Seventeen-year-old Bristol has never had a problem with the ghosts that float in and out of her life. It's all the people with a pulse that confuse her.
After the death of her parents, Bristol'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.
"When I started reading Vision of Shadows, I couldn't put it down. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for something that's a little different in YA. Great writing! Great story! Great debut!"
~ Georgeann Swiger, author of Adorned
"Absorbing characters and dramatic plot twists make Vision of Shadows a gripping, page-turning read right up to the pulse pounding conclusion and the perfect launch to a new series. I have absolutely fallen in love with Bristol, and I'm really looking forward to more stories in this series. Vision of Shadows is perfect for the young adult set, and it's a great read for adults too."
~ Lori, Lusty Penguin Reviews
|Publisher:||Silence in the Library LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Oh my goodness! What an enjoyable read. Mr. Morrone crafted an excellent story and filled it with great characters. Bristol Blackburn sees dead people. She talks to them actually - a gift she's had as long as she can remember. A gift she keeps secret, because her parents referred to her as a freak. She also has visions that sometimes come true. She's been dreaming of a certain boy for as long as she can remember too. And one dream she's had is of him killing her. Now she's come to stay with her uncle, cousins, and grandpa following the death of her parents. On her first day of school, she meets dream boy. Payne McKnight is an intense young man. He's intensely compassionate, intensely loyal, and he sets his intense eyes on Bristol. As they spend more time together, it becomes clear that Payne has a few secrets of his own. Oh, and I liked the parallel between Payne's name and the activities he engaged in for fun. Vision of Shadows revolves around the family feud between the Blackburns and the McKnights, and the curse on them. There is a whole lot of odd happenstance in Spirit, the small town these families inhabit. Mr. Morrone constructed a unique and suspenseful mystery. I was left guessing again and again. Mr. Morrone populated Spirit with a great cast of characters. Honestly, there isn't a character discussed that wasn't important to the plot. It was thrilling to watch as Bristol, who desperately wanted to be loved and accepted, fight against the forces trying to take away the family that gave her that. I enjoyed seeing Payne begin to heal and let go of the remorse and guilt he's carried for so long following the death of his mom and the disappearance of his cousin. And I loved the grandpas. Witnessing them build bridges toward one another was heartwarming. Mr. Morrone did a fine job of conveying how events in each character's life affected them. I also delighted in the humor each character injected with their own brands of snark. Although Vision of Shadows is a paranormal romance and dealt with some heavy topics, it was a lot of fun to read as well. Vision of Shadows was such a pleasure. The story is told in first person and flows well. I was immediately drawn into it. The story is full of ghosts and mysteries. The world building, while not complex, was well done. And I adored the characters, obviously.
Once started reading, I just couldn't put it down. It is full of suspense and intrigue. There is a mystery around Bristol and Spirit town. From the very first page you'll be totally engrossed and wanting to know more about all the mysterious stuff that keeps happening. Some of the mysteries unravel by the end of the book but some of the questions still remained unanswered. Bristol has always seen visions of boy, she knows that she will see him soon some day. He will be something to her, may be a lover or her murderer, she is not sure yet. Then her parents die in a strange accident and she moves to Spirit town to live with her uncle and his family. From then on strange things start happening. someone or something wants her dead and they will go to any lengths to do so. Even if it meant harming or killing other people in the process. Payne has always been haunted by the fact that he survived when his mother died in an accident. He is wreck-less and keeps putting himself in danger. But things change when Bristol moves to town. He is attracted to her and wants to live so that he can be with her. Although things are not easy for them, still he will do whatever it takes to protect her. The story is quite interesting. It has family feuds, curses, people with supernatural abilities, love, hatred, ghosts and shadow creatures. All the characters are likable and there are some funny moments that made me laugh. Overall I enjoyed reading it and will recommend to fans of paranormal and mystery.
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Vision of Shadows, the first book in the Vision series, is an enthralling and thoroughly entertaining young adult paranormal romance by Vincent Morrone. Effectively told through Bristol Blackburn’s eyes, Bristol tells her story through current events, journal entries, and dream sequences. After witnessing her parents’ deaths, Bristol, a high school student, moves to the town of Spirit to live with her uncle, his two sons, and her grandpa, family she has never met. Bristol is smart, witty with a dry sense of humor, and very stubborn. But, Bristol also has some self-esteem issues. She sees herself as boring and plain and, worse yet, a freak because she can see and talk to the dead. Bristol’s soft heart shows as she helps the ghosts cross over, which really endeared her character to me. All of these traits make Bristol a compelling character who I just loved. I also enjoyed seeing Bristol develop friendships for the first time in her life and how she deals with typical teenage issues. Throughout her life, Bristol repeatedly dreams about the young man with whom she will fall in love. But, Bristol’s dreams also tell her this man will kill her too. She is stunned when the young man in her vision turns out to be a student at her new school, Payne McKnight. Upon seeing Bristol, Payne feels the connection between the two of them. Payne, who has special powers of his own, is able to see Bristol as the beautiful young woman she is even after she tells him about the ghosts. Although, Payne acts recklessly at times, Payne has a soft heart to as he helps his aunt and other family members, which I really loved about his character. Payne has a protective streak when it comes to Bristol. Even though he feels he is doing the right thing, Payne makes decisions about Bristol’s safety without consulting her about it. The best part though is that Payne admits he made a mistake, which made me love him more. Bristol and Payne are a captivating young couple. Their chemistry sizzles, and their kisses are toe curling. Morrone does a masterful job of weaving the background conflict between the Blackburn and McKnight families without overwhelming the story. Also, the author consummately develops secondary characters from both families, organically setting the stage for future stories in this series. My favorite secondary character is Bristol’s grandpa. Although he is cranky and blunt, you can’t help but love him because you know how much her really loves Bristol. Absorbing characters and dramatic plot twists make Vision of Shadows a gripping, page-turning read right up to the pulse pounding conclusion and the perfect launch to a new series. I have absolutely fallen in love with Bristol, and I’m really looking forward to more stories in this series. Vision of Shadows is perfect for the young adult set, and it’s a great read for adults too. I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
4.5 out of 5 stars. This book is packed full of ghosts and the paranormal. Two families conflicted for centuries, each with their own secrets and a romance that screams danger from the get-go. The basic storyline has been used before, but the author weaves a tale that constructed something quite original from the usual and kept me intrigued all the way through. “So, if you need to take to your wife or to speak with your dearly departed mother, there really is no reason to make the trip down to the graveyard. Save the gas. You’re better off going to a place they felt tied to, like their place of business or their home.” The above quote really spoke to me. How many times when we’ve lost someone do we feel connected to them in places other than where their body rests? It’s thoughts like this, throughout the book, that the author provides a refreshing look at death and the afterlife. The author really put his best foot forward with not only character development but also with the plot and scenery. He brings the reader into the story, which at times will make the readers heart beat a liitle faster, sweat a bit, tremble and gasp out loud in shock. An amazing YA book that readers from 14 on will be talking about with their friends. The only thing I found that was a little off was some of the slang used, but other than that this is a great story from start to finish. I look forward to reading more from this author and recommend this book to everyone interested in something a bit out of the ordinary.