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Sweet Aswang

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  23 reviews
On an ordinary night in a quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood, eighth-grade classmates Chloe Danvers and Spencer Genovese sneak out of their homes to investigate a weird clicking noise. They watch as a shadowy figure slinks through their street, dashes around a house, and disappears.

The next morning, they learn that the Hoffman family has been murdered.

In their efforts
Kindle Edition, 130 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by PCNY Books
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I have to admit that I had no idea what an Aswang was when Anthony Hains asked if I would like a review copy of this novella. I'd previously read his book THE DISEMBODIED and enjoyed it, so I said yes. I'm glad I did!

Two eighth-graders, Chloe and Spencer, have one thing in common-diabetes. Rather than spending all their time talking about boys or girls, they have to spend a lot of it calculating carbs and insulin dosages. One night they are each awoken by mysterious noises outside and the next d
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book grabbed me. That font, those colours and the creepy look. It has that 80’s feel to it which made me go out and buy it.

I had no idea what a Aswang was. It is revealed in the book and is a damn good monster for a horror book. A great description which had my mind racing to picture it in real life. A mysterious, nasty, creepy and gory evil. Very scary!

The story features two kids who live next door to each other but move in completely different social circles in school. A popu
Wesley Thomas
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young boy craves adventure. An uncle is more than happy to encourage this personality trait. But will adventure lead him further into a darkness he’ll regret?
Spencer, discovers he has diabetes, victim to shots and the monotonous monitoring of sugar levels, but he copes. Even better, this gives him a mutual affliction with a young girl named Chloe, whom our protagonist happens to have a low-key crush on. This shared medical illness, leads them to realize they have another shared interest (or c
Ian Miller
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Middle Grade book follows the adventures of two 13 year olds, Spencer and Chloe, both of whom are diabetic, as they face an aswang. No, an aswang is not a figment of Hains' imagination; it is a figment (hopefully) of many more imaginations in the Philippines. The aswang is essentially a ghoul, and so this is a junior horror story, but there is no real gore, except possibly the descriptions of victims, who tend to be missing organs, or even heads. My first reaction as I got into this was the ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of YA horror, or horror novels in general will enjoy this short novel. At only 139 pages it is a quick but enjoyable and entertaining story. The protagonists in the tale are 8th graders; that plus its length leads me to believe it is written for a young audience. The young voices in the story are authentic and the middle school angst comes across as genuine. There is (an expected, given the genre) level of gruesomeness and gore, and the language used could be off putting to some parents. Ot ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is super creepy, but in the best way possible. If you are someone that enjoys supernatural or so-called ghost stories, this is one to take the time to look into. On the flip side, it is a little bit different than others. The supernatural being in this story is known as an aswang, which is essentially a specialized boogeyman that has some very chilling characteristics. It made me think about all the random sounds I hear daily and if they may be something besides what they seem. These a ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting Read

Two kids, neighbors from different social circles with a common ailment...diabetes. But that is not all that ties them together. They hear this tickling, that no one else really seems to hear...they research, meet a elderly lady who seems of some help. An Aswang...but what in the world is the story to learn more and how these kids set off to fight the aswang and save other kids.

Before reading this story, I had never heard of the Aswang. It's great to read a book about
Natalie Pietro
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eerie, first-reads, own, signed
When I ventured into this book I had no idea what a Aswang was. It sounded scary but what could it be. To my disbelieve it was a mythical creature that can change forms and feed on the bodies of humans. Sounded pretty neat.
Once I started I learned about an outcast boy with diabetes who had a crush on the beauty next door. However they shared on thing in common. Their diabetes. In the night while they slept they would wake to find neighbors brutally slaughtered and no evidence to show a human be
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Junior horror story
This novel, Sweet Aswang by Anthony Hains is a horror book and it is the right amount of a creepy story. The main characters of the book, Chloe and Spencer, 13 year olds are both diabetic. They are able to see a mysterious thing that no one else can see and they try to solve the mystery.
It is impossible to say more about the story without spoiling what happens next so I recommend to read the novel to find it out.
Also the story is well written and structured in a good way, lang
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The use of a Philippine demon from mythology was a refreshing break from the zombies, vampires, and other murderous ghouls so popular in horror fiction right now. The characters were engaging and well developed. The action was fast-paced and exciting. If you like a twist with your horror, you'll enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.
Candy Robosky
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting teen book

While the story was to be about the Aswang, I felt the relationship between Spencer and Chloe took center stage. I found the teen stuff to be fairly realistic and relatable. I think many teens can understand how the two main characters felt dealing with the changes in their lives and typical adolescent stuff.
I found the folklore about the aswang enticing and exciting.
Josette Thomas
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book about a mythical creature from the Philippines. The two kids involved were really brave and had a strange yet, plausible connection. Who would’ve thought that diabetes could protect someone from a monster. I finished this book pretty quick due to the level of action that flowed very well. Who says quiet people cannot be heroes?
Gillian Young
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of Sweet Aswang from Mr Hains via Voracious Readers and was pleasantly surprised to find I was enjoying it immensely - the characters were very believable and the teens were great! Read this in one sitting and will be looking for more from him definitely.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
kinda creepy, but pretty good, nice YA read. If you enjoy the supernatural you'll most likely like this. A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own. 
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
Great book, 5 stars.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the first page I was hooked and could not put it down until I finished the story. If you like to read King and Koontz you will not be disappointed.
Karen Keen
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this ebook through Voracious Reader Only. I enjoyed the novelty of the story the most here, this being the first horror novel I've read of its kind. I had never heard of the legend of Aswangs, and found the introduction to be quite the ride. It was an entertaining book all the way through, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of gore included in a book featuring young teens as the main characters, and was even more pleased with the fact that it wasn't overly gory to ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monsters seem to bring out the best in people.

I really enjoyed this book, although it seems to be meant primarily for young adults, with high school teens as the central characters. It's interesting and scary enough to keep the older reader in suspense as well.

I've only seen an aswang featured in an episode of the television series, Grimm, so the book offers an exploration of a creature that's more unusual than other horror fiction. The characteristics and behavior of the creature are well-resea
K.S. Lewis
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an absolute thrill ride! I've never read anything by Anthony Hains before, but I'm certainly glad I went into reading his work with this novella! I'm the kind of person that can both love drawn out stories and quick, to the point stories. For some reason, horror and thriller novellas seem to pack more of a punch when told this way. I love YA, but I usually stick to having my horror in more adult fiction than YA. However, this worked so well! Hains's writing is superb and really gets you ...more
Laura Inglis
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers. I loved this book. I want to read the rest of Anthony Hains books. This was a short novel which was quick paced and easy to read. It is filled with great descriptions that show the reader what’s happening without slowing the pace of the book. It has an interesting premise that doesn’t get bogged down in teenage angst whilst the characters are still relatable.
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Priyanka Athavale
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully-captivating story. It has everything that thriller loving, horror craving reader would want. Two kids, Spencer and Chloe, become friends in the most unlikely manner. They have one very common problem that brings them together; both are diabetic. Although not something very desirable, they cope because there's no other way.

One night they awaken to some strange clinking sounds. Look outside, and there's a strange shadowy figure lurking in the streets. It rounds around a lane
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Anthony Hains is a professor emeritus of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. He retired in May 2018 after thirty-one years at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the author of a number of horror novels including Nightshade’s Requiem, Sleep in the Dust of the Earth, and The Disembodied. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one d ...more

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