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The Beast of Rose Valley (Lorestalker #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  33 reviews

Something evil stalks the citizens of Rose Valley—not for the first time, but hopefully for the last.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Horror Fiction
FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Award - Finalist: Fiction - Paranormal

After suffering through a horrific car accident, Jake Rollins struggles to survive in his tiny hometown of Rose Valley—a place to

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2019 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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Steve Stred
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

I’m a true sucker for creature features and the synopsis for this one regarding a creature that has stalked Rose Valley a number of times of the years sounded right up my alley.

Barnett is a new to me author but his writing style was great and found his ideas straight forward and he was able to get me to connect to the story immediately which is always a huge bonus for me.

The book takes off on page one as we are introduced to Jake and Shandi,
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure where to start. Words do not do it justice. I loved this book. So much so that after buying the paperback, I bought the audiobook. I loved the whole mystery behind the beast. I had so many emotions reading this. I felt compassion at times for the beast, scared at others. Especially driving to work at night on a deserted road in the country surrounded by woods. The hero and heroine were great. All the characters were. I loved the story behind the beast and was sad about how he came t ...more
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I don't usually read books like this but I have to admit, I was really impressed with this book.
It was fast paced and really grabbed my attention.

I did have a few issues but not many. I felt like there were to many characters, while I get they all have important parts, there were just times where there were so many that I didn't know who was who. Also, when the action happened, I feel like it was rushed and kinda jumpy. I got the idea of what was going on but there were times I was wondering wh
Vicky Quenault
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. If I could give half stars I would rate this book 3.5 stars.
Overall well written, good pace and pretty well developed characters for the most part.
Not overly gory or scary.
It was a little simplistic and lacked any real tension.
This would be a good choice for someone that likes a tamer style of monster/horror book.
I really hate the cover. If I saw it in a book store or online I wouldn’t bother reading the synopsis. Its a shame because the book is definitely worth a re
Alicia Smock
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
For readers and fans of monster legends and folklore, prepare yourselves for a new writer and his series to captivate your attention. New author J.P. Barnett has just recently published the first in his new Lorestalker Series that promises to give stories to readers fascinated by the legendary folktales of old. The Beast of Rose Valley is the first of Barnett’s series as well as his debut novel and offers a fast-paced suspenseful tale about a monster terrorizing a small town and what the small t ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
There is a lot to like about this novel.

The pacing was on point. The narrative kept moving along without being bogged down in unnecessary detail. At the same time, there was enough description included for the reader to easily visualise the events and setting.

The character development was also solid. While it's really only Jake who seems to evolve through the course of the novel, his growth felt organic and true to him. I found the female characters were better fleshed-out than is often the case
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I was not sure if I would be able to read The Beast of Rose Valley. I hardly can read horror stories with the "monster" character lurking in the shadow. J.P. Barnett surpassed my expectations. You get the thriller and chills. I was holding on to the my kindle as I swiped through each page.

The characters were well developed too. There were a few moments I would lose who did what, but the author does an amazing job getting you back on track. So many suspenseful moments that were hard to figure ou
Happy Booker
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The beast of rose valley is a horror thriller story about something killing Steve’s Lambs in Rose Valley. His livestock is being killed in a very suspicious way and no matter how hard he and his friend Jake try to enforce more investigation towards the matter, the officials do not follow up on it. Then Shandi, the journalist shows up and changes the dynamic of the situation in a very interesting way.

As a horror story, I believe the story was spot on. It was just as thrilling to figure out who wa
Sarah Stevens
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
* rounded up from 3.5 stars

The Beast of Rose Valley is a fun thriller/suspense (not horror) story about an unknown cryptid-type creature roaming the area surrounding a small Texas town. While such a book could be very action-heavy and light on good characters or storytelling, Barnett manages to create some very real and relatable characters right off the bat and keep the story as much about them as it is about the Beast. The plot unfolds well under Barnett’s light touch, and there are several su
Joshua Hair
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mister Barnett has done an excellent job here and should be applauded for a solid, exciting, and unique first novel. Too often, I see new authors closing in from emulation to reproduction of the works that inspired them. Yes, a writer should utilize the work that spoke to them to begin with and should strive to write as well as the authors they look up to, but one must be careful to eck out their own voice. I believe Mister Barnett did just that with Beast of Rose Valley. He clearly has a love f ...more
Lauren Dare
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author via voracious readers only for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. When I received this book the cover art and blurb of the book seemed a bit corny but as I read the pages I was pulled in to the storyline and the characters. We get to know each character but not with so much description that makes the story drag. We follow the townspeople of Rose Valley as a mysterious beast wrecks havoc on livestock before taking its first human vict
Matthew Kosub
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fantastic book. I was really engrossed not only with the story, but with the characters themselves. The book is about 276 pages, but I couldn’t put it down and read the whole thing over about 10 hours. The plot was AMAZING and kept me guessing. Being from Texas, I really empathized with the characters and the setting. I’m really looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Dean Palmer
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mr. Barnett takes us on a journey to small town Texas and brings into the culture and intrigue of living where a Cryptid is discovered. His actions scenes are as fast as a Clive Cussler story, and he uses Michael Crichton like ethical questioning to compel you to move from page to page as you look to understand the mystery behind what is happening in Rose Valley. Great new author. I look forward to reading more from him.
Ann M. Shepard
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stay inside after dark.

I enjoyed the suspense of wondering what this could possibly be. Why so many years between appearances? What was the research facility really working on? I couldn't put this book down. This author has a way of grabbing and keeping your interest.
I am hoping for perhaps another book with some of the same characters.
I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a strange thing to read a book and recognize its DNA, from people and places in your life.

A great first book, by a new author. I’m looking forward to reading more from him and seeing his talent grow.

If you enjoy eerie creature features, this one needs to go on your list.
Shaun Little
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.P. Barnett offers a slice of small town Texas life within a captivating horror/mystery and adds a great twist ending on for good measure. I hope this is the first of many good reads to come for this debut author. Can't wait for Lorestalker Book #2. ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read to escape from my day. I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horror isn't usually my thing but I love a well told sorry and I couldn't put this one down. The characters already feel like friends. The relationships are nuanced and full of the complications we find in real life. The mystery is intriguing and the writing intelligent and smooth. Some books are interesting but I feel like the writing makes me stumble. Not so with J.P. Barnett's writing. I still don't love horror and could do without gory scenes (it wasn't bad but I have an active imagination s ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a fast paced story. The characters were engaging a drew you into the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-clubs
If I could I would give it 3.5 stars, it was good but not my typical cup of tea!
Timothy Ward
Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Engaging monster mystery

This is my first read by this author, and I came away very impressed. The characters keep the story centered and enjoyable and the monster mystery had plenty of surprises. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!
Mistie Cogdill
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and engaging. Not my usual genre, but this book kept me hooked until the end. Loved the rich details of the tiny Texas town and the characters that inhabit it. Good read.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It is truly a different take on the subject . Well worth reading it.
Lynn Leach
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
The first book of the series that sets up the backstory going forward.
Oliver Clarke
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
review coming soon on
Kathy Moss
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While horror is not usually what I read, The Beast of Rose Valley was a real page-turner. The characters developed chapter by chapter until I felt like I knew them. Can't wait to read Book 2 of the Lorestalker series, The Kraken of Cape Madre. ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one actually became quite a page turner for me towards the end.
I think the author did a great job getting me to be invested in the characters without the book having to be so long that the book overstays its welcome. Same with the monster, things had gone on for the perfect amount of time to build tension without events becoming overbearing or repetitive.
It’s a problem I have with a lot of modern horror and books in general: they become just so dang LOOOOOOOOOOONG. I appreciate an author (e
Lex Allen
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of fiction stories that create relatable characters on either side of the antagonist/protagonist fence, and I enjoy a story that pits true to life protagonists against unique antagonists… especially monsters! I grew up in Texas, and the characters in this horror/thriller novel were immediately recognizable among the dozens of people I knew while growing up. J.P. Barnett has scored big in his debut novel with a smooth writing style that delivers a fast-paced reading experience with ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, this is not as horrific as one would expect from a “horror” book, thank goodness. This certainly kept me entertained; I had a hard time putting it down. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, and creative.
Given that this is the beginning of this author’s career, I’m sure we will see a lot of growth as time goes by.
There were a few really great one-liners! It’s important to me that authors have a sense of humor, regardless of the genre. Sometimes I need that little break from the drama.
The p
Richard Brown
From the first page to the last, I loved this book.

The author sets the tone early, letting us know all is not as it should be when an ominous unexplained animal mutilation is discovered. From there, the tension builds as the main plot and multiple sub-plots unfold. Twist after surprising twist kept me turning page after page, rushing to get to the end, then when I did, sad that it was over.

But I get ahead of myself. Let me explain. This author has the ability to weave many story lines together i
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J.P. Barnett grew up in a tiny Texas town where the list of possible vocations failed to include published author.

As a child, J.P. consumed any book he could get his hands on. The likes of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz paved the bookshelves of his childhood, providing a plethora of fantastical and terrifying tales that he read way too early in life. Though the effect these books

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