Sunday, August 1, 2021

Book Review - Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales (The Snuggle Series #1) by Liane Carter

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Title: Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales
Series: The Snuggle Series #1
Author: Liane Carter
Publication Date: May 17th 2019
Print Length: 148 pages
Genre: Horror, Suspense

Step into nine eerie lives where the obvious is left at the door, and the surprises are just a page turn away.

Family secrets a girl struggles to suppress, a man trapped by a woman's bones, a couple of killers and a touch of madness.

"Dark and twisted with a sting in every tale." Cass Green, Sunday Times bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood

Liane Carter author picture
Devoted to giving her readers smiles, tears and tension in her poignant non-fiction, fast-paced fantasy adventures and adult fiction, Liane Carter bares her soul. Author of The Chronicles of Joya, The Dream Devils, Darcy: The Dog Who Talked, Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales, and stand-alone sequel to The Chronicles of Joya, The Fig Bean and the Huvri, she has written features and a weekly column for Costa Blanca News, articles for Writing Magazine, and has taught over 150 writing workshops.

I usually try to stay away from books featuring short stories because usually they aren't that great. However, there was something about Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales by Liane Carter that jumped out at me. I felt compelled to read it, and I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the short stories.

I didn't really know what to expect with Snuggle with the Strange except that the stories would be a bit out there. The first two stories gave me Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz vibes but for adults. These stories were more paranormal/supernatural in nature, and I really enjoyed them. The next six stories were more realistic in the fact that they could actually happen to anyone (which is a scary thought!). The last story returned to being supernatural again. I loved each and every story, and I thought the pacing and world building for each was done very well. Each story has an original feel and isn't like any of the other stories in the book. Even though this is a fairly short book, all the suspense makes it seem as if time has stood still. My favorite stories in Snuggle with the Strange were "Life in the Shed" and "He Looked Like My First Mistake." Although all the stories are written very well, I just loved those a little extra. Oh, and something else I loved was that the cover of the book links each of the nine stories. I thought that was very cool!

All of the characters are well fleshed out in each story. There's just enough information on each character so you can love them or love to hate them. At times, I felt like I was the main character in the story!

As this is an adult horror book, there are quite a few trigger warnings for Snuggle with the Strange which include demons, underage drug use (a few mentions of marijuana), implied rape, implied child rape, attempted rape, death, murder, violence, attempted murder, domestic abuse, child abuse, and profanity. 

Overall, Snuggle with the Strange is a breath of fresh air for those who love the horror genre. With it's interesting cast of characters and original short stories, this is one book that every horror lover should read. I would definitely recommend Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales by Liane Carter for those aged 16+ who like their horror with a flair of originality instead of rehashed fiction. If that sounds like you, this is your kind of book!
(A special thank you to Liane Carter and Lola's Blog Tours for providing me with a paperback of Snuggle with the Strange: 9 Twisted Tales in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)

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  1. Thank you so much for your great review, Heather. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Best wishes, Liane

    1. You're welcome. I loved it =) Thanks for stopping by!