the look up..), and what ifs that end in an astonishing twist. Well worth the read and high recommendation if I do so say myself...and I do.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
wrighton-time on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Article first published as Book Review: Ada: Legend of a Healer by R.A. McDonald on Blogcritics. Raised in the Foster Care system, Ada has pulled her last stunt. At fifteen, she is rebellious and tired of moving from place to place. Her caseworker has finally had to make a decision, they will contact her aunt Jessie O¿Neil, if Jessie cannot take her, she will have to reside in the between house, a place for kids no longer able to be placed.Jessie is not really her aunt, but her mother¿s best friend; she has the healing touch and she has been on the run for as long as she can remember. Originally, when she learned about her healing abilities, she was free with healing, joining a program put together by Senator Harold Grimes. As time went on, the Senator wanted the healing only for himself. Escaping his facility, she has been on the run, and can only stay for short periods in any local. She refuses to stop healing, but must move quickly as the news spreads, bringing the Senator and his henchmen after her each time.Jessie knows that Ada too has the healing touch. What she does not realize is that Ada is stronger, capable of healing the most chilling of conditions. However, Ada is also stubborn and does not find her healing to be a miracle, to her it is a curse. Treated with fear each time she would make a comment on another¿s health, her youth was peppered by incidents of healing and disbelief. Considered a freak for as long as she remember, healing held no magic for her. As Ada follows Jessie from place to place, a young paraplegic approaches her. Choosing to try her healing on in an unthinkable fashion, surprise is in store. Her healing power is beyond that of other healers, and his body begins a restructuring process. Promptly, her skill comes to the attention of the Senator.Now Jessie has disappeared and Ada is running for her freedom. Immediately thinking her mother can be of assistance, she begins searching for her. She has been missing since Ada was a baby, but Ada is able to find a trace in Paris, France. After reaching France, Ada finds group of teenagers that have found a unique way of traveling in the city. After watching them and trying to emulate their maneuvers, she becomes convinced this type of travel will help her stay clear of the Senator while she looks for her mother. Her life has taken an unexpected turn, she is in a strange place, with people she does not know, and yet she must find her way. Can she stay ahead of the Senator, or will he finally take her captive as he has many of those before her? Will her new friends make the difference?In Ada: Legend of A Healer, R.A. McDonald has built a story around the mysterious healing abilities of a small group of people. Ada is a charming but stubborn rascal, with a good sense of humor, but she is also an angry young woman. Left on her own, she has had to deal with her abilities without direction. They are anathemas to her, and yet she cannot control her visions, or her seeing of others illness. Her anger sometimes gives way to kindness, the coldness melts and she uses her abilities to heal those she feels a connection to. The rebelliousness of her age and background determine her decisions.Jessie is doing what she can to heal as many as she is able. Having Ada with her brings attention she does not need. However, Ada needs her. Jessie felt that leaving her a ward of the state was the only thing protecting Ada all these years. Her best friend and Ada¿s mother disappeared years before leaving her to make tough decisions. She is feisty and gregarious, insistent on using her abilities even when they put her at risk. Sending Ada to find her mother and doing her best to stay in touch only makes that risk more palpable.Ada: Legend of a Healer, is a wonderful story of coming of age. Ada deals with problems that others her age will never realize. She has found a way to deal with the issues and continue with her life. In Paris, she finds a new group of friends, those who will
DJLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided to me by the publisher, and I received no compensation in exchange for my honest review.**Who wouldn't want to rid themselves of any and all sickness or heal any injury the moment after it happens? To be free from such pitfalls as getting winded while running or healing muscles to help them grow stronger. It would sound like a good deal to most people. But for those with such abilities, like Ada, it is as much the dark side of the coin as it is the light especially when others want that skill for themselves alone. No one should be forced to do something against their will, and Ada refuses to let anyone, even her aunt who is also a healer, tell her how she should use her gift. At first I found it a little difficult to relate with Ada. Granted, she has been shuffled around foster homes for most of her life, her mother disappeared when she was little, and she has the bizarre skill of being able to "see others' sickness." That alone would probably make for a surly teenager. Still sometimes her negative venting became a bit tiresome though I have to admit that trait adds to her realistic nature.Ada also does a few things I thought were too risky given the situations she was in at the time, particularly when she was practicing her healing ability. I know practice helps boost improvement, but doing so in a public place among a group of people wasn't the smartest thing to do. I'll just chalk that up to her being a teenager and a novice when it comes to judgment. It was a nice change to see her assisting those who at least helped her even if that in itself was a risk.The supporting characters that were introduced once the story took Ada overseas were what really enabled her to grow as a person. She had been denied real kindness for so long in her life, it was great to see Ada treated so well even by people she had only just met. I really liked Madame Jardin and her willingness to give Ada a home in a strange country while she searched for her mother. McDonald even adds hints of romance into Ada with the introduction of Daniel, a young man who instructs Ada in parkour, free running. That was a unique touch as well since I haven't heard parkour used in another novel before, and McDonald was thinking outside the box with that addition.Overall, the pacing was nice and steady, and I felt really drawn into the story. There were some intense parts where I was on the edge of my seat while reading, and I have to say those parts added to the urgency I felt for Ada as she tried to stay one step ahead of those pursuing her as she searched for her mother. Now, I just have one question for R.A. McDonald: When will the next part of Ada's story be ready for we readers?
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you had the power to heal, what would you do? Ada is faced with the dilemma in Ada: Legend of a Healer by R.A. McDonald. Growing up in multiple foster homes with people who didn¿t understand her or took advantage of her has made Ada somewhat rough around the edges. She has never met her mother or any other living relative. When she exhausts her welcome with her current foster family, Ada¿s aunt Jessie comes to the rescue. It¿s an odd match, but Ada is thankful for the escape from the foster system. She quickly learns, however, that Jessie¿s life is nothing like what she expected. Living with Jessie means no permanent address, no phone, and no chance of a normal life. Instead, she finds that they are constantly followed and hunted by the deranged Senator Grimes. When she asks Jessie why people are constantly trying to capture them, she learns that Jessie has a unique power. Jessie can heal any sickness with a simple touch. As shocking as this is, it is even more surprising for Ada to learn that she has the power too. After several narrow escapes and suspenseful chase scenes, Ada arrives in Paris, France looking for her mother, Simone. While in Paris, Ada befriends Madame Jardin. Suddenly, Ada realizes that she wants to heal Madame Jardin¿s illness¿not because someone is making her, but because she truly wants to do it. With that act, Ada realizes that she does have the power to change someone¿s life. Although her time with Madame Jardin is important, meeting Daniel and Uncle Henri end up being the most important events in Ada¿s life. With Daniel and his Parkour running group Ada finds true friendship and a sense of belonging. Together, Ada and Daniel set out to find Ada¿s mother. Unfortunately, when they find her she is nothing that Ada thought she would be. If you enjoy fast paced plots, this book certainly has one. There are plenty of chase scenes and narrow escapes to appease the adventure lover. Throughout the book there seems to be an element of subterfuge that never goes away. While the plot is fast paced, it does tend to leave you hanging at the end. Of course, this is because Ada¿s story is just beginning. There is an open door for the second installment in this series. Part of the plot¿s lure is the unexpected characters. I wasn¿t exactly sure what I expected to find in Ada¿s mother¿after all the woman abandoned her daughter from birth¿but I was certainly surprised. Simone is not at all the loving, warm mother-figure you might expect. I¿m not even sure if she was thankful for being rescued. I got the feeling that she has an extreme sense of entitlement, which really makes me dislike her. Adding in her character makes the plot all that more juicy. After all, life is not full of happy endings, so it seems fitting that finding her mother was not Ada¿s happy ending. Not all of the characters are worthy of loathing. In fact, the majority are very enjoyable. Ada is a sardonic teenager. She does not hesitate to lash out with her bitter tongue if the mood strikes her to do so. I personally found her witty and a lot like the teenagers I work with, at least with her attitude towards others. Ada grows as a person during the course of the novel. In the beginning she is untrusting and cold towards most people, but by the end she is defending others and has a sense of connection to Uncle Henri and Daniel and his friends. I enjoyed that she didn¿t stay stagnant. Additionally, there is an element of romance between Ada and Daniel (nothing more than a kiss occurs, however). You can feel the tension building between the two, but I don¿t feel like it ever went anywhere. It seems that from the beginning Daniel is drawn to Ada¿and vice versa¿but I never fully understood why. Overall, though, it was a believable match and what seemed like a lack of foundation didn¿t bother me.
eghianhano More than 1 year ago
My daughter really enjoyed this story about Ada. She wished to have Ada’s healing abilities herself. She also enjoyed the parts in Paris. As a strong young woman, she related to heroine of this story. She is looking forward to reading more from McDonald
yourdutchgf More than 1 year ago
Nice to read a teen story without all the teenage angst. Anger is a refreshing emotion in this genre. I would recommend this to any young person.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Ada is 15 and at the Between house after getting kicked out of another foster home, like her history of being kicked out of schools or upsetting her foster parents. She has 3 days for her Aunt Jessie to contact them before her social worker will have to send her to juvenile. Ada can tell by felling or smelling there is something wrong with someone. But they don't like hearing it when Ada asks or suggests health issues, hence part of her troubles with foster homes. The others are just not nice people. Ada's Aunt finally shows up and comes through but she travels for her own business with herbs. Ada's Aunt tells her she knows it's been hard on her but "it was preparation for what's to come." After learning more about herself and who might be after her if they know about her ability, Ada goes on the run and finds herself in Paris, meeting a nice young man and looking for her lost mother. Ada is a strong young girl that has come from some harsh surroundings. Not only has she been in homes that are not so nice, but in lovely homes she loses after she mentions something about someones health not being good, even for something small. But all this hardens Ada to deal with the not so nice people that find out what she can do, at the same time as she finds out. Ada is a fighter. She is one to keep going and survive. And even makes her own way in the world as well. She is a strong young girl. Ada has a strong belief about helping people. And a big part of me believes the same as her. But I do see the other side of the coin. Actually both sides of extreme here with healing. But you have to read the book to get the view as well. To me the author has opened my mind a little more to think on the helping of others. There are different views to each side and legitimate reasons to each. I really liked the way the author pulled this all together and keeping each character true to their thoughts. Ada finds clues taking her to Paris, France. Here Ada learns more about herself and grows as well. She starts to see another side to helping people willingly. Ada even makes a few great friends that help her in learning many new things to protect herself. My only hope for future books, is we get to see Daniel again. I really liked him and his Uncle. Very nice. Daniel has been kind and yet challenges Ada to try and do more without pushing her. Just him being around makes Ada want to do more and better. This is nice story for a Young Adult or even a Young Reader. I would definitely pass this book along to my son or a friends child with no worries at all. I found I enjoyed this Young Reader book more than I was expecting. And so much so I would love to read more of Ada and her journeys.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Ada Elizabeth Larue was in trouble again and Gretchen, her "disgruntled social worker" was on her way to bail her out. She was only fifteen-years-old, but had spent a lifetime in and out of the foster system, but this time she was more than glad to leave her foster parents, Dave and Carla behind. Disgusting Dave was the type that "groped her with his eyes" and frankly she was sick of having to slink in and out of the shower. Freak. That's what he called her even before she'd vandalized their house. It was off to the Between House again, but not before Gretchen lectured her: In past homes you were violent, disrespectful, you've stolen .." Yeah, yeah, yeah. Who cares? Her mother, Simone, had dumped her on her Aunt Jessie when she was a baby and now her only hope was that she'd step in and take her away from this foster care mess. Jessie O'Neil wasn't at all what Ada had expected, but the reverse was true as well. No one, absolutely no one wanted to take on a kid like Ada who couldn't keep her nose clean if she tried. Jessie had explained to the powers that be that they would be living a "traveling lifestyle." Now this woman turned out not to be a real aunt and was only a friend of her mother's, but things got a lot weirder because "Everything seemed so secretive." Jessie was talking about some senator and his hired henchmen and claimed that "if they see you with me you'll never be free." Duh? People would often get annoyed with Ada because she could "see" sickness, but this woman was sick .in the head. Their first leg in this traveling circus found them in a cabin in the woods of Canada. Jessie began to ask her questions about healing. "Have you even been hurt and made it go away?" Ada remembered the time when she got seriously whacked in the eye. Yes, she could heal herself, but she didn't think much about it. Soon she would be able to test her powers when she held a tortured kitten in her hands. It was "absorbing her energy," but would it heal? Ada soon found, like the kitten, that there were strange men out to capture and torture her. Were her powers of healing as strong as her mother's? This tale of Ada, a foster child blessed (or cursed) with the gift of healing will mesmerize the reader. This coming-of-age story heavily drew me in when Ada had to choose for herself how her life was going to play out once she discovered her unusual powers. Like most teens, Ada had to make difficult choices, but unlike the average teen, she had much more to contend with. She was unwanted, angry, disillusioned, confused, and not quite sure what her place would be in society once her gift was discovered. Ada, gift or no gift, is a girl who most readers can relate to. She was far from a cardboard character and I was anxious to find out what would happen to her as she struggled with her innermost emotions and feelings. Although this book can stand alone, it definitely leaves itself open to a sequel, one in which I'd be very interested in reading. The phenomenally executed black and white artwork in this book is very appealing and meshes well with the tale. Quill says: This is one fascinating tale that any 'tween or teen interested in the paranormal will love!