“Tainted Energy” by Lynn Vroman Puts New Spin on Romantic Fantasy

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tainted energyTainted Energy

by Lynn Vroman
Release Date: 2014

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For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can’t keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her. Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. 

However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known even if that life doesn’t include him.

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Review of Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman

Lena loves horror movies. There’s something about experiencing fear in a safe place that draws her to them. Maybe it’s because there’s so much fear in her real life, making her feel anything but safe, primarily because her father is an alcoholic who beats her and her mom. Then there’s the fact that the theatre seat tried to eat her and her bed tries to swallow her. Lena holds out hope that the mysterious man in her dreams will one day find her and save her as he promised.

The premise of Tainted Energy is super-clever–souls are recycled into another realm in a sort of karmic reincarnation. Energies from the superior plane of Exemplar are punished by being recycled onto Earth. Those reincarnated are not supposed to remember their past lives, but what if they did? This is the question posed in Tainted Energy.

Lena is a strong female character who, like many teen readers, may be trapped in an abusive relationship. Her one dream is to save herself and her mother. She realizes Tarek, the man in her dreams, may not be real and she refuses to wait for her knight in shining armour who may or may not appear. Kudos to her. Also, like many teen readers, Lena holds a lot of pent-up anger at her situation, and she doesn’t always handle it well. I wanted Lena to rise above her anger and show her father she’s better than him. I was disappointed when, instead, she uses fists instead of words to get even with him. I was glad to see that, while Vroman pens an intense sexual desire between Lena and Tarek, they do not act it out. When you’re a teen, everything is intense, but seeing as this Lena and Tarek have just met and Tarek is in his twenties and Lena is not yet 18, the characters do not give into temptation.

Tainted Energy was an enjoyable, quick read. Though romance and fantasy aren’t my favourite genres, I found myself looking forward to reading it. The story manages to put a fresh spin on reincarnated romance and multiple-worlds theory, and I really liked that.

Mamabear gives this book:

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Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

lynn vromanBorn in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during Math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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