Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Series: The Vision Series #1
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn’s life is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.
And that’s not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they’re up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.
VISION OF SHADOWS is one of those books that immediately starts out with a bang. Bristol is waiting for her parents to meet her at an outdoor cafe when her parents are killed right in front of her. Talk about an opening chapter!
After moving in with her uncle and nephews, Bristol tries her best to remain as low key as possible. She doesn’t want anyone to know she can talk to the dead, she doesn’t really want any friends that she’ll have to lie to, she just wants to get through school. Her life becomes a far cry from that. She meets Payne, a member of the family she is supposedly an enemy with, and their life becomes one hectic mess. They find themselves in more and more dangerous situations. Something is trying to kill Bristol and she has no idea how to stop it.
This book really took me by surprise. I was expecting to like it because I’m so into books with ghosts and weird abilities. But I was not expecting how invested I became in the story. These shadows that are haunting Bristol freaked me out! Each chapter I was on pins and needles, not knowing what on earth was going to happen next. Bristol was a great main character and I loved Payne. I thought they were great together and I enjoyed watching them work together, even if Bristol was hesitant to let him in.
The only thing I had a little problem with was how fast Bristol and Payne fell for each other. Yes, I understand that Bristol has been having dreams about him for as long as she can remember, but did he? It never said he did, yet he was the one who became infatuated with her instantly. Bristol tried and tried to keep him at a distance, but ultimately it failed. Given this, I wouldn’t consider this insta-love, more like insta-infatuation. It was a bit too fast for me but understandable at the same time.
The main characters were all very interesting and I loved learning their secrets. The plot, however, was my favorite part. It was past faced, kept my attention, and definitely caused some goose bumps. Another great thing about VISION OF SHADOWS? The underlying message. Bristol has lived her whole life not feeling truly loved and was determined to never tell anyone her secret. With time she learned that she was capable of being loved, she had to learn how to open up her heart to the people who cared about her, and not be afraid of who she was. As Dr. Seuss says: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
|4 Thought Clouds|
I received an ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!