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Preview — The Unwanted by Jean Nicole Rivers
“All of the unwanted are thrown away there, and they slowly deteriorate with every passing second until…madness, and the unwanted that is on the inside escapes and sucks everything into its darkness.”
Hello Darkness... hello friend... I've come to read some more again.
Well! This book certainly delivered on a much-needed adrenaline rushed reading. To say I was creeped out for most of the book would be putting it mildly. The book starts off right away with the creepy and it doesn't let up...more
Blaire and Travis’s arrival to San Sebastian leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling. I don’t believe things will be as they think…
Blaire comes from Blackwater, a cursed town. Will that curse follow her to Borslav and St Sebastion?
Travis and Blaire quickly become friends and he has her back…no matter what. To say the outlook is bleak ...more
I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D
Blaire Baker is one of those people who is in a serious need to find a purpose in life. Which better way than to volunteer herself to teach special children at a poor orphanage in eastern Europe? St. Sebastian sounds like the perfect place to escape her problems and make herself useful, maybe even changing some lives for good. Paired u ...more
St. Sebastian is not an ordinary orphanage. It is a place where people come to leave their 'unwanted' children.
"The loneliness she carried was dark and telling of a grotesqu ...more
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book for review. The following is a completely honest review. The Unwanted is a sequel, however it can be read as a stand alone story.
Blaire Baker is a volunteer teacher who wants to do some good in the world so she heads off to Borslav to educate children in the local orphanage, St. Sebastian, for a year. Joining her is Travis Wells, a nurse, and together they try to make the best of what is a very difficult situation. When Blaire and Travis arrive th ...more
As far as horrors go, this had it all. Thrills, chills, evil lurking around corners, and it dropped us in an impoverish land where things aren't quite like they'd be in the United States. Plus, anything set in an orphanage will have creepy children hidden somewhere.
Blair and Travis are Americans who've volunteered a year of their time to a third world country. Blair, a teacher, and Travis, a nurse are situated in an orphanage. T ...more
~ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review~
Oh.Sweet.Heavens. What have I read?!
I mean, I know there are a lot of horror books out there but this...this one it's from a far the best I have ever read. I hope I can sleep tonight !
I think that,JeanNicole had read a lot of Stephen King books when she was a kid. Otherwise,I don't how I could explain the horrifying images and descriptions that are in this book. No offense,really!
By far my favorite psychological horror. Jean has this uncanny way to give you a story that sucks you in whole and spits you out in pieces. In The Unwanted- The Black Water Tales, you get to meet the children of Saint Sebastian Orphanage. These lovely little children take you on one wild ride as nothing is as it seems and each chapter will make you question what you just read. From hiding under the covers to biting my nails, this amazingly written story gets five ...more
Blaire is a teacher who volunteers her time through United Care at St. Sebastian, an underfunded/understaffed orphanage in Borslav. Upon arriving, she notices that the children are just as broken as the building.
Something dark haunts the orphanage and Blaire is determined to save the children from the escalation of evil… even if it costs her everything.
“Come one, come all… see DEATH.”
OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS STORY!
If I could pick a novel to be turned into a major motion ...more
Creepy doll - check
Run-down, asylum style facility - check
Unexplainable behavior and happenings - check
Ominous rhymes and verses - check
I really loved ...more
Before I get too far into this review, or even start it really, I will say that I am new to the horror genre. I've pretty much steered clear, mainly because I'm a bit of a scaredy cat. That I because I'm working throughout the summer, most of the time I get to read is from about 8pm to whenever I fall asleep, around midnight. So I'm sitting by myself, in my room, sometim ...more
Blaire and her fellow volunteer Travis are stationed for the next year at a struggling orphanage in Russia. When they get to the orphanage, they realize that the living conditions are much worse than they expected and that the kids are suffering physically and mentally. The pair tries their hardest to help the kids, but they too start to fall apart at the dire circumstances the kids are in. Blaire thinks that there is more going on than what she has been told and won’t stop until she finds the t ...more
"I received digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review"
The Unwanted is a sequel, however it can be read as a stand alone story.
Two American volunteers Blaire and Travis, a teacher, and a nurse arrive at St. Sebastian orphanage full of desire to help the unwanted children. Blaire is our main character who is looking for a purpose in her life. Orphaned at a small age, never accepted, needed only for her money and marked with one sentence: “You can’t e ...more
The book follows Blaire Baker, an American, who is going to volunteer a year of her time to an orphanage for unwanted children; St Sebastian in Borslav (in Eastern Europe). Blaire has also been sent on her journey with a cheerful nurse, Travis, and begin their journey hopeful. ...more
My first impressions of the book was that is was a little boring to start off with. But as I continued reading I found that I got used to the writing style and it wasn't so boring. This is one of the books that ta ...more
What's in the basement? What's behind the dark rhyme, a child kept on chanting? Who's sane and who's not? Is the orphanage really haunted? by restless spirits? by madness? or by the living?
Blaire, the main protagonist in the story, although dealing with a lot of stuffs going on with her life, has decided to focus on helping the children while dealing and trying to uncover the mystery behind the ...more
I was provided with a digital copy from the Author in exchange of my honest review.
I have not read the first book but if I'm not mistaken the main characters in the other book are from or live in a town called Black Water which is said to be cursed, to me this was kind of cool because their is a town called Black River Falls near where I live!
Anyways, back to the review. This book follows a girl called Blaire (she's from Black Water).
The writing is very descriptive, it really makes you feel like ...more
If you know me well then you probably know that I don't usually read horror. The little experience I have had with horror has been not the best, to say the least. A lot of the time I can find it very stereotypical and predictable, but let me tell you this book was NOT that.
The Unwanted tells the story of two American charity workers who volunteer to help out at an orphanage for a year. Sent to a desolate European town, unusually they seem pretty excited to help around and help to impr ...more
"In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children." Where better to set a scary book than in a remote orphanage in a strange little town!! Right off the bat, you get a sense of the eeriness of the place and are q ...more
Blaire and Travis are two young Americans on a care aid program to Borslav and will be looking after orphans at St Sebastian's. On arrival they realise that their year abroad will be no picnic - Borslav is a cold and desolate place and the locals don't seem to want them there. When they finally reach the orphanage they are shocked by the condition of the children. Malnourished, lacking education and some children with physical defect ...more
In Black Water Tales: The Unwanted, Blaire Baker is a teacher from the supposedly cursed town of Black Water. She accepts a volunteer post at St. Sebastian’s orphanage, and along with volunteer nurse Travis Wells, she heds to the orphanage. While Blaire is optimistic at first, her optimism soon turns into despair – the facilitiy is housed in an abandoned, derelict building, the staff doesn’t care much about the “unwan ...more
Many times, when I start a thriller or horror story, I have a difficult time getting sucked into the story due to a lack of ascension as it goes on. Also, there's oftentimes a failure to construct a world that I feel like I'm a part of. But, from the first pages of The Unwanted, I could feel the foreboding coming through ...more
Blaire and Travis are fulfilling their obligatory volunteer work for a company called United Care. It takes them to an orphanage that is in dire need of help. Blaire is there to help educate the children and Travis is a nurse there to give any medical ...more
It didn't disappoint me at all and met all my expectations of a horror novel. The book cover is fantastic and the title is very apt. Thr narration is gripping and gave me creeps too.. ☺
I dont want to give any spoilers in this review for the sake o ...more
Black Water Tales: The Unwanted by Jean Nicole Rivers
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....."There's something in the basement"
Blaire and Travis are on a one year placement to help out in a rundown orphanage in Eastern Europe. The strange orphanage, in a small remote town takes in 'unwanted' children, but it's struggling to survive. However, is this all that is really happening ?
This is one seriously creepy book, it took me quite a while to understand the orphanage and all the strange goings on. This is so wel ...more
JeanNicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to compose a novel. The Secret Keepers, the first story in what will be a series of Black Water Tales, is her first novel.
Most recently, Ms. Rivers won 3rd pl ...more