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Black Water Tales: The Unwanted (Volume 2) Paperback – February 26, 2016
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
About the Author
JeanNicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Although she loves varied genres, the horror/thriller genre is her favorite. JeanNicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through novels. Unwanted is the second story in her series of Black Water Tales. JeanNicole Rivers graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, and she lives in Houston, Texas. Become friends with her at www.facebook.com/JNicoleRivers. Follow her on Twitter @Jeannicole19. Visit her at www.jeannicolerivers.com
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Blaire and Travis are two young Americans on a care aid program to Borslav and will be looking after orphans at St Sebastian's. On arrival they realise that their year abroad will be no picnic - Borslav is a cold and desolate place and the locals don't seem to want them there. When they finally reach the orphanage they are shocked by the condition of the children. Malnourished, lacking education and some children with physical defects is just the start; fresh injuries spring up each day and the children are scared to death. The two set to work in their roles as teacher and nurse, but as the days go by more and more strange things start to happen. Humming and scraping is heard at night and the constant whispering of threats from the basement threaten to implode their sanity. As they dig deeper to find the origin of the supposed curse on the orphanage, they are met with info so shocking that their lives are in danger. Can they save themselves from the cycle being repeated?
This had the promise of a really good horror but I was disappointed by its predictability. I was hoping to be surprised by the ending but it turned out exactly as I thought it would. The editing had me grimacing - from spelling errors in simple words, to spelling towns in different ways in the same chapter, to using verbose outdated adjectives and even having different POVs in the same paragraph with no breaks. To me the bullying, her parents' deaths and the self harm didn't tie in with the whole story enough. It was like being fed a clue and then not following through on it. It was a good effort but the story could not pull off the proper horror aspect.
Once you start reading it, you want to keep turning the pages excited about what to expect next. I liked it as much or more than the first one but both were good and I truly enjoyed the 2nd one. I hope I don't have to wait so long for the next one.
This book is very slow to start and, unfortunately, the pace doesn't pick up until the very end. I felt totally removed from the action, didn't get the sense of being there, and felt no emotion for the characters or their situations. I couldn't even keep track of the workers or children, as no one has a distinctive personality. The references to Blaire's past bullying and her parents' deaths are irrelevant and unnecessary to the story, their only apparent function being to somehow link this story to the town of Black Water.
The writing is overly verbose, with awkward sentence structure, clunky metaphors, numerous editing errors (including the use of where for were, you're for your, decent for descent, passed for past, unto for onto, poured for pored, scrapping for scraping, dual for duel, Boslav and Boraslav for Borslav, ambers for embers), and the unnecessary use of archaic words that only serve to further distance the reader from the action. The author also uses so many creepy metaphors that you don't realize when the creepy stuff is actually happening. The story is told in the third person from Blaire's point-of-view, but the author occasionally slips into Travis's point-of-view from one paragraph to the next. There are also some major inconsistencies: the story is set in an Eastern European country, yet everyone speaks English, including all of the children in St Sebastian; the reports Blaire finds read like stories - even including speech - but who had the information to write these reports, much less write them in such a fashion?; Travis is a nurse but doesn't even realize he is sick; Blaire takes the lift up but has to call it up again when she goes back to it a minute later.
I love horror and I was so looking forward to reading this book after reading all the glowing reviews. I even bought the first book, which I probably won't read now.
Sorry, but I just didn't feel this one.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
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The Unwanted is a sequel, however it can be read as a stand alone story.
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