Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Amethyst Eye
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
PUBLISHER: Turtlehat Creatives
LENGTH: 28 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2017
Jared might be physically blind, but he has the amethyst eye his granny gave him, and there are things he can see perfectly well. When a mysterious stranger starts following him around the city, Jared knows that changes are coming, and he might just be looking forward to the excitement. Dante is more than willing to give Jared what he needs. It’s been a long time since anyone has seen Dante for what he really is, and he knows it might be Jared, not the eye, who has all the magic he wants.
This is a previously published title. The publisher has changed.
When it comes to short stories, I’ve found that they’re either hit or miss with a very few falling within that nebulous ‘meh’ zone in between. In this case I’d have to say the story was mostly a win; I enjoyed the story itself and I liked the different paranormal elements that were introduced by the author. Despite the length, I felt the pacing was actually pretty good and while it was understood that things would move quickly, I didn’t feel that they were unduly rushed.
The characters themselves were good, even the secondary characters were flushed out a little more than expected, which was totally appreciated. Jared was my favorite part of the story, however; he never let his disability slow him down and he was just so comfortable in his skin and way of life that he made his everyday circumstances just seem effortless. Honestly my only real complaint about the story was how abrupt the ending was; I was expecting at least a smoother wrap up but the story pretty much just stopped.
All in all I found this to be an enjoyable story with enough paranormal and sexy elements to gain and keep my interest. If you enjoy paranormal but don’t want to be overwhelmed by it at the same time, I’d recommend taking a look at this one.