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Lisa lives in the Tasmanian wilderness.
She fell in love with stories and story telling when her parents read to her as a small child. The love of writing came later. After many years of procrastination she finally decided to "give it a go" and attempt a full length novel. Chosen was born. Soon she hopes to be able to devote more time to her writing.
on May 09, 2014 :
Sarah is always on the run from people who seem to want to hurt her. These people seem to be surrounded by mist and each time one appears, Sarah has to run again or risk the life of those close to her. Then she meets a man who seems to have the answers to what these people are and why they want Sarah.
I liked this book for the most part. Sarah has had a pretty miserable life running away from these mist people who try to kill her, surviving on the streets. Now she meets Rex who can answer her questions-if she would just ask the right questions! She is a Seeker, someone who can see these people without souls and her partner then dispatches them. But it seems that a conspiracy is unfolding which Sarah and Rex must get to the bottom of. The book does not go overboard with big info dumps, instead feeding the information to the reader gradually through the book. The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading and it is one of the better freebies I've read recently.
Sarah is a frustrating character. She never follows basic safety instructions from Rex which leads her continually into trouble and that does get annoying after the third time. I know it is for plot purposes but it just makes her look like a dumb female. I liked Rex and felt that she wasn't cooperating with him when he had saved her several times. The side characters were quite interesting and it was fun to work out who was on what side.
Major niggle? Why does every author who sets part of their book in Scotland always make it a dreary and wet visit? It does NOT rain every damn day in Scotland and I'm sick of authors portraying our cities as dull and dreary with pissing rain! Edinburgh is nearly always shown as being damp and grim which does not do the city justice and it bugs the hell out of me. It's hardly going to make readers want to come here for a visit. I'd also comment that the cover is pretty crap. If I saw this as a paperback in a book shop I'd be unlikely to have picked it up to take a look at it. A great cover really sells your book so this needs a revamp!
Decent paranormal read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2013 :
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah just turned 18, and she's on the run for her life. You see Sarah's a little different, she sees a black mist around certain people. These 'black-mist people' are always aggressive and violent towards Sarah. While on the run from one such person, Sarah meets up with a man named Rex. Rex claims he can explain about the 'black-mist' people to Sarah and answer all her questions. Sarah and Rex are thrown into a crazy adventure where everything is not as it seems, and your friends just might be your enemies. I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and kept my attention throughout. It is a perfect read for all ages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 04, 2013 :
In large part, I had the same feeling about Empty Vessels as Phillip Berrie.
However, while I loved the beginning of the story, once we got into the middle and toward the end, the pace was a bit too fast and characters seemed to have quick mood swings (I'm dark and brooding one minute, joking with my buddy the next minute, shouting and crying a minute later).
I felt the story could have been explored further, and that the ending was a bit unsatisfying. This is still far and away better than most other Smashwords authors out there. Keep up the good work, Lisa.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 03, 2013 :
This is an urban fantasy with a YA female protagonist. The book is set in a contemporary United Kingdom complete with a visit to Scotland and lots of rain.
The protagonist, Sarah, is a young woman who has grown up on the streets running from the 'black-mist people' who not only killed her parents, but attack her whenever they can find her. She is an independent sort, street smart and a suitable protagonist for this story, which involves a lot of action in a number of locations.
Enter Rex, a man who 'looks' old enough to be Sarah's father (if not grandfather), and you should already be hoping that this is not a teen romance, ala Twilight. Fortunately, you will be pleasantly surprised as the gruff Rex turns out to be a likeable character, who becomes both Sarah's mentor and protector in a quickly escalating adventure which ties together Sarah's gift/curse with the fate of the United Kingdom (if not the world), with—for this reader at least—some very strong connections to the Arthurian mythos.
At just over 44,000 words I found this book a little short considering the subject matter. Which is another way of saying that I would have loved the author to have spent some more time exploring some of the more fantastic elements of her story, which are mainly just hinted at here.
Still, I found the book a page turner, and very entertaining, even in its current form. Not a five star book for me, but definitely a strong four and a book that had me continuing to think about the authorial intent with regard to the various plot twists and the Arthurian references well after I had finished reading it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 13, 2013 :
A great story that really held my attention. A wonderfully crafted idea, I don't want to spoil it but the black-mist people and the whole story around them make for a thoroughly enjoyable story. Highly recommended!
(review of free book)
on April 08, 2013 :
Totally engrossing - loved how it was written and stylized. Look forward to reading more from Lisa.
(review of free book)