Friday, March 2, 2018

Clowders by Vanessa Morgan - Guest Blogger Book Review + Giveaway


Synopsis
Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” - to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they've arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants' adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.


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Alicia's Review
At first I can honestly say that the first few of these pages had me scared to read the rest. A book about killer cats? I completely figured I’d be up for a major disappointment, that this book would be laughable at best. Boy, was I wrong. This book had me turning the pages quickly and I couldn’t put it down. Usually lovable creatures, this book combines our love for felines and our love for horror into a fantastic book. 

While there was a couple of grammar errors, I quickly let them go as this story unfolded. There wasn’t very many dull moments. However, I would have liked to get more into the ‘rules’, find out what they all are. Perhaps they were left out due to the mystery of it all. 

The characters were well thought out and each played a significant role through the book. As always, some were loved and some were hated. That’s where the author really did some justice; you wanna feel for those characters and in Clowders, you definitely do. 

Now, personally, I was hoping for a different ending. It’s the only thing that didn’t sit right with me, but it was unexpected, which is perfect for this story. People should definitely check out this book; they will NOT be disappointed. 

Author Bio
Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger. Three of her stories (The Strangers Outside, A Good Man, and Next to Her) have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog, Traveling Cats. She lives in Belgium.

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