Welcome to my stop on the Black Water Tales blog tour. I loved this book and am happy to share my thoughts below. You can see all the wonderful blogs taking part HERE.
Black Water Tales: The Unwanted by JeanNicole Rivers
Publication date: March 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Horror
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.
This book was incredibly creepy and scary!!! The setting, the creepy kids, in fact, the whole thing made for an intense, shiver inducing read. I got chills so many times and couldn't read it before bed!
"In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children." Where better to set a scary book than in a remote orphanage in a strange little town!! Right off the bat, you get a sense of the eeriness of the place and are quickly drawn into the story when "Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” From there we are drawn into a book that will devour your time and attention and suck you into the hell that is St. Sebastian orphanage!
This book has not only Blaires story, but also the story of the orphanage itself. With the authors descriptive writing, you get a sense of Blaire and how she thinks she is descending into madness. Blaire lost her parents and feels she can relate to these "unwanted" kids, that is until she meets them!! Gosh, I think I would have run away had I met them, especially with the things she say. The pace of how the story unfolds is perfectly executed because the author builds the tension and expectation right from the start and gives just enough hints and information to keep it going throughout.
Anyway, while this says it's book 2 in the Black Water Tales books, it reads fine as a stand alone. I did feel I missed something when Blaire referred back to the curse but it doesn't take away from the overall story here! I will definitely check out book 1 though, because this author captured my attention with this book, and if the writing in this is anything to go by, then I'm in for a treat.
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.
Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
- $20 Barnes & Noble gift card
- Signed copies of both Black Water Tales books