Onyx Book Review

Onyx: A Lux Novel Book 2 Review

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx Covet

Overview

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizzaro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them–me.

My Review

I started to read this series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read the next book since I liked the first one and I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. I also wanted to research how other YA authors wrote scenes where a character is learning to control their powers for my novelette, Control.

Even though the second book was more original and didn’t follow Twilight like Obsidian, it wasn’t as good. I found myself skimming and wanting to slap Katy for being stupid.

And the first half of the book Katy kept refusing to accept Daemon really liked her and that it was a product of their alien connection. It didn’t matter how many times he tried to prove otherwise and apologize for being mean to her, she refused to believe he liked her–being bullheaded and stubborn as usual. At first I had no issue with Katy pushing him away, but it got old really quickly.

***spoiler alert***

Next enter Blake a new possible love interest. He immediately goes after Katy, making Daemon jealous and suspicious. Katy jumps to date him since he’s normal unlike Daemon.

The DOD appear questioning about the fight in the woods when Katy killed the Arum. Daemon is claiming he did it. They are hiding their connection from the other aliens.

Katy gets sick and develops powers from her connection to Daemon and causes a few incidents. She discovers Blake has powers too and is like her–an alien hybrid. Daemon made her one when he healed her. Blake warns she must hide what she is since the DOD want her kind. They want to use them. Daemon doesn’t want her to tell Dee and Katy agrees. The beginning of end of their relationship.

Blake offers to train Katy. Daemon warns her not to train with Blake since something is off with him. But as always she ignores his warnings even when Blake threw a knife at her and set her up to fight an Arum by making a phone call to someone. She also blows off Dee, her blog and other friends in the process.

Then Katy spot Bethany, Daemon’s missing twin brother’s girlfriend who was supposed to be dead. She tells Daemon. He doesn’t want her to tell Dee about it. Another lie. They follow the DOD trying to find her and his brother, Dawson.
Low and behold Daemon was right about Blake. He is working with the DOD under duress and throws Katy under the bus. He kills Dee’s boyfriend in the process. Everything goes downhill from there.

Review Rating: 1 Star out of 5


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Interstellar Movie Review

Interstellar Movie Poster

Interstellar Movie Review

Okay so I’m a little behind the game. I don’t go to movies, because of my son who is about to turn three. I’ll have to wait until he’s a little older and can handle sitting for longer than twenty minutes.

Anyway for other non-movie goers. If you’re trying to decide whether to opt to pay the $5.00 to watch Interstellar or wait until it’s on HBO or STARZ, I recommend paying to see it now. It’s well worth the money and the three hours, which felt more like an hour to me.

I’m a big fan of science fiction. I should be, my father was addicted to them. When I was born, my father sat in the lobby watching a rerun of Forbidden Planet with Robby the Robot and he wanted to call me the lead female characters name. Thank God my mom talked him out of it. But from that point forward I watched every 50’s, 60’s and on sci-fi movie or show while I lived at home or when they come to visit.

For a sci-fi buff like me, Interstellar was definitely a great story. The effects were great. No tiny model ships floating on a wire. The story line kept you captivated while it stayed close to current theories of singularities (black holes), relativity, time travel and gravity. The only truly questionable part, of course, what happens if you enter a black hole (not going to elaborate and ruin the movie for anyone–sorry). I even found myself at one point in the movie sitting forward, gripping the edge of the couch and worrying if the hero will survive.

Movie Rating: 5 stars out of 5


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Obsidian

Obsidian Comparison to Awakening and Review

Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
published May 2012 by Entangled Publushing, LLC.

Obsidian

I purchased Obsidian after I received a review on Goodreads for The Zeuorian Awakening. The reviewer wrote “This book is a ripoff of Obsidian, but not a good one. *sigh*” I never read the book and Awakening was first published under Untamed Powers May 2012, but I was pushing it to agents starting 2009. So of course I was curious if it was actually a rip off of mine.
I had many work stolen in my lifetime and wouldn’t be surprised if it had happened. After I read the overview on Amazon, I decided to buy it since there were similarities between my book and Obsidian.

However after reading the book, I can safely say there is only a small similarity between our books.

Zeuorian Awakening is a fantasy mystery / thriller with a romantic subplot. The story is fast pace, thriller style writing about a teenage girl, Lexi. She was born with the abilities to read minds and sense premonitions. When she was 14 a man tried to kill her after he discovered she could read their mind. (see short story Monster). Her parents died in a car accident on her fifteenth birthday, she forgot the day they died and the summer prior to it.

She moved in with her single aunt, an emergency doctor. On her seventh birthday she glows and physically transforms into a major hottie. Boys are chasing her, because of her change. She starts developing powers (telekinesis and atomkinesis) that she’s unable to control and causes incidents. A mysterious boy is following her. He knows all about her powers and why others are after her. He could be one of the boys who likes her. She believes the reason why she’s changing and the identity of the mysterious boy is hidden in her forgotten memories the summer her parents had died.

Obsidian on the other hand is a romantic fantasy about Katy and Daemon. She moved to West Virginia with her mom three years after her dad died from brain cancer. Her mom works all the time as a nurse while Katy blogs and reads. She’s a loner and doesn’t have any friends from Florida where she grew up. So no emails or phone calls to friends. Her mom encourages Katy to make friends with her neighbors who are same age as her. She meets Daemon. He’s rude and they hate each other instantly, but of course, he’s really hot with black hair and green eyes. Katy lusts after him despite he’s a dick.

Then Dee, Daemon’s sister, befriends Katy. Daemon is overprotective of Dee and doesn’t want Katy to be friends with her. He thinks Katy isn’t good enough to be friends with his sister or the right kind of person. Dee doesn’t think the same as her brother. So Dee takes Daemon’s car keys and forces him to get to know Katy as a way to earn his keys back. From there Katy’s and Daemon’s attraction buds toward each other. Even though he continues to be a jerk to her, running hot and cold, he saves her life several times. None of which would’ve happened if she didn’t stupidly put herself in danger in the first place and listened to others warnings.

Spoiler Alert

Katy discovers Daemon and Dee are aliens from Lux. They are made of light and have powers to alter light, start fires, morph, move fast, super strength and heal. (I never caught whether or not they also control the weather, but it would change around them at times.) They came to earth with others like them after their planet was destroyed. Another group of aliens are now hunting them throughout the galaxy, because they are mortal enemies and want to steal their powers. Any time the Luxen use their powers around a human it leaves a trace making them glow, which Arum are able to see. They use it to track the Luxen. However special crystals in the mountains obscure the Luxen. So the Arum must torture their location out of the human. Since Katy is in constant need of Daemon’s help being the cliché pathetic helpless girl, she becomes a target of the Arum. She is attacked about three times in the book, because of it.

I wouldn’t category this book as thrilling. 80% of the book was the love story with two action sequences in act 2 and one final fight at the end. Even though this is a romance, Katy and Daemon don’t end up together. She won’t settle for a jerk. (finally one smart move on her part). Honestly, I never liked Daemon’s character that much either. The banter between them kept me reading, but there was no shedding of his hot and cold attitude like Twilight after Bella discovered Edward was a vampire. He remained a jerk until the end.

The only similarities I saw between both books is that:

Both Katy and Lexi are a little naive. However Lexi relies on her telepathy and premonitions too much for determining if others are being honest, which gets her in trouble. Katy lets her stubbornness allow her to make bad decisions on impulse and she questions if she’s crazy when she sees Dee or Daemon do not normal things since her dad’s brain cancer made him hallucinate.

Both Daemon and Lexi were aliens being hunted. But Lexi is being hunted by The Community, a group of half-breeds (half human and half-Zeuorian). The half-breeds were run off their planet Valos by an evil Zeuorian queen, supposedly the last of her kind until Lexi was brought to earth. Another mystery. The half-breeds believe she’ll turn evil like her ancestors, in particular the queen.

Both Lexi and Daemon are aliens and gorgeous with green eyes. That’s where the differences from them stop. Daemon uses a nasty personality to push humans away and he looks down on them. Lexi is nice. She tries to keep to herself and avoid hurting others with her powers. She struggles with the idea maybe she is turning into a monster and wants to hide. But the boys chasing Lexi over her new appearance and the mysterious boy (Watcher) following her stops her from finding a hole and hiding out. And she also wants to figure out who could be he Watcher, which requires her talking to the boys.

Both Lexi and Katy live in a small town with mountains and lakes where they can hike. They both live with a single parent who works in the medical industry for long hours. Except Lexi’s aunt is being intentionally pulled away to keep Lexi alone, while Katy’s mom chooses to work instead of spend time with her. Lexi and Katy use some of the same dialogue (freaking alien, ET, NASCAR, etc.)

Both Lexi and Daemon can change the weather when they are upset, but I didn’t catch why Daemon changes the weather. He has the power of light not atomkinesis.

The lead love interests Daemon and Tyler had black hair, beautiful eyes, muscular, hot, arrogant and overly confident. But Tyler was popular, well liked, put up a good front as a way to hide his true self. He is a good liar and does things that make Lexi question if he is her Watcher and knows the truth about her, which he claims he does. Another mystery that will be explained further in book 2.

That’s all the similarities.

Despite the reason I decided to read Osidian, it was still a good read. I would recommend others to read it. But I only gave it 3 stars since the story was a little slow and cliché to me. The female lead meets the hot moody boy who they instantly rub each other raw. Only to discover he is attracted to her, but he is trying to push her away to hide his secret. She is the first girl he really cares about. And since this was a romance, I expected the love interest to swoon me like Edward did in Twilight, but he never did. He remained a jerk. Maybe that will change in the next book, hopefully.

RATE 3 stars


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Teardrop Book Review

Title: Teardrop
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Pages: 441
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Never, ever cry…

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.

And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense.

Can everything you love be washed away?

My Review:
I really enjoyed Laruen Kate’s Fallen series. So I bought Teardrop expecting it to be as good if not better. However, I was sadly disappointed.

Overall the book had a good premise, but it was extremely slow and packed with a lot of description and backstory (Eureka thinking about past events and describing it.) More than half the book was inside Eureka’s head with limited dialogue and interaction. After the first six chapters of non-stop description, I found myself skimming the rest of the book and I didn’t miss a single plot point. Hmm.

Although, I spotted several typos. As an indie author, I constantly hear stereotypical remarks about how Indie books are poorly written and filled with grammatical errors. Maybe that’s so for some indie books, but I’m finding published books editing are lacking as well.

The characters in the book were so-so. I liked Cat’s character the best. She had a likeable personality compared to Eureka. Eureka was self-absorbed and clueless to the obvious like Brooks acting differently. Brooks, I would’ve liked to have known the character more and through interactions than Eureka describing him. Ander was lukewarm for a love interest.

The love story was too quick and lacked emotion. It felt forced to me.

Despite the slow storyline, I’m probably going to buy the next book since the story did intrigue me and I like to know what happens next. Hopefully, Lauren will read her reviews and spend a little more time chopping unnecessary description from her next book.

Rating System
5 Stars: Positively loved and adored. A new favorite.
4 Stars: Excellent. Kept me hooked until the last page.
3 Stars: Good. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not great but not bad.
2 Stars: Mediocre. This book needed something more. Very uninspiring.
1 Star: Poor. I didn’t enjoy this book. It was a struggle to finish.
DNF: Did not manage to finish this book.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

What happened to originality in movies?

Yet another 80’s remake is hitting the big screen and it hasn’t nothing to do with improving the movie. It’s all about the money.

The movie industry is optioning for remakes, popular books and superhero comics instead of original, possible sleeper hits hoping to capture the built-in audience, ensuring instant success and cash flow.

They’ve almost given up on original ideas that don’t have an instant following.

But what about the sleeper hits like Poltergeist. I remember when it came out in the theaters. I was a kid and a new movie hit a theater practically every week. My mother was an extreme movie buff and took me to the theaters on Wednesdays. We saw the name Poltergeist on the marque and thought, what the hell and paid the three-fifty and watched the show. Only a handful of people sat beside us, but by the following Wednesday there was a line wrapped around the building waiting to see it.

Steven Spielberg wasn’t a household name when Poltergeist came out. They didn’t even publicize it. The movie went viral by word-of-mouth alone. For the time, it was nothing we ever saw. That’s why everyone loved it.

Now I’m wondering how many potential great movies like Poltergeist are we missing because of movie industry chasing instant success?

Here is a list of some remakes (not inclusive at all)

Dredd

Attached: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby
Release Date/Year: September 21, 2012

Red Dawn

Attached: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Release Date/Year: November 21, 2012

Carrie

Attached: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
Release Date/Year: March 15, 2013

Evil Dead

Attached: Jane Levy
Release Date/Year: April 12, 2013

Mad Max: Fury Road

Attached: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz
Release Date/Year: 2013

Robocop

Attached: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
Release Date/Year: August 9, 2013

Other’s without trailers

Pet Sematary
Point Break
The Crow
An American Werewolf in London (Seriously!!!)
Child’s Play
Starship Troopers
WarGames (Why?)
Time Bandits
American Psycho
The Birds starring Namoi Watts (No! You’ll ruin it)
Commando
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Death Wish starring Robert Downey Jr.
Escape From New York
Heavy Metal
Highlander starring Ryan Reynolds
Lethal Weapon
The Warriors starring Brenna Roth (Oh, Come on, really)
Westworld starring Russell Crowe (Now this is just ridiculous)
Short Circuit
Romancing the Stone starring Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler
Overboard starring Jennifer Lopez, Julian Scott Urena (Seriously J’ Lo thinks she could do a better job than Goldie Hawn)
Porky’s
Little Shop of Horrors
Scarface


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Underworld: Awakening in3D Blu-ray review

Underworld: Awakening Movie

I just watched Underworld: Awakening in3D on Blu-ray. It was the fourth film part of the epic battle between vampires and lycan’s (werewolves for those who don’t know what lycan means). However, this go around, humans discovered their existence and go on a rampage exterminating both their kinds. Surprisingly, but not really, both species managed to survive extinction by hiding, getting inside help or in Selene case, used as a guinea pig.

Last movie she drank Corvinus blood, father of all vampires and lycans. She is now more powerful and able to walk in daylight as well as have a kid with Michael, the hybrid vampire-lycan, who is missing in this movie. She escaped the medical facility with the help of her daughter, after being placed in cryo-freeze for twelve years. Then same old same old happens. The lycan’s come after them. They want her hybrid daughter to help them control transforming into a wolf form. Selene kicks ass and saves the day, leaving the ending open for a sequel where she go searching for Michael who was still alive.

Overall

The movie was better than I expected, but not as good as the first movie. Although, my view on movies is a slight tainted.  I have been known to like ones rated never see even if given to you for free, which I did in this case.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Blood Forever Book Report

Book Report
Book Report

Blood Forever

By Mari Mancusi

Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi

Overview

Blood Forever is the last book part of the Blood Coven Vampire series. Sunny (Sunshine) and Rayne McDonald managed to go back in time before Sunny was bitten by Magnus with the help of Hades. They are both able to remember everything that had happened in their previous future. However, no one else can. Not even their vampire boyfriends Magnus and Jareth.

Given a second chance, both girls swear off vampires forever avoiding going down the same path that led to losing their father, grandmother, even Sunny and ousting the entire blood coven from the consortium.

One problem.

Neither girl can forget their true loves or settle living their previous boring lives.

Grade

I give the book a B+, since I reserve A’s for best. Not even Twilight, Hunger Games or some of Stephen King books made A’s in my opinion.

Opinion

The book was an easy read that I completed in one sitting. The light hearted, tongue-and-cheek writing style kept my interest to the point I didn’t skim any paragraphs, which I have a nasty habit of doing while reading YA books. For some odd reason, majority of YA books go into too much detail.

Recommendation

Overall, I would recommend reading the book. It was a great ending to the series. If you haven’t read the series, you should, especially adults who grew up watching movies like Lost Boys or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There are great parodies to those movies.

My favorite book in the series was Stake That!. I couldn’t stop laughing reading the part when Rayne and her friend was playing the online game and kept getting  killed off by an ex-boyfriend still ticked over the break up.

Note about the author

I met Mari a couple of years back while attending a Writer’s League Convention in Austin, TX. She was very helpful and willing to talk to newbie writer’s like myself. I found her to be every bit witty and light-hearted like her character’s Sunny and Rayne.

Other books in the series

Boys that Bite by Mari MancusiStake That by Mari MancusiBad Blood by Mari Mancusi

Nigh School by Mari MancusiBlood Ties by Mari MancusiSoul Bound by Mari MancusiBlood Forever by Mari Mancusi


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, now a days?

American Werewolf in London

Werewolves have always been considered an evil creature in fiction and movies, such as my all-time favorite American Werewolf in London.

American werewolf in London

They are humans who were unfortunately bitten by another werewolf and inflicted with a curse to transform into a werewolf during a fool moon. The transformation process is long and painful. Once they become the werewolf their human side cease to exist. They act and reason like a wolf with no conscious or remorse and determined to feed on human flesh.

However, there is a growing trend in movies and books were werewolves are being portrayed more human than beast. For instance Jacob in New Moon, he can transform at will into a werewolf without a moon in sight and think just like a human with no animalistic urges to hunt and kill. He is able to reason and defend Bella, the girl he loves.

Twilight New Moon

Even the horror action movie UnderWorld, the werewolves are ferocious, but they still are able to reason like humans and attack only their mortal enemies, Vampires.

But will this trend continue or will the werewolf eventually go back to the traditional horror persona. I can only speculate it will continue for at least a little while longer before shifting back into a horror monster same as Vampires.

UnderWorld the movie

 

What do you think?

 


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Killing animals in movies, necessary to the storyline or not?

I’ve noticed the past decade more movies are including scenes where animals are being slaughtered by crazed killers. Movies like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo where the adopted cat was left disemboweled on their door step as a warning. But are these scenes necessary to the plot line?

It depends.

Movies like Cujo by Stephan King, I vote killing the dog necessary since it was the only way to keep it from tearing the woman and child apart.

Halloween, I vote it’s a toss-up. If the director used something other than the dog to attempt to keep Michael from entering the house like a realtor or kid, it would’ve been just as effective. However, it also would’ve jumped right into the senseless killing and cut the suspense building up to the first kill.

 

Halloween movie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I vote not necessary. The entire scene could’ve been cut and it wouldn’t have taken away from the storyline that the person they were after was a heartless psychopathic killer.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

What’s your opinion I like to know.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

A tribute to one of the greatest horror actors

When I was a little, I had the special privilege to listen to a reading by Vincent Price. He read “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. The way he read the story made it 100 x’s scarier than I ever could imagine. Here’s to you Mr. Price.

Raven

 

The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door

Only this, and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore

For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore

Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain

Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;

So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,

“‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door

Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;

This it is, and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,

“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,

That I scarce was sure I heard you” – here I opened wide the door;

Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;

But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,

And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore!”

This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”

Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,

Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.

“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice:

Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;

‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,

In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;

Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;

But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door

Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door

Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,

By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.

“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,

Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,

Though its answer little meaning – little relevancy bore;

For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being

Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door

Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,

With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only

That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered

Till I scarcely more than muttered, “other friends have flown before

On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”

Then the bird said, “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,

“Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store,

Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster

Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore

Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore

Of ‘Never – nevermore’.”

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;

Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking

Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore

What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore

Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing

To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;

This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining

On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o’er,

But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o’er,

She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer

Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.

“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee – by these angels he hath sent thee

Respite – respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!

Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! prophet still, if bird or devil!

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted

On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore

Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil – prophet still, if bird or devil!

By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore

Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,

It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore

Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend,” I shrieked, upstarting

“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!

Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!

Leave my loneliness unbroken! quit the bust above my door!

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,

And the lamplight o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted – nevermore!


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.