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Review by Sybil Coleman: February 2014
Invisible Birthmarks, by Mike Anka is a very thought provoking read. The story is full of danger, compassion, budding love, and the most amazing children. The story centers on Tiffany Juliana Conrad along with her father, mother, and younger sister. Tiffany is around ten years old, but she is developing amazing abilities that only her family and close friend, Four Eyes, can grasp. She speaks with such force and wisdom that I often forgot her age. At first I felt that she was rude to her parents, but once I became familiar with her special talents, I understood why they had to respect her and give her some space.
She talks to and plays with wild forest animals that strike fear into the rest of us. Among other things in this amazing story, flying to and from galaxies, healing, rescue missions, and countless other adventures will capture your attention. There is more to Tiffany’s life than meets the eye; however, and no one knows this better than her family and Four Eyes. As her purpose becomes more apparent, Tiffany learns, to her surprise, that she is more like her father than she realizes. These two have supernatural greatness all the way from ancient times and now the torch is handed to Tiffany to help troubled beings on earth and beyond, especially children. She also manages to fall in love with a handsome warrior and at the age of seventeen decides between staying with him and accepting her first assignment.
I loved this book. It is part fantasy, but has such intense overtones of compassion, wisdom, and bravery. It reflects determination and hope and I would not have missed it for the world. I would have liked it more if the author gave some kind of history of how Tiffany, her father, and Four Eyes came to possess the special powers that make them so different from most other beings and why. Regardless, I will recommend it to all my friends, and if you like adventure, it will be a mistake to let this one get by.
Would you buy this ebook? Yes
Review by Grasshopper:
Posted June 21, 2013
Invisible Birthmarks is a coming of age story about a young girl with a special purpose. Tiffany Juliana Conrad is chosen and has very unique abilities. Throughout the story she learns more about herself and her abilities with the help of her father, Steven, who was also chosen, and her godfather, an Indian Shaman turned African healer. Both share her gifts of teleportation and healing. At 17, her invisible birthmarks finally surface as a signal that Tiffany is ready for her first assignment.
Mike Anka's descriptions of the places Tiffany travels to are vivid and exciting, definitely the best parts of the book. She teleports herself across the Universal Village - from Alaska to the planet Xiboris, from Guatemala to Africa - making unusual friends and performing unusual tasks. The last two chapters were my favorite and grabbed my attention as Tiffany races to complete her first assignment without losing her young, but full life.
The whole book really would benefit a better edit, otherwise I enjoyed it. I recommend it to any reader who likes 'out of the ordinary' story lines and is looking for an adventurous novel to add to their summer reading list.