Empty Vessels

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Sarah has a gift. Or is it a curse? All her life she has seen certain people surrounded by a swirling, black mist. She doesn't know why she sees it, she only knows it means trouble. More

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Published: April 07, 2013
Words: 44,400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301615599
About Lisa Mears

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.

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Review by: Tracy G on Aug. 17, 2013 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Brent Meske on July 04, 2013 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Phillip Berrie on July 03, 2013 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Stephen Craig on April 13, 2013 : star star star star star
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)

Review by: Trevi Formea on April 08, 2013 : star star star star star
Totally engrossing - loved how it was written and stylized. Look forward to reading more from Lisa.
(review of free book)

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