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Reception

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  23 reviews
While her rehab counselor’s advice replays in her mind, Ansley Boone takes on the role of dutiful bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding at an isolated resort in the middle of hill country, a place where cell reception is virtually nonexistent and everyone else there seems a stranger primed to spring. Tensions are already high between the Boones and their withdrawal ...more
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published March 15th 2019
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James
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
FUN with a capital F!

RECEPTION is bloody, nightmarish satire -- a horror story that's hilarious and at the same time a comedic tale that's gruesome and damned scary! Recommended.
Josh
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Reception requires a lot of patience, taking nearly half the book to get to the good (gory) bits. Whilst the prolonged set-up established the cast of characters, it detracted from the intense opening stanza and limited the impact once the cannibal carnival kicked off. As far as survival horror goes, this one is decent enough with plenty of 'ready for film' moments and suspense filled scenes. 3.5/5 stars.
Darrell Grizzle
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Reception” starts off like a literary novel about family drama and sibling rivalry. Ansley Boone is fresh out of rehab, trying to hold it together long enough to be bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding at a remote resort. Everything seems normal until a member of the groom’s family makes a wildly inappropriate remark to Ansley. That’s her first indication that something isn’t quite right. Then the wedding party turns into a violent cannabalistic feast. If you like gory horror mixed with sardonic ...more
Chris Miller
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific characters and some smart twists send this gory family drama into the stratosphere.

RECEPTION is about Ansley, a woman who's been trying to ease herself off of Benzo after getting a prescription and getting hooked. She's estranged from her family, but her little sister Shay is getting married, and Ansley is determined she can be there on her sister's big day. The event is held at a remote resort, no cell signal, and Ansley isn't sure if her growing discomfort is from her withdrawals or
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Tracy Robinson
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I scrub my hands until they are raw and burning. Bloody crust under my fingernails, rimming my cuticles…Shay is slumped against the wall in a fluffy heap of crinoline, satin, and gore-spattered brocade” (Jennings 7)

No worries, that isn’t a huge spoiler, that quote is from the first page of Jennings’ tale. Beginning in medias res, Reception sucked me in and gave me an inkling of what to expect later on in the novel. Jennings handles this perfectly. From this gore-splattered scene, we are then
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Tracy Robinson
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I scrub my hands until they are raw and burning. Bloody crust under my fingernails, rimming my cuticles…Shay is slumped against the wall in a fluffy heap of crinoline, satin, and gore-spattered brocade” (Jennings 7)

No worries, that isn’t a huge spoiler, that quote is from the first page of Jennings’ tale. Beginning in medias res, Reception sucked me in and gave me an inkling of what to expect later on in the novel. Jennings handles this perfectly. From this gore-splattered scene, we are then
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Carmilla Voiez
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
About half way through this novella (or short novel) I was all set to write - "To those of you who claim indie authors are not worth your time, I give you "Reception" by Kenzie Jennings. This story is tightly written and full of powerful imagery, better than many traditionally published books in the genre. Words are never wasted and Jenning's descriptions are beautiful and evocative, guiding you through the first person narrative."

Unfortunately, the second half wobbles somewhat. The narrative
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Tarn Richardson
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've long been a fan of Kenzie Jennings' blog 'This On Purpose'. Take a look. It's worth it. She writes with a searing honestly, a daring flourish, a great wedge of tongue in cheek humour and, quite simply, beautifully. She's moved me to anger, tears, disbelief and uncontrollable laughter in what she's revealed with her bloggish ramblings. Naturally, I've longed and wished for her to be published, to see how she would tackle a full blown novel. So when she was, I was both delighted and concerned ...more
Holly Odom
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captivating read

Purchased this book on a whim and as a departure from my usual genre. The plot was intriguing and surprising; it kept me guessing until the end. I may have found a new genre to explore and look forward to more from Ms Jennings.
Tina Valdes
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gory debut!

If you are in to the horror genre at all, you should give this new author a try. I really enjoyed this gruesome novel with a twist.
Sandra Deem
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, and bloody ride!

A good friend of the author recommended this book to me, so I bought it. Being a huge horror fan, I’m always up to feeding that need (pun intended) and this book more than meet my needs!
Doug Burris
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I love Kenzie’s writing style and also love the book. Not as gory as I expected. A must-read—well done, Kenzie.
Lucy Spencer
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you appreciate gruesome horror and well fleshed (teehee) characters, this is a fun read and an excellent debut for this author. Hope to read a lot more of her work.
Elaina
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting debut and a fun read!
Anna.K
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ending blew my mind. Great read.
Tristan Drue Rogers
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Lee
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I purchased Reception from the author at Killercon 2019. I was not familiar with Kenzie at the time, but there she sat at one of the tables during the author signing with a single title before her and a deceptively sweet smile on her face.

Me: So, tell me what your book is about.

Her: Cannibals at a wedding reception!

Me: Sold!

That is, in fact, just how it happened.

And then, recently, I read it.

Oh. My. Gosh.

Yes, cannibals at a wedding reception, but so much more than that.

Reception by Kenzie
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NumberLord
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Slightly spoilerish, so be forewarned…

I love a good horror tale, but this is my first excursion into the world of cannibals. It sounded like quite the setup: our protagonist Ansley Boone, fresh out of rehab, is reconnecting with her family. She’s joining her sister, Shay, playing the role of bridesmaid at Shay’s wedding. Ansley struggles in her return to normality. Going through the motions of being a good sister. Playing her part under the gaze of many suspicious eyes, she gets up to propose a
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Denise Davis
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow ! What a crazy ride !

I enjoyed this story with a ghoulish delight ! Reminds me somewhat of the movie Ready or Not !I
This story will make you decidedly uncomfortable about attending anyone's wedding reception !
M. Dixon
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Reading this novel reminded me of watching an A24 film. It starts out as a drama but evolves into cannibalistic mayhem.

Highly recommended!

MLD
George
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bomb story
Thesincouch
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
The writing was not as slick as I wanted it to be.
Regina
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended

This was a fun and quick read. Kenzie Jennings did a nice job of taking what could easily have been a stale trope and turning it into a fun and interesting read. Her characters were well developed. I am looking forward to reading more by her.
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