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The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One

(The Occuli #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  26 reviews
**OFFICIAL FANTASY SELECTION - 2016 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing!!!

**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!!


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Kindle Edition, 3, 520 pages
Published November 25th 2015 (first published May 18th 2015)
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DNF at 40%.

That's it, I'm throwing in the towel on this book. I tried... I really tried to finish this, but I'm just so, so bored. Bored by the heroine and her love interest, bored by their romance, bored by the writing and the pacing. The only thing that actually grabbed my attention was the original premise of the story, but the execution just didn't work for me.

I know I'm being the party-pooper again, and I can only imagine how much blood and sweat goes into writing a book of that length, esp
Carol Phipps
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Winner From Cover To Cover

From cover to cover The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occulti Book One, by Christie M. Stenzel, held my rapt attention. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to, particularly Remy and Zias, my favorites, though Violet looks to have definite possibilities. I'm looking forward to finding out more about her in future books of this series. The plot is intriguing, unique and well-paced and I enjoyed every moment of it. I highly recommend this book to paranormal fans, and
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 gifted 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 ...more
Kellie Steele
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing read!!! I really really enjoyed this book and struggled to put it down. The characters were relatable and I felt their emotions as they did. I really felt for Remy in her sad times, and knew her fear. The grey eyed storm is a very interesting book, different and refreshing. I like Christie's style of writing and will definitely be reading more in the Occuli series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, adventure and fantasy.

I was dissapointed when I got to the
Maia Gomez
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book completely blew me away! This was one of the best fantasy novels I have EVER read! The writing was absolutely flawless, with vivid descriptions and captivating dialogue. With a completely original storyline, I was absolutely captivated from the very first page and was almost obsessive with devouring this book as fast as I could! Chock full of mystery, intrigue, hidden worlds, a splash or romance and a delicious element of danger, this book was nice and fast paced with never a dull ...more
R.J. Francis
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author is a classic master storyteller—the kind of storyteller our ancestors sat around campfires for hours listening to, hanging off her every word. As evidenced by Christie’s many readers’ awards, people react to her kind of storytelling from their hearts, because it told from the heart. Christie’s multi-layered characters in “The Grey-Eyed Storm” are all perfectly imperfect. Even the non-humans are wonderfully human. There is no shying away from blood, pain or loss—it is all part of the a ...more
K.A. Duggan
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The whole premise of the fantasy world based on eye colour to discern what powers,and class you are was really interesting. I don't usually read fantasy or didn't until recently but am so glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and read this. I couldn't put it down, even ignoring my workload so I could keep reading.
There were so many twists to this, just as I was accepting a revelation a new one would come along and tip everything upside down. They didn't stop com
Cathy McGough
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a ...more
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivated my attention at the start to the very end
A page turning read
Quite a few grammatical errors but didn't spoil the read
Very useful section where they different eye colours are explained with their powers so you know the differences.
Filled with fantasy, dystopia, loss, mystery, romance, supernatural, suspense
Very strong and likeable characters
A mix of Harry Potter and Twilight
Puts you on edge throughout
Twists and turns
Fantastic and surprising ending
Excellent descriptions pulling you int
Big Book Theory
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On Remy's eighteenth birthday, she is pulled into a world of secrets and discovers things which explains why her mother acted the way she did and she meets Zias, her protector. The intimacy with which Remy's thoughts are portrayed highlights all of her flaws and confusion of not knowing who or what she really is. I loved the relationship between Remy and Zias, it was so sweet ♥ The end of this story surprised me, but it pulled everything together nicely and it made sense of the first few chapter ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just love a story that doesn't hold back on the detail, just to get to the 'action'. This was an engrossing story, in which the characters are beautifully defined and their interactions appear real and natural. Well, natural for their world anyway! The author delves deep into her character's personalities - particularly Remy - and reveals their inner thoughts with an intimacy that allows the reader to participate in their journey also. I so appreciated the level of detail and the intricacies w ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read and both teens and adult paranormal readers will like this new series. Remy discovers on her 18th birthday she is not human, she is Occuli. Since she is grey eyed she is considered royalty. Since her mother died before telling Remy about the Occuli, her aunt and cousin take on her training. The characters are strong and the story line is fun and realistic. I can see this becoming a teen favorite. Just as you think you have the plot figured out Ms. Stenzel throws you fo ...more
Angel Hatfield
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a good book with great character development, good detail, interesting plot twists and more. It could use some professional editing as it has some grammar, spelling, and punctuational errors, but on the whole, it is a fantastic story woven by a very talented writer. A more thorough review is available on my blog at https://ckaustinbooksblog.wordpress.c... ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book!!! It is very well written with plenty of suspense, action and a bit of romance! It had me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down! I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Billy Buttons
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘A fantasy novel packed full of danger and mystery. A finalist and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Rose Channing
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has a magic system that is quite unique. On the surface it seems very simple: your eye color signifies your abilities. However, there are many layers to this—one can have more than one set of abilities, and the characters are learning the rules, and discovering the exceptions as we are. This makes for an interesting and unpredictable read. I think younger readers will be more invested in the romantic aspect of the book, personally I was more interested in the magic. I did get a little ...more
Melanie Furlong-Riesgo
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Grey-Eyed Storm is the first book in a compelling paranormal series. When the main character discovers she is part of a magical family, she has to come to terms with her roots and newfound powers while redefining the world around her. This world is easy for the reader to escape to because it is so well drawn. The characters are relatable and, for the most part, likeable - my favourite is Zias. This novel will definitely hold readers who enjoy romance and intrigue with their magic.
A.L. Wright
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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!
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a MUST READ book! This story entails all that a good book should. It has a hint at romance but is more about the characters with a bit of sci-fi. Well written and very descriptive of the characters and the plot line. I would recommend anyone read the book that enjoys a good novel. I am interested in seeing more from this very talented author.
Jan Harvey
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my usual read, but a very interesting story that flowed fairly well except for some errors in the editing. A different take on power with eye colour being the factor for different strengths in the characters which were well developed. I did not expect the ending which was a great surprise, fab job on a first book and certainly an author to watch out for
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 looking forward to reading the complete series!
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nicki K.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel like a chump for not having liked this. Everyone else is giving this such glowing reviews. . . Maybe it was a "it's not you, it's me" situation?
S. McPherson
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read with moments that made the hairs on my arm stand up. The story is very unique and I feel like in book 2 it is just going to keep expanding in a whole new world!
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and different take on paranormal, which is a genre that I love. I thought the main characters were nicely drawn (I would have liked to see a little more detail on some of the peripheral characters) and I enjoyed how the plot unfolded, although I think it could have probably been a little tighter to get to each reveal a little faster. The part that really surprised me (in a good way), however, was the ending. I won't give any spoilers away, but I think it was a great twist and set ...more
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