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review 2017-06-20 23:03
Book Review of Veiled Eyes (Lake People Book 1) by C.L. Bevill
Veiled Eyes - C.L. Bevill

 

 

A vivid waking dream of giant cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss haunts Anna St. Thais. The trees sit on a black lake that resembles a dark Louisiana bayou with an evocative aura. The dream includes the presence of a man who seems to know Anna all too well and a group of people with strange telepathic powers, sometimes called veiled eyes. An orphan from Texas, she is on her way east to help out a friend when she encounters two terrifying things. Psychically, she begins to see and hear things through the eyes of an unknown individual, a man who knows more about her than she ever would have imagined. The second thing is that she has been kidnapped by a sociopathic trucker intent on making her his latest victim. When she is rescued by Gabriel Bergeron, a member of the elusive Lake People in Northwestern Louisiana, Anna doesn’t realize that he is her psychic counterpart and she has been inexplicably pulled to the area. She shares their strange colored gold eyes and their distinctive mental powers. They are a reclusive lot and know that Anna is one of them, but has been isolated by unknown circumstances. She is drawn into their incomparable world, something between that of the Creoles and Cajuns, and much in addition to those. There Anna finds a romantic link with Gabriel and the spine-tingling fear of not knowing who to trust. Her return has disturbed the inner workings of the group and threatens to expose secrets long concealed in the murky Louisiana bayous. There are secrets to be divulged about her past and why she was spirited away as an infant. Anna isn’t safe until she discovers the answers she so desperately requires.

 

Review 4*

 

This is the first book in the Lake People series. I really enjoyed it.

 

Anna St. Thais is a character I wanted to like. Unfortunately, I found her to be rather naive and annoying at times. She does some really idiotic things. She is an orphan living in Texas and working as a mechanic, but has had visions of a strange place and a young man she has never met with similar coloured eyes as herself. Drawn by the pull of the visions, she finds herself travelling across the country in an attempt to locate him.

 

Gabriel Bergeron is an interesting character and I liked him a lot more than Anna. He works as a fishing guide on the bayous near to the town of Unknown that houses the clan of Lake People. Psychically linked to Anna since her puberty, he is intrigued by her life in a land completely different to his own. As their link draws her closer to him, he is horrified when she is kidnapped by a psychotic truck driver.

 

Amazon actually recommended this book to me way back in 2012. I downloaded it, but didn't read it until recently due to my large reading list.

 

I started to read it and was quickly hooked. However, as I said above about Anna's character, I found myself wanting to either shake her or smack her for being so idiotic. Okay, I get she didn't have much money, but hitch-hiking is risky, especially for a lone woman. What I don't get is that she has a psychic link to Gabriel, but not any type of clairvoyance? What about woman's intuition? However, I think you don't have to be psychic to know that hitch-hiking across the country is a bad idea. Having said that, this part of the story was well written and I connected to Anna emotionally as she faced the harsh reality of her situation.

 

This story takes the reader on a huge emotional roller coaster ride. There is mystery, danger and romance aplenty. There are several twists to keep a reader guessing and the story had a dark feel to it at times, which had shivers creeping over my skin. There is a thrilling mystery surrounding the Bayou, the citizens and Anna's mother's past. The citizens of Unknown are wary of strangers, even one that looks much like them. I must admit that I did like Camille, Gabriel's sister, and her family. As the story reached its climax, I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Goujon, the giant catfish that haunts the lake and protects the Lake People. However, he may appear later on in the series. I did feel that the story plot near the end was not as strong as it should have been, though other readers may disagree. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the story, but am not sure if I will continue with the series.

 

C.L. Bevill has written an intriguing start to the series. I loved her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced, but it still had me turning the pages to find out what happened next. The flow felt a little jerky at times as scenes transitioned, but for the most part it flowed well.

 

Due to mention of some violence (although not graphic), I do not recommend this book to young readers. I do, however, recommend this book if you love reading supernatural/paranormal thrillers/romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-06-05 09:09
Bare Bones Book Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
 
Thanks to Hachette Australia for my review copy. 
 
The Good:
 
  • Fantastic supernatural element in Dragonscale. 

 

  • Great cast of characters. Harper is not only intelligent, astute, and hard as rocks - she's also incredibly likeable. The Fireman gives both comic relief, and relates emotional backstory amazingly well. 

 

  • A nicely diverse cast - a pregnant woman, a deaf boy..  different races, ages, genders. It's great to see an author embrace a real assortment character types, that barrel through the book using their own appropriately believable strengths and weaknesses.

 

  • (ok ok there's the fire thing, but it's not overused, or overpowers the character's regular human abilities) 

 

  • Hill paces this thing like a master. Ebbs and flows perfectly, keeping the thrill on, without making it a constantly stressful experience. 

 

  • Simple, easy, slipstream prose, that allows readers to fly through this behemoth. (1 kg of book!). However, it still produces beautiful wordery throughout.

 

  • Mary Poppins songs :)  

 

 

 

The Not So Good:

 
  • Unfortunately, a fairly predictable plot line. 

 

  • The expectation that The Fireman might kick some old thriller conventions, didn't eventuate. 

 

Conclusion:

 
Another fantastic tome from Joe Hill! Incredibly enjoyable, even if slightly predictable. Definitely worth picking up if you're a supernatural thriller fan, or have enjoyed Hill's work in the past. 
 
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review 2015-09-16 00:00
The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller
The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller - Joe Hart *Audio version*

After his wife succumbs to cancer, Evan and his son Shaun take a sabbatical to recuperate while housesitting at a friend’s place on a small island in Minnesota. Unfortunately, while the seclusion is good for Evan’s writing and for getting some time with his son, they soon realize that they are not entirely alone. Ghosts of the past resurface and have set their sights on Evan and Shaun. With the help of a pretty psychiatrist they will need to track down the history of the place and solve its mysteries before all of them are lost forever.

The narration for this one was very good and the pacing was perfect for the story line and really added to the creepy, dark atmosphere. The characterization was well thought out and the relationship between father and son was spot on. There were also a few twists that I didn’t see coming and I thought they were smartly done and not clichéd as they may have been with a lesser storyteller. A well done supernatural chiller. 3+ Stars
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review 2015-02-06 23:18
Innocents Lost by Michael McBride narrated by Nick Russo
Innocents Lost: A Supernatural Thriller - Michael McBride,Nick J. Russo

4.5 stars! This audiobook was brutal! Seriously, when I say that, you know it's brutal.

 

Setting that aside for a moment, this book was extremely well written. There were a few times I wished that I could highlight certain passages. I also thought the narrator was good, though I was not fond of the voice he used for the first villain. Other than that I enjoyed his performance.

 

Back to the brutality, It's not torture porn, (because I mostly avoid that type of thing), but brutal as far as children are concerned. Violence towards children is very hard to read about and, as it turns out, it's even harder to listen to. A few times I was extremely surprised that the scenes turned out the way they did. REALLY. There were some jaw dropping moments. In spite of the sometimes difficult scenes, the narrative was fantastic.

As far as villains go, this book contains the best I've seen, (heard?) in quite some time.

 

To summarize, this audiobook was very, very good. It's brutal, but well written and fast paced. The author deftly handles a few different viewpoints and the reader is compelled to finish the book and finish it NOW. I think this book would work well in print or as I "read" it, in audio.

 

Highly recommended to horror readers that can handle this type of violence.

 

*Michael McBride provided a free copy of the audiobook through Audible in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*

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review 2015-02-01 00:00
Match: A Supernatural Thriller
Match: A Supernatural Thriller - William Massa I love William Massa, his writing is superb. He never betrays his readers or his writing style and talent for delving into multiple subgenres to create his fabulous stories. Each book he's written holds strong and true to the depth that he can reach with both excitement and creativity. He has a well of gripping plots that he weaves and Match is one of those stories. As the world we live in now where we are surrounded by dating sites, webpages and hook up scenes on tv, radio and internet we rarely get to see what the negative affects or consequences of those type of things can bring to a persons life. Match creates that complex introduction then creates a twist that will keep you wondering to the end. I absolutely loved it. I hope that Match is expanded on in the future because you can just see so many ideas going to more places. It really makes your mind wander.


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