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The Unwanted

(Black Water Tales #2)

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In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature o ...more
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Published March 31st 2016 by JNR Publishing
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Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy


“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

Sherry Fundin
The broken doll on the cover of Blackwater Tales: The Unwanted by Jean Nicole Rivers made me pause and check out the book. It reeks of evil and danger and I LOVE it.

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
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

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
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure about going into this story without reading the first in the series. Let me reassure you--if you have the same concern--there's no need to worry about that!

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
Boundless Book Reviews
The first thing I noticed about this book is that it was chilling. I love a good scary story and from the very first chapter this book gave me chills. Blaire is an American volunteer at St. Sebastian, a home for unwanted children. She sees this as an adventure, a way to help others, but when she gets there it is her who needs saving. Past demons and ones surrounding the orphanage are coming for Blaire. Each day is a fight to remain sane, help the children, and even a fight to stay alive. She slo ...more
Nada Sobhi
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Black Water Tales: The Unwanted by Jean Nicole Rivers is a horror novel set in the remote city of Borslav. It begins with Blaire Baker, who volunteers as a teacher at St. Sebastian Orphanage, who is going to meet up with another volunteer, Travis, a nurse, so they can head together to the house where they will spend a year.

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
Reader's Hollow
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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
Review Posted Also on Crazy Beautiful Reads

~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!

Elizabeth Cash
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping. Chilling. Horrifying.
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
Lynda Dickson
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Blaire Baker is a teacher from the small town of Black Water, which is said to be cursed, along with all its inhabitants. She accepts a volunteer post at St Sebastian orphanage in the small Eastern European town of Borslav and is accompanied by Travis Wells, a nurse, who is also a volunteer with the same organization. St Sebastian is housed in a derelict building where it has become custom for people to leave their "unwanted" children. Even though Blaire has left Black Water behind, she's been w ...more
Lissa {rabidreadings}

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
April Wood
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s It About?

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.

My Thoughts

“Come one, come all… see DEATH.”


If I could pick a novel to be turned into a major motion
Roxanne Kade
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of the horror genre, but it's not very often that I find a story that leaves me with a spine-tingling sense of fear, and Black Water Tales: The Unwanted did just that. A riveting tale that had me looking over my shoulder every few seconds, this book was masterfully written. It held all the elements that make for a great horror read.

Creepy doll - check

Run-down, asylum style facility - check

Unexplainable behavior and happenings - check

Ominous rhymes and verses - check

I really loved
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What a fantastically creep story! I really enjoyed it. The writing was great, suspenseful and enthralling. I love traditional ghost stories and this one exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blaire is a teacher and she comes from a small town. Together with Travis, a nurse, they're going to St. Sebastian Orphanage as volunteers. Both of them look forward to making a change in the young children's life. On the train to Borslav, Blaire sees a child who seems to give her the message not to go to St. Sebastian. Almost directly after they arrive in Borslav it turns out that Blaire and Travis are unwanted by some of the staff. The orphanage feels strange and is very secluded. Blaire and T ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thank you so much to the author for sending me an e-copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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
Katherine Paschal

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
Seraphina (Seraphina's world Book Blog)
Rating: ★★★★,5

"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
Hannah Charlesworth
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this from Jean and do really appreciate it. When Jean emailed about her new book, I couldn't wait to start it as this was definitely something right up my street. So, thank you again!

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.
Kaitlyn King
This week I read another thriller/horror novel, which was generously send to me by the author. As many of you know I am a big fan of thriller books because they require talented writers to make them work. So when the author contacted me about reading it I was thrilled to get the chance.
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
Shin The Bookworm
*I received an e-book copy from the author, but this has not affected my review and rating in any way.

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
Gabby M
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 3.75

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
This book was incredibly creepy and scary!!! The setting, the creepy kids, in fact, the whole thing made for an intense, shiver inducing read. I got chills so many times and couldn't read it before bed!

"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
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a horror novel suitable for mature young adults and up.

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
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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
Ashley Tomlinson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hella creepy, dark and thrilling. Just what I wanted in the days before Halloween. There were so many times that I was trying to figure out if this woman was crazy or if all of this stuff was actually happening around this orphanage.

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
Corrine Pickering
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mahathi Ramya
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love horror and thriller reads but didn't read any book recently of this sort. So, after reading the blurb, I was excited to finish reading this book quick. Iam reading a print copy after sometime which is another reason to pick this book for review.

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
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Jean Nicole (@jeannicole19) is a National Black Book Festival award-winner and author of two psychological horror novels, Black Water Tales: The Unwanted and Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers. She has also garnered awards for her screenplay, If I Die, from multiple film festivals including the Shivers International Film Festival (Canada).

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