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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Beware the Gray People

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the town of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the Exalted Family must go into hiding. Whether through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day of The Seeking.

When things go wrong with the renewal, it’
Published October 27th 2020 by The Parliament House
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Candace Robinson
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What Frank knows how to do is pull you into anything she writes. The writing and atmosphere in this one were absolutely perfect. I could feel everything Dahlia was encountering on her journey in this book! And I loved her! Also, there was great diversity in this one, along with everything else.

I'm a huge fan of horror but with books, I like to really delve into a character and get more than a chill factor, and that's what I got here. Not only is it a horror story, but a beautiful one at that. W
Celia McMahon
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have any of you ever read a truly amazing book and when you go to close it, release that satisfied woosh of air-a sigh of contenement- and immediately begin to think about what you read? Well, that doesn't happen to me very often because I'm a book goblin. I love all books, but then there are those I want to squish against my chest and beg for them to become part of me. SINK INTO MY SKIN. BE ONE WITH THE CELIA.

With her take on an alien invasion scenario, Frank propels readers into a world where
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This had a mix of some of my favorite creeptastic vibes with elements echoing the Hunger Games meets The Village. Sprinkle an awesome dose of alien-like beings and deadly creatures and you’re ready to dive in.

Dahlia lives in a town that is protected by the Gray People from the deadly critters that stalk the boundary lines. Each year children of the Exalted House are sent to hide and elude capture on Hallows Eve. Whoever catches one of the hiding children will then replace the current Exalted fa
Sheila Goicea
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as 2020-tbr
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K.A. Wiggins
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrifying dark fantasy/horror just in time for Halloween! Come for the face-melting spiders, stay for the haunting grey people with their eyeless black pits and talon-like nails.

At first, I thought this was a zombie apocalypse set-up but was pleased to find it twisted more into haunted forest meets Hunger Games territory. Some thoughtful character work and political/social insights to go along with some truly terrifying scenes.

Upsetting content and no magical powers for the humans tips this in
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read a lot of thrillers but I’m soooo glad I picked this one up! Frank’s writing conveyed the “spooky factor” that I know so many thriller readers love! The main character’s relationship with her family and close friends was such a great part of the story. What drew me to the story was the concept of “grey people” who protect this small town from monsters outside. When Dahlia has to participate in The Seeking, I was flying through the paragraphs to see what happened next. I haven’t rea ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am never let down by Marlena Frank’s books!!! This was such an amazing horror/dystopian/SciFi book!!! I loved Marlena’s fantasy series, but her horror/dystopian is just as amazing!! Her descriptions are written so vividly that you can picture them as if you were there. To the point that I had a dream about it last night when I was 3/4 of the way through!! She also writes awesome characters, whether they’re good/bad/both, fae, human, alien, can’t help but feel invested in the characte ...more
Brandy {The Review Booth}
The Seeking was another perfect pick to read just before Halloween – there are things inside this book that I would never wish to encounter. I won’t lie – the creatures Marlena Frank brought to life are downright terrifying, and if you’re sensitive to things like that, I don’t recommend reading it before bed. In my mind’s eye, the Gray People look like a terrifying version of a spriggan. I can imagine the town of Carra surrounded by haunting swaths of forested areas. The humans terrified of bein ...more
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Dahlia’s anger keeps her alive through each horrible Seeking – and when this one goes horribly wrong, it is what keeps those dear to her alive, too. Her girlfriend and the two little boys do their part to keep her human.

The Gray People are fascinating and terrifying. Mother is going to haunt my nightmares…

Some stuff in the timeline doesn’t completely make sense (e.g. “last night” referring to before the Seeking happened, yet she’d spent that night hiding yet again) which could be interpretation
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those stories you don’t want to put down once you start because Frank jumps right in on the storyline and starts building curiosity. I wasn’t quite sure what this “Seeking” was that they were talking about, but I needed to know. Though I admit, it sounded a bit milder than I was expecting, which was a relief, but then once we got down to it, nope, it wasn’t milder. In fact, I didn’t want to put the book down because I was worried for our main character.

I loved the paranormal elem
Nicole Sams
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Seeking was a refreshing change in story. I have never read anything like it, the town, the seeking day, the gray people, all new concepts. The story flowed wonderfully and had me flipping the pages for hours.
Teri Drake-Floyd
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right from the first few lines of The Seeking I felt a sense of foreboding. I could almost smell the sickly, sweet fragrance of apple pie permeating the air as I followed the heroine, Dahlia, to her dirty, terrifyingly claustrophobic hiding place (it probably didn't hurt that it's currently "spooky" season and I'm not that fond of apple pie myself).

Author Marlena Frank draws a vivid, dreary picture of life in Carra, leaving no detail undescribed. It's easy to picture the stark, drab landscape w
Karly Wise
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The Seeking” has become one of my all time favorite horror books! I feel like some horror authors focus more on making the story gruesome and forget about everything else, but Marlena Frank not only had a really creepy story plot, but also had amazing world and character building. From the minute I started reading this book I could not put it down, the writing just pulled me in. It really easy for me to connect with the main character, at some points I felt like I was there fighting the grey pe ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!! Perfect blend of horror and hope, I loved the representation of fear and emotion, LGBTQ+ relationships (including the main character), and POC ❤. The world building BLEW my mind and filled my mind with images of Carra and the horrible forest beyond the borders. Ah!!! Every moment of this novel had me enraptured with my breath held and tears in my eyes. I am happy to tell you there is a solid conclusion to the tale, and although there is heartbreak aplenty, there is happiness ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This review is of an arc that I got from the author when she was looking for reviewers in a facebook group I’m a part of! I’m so glad I got to read it, because it had the perfect spooky vibes for this October!! If you’re looking for a creepy, original horror/dystopian novel with a brave lesbian MC, then I’d recommend you check this out. It releases just in time for Halloween on October 27th!

As far as what I thought of it in more depth, I loved the unique plot. It constantly surprised
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Just in time for Halloween, this creepy, atmospheric read contains all the fall vibes and is perfect for fans of the Hunger Games!
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Marlena Frank is the author of books and novellas that span genres from young adult fantasy to horror. Her debut novel, Stolen Book 1 of the Stolen series, has hit the Amazon bestseller charts twice. She has two books coming out in 2021: Chosen, the final book in the Stolen trilogy, and The Impostor and Other Dark Tales, a collection of dark fantasy and horror short stories.

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