The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One

The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One

by Christie M. Stenzel

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**2017 Readers' Favorite BRONZE MEDAL WINNER for BEST FANTASY BOOK!!!

**2017 Book Excellence Awards FINALIST for BEST FANTASY BOOK!!

**OFFICIAL FANTASY SELECTION - 2016 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing!!!

**2016 The Wishing Shelf Book Awards FINALIST for BEST FANTASY BOOK!!

**2016 Readers' Favorite BRONZE MEDAL WINNER for BEST FANTASY BOOK!!!

**OFFICIAL FANTASY SELECTION - 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing!!!

**Awarded 2016 BOOK OF THE YEAR from Books Go Social!!


~~~In the tradition of HARRY POTTER AND TWILIGHT, comes a captivating fantasy tale that will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you reading late into the night as you go along on an unpredictable journey with the Occuli!!!

Have you ever received shocking news that changes everything?
Imagine being eighteen-year-old Remy Verbetta, and finding out that you are not 'human" and are not from this world.

Remy's entire life has been a lie. Another world is living and breathing beside our own, an alternate dimension.

On her eighteenth birthday, Remy finds out that she is a member of an ancient and almost extinct race called the Occuli. Each Occuli has different magical powers, based solely on their eye color.

This 7 time award-winning, supernatural fantasy novel, follows Remy on a journey of self-discovery, magic, romance and betrayal, as she learns about her new powers and tries to figure out a way not only to survive, but also how to get back to her true home while saving the Occuli from extinction!
(Recommended for ages 16+)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151331128
Publisher: Christie M. Stenzel
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: The Occuli , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 526
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Writing and reading are my passions! My dream to be a writer began, when as a five year old child I would ask my mother to write down the stories I would make up about talking dogs.

Since growing up and becoming further educated with a Bachelor's Degree in English (I have an affinity for classic literature), a Master's Degree in Leadership, and a degree in Ultrasound, I have begun to pursue that dream in hopes of one day making it my career. I have many interests and ideas so my ultimate goal is to release works of fiction in multiple genres. Fantasy will always be my first love however, as I have always had an intense imagination that threatens to inundate me if not expelled onto paper.

Aside from writing, I enjoy physical activities like running, weight training, and yoga. I am blessed to have an amazing family, close friends and two beloved canine companions.

More information on the Occuli book series is available on the Series website at or my Author website at You can also follow me on Twitter at @CStenzelWriter or on my Facebook Fan Page at Christie Stenzel: Author.

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The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite The Grey-Eyed Storm by Christie Stenzel is the first book in the Occuli series. Remy Verbetta had been just twelve years old when her mother, Emmery, had taken her own life. Her nine-year-old sister, Makayla, had vanished without a trace soon after. On her eighteenth birthday, Remy is not only given a necklace which her mother had always worn, but also discovers (after sleepwalking to her mother’s grave) that she is one of the seven varieties of Occuli, easily identifiable by eye color, each with a variety of powers which can affect others as well as the elements around them. As an additional birthday gift, Remy receives a bodyguard from her cousin, Ruby, in the form of a boy, Zias, whom Remy had been having dreams about for quite some time. At school, Remy finally meets the new boy in town, Drake Cook, and cannot help but be startled by his eyes; it is never good to know that a Reaper has arrived. Unable to determine whether Drake is good or evil, and trying to decipher her mother’s and her grandmother’s memories, Remy finds herself in a race against time to figure out who she can trust in order to save her kind from obliteration. Without a doubt, The Grey-Eyed Storm is one of the most in-depth and entertaining paranormal books I have ever read. Christie Stenzel’s introduction to the Occuli series leaves me desperately wanting more and I look forward to reading the rest of the series when it is released. Living in a spiraling world of heartache after her mother and sister are both gone, the main character discovers on her eighteenth birthday that nothing in life is what she thought it to be. As her powers come into effect and she finds out who and what she truly is, Remy spins through a pinwheel of emotions that strike without warning, making her wonder whether or not she is going crazy. Each of the characters is well-written and brings an important element to the story as a whole, whether good or evil. I fully enjoyed The Grey-Eyed Storm and recommend it to all die-hard lovers of the paranormal who enjoy mystery, humor, romance, adventure and excitement in a mind-bending tale of magic which eclipses all others.
LarryS16 More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely well done. It is a descriptive yet complex story with well developed characters. It made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action, which there was plenty of. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely read any future sequels.
CathyMcReader More than 1 year ago
The author has created an intriguing story here, which pulls the reader in right from the start. We discover things about the main character Remy's past, present and future at the same time as she does. When Remy is questioning everything - as readers we are right there with her and doing the same. Trying to make sense of and to navigate through a seemingly predestinated path for Remy. I enjoyed the relationship between Remy and her sister Violet. At one moment, Remy would take the high ground and want to protect her and then in another moment, she felt envious and even jealous of her. This attention to detail by author Christie Stenzel made the world for her characters real to me. I did not expect the ending, but to me that is the sign of a talented writer. Definitely recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK!!! This book is off the charts awesome!!! It is very descriptive and made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action! I have talked to quite a few people who were completely enthralled with the book as well! I think if it is not made into a movie it will be the public's loss!! Can't wait for the sequels from Christie!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RIVETING FROM START TO FINISH! This book is masterfully written! The characters are well developed, the scenes are extremely descriptive and there is lots of action and excitement! I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy writing and am really looking forward to reading the complete series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCITING AND ENGAGING STORY!!! A MUST READ! This is an incredible book! It is very well written with plenty of mystery, suspense and a bit of romance and I could not put it down! I am thrilled to hear there is a sequel coming soon from this up and coming author! Can't wait for the rest of the series and I hope to be able to see the movie someday!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Emmy’s mother Emmeril took her own life when Remy was twelve. Then her sister Makayla is missing without a trace soon after. At eighteen Remy is given a necklace her mother had always wore . Remy also finds out about her roots and she learns she is one of the seven varieties of Occuli also her social standing which is told by the color of the Occui’s eyes. Each has a variety of powers which can affect others but also the elements around them. Then her cousin Ruby gives her a protector named Zian as a birthday present. Remy’s aunt and cousin will take on Remy’s training now that she is eighteen.Remy had been having dreams about Zian for a long time. Then Remy meets the new boy in town - Drake and is startled by his eyes. Drake is a Reaper. Remy has little time to figure out who she can trust . I loved this story , it was a great read. It had a great plot and writing. This was a very original but sucessful story. It was fast paced and very in depth. This story had a lot to it: humor, romance, adventure, excitement, suspense, magic, a Reaper, trust, destiny, twist and turns, loss, a protector, mystery, intrigue, hidden worlds, and danger. I was surprised by the ending but it did pull everything together. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend.
Wiccidlady More than 1 year ago
This story is very unique, definitely nothing like I’ve read before. There were details enough to understand the premise, and just enough characters to not lose track of them. The story leads you towards one thing, but the ending was unexpected and I think that’s my favorite part of the whole book!