Thursday, June 18, 2015

Onyx Webb

Hey everybody. I just read a really good "spooker".

Onyx Webb by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz.

Onyx Webb: Book One: Episodes 1, 2, & 3

I love a good ghost story. Stories that scare you a bit but because there is room for imagination and the question "could that happen?", not gory, graphic in your face terrifying.

" It’s June, 1980 and piano prodigy, Juniper Cole is on the way to her senior prom.

- It’s January 2010, and Koda Mulvaney has blown through his 20 million dollar trust fund and is told by his father to return home and get to work.

- It’s August, 1904 and little Onyx Webb is on her way to the famous World’s Fair in St. Louis with her father, Catfish.

Two of the three will see a ghost, one will become a ghost and everyone will learn that life is hard to let go of even when you’re dead. And that's just Book One. Designed to read like a supernatural soap opera, Onyx Webb is a paranormal suspense series, with supernatural romance, as well as a dash of historical fiction. The stories may haunt you, the darkness may disturb you, but ultimately you’ll be reminded to treasure every moment of your life because… If you think life is precious now? Just wait until you’re dead.   "

I read this book in 3 days. This is easily a "read in one sitting" book and if I could have, I would have read it in one day. It is a page turner.

This is book one of 10 with a total of 27 episodes. It is a "paranormal soap opera". I was totally hooked just flipping through the pages.

The main character is Onyx Webb. We are introduced to her in 1904 as she and her father are traveling from New Orleans to the World's Fair in St. Louis. We are given a little background about Onyx's mother and her birth, which teases us with a little mystery about her mother and her death when Oxnyx is born. There is very unsettling incident at the fair with Onyx. I suspect there is more to Onyx than we know yet. Something supernatural, paranormal, some power? Her father was going to tell her "everything" on her 29th birthday but she ran off with a man. She should have listened to her father.

In the first few chapters, we are introduced to other characters, who live in different cities and different years. Each chapter gives a bit of history associated with the current city or building of the year in which it takes place, which is very interesting and relevant to the story. (I love books that go back and forth between different times like this.)

The story is gradually and skillfully woven like a web with the other characters. Each touches each other in some way. Some are living, some are not. Some are very kind, intelligent people, some are not. There are many times that it makes you want to shout " no don't go there... look in there... don't forget about etc..." There is even a "girl in a mirror" that you want to help.

Each chapter has a picture of either a character or a place in old black and white and looks very spooky. Just looking at the pictures before I started the book got me.

Not a lot of fluff and loooong irrelevant descriptions which makes it a quick read.

I cannot wait for the second book to come out in July!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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