Book Review: Onyx Webb: Book One

When I read the blurb about Onyx Webb: Book One by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz, my interest was piqued. “Onyx Webb is a multi-genre mash-up that combines supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more.” AND MORE?! How many genres can one book have?

Book Review: Onyx Webb: Book OneOnyx Webb: Book One (Episodes 1, 2 & 3) by Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz
Series: Onyx Webb #1
Published by Courage Crafters (Lust for Living Press) on March 17th 2015
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
Pages: 216
Format: Paperback
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Best-Selling Authors Fenton & Waltz Welcome You to the World of Onyx Webb. This is Book One. (Episodes 1, 2, and 3) The Onyx Webb series is a multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more.

- It’s June, 1980 and piano prodigy, Juniper Cole is on the way to her senior prom.
- It’s January 2010, and Koda Mulvaney has blown through his 20 million dollar trust fund and is told by his father to return home and get to work.
- It’s August, 1904 and little Onyx Webb is on her way to the famous World’s Fair in St. Louis with her father, Catfish.

Two of the three will see a ghost, one will become a ghost and everyone will learn that life is hard to let go of even when you’re dead. And that's just Book One. Designed to read like a supernatural soap opera, Onyx Webb is a paranormal suspense series, with supernatural romance, as well as a dash of historical fiction. The stories may haunt you, the darkness may disturb you, but ultimately you’ll be reminded to treasure every moment of your life because... If you think life is precious now? Just wait until you’re dead.

The authors claim that their book is unique, and frankly, I don’t think there’s a better way to describe it.

The first book in the Onyx Webb series introduces a slew of characters (including the title’s namesake, Onyx Webb) via episodic-type chapters. These chapters jump from location to location, and the year they take place range from 1904 to 2010. The characters are from all walks of life: billionaire prodigal son, elderly Southern serial killer, gypsy child with a foretold curse, young piano-playing celebrity, AND MORE.

How these characters stories combine into a single yarn will ultimately be revealed fully throughout the series; however, in book one you begin to see little threads weaving their lives together.

WHAT I LURVED!

1) The pace: 
A lot happens in this 200-page book. The chapters are short and easy to digest, so you fly through the novel. The numerous plot twists don’t hurt the pacing either!

2) The creep factor: There is a lot of eerie stuff that goes on, and the horror-lover in me just eats it up. To those that don’t love horror: this book toes a perfect line between too much detail (which I would love) and too little. So if you don’t like horror/creepy stuff, don’t let the weirdness alone deter you.

3) The characters: The characters are wonderfully odd, so I loved all of them! Also, their names. The names are oh-so strange (Obedience, Onyx, Juniper, Catfish, Stormy, Koda – and MORE!), and there is little that I love in a book more than super bizarre names.

What was meh. 

1) The episodic nature: I’m not a TV-show lover, and these chapters really read like a TV show for me. Meaning: there is a lot of action and not as much world-building/character development as I would like. I WANT MORE DETAILS, and they just weren’t there. That being said, I could see a lot of people loving the book (especially non-readers) for that very reason.

2) Very first book-in-a-series-ish: 
You read this book and you definitely know it’s the first in a series. (Remember in my A Darker Shade of Magic  review when I talked about how I love when a book in a series can stand alone? No? Didn’t read that one? Oh. Well, I love it when a book in a series can stand alone.) There’s minimal conclusion to the storylines in this book, so that is kind of a bummer.

3) Sometimes confusing: 
All that jumping around gets a little exhausting on the brain, and on occasion I just couldn’t keep up. There were times that I definitely had to flip back through to book to remember who we were talking about and how x related to y. 

This book is definitely not for everyone; however, I could see people who enjoy the episodic quality, the creepiness, and all the oddities loving this series. If this book sounds like it’s for you, I’d suggest you give it a try (I can at least promise it will be a quick read!).

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Do you like storylines that jump all over the place? Have you ever read a book that reads like a TV show? Let’s discuss other books like this one!

This book was generously provided to me in exchange for a review. Thank you Richard and Andrea (and Courage) for introducing me to your bizarre world! 

Get the book here: Amazon (free on Kindle!). Onyx Webb official store.

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9 comments

  1. I am a sucker for good covers (even though the story sucks I would pretty much give it at least 3/5 too). Whenever I go to the bookstore and see a nice looking cover, I would buy it instantly.

    I would definitely give this one a try since I love creepy stories. Lovely review!

    Abby@ thepandabookblog.wordpress.com

    1. I’m the same about covers; however, I’m usually more prejudiced in the opposite way – I refuse to pick up a book with a crappy cover, even if everyone raves about the book! (The Winner’s Curse Trilogy or whatever it’s called – I hate those covers [I think they’re dorky] so I just don’t plan on reading them ever!)

    1. I can totally understand being conflicted about horror books. I LOVE them (especially when they’re actually scary, which this one really isn’t)! I’m already planning my September/October list of horror reads, haha. 😀