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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Amanda Gonzalez

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mercy grows up with the shadow of fear following her, a fear of the most terrifying kind for the woman in her town of Sueño, New Mexico: La Llorona. More than just a cautionary tale, the legend of La Llorona is all-too-real for the woman of Mercy’s town. Mercy knows she’s on the Weeping Woman’s list and must find a way to be free of the vicious cycle if she wants to survive. As a fan of folktales and the legends of the world, I really enjoyed reading this book. Not only is the story about La Llorona mentioned, but the author goes into a lesser-known part of the legend where her curse befalls other generations of previous victims. You don’t have to know anything about La Llorona to really get into this novel, though the legend of the Weeping Woman is heavily mentioned throughout the book. The author ties in the tale and does a really good job at explaining who and what La Llorona is and how she plays a role in the main character’s life.

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by S. Bittles

The Unholy: A Supernatural TaleThe Unholy: A Supernatural Tale by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read one other book by this Author so I will repeat again that they have a one of a kind writing style, creating extremely vivid visual pictures and characters. As with my read and review of “Goddess of Everything”, there is a lot happening in this book, but it is layered very well with the characters and varying storylines.

The Author takes us on a deep journey into faith and religion, it really twists your mind and makes you think about your own situation. This book does not disappoint!! I recommend this read for mature readers due to the topics in it.

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Amber Poole

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is such a great read. I was hooked from the first line! The combination of history, thriller and dark fantasy worked so well. It was easy to follow and read. A page turner. Please do yourself a favor and read this book

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claire comes from a long line of medicine women and while the power is hers she is very resistant to it. However due to the archbishop and his evil doings she will have to embrace everything she is in order to fight back.
This dramatic, dark, twisted book of horror will not only keep you on he edge of your seat but will make you want to put the book in the freezer and hide in your closet.
The characters are well developed and the story line has many twists you won’t see coming along. There were a few plot holes and the end was way to abrupt. All in all I would recommend this book.

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by stephanie nicole

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While the blurb on the back cover of this book intrigued me, I can’t say that it was everything I expected it to be. While there was a lot of drama, suspense, religion, and some supernatural elements there were times that I felt that they didn’t really pull together in a concise thought. However, the plot and the characters were still amazing and kept me interested until the end. I found myself relating a lot to the lead character and her journey of trying to find herself. Which really helped pull the book together for me. While Claire is on a journey to find herself, as well as her mother’s killer she will uncover a lot more then she bargained for. But will she be able to handle it? You’ll have to read this novel to find out for yourself.

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Corine Lombardi

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a thriller that does not disappoint.
The author kept the creepy feel that had me a little unnerved to finish.
I love the lore and plot behind this it is very believable.
This focused on religion and family.
Finding your true self through a deep family secret.
Keeps you hooked and right in the middle ohhhhh it is good.
This is my second read by this author and I sense a pattern within the plot.
I’ll give it four stars, I would recommend this to urban thriller lovers.

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The Unholy: A Supernatural Tale of the Dark Side of Religion by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Aztlan, a country known for its superstitions, the Ecclesia Dei are a religious order overseen by a Patriarch and his right hand man the Archbishop William Anarch, he has a religious fervour like no other and preaches his gospel to the thousands who attend his services. This group also run a number of charitable organisations of which a hospital and also the work place of Claire Sanchez. Claire Sanchez is a young woman with a past wrought with trauma and grief, however, the things she has learned from the women around her as she grew up have put her in good stead for the challenges she faces in adulthood.

Claire is the daughter of a medicine woman and so is a medicine woman herself, she has learned how to tune into the environment in which she lives, as well as the emotions of those around her and she uses these innate skills to heal those in need through the art of curanderismo. She lives alone, but has people who she shares her life and love with surrounding her, that is until she comes head to head with the Archbishop of a religious order and strange things start to happen around her. As she investigates these incidents and digs into the past and the present, she uncovers things which people have worked hard to keep hidden and those associated with those secrets will do whatever is necessary to prevent them being shared with the world.

Claire soon realises that she will have to use all she has learnt to fight off this dark religious fanatic and the unholy manner in which he works to gain all the power he can, but can Claire use the mysticism, native folk lore and traditions which surround her to defeat this evil power, or will she fall victim to the dark mysticism surrounding her? This is a gothic horror with elements of the supernatural wound within an exploration of rigidly institutional and more fluid religions and how they can be both dark and light depending on how they are used by those wielding them.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

The Unholy: A Supernatural TaleThe Unholy: A Supernatural Tale by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the tender age of five years old Claire Sanchez watched in horror as her mom was brutally killed in front of her. Cowering in the bushes, young Claire watches helplessly as a figure dressed in black ends her mom’s life suddenly leaving Claire an orphan. Twenty years later Claire, is now working at the Ecclesia Dei Psychiatric Hospital as a licensed natural health therapist with a background in mental health. Claire is reluctant to follow in her mom’s footsteps as a medicine woman, preferring to refer to herself as a natural health therapist. Still haunted by the memories of that horrific night, Claire is now at the age where she is seeking answers for what happened to her mom all those years ago. As Claire delves deeper, she starts unravelling the mysteries of her past and is confronted by the true face of evil.

The dark and evil presence that took her mom’s life all those years ago is disguised in the form of the evil Archbishop Anarch. Archbishop Anarch has a thirst for power and will stop at nothing to get it. He has been lurking in the shadows waiting for the right moment to end Claire’s life as viciously as he ended her mother’s life twenty years prior. Now at the same age as her mom was when her life was taken, Claire is forced to confront the demons of her past to save her own life. Now Claire is forced to battle against the dark forces of evil and religion. Will Claire be able to face the demons of her past and gain the strength she needs to battle the forces of evil? Or will evil win?

The Unholy is a book that was impossible to put down and fast paced from the first page. There are many facets of this book as the author takes the reader on an intense ride into the darkest parts of religion. This book takes us into the world of shapeshifting, magic, and the ruthless hunt for power. The characters are ones you either love or hate, as in the cases of Claire and Archbishop Anarch. Claire is easily relatable, and one can quickly get drawn to how warm, genuine, and kind she is. You can’t help but admire her strength and hope for the best for her. Archbishop Anarch, on the other hand, is someone you instantly loathe and despise with every fiber of your being. You can’t help but hope that someone puts a stop to him and his reign of terror. This book was an intense read and did not disappoint!

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Ashley Westerman

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites that I need to read everything he has written. Every book so far has fully engrossed me and this one is no exception. From the first page I was caught, and couldn’t put it down, wondering what was going to happen. I really enjoy his descriptive words that allow me to easily “see” the world around me. This book is definitely worth a read!

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The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Melissa Saxton

The UnholyThe Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claire witnessed her mother’s death at the age of 5. her mother was a medicine woman which Claire Inherits but rejected it and clings to being a natural healer. but increasing visions and obvious medicine woman supernatural happenings are increasing with her everyday including violent dreams and visions.

Claire finds herself back in the community where it all happened as the director of psychiatric care. however all is not what it seems

the clinic is funded by dirty money extorted from wealthy religious zealots who are run much like a cult by the evil arch bishop…. the arch bishop who does not like the power that Claire has simmering just under the surface.

Claire starts asking questions when tragedy strikes and you dive head long into good versus evil struggle veiled in religion.shes threatened, stalked and it gets worse but that would be a spoiler so I’ll let you find out!

this was a good book. I wished the ending had as much care as the character building did in the beginning it felt a little rushed but overall this book was a great look into Indian folklore and religious structure and is worth the read

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