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Faces in the Water (The Shades of Venice, #1)

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Who created that slide of silk across your skin as you reached for your cinematic lover? Who recorded the crushing weight of the grizzly as you fought for your life in the fictional wilderness? It is Lone Pine Pictures’ Alyse Kate Bryant who wraps your body in the story only your mind was privy to before.

A brilliant sensory immersion artist and a wild daredevil, Alyse will...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published 2011 by Crystal Mosaic Books
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A hauntingly beautiful story that lingers on your mind…

From the author of ‘Spectre of Intention’ comes a deliciously dark, exquisite novel of multilayered sub-plots that enchants and captivates. Tonya Macalino’s writing style is wonderfully compelling, as she seamlessly interweaves delicious details within an atmospheric backdrop for a ‘realistic’ feel.
Having already read book 2 in the shades of Venice series (stealing Lucifer’s dreams) it was nice to start the story from the very beginning, wi...more
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I was somewhat shocked when I started this novel. I didn't think I'd get a kind of post-apocalyptic feel to it from Sleepers' Syndrome. OK, well if I wanted to, really it could've been deciphered from the blurb, but still it came as a shock. To be honest, I didn't really understand the disease much at first, but as I got through the novel, I understood it all and how devestating it wou...more
A sort of post-apocalyptic book set in a world where a devastating disease, sleeping sickness, traps children in ageless sleep. The disease is carried by adults who were trying to find a cure for another disease and inadvertently created this disease by messing with the DNA of the long dead. Into this setting we place a girl who has been modified to have machines that enhance her abilities and turn her into a sensory gathering being. These sensory experiences are then translated via film to the...more
Faces in the Water was a well-written and thrilling read. Tonya Macalino had painted a whimsical yet suspenseful world of post-apocalyptic Venice full of intensity and gripping moments. Her ability to blend elements of Venice legends with a bit of sci-fi was unquestionable. I even enjoyed reading the history of Venice inserted in some chapters as I love history and reading about myth and legends. With Faces in the Water, Tonya had started a spellbinding opener to the The Shades of Venice series...more
A satisfying mashup of augmented humans, DNA manipulations and good old human emotions.

The heroine is records her own sensory impressions for high tech voyeurs. But she's got some PTSD from an shark encounter gone bad, so she's sent to a Venice that's both drowning and serves as a residence for carriers of an untreatable but non-communicable genetic disease.

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So naturally, the non-communicable is communicable. And hints of a conspiracy abound.

What the author has done is to immerse h...more
Anna Brentwood
Not usually the genre I read but very interesting and unique author voice. Characters are strong and author uses sensory images to paint a story that reads very much like a dream.
I have a ton of questions. This will be a hard review. I liked it overall though even those I feel like my brain is melting.
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Tonya Macalino
is a writer of futuristic paranormal thrillers. An avid collector of folk history and folklore, she weaves the colorful tales of times past into a rich tapestry giving depth to the fast action of her stories. To read more from Tonya’s collection of folklore/history, visit her blog at For news and information drop by and say hello on Facebook at
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