Feature Review of Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer


Hello All:) I am presenting a review of Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer who is on tour with Orangeberry Book Tours!

  The bonds of family are stretched to the breaking point as legendary monsters, a deadly prophecy, and soul swallowing fears threaten to destroy them. Magic, secrets, sensuality and mind numbing terror all rolled into one to keep the pages flying.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Reading and writing from a very young age I learned early on that stories built in a fantasy world were where the fun was at. Reading books by Robert Jordan spurred me on and it was the first real epic fantasy that I fell in love with. After that came Piers Anthony, Melanie Rawn and into my older teen years, Anne Rice.
It was in Rice’s novels that the idea of urban fantasy really bloomed for me and it was about that time that my grandmother was letting me read her Harlequin Historical novels. (Okay, actually she was slipping them to me when my mother wasn’t looking, but let’s not get picky.)
The combination of love stories and darker fantasy stuck with me and it’s now not only what I gravitate towards to read on my off time (Kelly Armstrong,…moreReading and writing from a very young age I learned early on that stories built in a fantasy world were where the fun was at. Reading books by Robert Jordan spurred me on and it was the first real epic fantasy that I fell in love with. After that came Piers Anthony, Melanie Rawn and into my older teen years, Anne Rice.
It was in Rice’s novels that the idea of urban fantasy really bloomed for me and it was about that time that my grandmother was letting me read her Harlequin Historical novels. (Okay, actually she was slipping them to me when my mother wasn’t looking, but let’s not get picky.)
The combination of love stories and darker fantasy stuck with me and it’s now not only what I gravitate towards to read on my off time (Kelly Armstrong, Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison), but has become the style I love to write in.
Besides writing, I love to spend time with my family and animals, horseback ride, garden and hike with my husband.
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MY REVIEW
Okay, this was a fantastic read! It is the story of Quinn, who her entire life believed that she knew certain truths. That she and her sister Ashling, loved and took care of one another, that their mother was absent emotionally and many times physically. That they were normal. But it all changes when upon a routine visit to see their ailing grandfather who resides in a psychiatric facility, that Quinn’s world shifts. All of their lives, the sisters believed their grandfather was slightly delusional, or crazy, was a better term. He told stories of other worlds, powers and such. Quinn felt all her life that her grandfather favored her sister over her and actually her mom favored Quinn slightly over her sister. So, that was another truth she had been accustomed too. But the truth behind, why all of this was occurring was the major change. Upon visiting her grandfather, he begins speaking of things to Quinn that she did not understand, things that she would do…his exact words were…”YOU WILL KILL HER….” And then Quinn’s grandfather begins to choke her!… Yep! Grandad!:)
But there is a reason behind the madness, which then leads eventually to Quinn’s sister Ashling being kidnapped by beings that Quinn never knew existed and to Quinn meeting the equally hot Luke and Bres, who are also beings Quinn never knew existed and who says that they are to guard her. Quinn is told that she is not who she always believed herself to be; also that she has supernatural powers and a prophetic destiny to fulfill…which included killing her sister!
What a family!!!!!
Yes…this story grabbed ahold of me from the beginning and did not let go. It was action filled from the first chapter and carried throughout. The physical attraction between Quinn and Bres, I will have to admit was my favorite,(although Luke cannot be dismissed, especially with his devotion to Quinn)…but Bres is my favorite with his dark edginess, and his passion. I was reading and so enthralled, that I didn’t realize fully when it ended…I was like what? no!!!…The book was great and I eagerly await the next in the series!
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