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- Print Length: 277 pages
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- Publisher: Horror Twins Press (September 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015QZDVN6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book sat in my TBR since July, taunting me, just waiting to be read, and I am so glad it was finally its "turn".
If you're a fan of slasher films, you're going to love this book. It pays homage to the classics, but in a new and modern way. Telling this sort of story in a visual way is one thing, but it's entirely different to do it in a novel -- a written medium -- and LeTendre and Haley have done a phenomenal job.
Avery and her friends are believable as modern teenagers (at least to this thirty-two-year-old, haha). They are very much like the teenagers in my life, anyway. Avery is quite mature, but as a senior in high school, I was a lot like her and would have probably done much of the same things she did in her situation. Hell, she was a better cop than the police in this story! She is also vulnerable and still childlike, susceptible to things like cabin fever and restlessness after only a short while which remind the reader just how young she truly is. And her friends are no different; they are all multilayered, multifaceted characters that are impossible not to connect and empathize with.
The villain in this story is well-done, too. When I put the pieces together, I had this little "ah-ha" moment that was quite satisfying. The Harvester is savage, brutal, and just psychotic enough to fit in perfectly with other classic slasher killers we all know and love. As always, my reviews are spoiler-free, so that's all I'll say about this bloody, techno-savvy, killer.
Another thing I appreciated about this book were the rock-n-roll references. I'll admit, I am not a music aficionado (my partner is, though), but it was clear a lot of knowledge and love of music went into this book. Avery plays bass guitar to relax and release stress, and she and Jason bond over their love of music. There's something special to me, as an author, when I can pick up on another passion (other than writing) slipped into a writer's work, if that makes sense? Clearly, this was one of those instances, and that tickled me.
I can't wait for the next installment of this series. Keep up the good work, you two!
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There will be a second installment coming soon, which follows some of the main characters into college. This is very reminiscent to me of the Scream movie series and I can't wait to see where this goes!
Avery Blair is a journalist and her big break comes in the form of a masked serial killer known as the Harvester, who's picking off her classmates one by one. As I stated before, this book is a love interest in very much a love letter to the slasher genre, and horror in general. I loved reading the book and just finding the little Easter Eggs hidden in the book. Like how the victims' last names coincided with different final girls, or how one of the police officers was named Dewey, or how Quinn was staying in room 237. Those little details made it clear that Haley and LeTendre definitely know their stuff.
I appreciated how Harrowed didn't take the usual YA murder route and have the main character be the only one who could solve the murder and have the police be totally useless in every single way. Yeah, Avery contributed to the investigation and did some of her own detective work, but the police weren't totally out of the loop. In fact, Avery often needed their help to make sense of everything. It made the story way more realistic then if Avery was just a genius who didn't need help.
Avery is defiantly final girl material. Smart, resourceful, and driven, she was a perfect match for the Harvester. Her interactions between her best friend, the victims, and even the detective all helped further her development and showcase different sides of her personality. One of the best things about Avery is just how vulnerable she was. Her friends are dying and there’s a deranged serial killer after her and, despite her tough exterior, Avery was actually terrified beyond belief, like we all would be in her situation. I liked how she wasn't some badass who could kick ass without breaking a sweat.
We don't just like final girls because they defeat the killer in the end, but because they're human. Their struggle was long and painful, yet they came out of it stronger than before, like Avery.
The Harvester was perfect. Unhinged, mysterious, and murderous, the Harvester was defiantly a hybrid Frankenstein of some of the greatest slashers out there. A little bit of Freddy for motive, some Michael and Jason for stalker tendencies, Leatherface for a certain deranged quality, and just a pinch of Pinhead for that added intelligence, and you get the Harvester. He was creative, sadistic, and genuinely enjoyed the suffering of others. He was a perfect slasher hands down.
But, as much as I loved this book, there was something I didn't enjoy: Avery and her love interest Jason's romance. Apart they were fine characters, but my god, these two were the most love struck, goo-goo eyed teens ever. I'm not against romance in my horror novels, but there were times where their romance completely overpowered the story.
I know there's nothing wrong with that, and I'm fully aware you need something to break the plot up, but I couldn't stand Avery and Jason's romance. Jason was the love interest who is way too perfect. His only fault is that he loves Avery too much and doesn't deserve her. Avery is completely devoted and in love with Jason and I couldn't really see why. They had similarities, but I couldn't pick up on any chemistry between the two. They wouldn't shut up about the other when they were together, but I couldn't pick up a single spark of attraction between the two.
Some people will find Avery and Jason's relationship adorable and swoon worthy, but I'm just not one of those people. None the less, it didn't diminish my love of this book. YA slashers are hard to come by and I'm defiantly glad to add this to my list. Defiantly check it out and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy the moment I can.
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