5.0 out of 5 stars - Interesting concept
By Paul Dale Anderson on October 16, 2015
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So here is a spoiler alert. I will give a five or four star rating to a novel that has marvelous potential in order to encourage that author to continue writing. One such writer is Lisa Vasquez, author of The Unsaintly (Create Space, 978-1461031086, $9.95). She concocted a good storyline, decent suspense, valid character interactions, realistic dialog, and spoiled the effect by adding an extra line between paragraphs. It’s such a minor thing that I should have been able to ignore it, but I couldn’t. I’m an old-time reader whose eyes expect to flow between paragraphs without extra white space. I loved the story itself, and the author is a writer to watch. I gave The Unsaintly five stars and included a caveat in the review.
I read Vasquez’ The Anti-God in Kindle and the extra space wasn’t so noticeable.
I recommend Lisa Vasquez to horror readers because she has created a believable fictional world with believable characters. I hope she continues to write.
(the following reviews are for both the prequel and the full novel THE UNSAINTLY: The Anti-God found on Amazon.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars - is a wonderful novel that explores the ancient battle between God and ...
By KennethHarmon on January 12, 2016
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Lisa Vasquez’s The Unsaintly Chronicles: the Anti-God, is a wonderful novel that explores the ancient battle between God and Lucifer in a way that is fresh and original. Vasquez populates her novel with carefully drawn, believable characters. We feel the pain of Isabel Augustus as she becomes a pawn in the fight of good vs. evil. We suffer with Marciel and Father Dulante as they struggle to keep Isabel safe from the danger that threatens to destroy her. I loved everything about this book and look forward to reading more of this author’s work. Highly recommended.
THE UNFLESHED: TALE OF THE AUTOPSIC BRIDE
5.0 out of 5 stars - The battle for our very souls in one horrorifc novel
By rose on December 24, 2015
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This is a medieval tale that crosses many sub genres. Religion and belief with hints of bone chilling horror instilled with fear of one’s soul and the violation of what we all hold dear. This period piece took place during the middle ages of man. A tale of good and evil and the balance that is ever so fragile between both no matter the time in history. This above all is a story of the human condition being influenced by horrors of the supernatural. There are angels and they do fall and even rise. Angels that once were but are now demons in the flesh of men, perhaps a metaphor perhaps not. The bulk of the story takes place in a monastery inhabited by the poor seeking refuge and holy men seeking to live their lives in the worship of what they believe. The ambience is realistic as it was gloomy and dank. The main character is Isabelle she is a broken soul who faces challenges no woman must ever endure both physically and spiritually. Isabelle is supported by a fallen angel in the guise of a humble servant of god. There are evil men especially given the time in history this horror story is portrayed. Such a beautiful story filled with a vibrant cast of characters who I truly became emotionally invested in. The story flowed exceptionally well given this was the writers first full length novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars - HOLY CRAP! WHAT A SICK MAN!
By Joan Macleod on January 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
What an utterly disturbing book...I loved it. England being part of war torn Europe now has to contend with the plague running rampant in the streets but there are other horrors that the people don't know about. Dr. Angus Wulfe has developed a very sick and twisted obsession on the young Morrigan and will do anything to possess her. I don't want to give anything away so let me just say that the character of Wulfe is a combination of Dr. Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Marquis de Sade and any other notorious, evil and insane man that you can imagine. Also a child's upbringing can have a very lasting effect on how they grow up. If you are looking for a good old fashioned horror story then this is the book for you. I will definitely continue to read Lisa Vasquez's books as she sure has a way with words.
4.0 out of 5 stars - An epic battle of good and evil.
By Confessions of a Reviewer on January 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
A copy of The Anti-God (The Unsaintly Chronicles #1) was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Lisa Vasquez in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Lisa in collaboration with Burning Willow Press.
I recently connected with Lisa on Facebook without even knowing she was a writer. After a short conversation she asked if I would like a copy of The Anti-God for a review. After reading the synopsis I fancied a look at this one. After reading some of the reviews I wasn’t so sure. I still wanted to read it though and as always, honesty is my best policy.
Isabel has had a troubled upbringing. Born into nobility, she decides to give it all up and follow God’s call to be a nun. God is not the only one who has been watching her throughout her life. The forces of evil, and others, have been paying close attention.
The forces of good and evil are finally coming together in a battle to end all battles. Now in adulthood, Isabel is a pawn in this battle with all sides fighting for her allegiance and Isabel fighting for her life. She must decide who to stand with and whether to give up everything to save the world.
OK so I would bill this one as not quite an end of the world horror but more a biblical horror, almost following Revelations and the good old fashioned good versus evil fight to the end. This, at times is quite a complex story but you only realise that after finishing a chapter. I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s complex but not difficult to follow.
Characters in this one are mainly a select few for the first half before all hell breaks loose. Isabel is the main one.
4.0 out of 5 stars - Stick with it because it has a great ending.
By Frank on October 14, 2014
So I received this through the giveaway contest on Goodreads. I have been re-reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles in anticipation of Prince Lestat being released, so reading this book The Unsaintly in which we have God, Satan, and various angels and demons fits right in. The Unsaintly starts off pretty good but gets a bit choppy from there. At times it seems a little disjointed but it kept me interested and the story itself was quite good so I carried on and I am glad I did. From the chapter Nov 8, 1226: Miriam’s Interlude (probably the books finest) until the end the writing was tight and flowed beautifully especially compared to some earlier chapters. I could not put it down. The ending is just amazing. It is what I was hoping for and what possession type books and movies have been lacking lately…total brutality and fear. Some people are going to be turned off by it so it is not for everyone. I hope the author goes back and looks at the Miriam’s Interlude chapter to see how her next book should read all the way through. I would also suggest the author look into properly writing a movie script and start adapting this book. As a horror fan and somebody who has had a horror podcast for six years I would love to see this come out as a movie.