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Small Favors af Erin A. Craig
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Small Favors (udgave 2022)

af Erin A. Craig (Forfatter)

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Fantasy. Romance. Folklore. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows??in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true.
 
"Unique, enchanting, and haunting."??Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of the Cursebreaker series

??Full of beasts, bargains, and blood, Small Favors is a folk horror tale that feels like a classic but is utterly fresh. Sweet, dark, and complex as wildflower honey.???Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
"A deliciously dark fairy tale filled with bone-chilling horror and breathtaking romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night."??Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend


??As dark and romantic as it haunting, Small Favors is an eerie fairytale that I couldn??t put down.???Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.
Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.
Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from
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Titel:Small Favors
Forfattere:Erin A. Craig (Forfatter)
Info:Ember (2022), 496 pages
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This was an absolutely scrumptious read! 4.5 stars.

I purchased this on an overstocked book site primarily based on the beautiful cover and because I recognized the author, so I really had little expectation and knew little about Small Favors before reading it. Let's just say I was quickly emersed in the story. I dug its Wayward Pines vibe; wonderfully unusual and so very clever.

Small Favors is set in the small town of Amity Falls, where the townsfolk are living a secluded yet harmonic life (definite cult-like vibes), that is until strange things start happening (monsters, death, crime, sabotage, odd birth defects in animals), and the town begins to go completely mad. Ellerie Downing, a spirited, self-reliant, and intelligent 18-year-old, finds herself taking care of her family, the farm, the bees, and to her dismay, very, very entwined in the mysterious happenings that are plaguing her small town.

My only critique is the ending... while I enjoyed parts of the ending (all that transpired with Whitaker and Ellerie), I felt like it was rushed, and I still had questions and areas of closure that needed to be had.

“It was a marvel to me, the way these little insects could see the bigger picture and strive for the greater good, forsaking their own needs to protect the hive.”

“There's a power in names, don't you think? Once your name is given away, you can't help but be pulled along by those who have it.”

“Be careful what you say in the dark of the night, Ellerie Downing, lest you promise something you might regret.”
― Erin A. Craig, Small Favors

Now I am really excited to read House of Salt and Sorrows, which has been on my BTR for far too long! ( )
  Bookwoman0212 | Jan 29, 2024 |
teen/adult audio (14 hrs, 20 min) CW/TW: threats of violence by people and creatures, birth defects in animals, traumatic fire, alcoholism, death by hanging, bloody gore, demonic visions.

2024 reading challenge: takes place in a small town, beginning of autumn/fall through a birthday, Christmas, a desperate winter, and into spring.

first impressions: yes, this does resemble "The Village" a lot in the beginning -- teen protagonist (and beekeeper's daughter) Ellerie Downing longs to leave her isolated God-fearing community of Amity Falls surrounded by forest, which strongly fears "the outside" but more recently is terrorized by enormous creatures with silver eyes, and then things get even weirder/creepier. Audio narration is mostly ok but several of the voices can be annoying (little sister Sadie infuriatingly so, mysterious boy "Whitaker Price" at first as well, but also nearly every female voice that is not the narrator's normal speaking voice) so would strongly recommend the print version instead if you enjoy creepy horror stories.
Also, for my tastes, this audiobook was 6 or 7 hours too long, as I lost interest in following the (horror-filled) story as the villagers were predictably manipulated and increasingly hysterical (with annoying voices), and I quickly tired of the would-be romance between the main character and this "Whitaker" who, from the reader's perspective, has actually done very little to deserve her adoration. It got better towards the end (especially after she stopped talking to the villagers), but I was certainly glad when the book finally ended.

tldr: If you like the genre you might enjoy the print version, not the audio. ( )
  reader1009 | Jan 20, 2024 |
So, imagine The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan. The idyllic little town surrounded by a creepy forest with a creepy secret and a hand-me-down legend, right? Now imagine that there's no twist and it ended up being genuinely freaky. That's Small Favors. Good read, would bargain again. ( )
  lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
This is a thinly veiled Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale retelling.
But you likely won't make that connection until almost the end of this YA novel.

What you get in the mean time is lots of shades of "Salem Witch Trial paranoia on the frontier" vibes.
Something mysterious/supernatural/frightening is causing the people in a cult-like small town to spiral out of control; one disturbing incident after another leads to the community becoming even more isolated.
But the horror is that it isn't clear what is to blame and who is friend or foe.

I loved learning about honey bees, which play a major role in the story. ( )
  deslivres5 | Jan 28, 2023 |
Came in with good expectations as I loved Salt and Sorrows, but this was just okay. For me the beginning just kind of dragged along. I did enjoy the last 150-200 pages. ( )
  liltastypuff | Sep 12, 2022 |
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Fantasy. Romance. Folklore. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows??in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true.
 
"Unique, enchanting, and haunting."??Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of the Cursebreaker series

??Full of beasts, bargains, and blood, Small Favors is a folk horror tale that feels like a classic but is utterly fresh. Sweet, dark, and complex as wildflower honey.???Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
"A deliciously dark fairy tale filled with bone-chilling horror and breathtaking romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night."??Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend


??As dark and romantic as it haunting, Small Favors is an eerie fairytale that I couldn??t put down.???Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.
Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.
Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from

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