Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: Ivy Vines Visions by Judy Serrano

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Moving to Sedona was the only way Ivy could think of to start over. She would meet her high school sweetheart and work on making things right between them. Her psychic abilities were gradually becoming a curse and she needed a new start. Little does she know that when she applies for a waitressing job at a local, upscale French bistro, she will come in contact with the dark and mysterious Eli Dubois. What she doesn’t realize is she has just walked into the middle of the Vortex Murders, which involve a great deal of paranormal  activity. Elijah’s army of seers are being murdered, one by one, which seems to be magnifying Ivy’s special abilities.
Eli's best friend, Jake, arrives on the scene and reveals the secret that changes everything. With nowhere to turn, Ivy leans on the two men who offer her solace. And who is the old woman in the shroud? Is she a vision, a dream, or is  she real? Only time will tell.
Deus ex machina (pronounced [ˈdeus eks ˈmaː.kʰ], /ˈd.əs ɛks ˈmɑːknə/ or /ˈdəs ɛks ˈmækɨnə/;[1] from Latin, meaning "god from the machine"; plural: dei ex machina) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object. Depending on how it is done, it can be intended to move the story forward when the writer has "painted himself into a corner" and sees no other way out, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or as a comedic device.  (from Wikipedia)
Usually when deus ex machina is mentioned about a story it is not in a positive way.
HOWEVER, When you have Immortals, Seers, Psychics, Witches, and all kinds of Supernaturals,  deus ex machina seems almost natural.
Ivy Vines, (yes her parents had a sense of humor) has psychic visions. A gorgeous hunk of manhood who also is the Guardian of the Seers and an Immortal has his sights set on her. His best friend, a tender, caring man is assigned to her as her comforter. Ivy is thrust head over heels into a world that is  far removed from her mundane reality. Not only is she courted by the aforementioned gorgeous hunk of manhood but the Devil Himself wants her as a brood mare. Could things get any crazier?
The answer is yes, definitely. Things could definitely get worse.
Ivy Vines Visions by Judy Serrano is a thrilling paranormal, supernatural story. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read of  good looking men, intrigue, and to take a walk on the dark side.
Judy Serrano graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce with a BA in English. She is a substitute teacher at her children’s school district and teaches developmental writing at a local college. She is also a freelance writer for certain on-line periodicals and does editing for indie authors. She is the author of The Easter’s Lilly Series, The Linked Series, and The Ivy Vines, Visions Series. Although she is originally from New York, she currently resides in Texas with her husband, four children, (all boys) and five dogs. She is also a singer/songwriter in her spare time.
Author of The Easter's Lilly Series and Linked
published by Black Rose Writing
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