Introduction: Guiding thoughts about the book: How i reacted to it, what deeper thoughts did it bring out?
I was sent a copy of this as a wonderful surprise in my inbox as a gift from Andrea. I reviewed book one a little ways back.
Onyx Webb Book 2 Episodes 4,5,and 6
Written by:Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Publishing Info: Courage Crafters Inc. (July 9, 2015)
Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.
The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
In Book Two:
- It’s the 30’s, Declan Mulvaney and his best friend Tommy Bilazzo learn to survive at the Open Arms Orphanage despite the adults who run the place.
- It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is going insane trying to see the girl in the mirror once again.
- Onyx Webb finds herself struggling to build a life with her crazy German husband, Ulrich, with no good way out.
The biggest thing for me was how easily I slipped back into the world of Onyx Webb after such a long time and a few dozen books creeped in bewteen. I think that says a lot about the characters and their world if returning to them is as easy as sitting down with an old friend after a few years. Somehow, even though the time in between seeing eachother in person has been enormous, it feels like we’ve never missed a beat. That’s what getting into book two was like.
This book feel a little less vindictive towards it’s characters as they seem to be coping and adjusting to the torment that has been rained down on them. Although, they still meet a lot of death, murder, and (trigger warning) rape.The 1930’s set orphanage in particular is a place where a lot of violence takes place. Yet, but the end of the book I feel like the character’s are almost better off for having the experiences.
I really enjoyed seeing the progression of these characters, because now their various connections seem to be drawing together. What does a serial killer at the world’s fair have to do with an artist stuck in abusive relationship in the 30’s and a haunted piano in the 2000’s? I won’t tell you. What do you think I am? Some awful spoil sport? No, but I will say the journey this second book in the series takes you on will start making those connections.
The momentum has been created, and now all the story-lines seem to be heading in the same direction. But what is their destination? I guess I’ll find out more in the next book, eh?
5 out of 5 blood spattered stars. Although this book is a little less vicious towards it’s characters it still has a very American Horror Story flair to it. So if you like that show, in particular Murder House, you will enjoy reading book 2 of Onyx Webb.
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