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She [Paperback]

Shireen Jeejeebhoy

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July 23 2011
**Shortlisted for the 2012 The Word Guild Awards** An entity from nothing space and time, Akaesman lurks in his dominion, waiting, watching through his peephole into our world for the right prey. And when he spots a good one, he forces himself into our space and time, evading the Akaesman patrol, invading his chosen one. He spreads his evil to everyone, one by one, male and female, changing them forever into his image. But the young songwriter and her fiancé, enjoying the end of their road trip, have never heard of Akaesman. On the eve of the summer solstice, they fly home to Toronto down a local highway past slumbering fields, toward a thick starlight-sucking forest, oblivious of their destination: Akaesman. He comes out of a green neon wind. He smacks their car; he cracks the window; he's in her. Her songwriting career is dead. Her name is gone. When she learns of his presence, she resists him; she wrestles with him; she seeks help in her battle. Yet she loses ground. She's ready to quit. And that's when she discovers that there is more than one kind of evil... ----- "Put simply this is the best urban fantasy story that I have ever read period." Shane Porteous on She, from his Goodreads review. "I found myself caught up in the story and carried through to the end. It's not in a genre I would normally enjoy (though to be honest, in that context it's hard to classify "She"), but I did enjoy it and would strongly recommend it." Andrew Fogg on She, from his Amazon UK review. "I found this an unusual and interesting read. It was suspenseful right to the last page. I would recommend it to all lovers of Fantasy." Primula on She, from her Amazon UK review. "Shireen's pen has all the force of a great storyteller and the artistic skills of reviving a past scene in its most original form." Ernest Dempsey on Shireen Jeejeebhoy's award-winning biography Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story "If you want a book you can't put down, get Lifeliner into your hands..." Gloria Oren on Shireen Jeejeebhoy's award-winning biography Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SA Jeejeebhoy (July 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987711024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987711021
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 463 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,027,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shireen Jeejeebhoy mayn't have been born in Toronto, but she has fully immersed herself in its fractious and neighbourly life to the point that she uses it as a character in many of her books. Jeejeebhoy received a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto. Her first book "Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story" won the 2008 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award for best biography. Her first novel, "She" was shortlisted for The Word Guild Awards, Novel-Futuristic Category. Through Iguana Books, she recently published "Concussion Is Brain Injury," a true life memoir of her recovery from a "mild" traumatic brain injury. Jeejeebhoy is working diligently on her next two novels. When she is not writing, reading, taking photographs, she hunts for good coffee and sensational chocolate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! Nov. 23 2013
By Bodicia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is interesting for two reasons; not only is it a well written fantasy book in its own right it also holds, for me, a deeper meaning. The main character has been invaded by an alien force called Akaesman and this invasion causes the character to change radically; emotionally and physically. The deeper meaning is this could be the story of almost every person who has a 'hidden' disease, whether that be M.E., Fibromyalgia, Lupus or other disorders which can't be seen or understood easily by those around them.

Zarine, the 'she' in the story, is having a normal evening drive with her fiancee. On the way they encounter a force on a forest road which blows the car off course and causes Zarine to be slightly injured. Her fiancée gets control over the car again and they reach the edge of the forest where they are stopped by the Akaesman Patrol who look them over and advise Zarine to visit her GP first thing. After her encounter Zarine starts to change physically, mentally and emotionally. Her friends put this down to a lack of will, depression and laziness, mocking what they can't see or understand and telling her it's all in her mind. Zarine is bewildered but struggles on, helping herself the best way she can whilst facing professionals who tell her she is perfectly fine. Eventually she finds the help she needs and embracing faith and expressing true grit she pushes through to her conclusion.

This book follows the story of a woman who was normal one day and who gradually became unable to do the things she once took for granted. It looks at her relationship with her friends and family, the inevitable 'pull yourself together' conversations and the lack of care from some health professionals who simply don't have the answers but won't admit it. It highlights misconceptions about 'hidden' illnesses beautifully and, at one point, reduced me to tears with its realism, emotions and truthfulness.

Shirleen Jeejeebuoy has written a story people can relate to who have a relative or friend in a similar situation to the main character. Her heroine isn't there to be pitied, she is there to show there is light at the end of the tunnel and things can get better no matter what obstacles are thrown in the way or other people's ignorance. Resilience and bravery will win out.

Very inspiring!
1.0 out of 5 stars awful! Aug. 17 2013
By Noel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the first ten pages I knew this story would drag on. It took me over a week to finish what normally would take 2 or 3 days. I was exhausted myself after reading her 7 years worth of treatments before the final and abrupt conclusion.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! March 25 2013
By Simone Lilly-Egerter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Zarine and Jim are driving home from a road trip. While Zarine was napping, to her dismay, Jim decides to come off of Highway 10 and take a back road through the forest. Zarine is suddenly filled fear and begs Jim to go back on the highway. Out of nowhere comes a neon green wind that spins their car, damages the windshield and invisibly enters Zarine. Her life is inexplicably changed. This is Zarine's journey, fighting Akaesman Syndrome.

I love the fact that someone mixed an alien invasion into a Christian Fantasy novel. This book was brilliantly written, with the good versus evil concept. Akaesman, even the description of him and his behavior tells you that this `thing' is Satan. I enjoyed the fact that she needed to be spiritually strong to defeat him. There were a lot of parallels to Christianity, the way we think and how it assists in overcoming obstacles. I enjoyed this very much. I felt really bad for Zarine with the situation she had with her friends. The issues she had with them were realistic and so was what she was going through, her symptoms seemed close to Fibromyalgia. I loved her fighting spirit and the fact that she never gave up. All in all, a great book that teaches us to never give up, and that when you feel alone, you're not.
4.0 out of 5 stars Different March 18 2013
By Amy Logan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Describe 2 different settings or locations. The deep dark forest, seems to hold most of the story together. Lots of clinics and doctor visits.

Were you able to connect with the main character and why?
Yes, I've been very ill before. And I know, how it feels to be disorientated and unable to think. Also felt betrayal of friends.

Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? Conclusion

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? I would recommend to someone that liked fantasy and the super natural.

I received this book as part of a virtual tour thru Orangeberry.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick March 11 2013
By Vicky smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What is the single most important thing you learned from reading this book? There's more than one story to this book. At a glance, you think you are indulging in a fantasy read but as you go deeper into the story, you see the other side of the story which is how to make a come back after tragedy has struck. This is where the story becomes interesting.

Does reading this book change the way you think? In more ways than one. This was a unique fantasy read and the ups and downs of the story seemed to have a reflection on the author's life. I think.

How would you describe the book’s protagonist(s)? My book club members and I discussed this at length but none of us could actually decide on the main character. Most of us found the Akaesman to be confusing. The ones who did understand it, did not fully grasp the connection with the songwriter. So hmmm …. I think the songwriter played a key role but I'm not sure from which angle.

Would you recommend this book to other readers? I did like the book and the writing was good. I would recommend the book to others, but you must be fantasy lover or the story will be lost on you.

Disclosure - I received a free copy of the book which did not affect my honest opinion.
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