Title: Curse of the Blacknoc Witch
Author: Tori V. Rainn
Samuel dreamed of being a lot of things, but a monster trapped in a forest realm never entered his mind. The Blacknoc Curse wasn't supposed to be true, only a children's story meant to persuade them away from evil. Yet, here he was tasked with hunting cursed kids. There's nothing left for Samuel except the horror surrounding him.
Layla, a young girl tormented by the same curse, is dropped into the terrifying forest every night, running from the monsters intent on taking her life. She meets Samuel and vows to save all the children, especially Samuel, from their torment.
Working together can they defeat the Blacknoc Curse?
Never in a million years did Samuel think the Blacknoc Curse was real, let alone he'd become a monster whose sole job is to hunt cursed children in the forest. Every night, they're dropped into the forest and monsters like himself hunt them down until they give up their lives. What a horrific existence, or so Samuel thinks until he meets Layla. She's dropped into the forest and is determined to outwit the monsters and save all the tormented children, curse or no curse. Working together, will they be able to break the curse or will they succumb to their nightmarish lives?
Curse of the Blacknoc Witch is a gothic fantasy reminiscent of the Grimm Brothers. The premise hooked me right away. I enjoyed the characters, especially Samuel. His emotions are well-described and his POV flows as the plot progresses. The setting did confuse me as it was both modern and historical. The nonlinear timeline, popular in literature right now, caused me to pull out of the story at times. The descriptive narration is stark and added a new layer to the horrors of the forest. If you're a fan of horror and dark fantasy, you'll love Curse of the Blacknoc Witch.
My Rating: 4 stars
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Tori V. Rainn was born and raised in Texas. In her late teens, she became a writer in 2011 when she took a writer's course at Writer's Village University. If she's not working on novellas or novels, she can easily be distracted with coming up with her next big short story adventure. Several of her short stories have been featured in online magazines--links of stories can be found on her author page. When she's not writing, she enjoys knife collecting and running. Tea and chocolate are her addictions. Video games, books, music, and movies are her outlet.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N