The Violet Eyed

The Occuli, Book Two

Fiction - Fantasy - General
318 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2017
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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.

I currently have five published books: an ongoing fantasy series with three installments so far (and a fourth one coming soon!), a fantasy short story, and a suspense/thriller short story. Several of my books have won awards, but the first book in my fantasy series, The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One, is now a multiple award-winning book which is very exciting!

Aside from writing, I enjoy physical activities like running, weight training 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 Violet Eyed is the second book in The Occuli series, written by Christie M. Stenzel. After having dreams about a stranger, Violet Kingsley comes face to face with the boy in her dreams at school, in the form of Drake. While their chance encounters are not frequent, each time they meet, the exchange between them seems deep, almost to the point of being sinister. Violet suspects Drake might somehow have been involved in her mother’s murder some years earlier, but, as she unveils each clue, she frustratingly ends up with more questions than answers. When she makes a horrific discovery in a new part of her grandmother’s home, her own beloved grandmother joins the growing list of suspects. On confiding in Drake, she soon steps into her own true identity as she discovers what it means to be an Occuli. What lies ahead for Violet, however, is about to test her strength, both physically and emotionally, whilst also testing loyalties and discovering truths which may be too terrifying to comprehend.

Christie Stenzel’s incredible writing style is intoxicating, drawing the reader into a magical world where anything and everything is possible. The second book in the Occuli series focuses around a teenager who not only wants to solve the riddle of her mother’s disappearance and murder, but also seeks out answers to her own identity. I found it interesting to observe the interaction between Violet and Drake, especially since her fascination with him draws her in so completely, regardless of his dark and scary nature. Many clues are uncovered in this magical tale, not only regarding the disappearance of her mother, but also the powerful nature of Violet herself, what defines her, and where her future lies. I thoroughly enjoyed The Violet Eyed, and wholeheartedly recommend it to readers aged over 15 years, who are fans of the paranormal, mystery, drama, romance, and finding oneself through it all.


A RECOMMENDED BOOK! Excellent story! This is now my favorite book of the series so far! I really enjoyed learning more about Violet and the history of the Occuli. The book was very descriptive, had plenty of action and kept me wanting to read more about these very intriguing characters. I will be anxiously waiting for future books in the series from this talentd author!


This sequel certainly delivered! As before, this new addition to the series is creative and interesting, keeping me engaged throughout. I would recommend the Occuli book series to all readers and I hope there is more to come.


LOVED IT!! The Occuli book series has made a new fan of fantasy novels out of me! Like the previous ones, this new book is well written, creative, descriptive and made me feel like I was there. I could not put it down! I am excited about the next book in the series!

RJ Francis

Really enjoyable read. In The Violet Eyed, the author focuses on building characters we previously knew little about, and delving into their relationships and history. The dialogue is very well done and it brings out the loveliness, the flaws, and the fears of the main actors. With an offering that is more romantic than the first novel, the author starts to play more, and there are more of the side effects of love evident: teasing, conflict, sadness, and honest closeness. I'm looking forward to seeing the next entry in the series soon.



This is a very interesting and exciting addition to the Occuli book series. I loved learning more about Violet and her life and relationships! I was thoroughly entertained and I highly recommend this series for all lovers of fantasy books! I can't wait for the next book in the series!