I think novellas are an underrated art form. I love them! It's long enough to become invested in the characters, but they get in and get out without any unnecessary dawdling. Although in the case, of I See The Web, I wouldn't have minded a few more pages, mostly to get more explanation about the creepy and unusual supernatural elements involving spiders. But, since it's the first of a series, I forgive her. :)
I See The Web is a YA LGBT Paranormal Romance novella (that is a lot of genre tags) about 17-year-old Erin who is just coming to terms with her sexuality and coming out to her friends and family. She also learns that her crush Dawn feels the same way about her, and they fall for each other fast. While she's dealing with all of this, she's also noticing some strange behavior from spiders and very creepy dreams. It seems as if she may be some kind of spider whisperer...or queen of the spiders? I'm still not entirely sure what was happening there. But, it was cool and creepy. If you cringe at the thought of reading graphic spider-related scenes, this might not be the book for you. ;)
Aside from wishing that the paranormal elements were more flushed out, I found the book to be very entertaining. It was an interesting mix between creepy spider scenes and sweet romance. So, I'd call the book sweet creepy. (Or creepy sweet?) In any case, this fast read is definitely worth your time. P.S. I love the title.
Until the spiders start whispering.
Turns out the spiders aren’t just stalking her for kicks. They need her to be their voice, their vessel, whatever that means. But their timing is crap, because there’s no way Erin is giving up her human life just when things are starting to get amazing. Too bad the spiders just won’t quit. Like it or not, Erin will have to choose, and it won’t be nearly as easy as she thinks.
Cait Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of the YA paranormal romance novella I See the Web. She is also a freelance editor, on staff for Curiosity Quills Press and REUTS Publications, as well as a managing member of Bear and Black Dog Editing, LLC. In her spare time, she plans her next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo), watches too much Netflix, and spends quality time with her darling husband Matt and completely adorable dog Jay. The rest of her time is devoted to her tireless quest to make America read more.