Friday, 9 May 2014

Book Review: Empty Vessels by Lisa Mears

Sarah has a gift. Or is it a curse? All her life she has seen certain people surrounded by a black, swirling mist. She doesn't know why she sees it, she only knows it means trouble.
When a mysterious stranger appears, telling her he can explain everything, she is curious and frightened. Should she trust him? Does he have an ulterior motive.
When Sarah finds out the true meaning of the black mist her life is changed, forever.

My Review:
Sarah is always on the run from people who seem to want to hurt her. These people seem to be surrounded by mist and each time one appears, Sarah has to run again or risk the life of those close to her. Then she meets a man who seems to have the answers to what these people are and why they want Sarah.

I liked this book for the most part. Sarah has had a pretty miserable life running away from these mist people who try to kill her, surviving on the streets. Now she meets Rex who can answer her questions-if she would just ask the right questions! She is a Seeker, someone who can see these people without souls and her partner then dispatches them. But it seems that a conspiracy is unfolding which Sarah and Rex must get to the bottom of. The book does not go overboard with big info dumps, instead feeding the information to the reader gradually through the book. The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading and it is one of the better freebies I've read recently.

Sarah is a frustrating character. She never follows basic safety instructions from Rex which leads her continually into trouble and that does get annoying after the third time. I know it is for plot purposes but it just makes her look like a dumb female. I liked Rex and felt that she wasn't cooperating with him when he had saved her several times. The side characters were quite interesting and it was fun to work out who was on what side.

Major niggle? Why does every author who sets part of their book in Scotland always make it a dreary and wet visit? It does NOT rain every damn day in Scotland and I'm sick of authors portraying our cities as dull and dreary with pissing rain! Edinburgh is nearly always shown as being damp and grim which does not do the city justice and it bugs the hell out of me. It's hardly going to make readers want to come here for a visit. I'd also comment that the cover is pretty crap. If I saw this as a paperback in a book shop I'd be unlikely to have picked it up to take a look at it. A great cover really sells your book so this needs a revamp!

Decent paranormal read.
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