The Grey Eyed Storm

The Occuli, Book One

Fiction - Fantasy - General
560 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2016
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Author Biography

Writing and reading are my passions! My dream to be a writer began, when as a five year old child I would ask my mother to write down the stories I would make up about talking dogs.

Since growing up and becoming further educated with a Bachelor's Degree in English (I have an affinity for classic literature), a Master's Degree in Leadership, and a degree in Ultrasound, I have begun to pursue that dream in hopes of one day making it my career. I have many interests and ideas so my ultimate goal is to release works of fiction in multiple genres. Fantasy will always be my first love however, as I have always had an intense imagination that threatens to inundate me if not expelled onto paper.

Aside from writing, I enjoy physical activities like running and yoga. I am blessed to have an amazing family, close friends and two beloved canine companions.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

The Grey Eyed Storm by Christie Stenzel is the first book in the Occuli series. Remy Verbetta had been just twelve years old when her mother, Emmery, had taken her own life. Her nine-year-old sister, Makayla, had vanished without a trace soon after. On her eighteenth birthday, Remy is not only given a necklace which her mother had always worn, but also discovers (after sleepwalking to her mother’s grave) that she is one of the seven varieties of Occuli, easily identifiable by eye color, each with a variety of powers which can affect others as well as the elements around them. As an additional birthday gift, Remy receives a bodyguard from her cousin, Ruby, in the form of a boy, Zias, whom Remy had been having dreams about for quite some time. At school, Remy finally meets the new boy in town, Drake Cook, and cannot help but be startled by his eyes; it is never good to know that a Reaper has arrived. Unable to determine whether Drake is good or evil, and trying to decipher her mother’s and her grandmother’s memories, Remy finds herself in a race against time to figure out who she can trust in order to save her kind from obliteration.

Without a doubt, The Grey Eyed Storm is one of the most in-depth and entertaining paranormal books I have ever read. Christie Stenzel’s introduction to the Occuli series leaves me desperately wanting more and I look forward to reading the rest of the series when it is released. Living in a spiraling world of heartache after her mother and sister are both gone, the main character discovers on her eighteenth birthday that nothing in life is what she thought it to be. As her powers come into effect and she finds out who and what she truly is, Remy spins through a pinwheel of emotions that strike without warning, making her wonder whether or not she is going crazy. Each of the characters is well-written and brings an important element to the story as a whole, whether good or evil. I fully enjoyed The Grey-Eyed Storm and recommend it to all die-hard lovers of the paranormal who enjoy mystery, humor, romance, adventure and excitement in a mind-bending tale of magic which eclipses all others.

Starr D

This is most definitely a 5 STAR book! I love the fact that the Occuli have different magical powers based on the colors of their eyes - very creative! It is a complex story with an excellent plot and interesting characters and I love the relationship developing between Remy and Zias! I found myself completely engaged from beginning to end. I have read all the books in the series (currently there are two others) and they are just as wonderful as this one! I cannot wait until the next book comes out!


FIVE STARS!!! This is a fantastic book!!! It is very well written with plenty of suspense, action and a bit of romance! It had me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down! I hope to be able to see the movie someday!


Riveting from start to finish!!!

This book is masterfully written! The characters are well developed, the scenes are extremely descriptive and there is lots of action and excitement! I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy writing and am looking forward to reading the complete series!


This book is extremely well done. It is a descriptive yet complex story with well developed characters. It made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action, which there was plenty of. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely read any future sequels.


This is a MUST READ book!
This story entails all that a good book should. It is an exciting supernatural-type fantasy story with a hint at romance. It is well written and very descriptive of the characters and the plot line. I would recommend anyone read the book that enjoys a good novel. I am interested in seeing more from this very talented author.