Review: The Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey

Posted September 11, 2017 by Minx

Review: The Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: The Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey The Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey
Series: The Unliving #1
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: C.M. Spivey
Format: ARC
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Pages: 245
ISBN: 0986090328
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Minx's Rating:

Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.

Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone's imminent demise—except Lucinda's friends and family are still breathing.

The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father's hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.

It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.

They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit's rage to rest.


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The Longing and the Lack was love at first cover. I just love this cover, it is beautiful, creepy and I like the crow. It adds an ominous feeling to the story and all of that was before I even started on page one. Once I started reading this story I was transported to a place where Lucinda Hightower was a character like no other.

Lucinda’s entire life has been one freaky thing happening after another. Why she was so affected when the others around her never were was a question that haunted her. She had so many questions that were never answered other than the knowledge that they were death omens and that there weren’t intended for her. Lucinda headed to Ireland where she hoped to get some distance from the paranormal drama that had been plaguing her for most of her life.

Unfortunately, it appears that the strange occurrences have started to increase in their severity and not only for her but it is affecting her brother as well. He was starting to have premonitions about her, which was most unusual. So instead of her having some distance from her problems, she had it worse and there were also repercussions for her family as well.

Fed up, Lucinda decided to take matters into her own hands and discover the truth of her ancestry. Along the way, she hit a few speed bumps as there were people in her life who spoke in half-truths and others who outright tried to put Lucinda on the wrong path. In one case, her faith in a character in particular is downright deadly and quite shocking.

What I thoroughly enjoyed was the freaky paranormal stuff that kept occurring throughout this story. There were also some elements of horror that turned my stomach, stuff like a ghostly specter appearing that would cut open Lucinda and stick its hands into her body. Chilling! She was also having visions which seemed real only for things to go back to normal after a few minutes. Another cool thing about this story was that it had “Fate” written as a living entity that could be beseeched upon, some very cool stuff in this story. I liked it very much.

The Longing and the Lack is a series starter with no known novella’s in the series but the story felt like it had a beginning somewhere else. After some digging it became clear to me that events mentioned in this book that felt introduced and dropped had occurred in these books: I See the Web (The Web #1) and A Single Thread (The Web #2). That would have helped this story flow better for me to have the background information that led up to this story. This story can be read as a stand-alone but I can’t say I would necessarily recommend that. Overall, this story was quite intriguing to read.

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About C.M. Spivey

Author C.M. Spivey

C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving”. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.

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2 responses to “Review: The Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey

    • Thank you, this was indeed an intriguing read! ❤️ There is definitely MUCH cover love for this book! ❤️