I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Black Water Tales: The Unwanted by JeanNicole Rivers
on March 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Horror
Source: the author
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In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.
Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.
The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help… There’s something in the basement.
I don’t read a lot of ghost stories, and I’m not sure what it was about The Unwanted to drew me in. I guess I was in the mood for a scary story and some sleepless nights? It certainly did manage to give me some vivid dreams! I’m going to give The Unwanted a solid 7 for creep factor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t high enough to beat the Sleep factor… for whatever reason, every time I sat down to do some reading, I would find myself drifting off. I suspect it was my brain’s way of protecting me from the stress, the anxiety the story was building towards.
This book had a lot of things going for it. The setting was goosebump inducing (I mean, who in their right mind would stay working in this creepy orphanage??), and Blaire was the perfect character for this dilemma! She had some serious childhood trauma, causing her to second guess her own judgment. Travis, her volunteer partner, was the sane one of the pair. No romance though, folks! Travis is gay, and this eliminated any kind of potential sexual heat. This was a major perk, in my mind, since it allows the reader to focus on what really matters… DEATH!
Speaking of setting, I’m not really sure where this is supposed to take place. The country is never named, and the towns and cities don’t exist, or so google tells me. If I had to guess, I would say some kind of eastern European country, based on the place names, but no one speaks anything other than English. *shrugs* It’s fiction. If I can stretch my mind to believe in ghosts, then I can roll with a nonexistent country.
There were a few small issues that stopped this from being a five-star read. First off, there were some minor editing issues (past/passed). There were also a few ridiculous words thrown in to regular prose, and they stuck out like a sore thumb; who uses words like “contumacious”? It took me out of the story, breaking up any potential continuity.
Overall, The Unwanted is perfect for late night reading. When you’re home alone. In the dark.
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I was born in the tiny, but lovable town of Centralia, IL which has a two screen movie theatre, one high school and still celebrates May Fete, so I had no choice, but to develop a fantastic imagination. Since childhood I have been writing everything from short stories to songs, but I have always aspired to compose a novel. Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers is my first novel and the first book in what will be a series of thriller novels.
Philosophy was my study in college and I received a Bachelor of Arts in the subject from Florida International University. Writing is one of my most favored artistic pursuits, but my love for the arts does not stop there, I am also a vocalist and actress and participate in local theater in Houston Texas.
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