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on July 24, 2013 :
If I had to define this novel in one word: SPOOKY. The dream sequences within the story are particularly effective at setting the mood. I'm a horror film/book aficionado, so the story did not leave me overly disturbed. However, I noticed my jumpiness levels increased as the story progressed. In my mind, that's the mark of a successful storyteller.
The Artist's Inheritance is a contemporary supernatural suspense novel with a strong romantic subplot. The story is set in Gulf Breeze, Florida, near a Civil War fort. Juli D. Revezzo weaves an intricate tale embodying many elements of the supernatural, including ghosts, witches and demons. Yet, I'm unable to fit the story neatly into any one particular subgenre. Much of the story's strength resides within the uniqueness of the plot elements and the way the story unfolds.
The story starts off a bit slow, but it really gets rolling by the third chapter. The first chapter really serves as an introduction to the three primary characters in the novel—Caitlin, Trevor, and The Chair. Caitlin and Trevor are a young married couple who's love is about to be tested by supernatural forces. Trevor is the artist of the novel's title, and The Chair is his monstrous creation.
Caitlin is Trevor's loving wife and the central protagonist. She's smart and loyal to her husband, but initially clueless regarding the spiritual disease afflicting her husband with bad dreams and obsessive behavior. Then, his nightmares affect her and she begins to pick up on other clues that things are very wrong with both him and his acquaintances.
Of the pair, Caitlin is the more sympathetic. I understood Trevor was not entirely responsible for his own actions but his behavior made him far less likeable than his courageous wife. He'd suffered the traumatic loss of siblings, including his twin, and the reader receives glimpses of the man he was before the downhill slide began. However, there were points when I just plain did not like him. As the story progresses, you really have to applaud Caitlin's loyalty to her husband and her determined efforts to save him.
Once it gets going, the story's pacing is swift, the makings of a real page-turner. Secondary characters are well developed and interesting. I enjoyed Caitlin's interactions with the coven of witches who assist her and also appreciated the creepy evility of the primary villain. Love scenes are closed doors and I would have liked to have seen the more sensual side of the couple's relationship.
The Artist's Inheritance is a recommended read for any reader seeking a creepy and compelling story of the supernatural.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 30, 2013 :
The Artist's Inheritance is a compelling book by Juli D. Revezzo. If you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, in wanting to know what will happen next, this is the book for you. I was hooked after the first couple of paragraphs. The Antique Magic series will definitely be added to the list of series that I read. I can't wait for the next book to be released.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Marsha A. Moore
on Feb. 15, 2013 :
A couple’s love is put to the test by dark forces trying to tear them apart. Trevor seems helpless to meet his destiny of a hereditary curse, his art creations becoming an outpouring of consuming madness. Frightened by what is happening to her husband, Cait fights in any way she can, even finding she has ability to struggle against the demons on their own magical playing field. Her witch friends help her unlock powers she never imagined. I really enjoyed growing with Cait as she learns about her own magic and how to use it. Her brace spirit and determination to help her husband is compelling. Wonderfully spooky elements make for an exciting read!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 04, 2013 :
Cait and Trevor have just moved into a new home, nearer to his brother's widow, and near a Civil War fort. Since getting there, he sketched and carved this rather, ah, ugly chair that he just seems to be utterly obsessed about. It consumes most of his waking hours, and various dreams and nightmares have started consuming his night ones. She wants to get rid of it, he just about wants no part of that. Sure, at times, he'll say when we find the right buyer, but she knows that basically means no, it is not going to happen.
As time goes on, she gets really worried about him, because Trevor seems to be headed exactly down the path that his brother had been on before his death - he grew obsessive and violent, with dreams and nightmares. Plus his new-found friend/business associate is just not giving her good vibes. What's worse, she's been starting with her own nightmares and visions, mostly stemming from what seem to be people from the Civil War.
She hasn't got a clue as to what is going on; when she bumps into someone she knew in college and her friends, all Wiccans, they start seeing and understanding what is going on, a curse on his family, and that business associate is more than meets the eye, but she doesn't buy it... at least at first. After a while, however, yep, she buys it, and realizes it was the cause of her brother-in-law's death, plus others from Trevor's family in years past. She very much hopes that through what they know, they can help kick this curse out of there, because this could very much not end well for any of them.
This was a pretty good first novel, with mysteries and twists and turns where you're just not sure what is going to happen next. It's not a romance in the traditional sense as the other books I post here, but you can say it is a love conquers all story - plenty of people who just didn't get or understand what Trevor was doing/going through, might have very well left him, but she stuck by him, even after those moments Cait did consider that she simply had it, both with his behavior and that chair. Her friends, the Wiccan aspects and things related to them were new to me, so I learned a little something from this story. Don't be surprised that once you get to the end of the story that the idea of them being around the supernatural isn't 100% wrapped up - I had forgotten this is a first of a series, and Cait and Trevor will see more adventures headed their way. All in all, for those who like paranormal and just your downright spooky stories, will find this a fine story to try out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2012 :
"The Artist's Inheritance" had a wonderfully creepy undertone to it, sort of like the movie, Rosemary's Baby. Caitlin's husband Trevor, an artist, is increasingly absorbed with his latest work...a rather devilish chair. Caitlin discovers she's sensitive to the supernatural, and goes on a quest to unravel the mystery behind what is possessing Trevor, before it's too late. The story has ghosts and demons, plus witches who are on the side of good. I liked the way Caitlin wouldn't give up on her husband, no matter what. The novel is the beginning of a series, and I'll be looking for the sequels. A very well done debut novel for Revezzo.
(reviewed the day of purchase)