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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Review: Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully

 Jennifer Strange 
by Cat Scully

Thank you Night Worms, Cat Scully and YAP Books for this copy.

Publisher: YAP Books / Haverhill House Publishing LLC
Publish Date: July 21, 2020
298 Pages
Series: Jennifer Strange #1
Genres: Young Adult, Horror

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body - a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world - with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explanation.

Drawn to the power of the Sparrow, the supernatural creatures preying on Savannah, Georgia will do anything to receive Jennifer’s powerful gift. The sisters must learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth about their family history by deciphering their father’s journal…because if they can’t, Jennifer’s uncontrolled power will rip apart the veil that separates the living from the dead.

A fast-paced and splattery romp, fans of Supernatural, Buffy, and Evil Dead will enjoy Jennifer Strange - the first illustrated novel in a trilogy of stylish queer young adult horror books with big scares for readers not quite ready for adult horror.

My Review:

Imagine almost being killed by a supernatural force at your high school one day and after, your father hands you a journal and drops you off with your older sister.  Basically - good luck, read this and try not to die! Byeeeeeeeeee!  This, my friends, is Jennifer Strange.  And her first day in her new school... well, it starts with quite the literal explosion.  But what else would you expect from Savannah - known for the supernatural? 😉

This is the young, queer demon fighter we have been waiting for!  I would absolutely agree that if you love Supernatural and Buffy that this would be a fantastic read for you.  There were many times that I was thinking the Winchesters should head to Savannah and meet up with Strange. *tee hee*  I especially love the interspersed journal entries and fun illustrations.

I do wish we had a bit more character development here - everything just went straight into action so we never really got to know the characters in full.  However, being this is the first in a series, I'm sure we'll see development over the next books forthcoming. Overall, this was a quick and fun romp of a read.  Easily devoured in one sitting and full of supernatural, monstry goodness.  Perfect for the young adult audience who enjoys horror.


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