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Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical, for adults and young adults, novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She doesn't want to get boxed in by genre -- she might be claustrophobic! When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending their unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her current favorite TV show is The Vampire Diaries.
on April 29, 2011 :
Seeing for the First Time is a short eBook, at only 17 pages, however, after those 17 pages you're left wanting to read more. Just like the main character, Ana, you're introduced to the world of paranormal by her grandmother, and together you learn that there are different types of seers, each type being able to see a different breed of paranormal beings. From fairy seers, to werewolf seers, and Ana's Gram even mentions unicorn seers. I'm not going to mention any other types though because then I'd ruin the mystery. ;)
This story is short, fast-paced, and leaves you craving more! If you like paranormal stories and love seeing them reinvented in different ways, then you should definitely check out Nicole's What You See Is What You Get Series! :)
(reviewed long after purchase)
(Stacy) Urban Fantasy Investigations
on April 09, 2011 :
SEEING FOR THE FIRST TIME is the first of a series of 6 short stories titled What you see is what you get. It is an extremely fast read at just 17 pages. The characters definitely were likable and the story was catching. Ana is strong willed and didn't freak out completely and lose her head when she had all the reason to. I had an issue in the beginning, Ana goes from saying her Gram is completely crazy in one paragraph and just a couple paragraphs later she has completely accepted her Grams explanation of what they are and turns to being extremely excited about the information with no hesitation and it just seemed like a way to fast turn around for a teenager. Other than that I enjoyed the little journey as Ana figured out what kind of seer she is.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 03, 2011 :
At a brief 17 pages, this short story is a nice taste of of a new YA universe. Ana spends all her summers with Grams, but Grams is a little "off" in her thinking--she likes to garden all day long and talk to creatures that only she can see. But suddenly, Ana sees little floating colored lights around her grandmother and discovers that she can partially see the fairies that Grams has seen all her life. There are plenty of big revelations about Ana's family and the power she might have inherited from them. One thing's for sure, now that she has entered the world of the paranormal, there is no going back.
There were only a couple of issues I had with this fun story. I did wonder why Ana's parents didn't take the time to explain to her that Grams wasn't senile, or to at least hint to her that Grams wasn't as off-kilter as she acted. But hey, it's a short story, so there's almost zero time to explain motivations. The bigger trouble happens when Ana goes looking for selkies in Paradise Cove, but gets lost and asks for directions at an old house that looks abandoned. I wished she hadn't done that particular thing, because a little real-world common sense can go a long way for YA characters--driving out alone on unknown backroads and getting out of your vehicle is usually not the best move. Again, just my opinion, and Ana does survive the ordeal and she gains new knowledge from her mistakes.
This story presents some really unique changes on the standard supernatural tropes. There are "seers" of all types, fairy seers and werewolf seers and so on, and every type of seer can sense just one specific creature. I thought that was cool. I've never heard a story where werewolves were invisible, since they're usually very physical monsters while faeries tend to more mystical and are visible only to a select few people, but here werewolves and vampires and everything else walk around totally unseen. Beyond the mythology, the characters are nice, too. Grams is an absolute sweetheart, happily telling Ana about the new world she has entered and mentioning her sincere hope that Ana will be able to see something nice and gentle, like unicorns (and who wouldn't want that?) There's not much time to establish Ana's personality, but she is kind to her grandmother and is a quick adapter--in paranormal YA, it's always nice to have a heroine that can accept the weird things quickly and move on. Overall it's a good story that's going to lead to more adventures involving Ana and her new power.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 16, 2011 :
This is an easy, quick read for younger audiences. Ana comes across as a kid with smarts. The fantastical element in the story certainly is present, though I would've liked to have seen more done with the fairies instead of vampires, since the fairy-filled book cover intrigued me. The fast pace might deter some readers and feel rushed, and there are a few typos, but if you're looking for something light to read that might give you a jolt of pace and action, you can take a look at "Seeing for the First Time".
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 16, 2011 :
Seeing for the First Time
By Nicole Zoltack
Nicole Zoltack’s short story, Seeing for the First Time is a delightful read, one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Every year for the past ten years, Ana spends summers with her grandmother. She doesn’t understand it when she hears and sees her grandmother speaking to people and things that doesn’t seem to be there.
Since her grandmother is up in years, Ana fears that she’s going crazy. That is until one day, while in the garden with her grandmother, she actually see’s one of the beautiful orbs her grandmother is speaking to.
When Ana asks her grandmother what is was she was seeing, her grandmother tells her it’s a faerie. She also tells her she’s a Faerie Seer. She explains to Ana that each generation in her family has a particular gift and that her parents were not on vacation but are actually Werewolf hunters and is on a job.
Ana is shocked and wants to know if she also has the gift. Her grandmother tells her she does but Ana would have to find out exactly what her gift is.
After reading several books on the subject, Ana feels compelled to travel to Paradise Cove where she hopes to find answers.
When she arrives at the cove she meets a man in the woods who makes her nervous. The man’s name is Victor and though he seems nice enough, alarm bells start going off in Ana’s head.
Victor turns out to be vampire who attacks Ana and she realizes that she does indeed have the gift. However, she is not a Vampire Seer, she is a Vampire hunter.
I really enjoyed this short story. It was a fast-paced read, full of action and well written. I can not wait to read other books by this fantastic author!
By Sheila Hendrix
(reviewed within a week of purchase)