Bewitching Book Tours Presents: Faces In The Water


Title:  Faces In the Water
Author:  Tonya Macalino
Format:  Kindle
Length:  298 pages
Publisher:  Crystal Mosaic Books

Who created that slide of silk across your skin as you reached for your cinematic lover? Who recorded the crushing weight of the grizzly as you fought for your life in the fictional wilderness? It is Lone Pine Pictures’ Alyse Kate Bryant who wraps your body in the story only your mind was privy to before.

A brilliant sensory immersion artist and a wild daredevil, Alyse will do almost anything for the perfect sensory file, but the violent death of her father has her teetering on the very edge of reckless sanity. 

For just one night, Alyse seeks refuge in the arms of a beautiful stranger.

And her recklessness finally has consequences.

Now Alyse finds herself trapped in the flooded ruins of Venice, a quarantine camp for the carriers of Sleepers’ Syndrome. But it can never be that simple. Because the Sleepers’ Syndrome carriers who populate the camp are no longer as human as they seem. 

The city of legend is bringing its legends back to life. 

They come now, Alyse.

My Review
Though it starts slowly, Faces In the Water turns out to be a very captivating read.  The magic of this read lies in the author's ability to build characters who are more than who they seem at first glance.  The reader is never really sure however, just how many layers a character has or just when the next one is going to make itself known.
This multi-layered treasure trove is never more beautifully displayed then when seen in the form of the story's main character Alyse.
This is a girl who is allowed to be smart, strong, capable, and decisive without losing her vulnerability.
Yes folks...there is the shocker!
Alyse is allowed to feel.
That is in fact her job.
She is the person that is out there in the thick of life, risking it all for the delight, shock, and awe of armchair daredevils everywhere.
She finds herself an unwitting party to a mission that will take her to the timeless beauty that is Venice,
only to be trapped in horrors brought about by a combination of disease, manipulation, and betrayal.
It is here that the story truly finds its wings and takes you on a mile a minute thrill ride filled with suspense, adventure, and mind-bending plot twists.


My Rating

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About the Author
Tonya Macalino lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband and two children. She is an avid collector of folklore and folk history, far too many to fit comfortably within the pages of any given book. When not working on her latest novel, she enjoys coaching other writers through the How to Build a Book workshops at Jacobsen’s Books & More. To read more of the little folklore gems she unearthed during her research, please visit her blog at

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, Frishawn! Thanks so much for the amazing review! (And beautifully written, too, I might add.) It is always a beautiful moment when a reader really "gets" something you've written. Here's wishing you all the best in your endeavors!


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