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Ariel by [Essen, Fia]
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"A story that, on some level, most of us can identify with." -- Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
5 Stars out of 5

Product Details

  • File Size: 2122 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Summer Solstice (March 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VGVZGCO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Written in a journal like tone, Ariel by Fia Essen takes you through one woman's journey from unsure of herself as she lays at rock bottom to coming to know herself; successful and proud. She picks up the pieces of her broken heart and through a "premature" to-do list she finds out what and who she isn't; coming out the other side knowing without a shadow of a doubt who she truly is.

Therapeutic and touching, this story weaves you through tough emotions, gripping realizations and fills you with a need to ponder your own life situation. Ariel has a big heart but has lost sight of the positive. Her journey through negativity is inspiring and grasps at your heart strings. A self-help turned fiction, for anyone interested in helping themselves out of rock bottom while rooting for a lifelike heroine; someone worth the time it takes to relate to.

Stephanie M Nason
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I am not big into romances, but Fia Essen's books always feel like a cool refreshing glass of water on a hot day. I read her first book and enjoyed it, but now there is more confidence and strength in Essen's prose. There are many fun bits, such as: "There had been a time when I could sprint across rough terrain in stilettos without faltering, but those days were long gone. Few occasions now called for fancy footwear. I was out of practice and my toes were wildly objecting to being squished into such cruelly narrow vessels" (Page 24)

I also like that the romance is the secondary plot, with the primary plot being Ariel turning her life around. There is a bit of mysterious element to Ariel which I enjoyed. Ariel, the title character, broke up with her boyfriend and is struggling financially. With the help of the Muse Agency, she is on a path of self discovery and the ability to love again. But what is the Muse Agency? Why are they so secretive? How do they know so much?

So if you are looking for a fun beach read, give Ariel a shot.
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The author of Ariel describes her work as 'self-help, turned fiction', which is an accurate description of this novel. Our eponymous heroine undergoes a journey of discovery and self-actualisation under the watchful eye of The Muse Agency, a clandestine organisation that occasionally takes on pro-bono clients like the hapless Ariel.

Anyone who's ever felt stuck in a rut, consumed with regret, or just plain lost, will find the character of Ariel relatable. Recently single, forced to downsize and losing touch with her friends, Ariel receives a helping hand from the mysterious Muse Agency. The advice from her mentor Celine helps guide Ariel out of her malaise, set realistic and sustainable goals and take control of her life again.

The characters in the novel are memorable, well-rounded and meticulously detailed, particularly those of Ariel's dysfunctional family, who remind me of The Royal Tenenbaums. The narrative is very descriptive and frequently amusing, I didn't mind taking the time to get to know Ariel as other reviewers have decried.

Initially I was as confused as other reviewers by The Muse Agency, their ethereal quality suggested to me they might be a psychological construct in Ariel's head. They turn out to be very real, but perhaps like most secretive organisations in literature their existence is more symbolic than literal. Whilst the advice they give Ariel is generally sound, some of the karmic outcomes are, at times, a little hard to swallow.

Ariel is an enjoyable read, easy to pick up and dip into in short bursts as and when the mood strikes. It will no doubt give some the proverbial kick up the backside to stop moping and start making changes, for the rest of us it's a charming tale of one woman's search for herself...
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I won an e-book copy of this book from one of the many giveaways I’ve entered and the following is my honest opinion for the good.

Many of us I believe we’re living in a relatively idyllic life, that is until some “catastrophic” event occurs which upsets it. Such is the case with Ariel who suddenly gets dumped by her long term boyfriend; an event which many women can easily relate to.

Getting the rug pulled from under her, Ariel, like any other woman begins to wonder what as she done to precipitate this as there had ever been a sign of anything being wrong. She reaches rock bottom as everything around her begins to deteriorate; her living environs is now shambles, her finances are now askew; and her being in a dead end job doesn’t help matters.

Being a child of the 1950’s I’ve seen numerous cult-like groups continuously looking for individuals who have experienced some major setback in their lives to psychologically persuade them to join. The mysterious and secretive nature of the Muse Agency made me wonder whether any cult element existed there.

This is a wonderfully constructed story of a woman’s self-discovery, elements of which can be easily shared by other women as it tugs at their heartstrings and might do the say with you.

For pulling on my own heartstrings with the right amount of emotions and romance I’m giving Ms. Essen 5 STARS for her endeavor here.
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