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Hairspray and Switchblades

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Maya and Magdalena lose their parents to a home invasion, Magdalena puts her dreams on hold and turns to exotic dancing. Cash is what the sisters need to stay together and keep Maya in an elite catholic high school that has set her on the path for an athletic and academic college scholarship.

These sisters come from a bloodline of Jaguar shifters from Mexico and have
Kindle Edition, Rewind-or-Die #5, 130 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Unnerving
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Sara Tantlinger
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved diving into the diverse mythos of Castro's world -- this sharp story shows us so much power within the bond of family, of sisters, and of a sisterhood where women are prepared to do anything they need to for survival. Maya and Magdalena are fantastic characters, and I would absolutely read more about their adventures as they learn more about their Jaguar powers and clan. I also really enjoyed the development of the Weaver in this novella -- she had an interesting backstory and purpose, ...more
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
There's an upsetting lack of diversity in the werewolf subgenre of horror. Mostly they're white men, and they are always wolves instead of other animals. I get that they're wereWOLVES, but still, if vampires can have such diversity in how they're presented and throw off various tropes, so can werewolves. Right? In theory, I guess. But aside from Hairspray and Switchblades, the genre of were-creatures is dominated by white wolves. In strolls V. Castro's Latinx were-jaguars.

I really enjoyed this
Brennan LaFaro
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Out of all the entries thus far, this one deviates the most from the theme of a B horror movie translated to prose. That's not meant to be a dig of any kind. Instead Violet Castro brings something completely new and unexpected to the table in Hairspray and Switchblades. In a month where we all strive to read and promote women in horror, this book comes through and makes that easy. It's got a strong and engaging protagonist, a unique premise, and will make for an enthralling read outside the ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Suz Jay
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Time for another day of hustle and coffee, maybe a shot of tequila during hair and make-up. But first, Magdalena better be done with homework because it was time for her first lesson on how to use a blade.

Maya and her younger sister Magdalena become the targets of a serial killing witch, who murders in order to make her rejuvenating magic. The sisters have inherited the ability to shift into leopards, making them especially powerful ingredients for the witchs spells. But the women have each
Julia DeBarrioz
Who says it's a man's world, when you can turn into a jaguar?

I always love V. Castro's heroines in her books, and this time was no different. They're always so FULL of heart, disadvantaged because of their place in society (or rather the place society put them) but prepared to do WHATEVER it takes to survive without apology. And, they're sexy as hell, but in total control of their own sexuality.

I also adored Jackson this round, the police detective with an open mind and a soft spot for Maya.

Hailey Piper
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A storm of visceral descriptions ground the world of this novella, but beyond that the theme of family is absolute. For all the magic, sex talk, and transformations, the unbreakable heart is that Maya will do anything for her younger sister. There's a strong sense throughout--from grandmother to mother to between sisters--of wishing you could bear all the pain the younger one is going to feel as she gets older and faces more of the world because you've already been there, you know you can take ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hairspray and Switchblades is the fifth book in the Unnerving Magazine's Rewind or Die series. It is a novella about female jaguar shifters (they become jaguars, nor werewolves...which is a refreshingly original concept!) who work as exotic dancers who are standing up for themselves against the Stripper Ripper.

This book appealed to a lot of my own personal weaknesses. A Horror novella that I can read easily in one sitting. Strong female characters. Intensely erotic scenes. Written by a female
Kevin L
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
W O W! I tore through this novella in no time and loved every page of it. If youre looking to spice up your horror life this is a great place to start.

Castro does such a great job visceral writing. You cant help but become fully immersed and swept up in the breakneck paced story.

Plus, with lines like this, how can you NOT want to read it? You havent f*cked until youve sucked off a demon in the center of a pentagram in a haunted manor. 🔥🖤

Based on the quality of this book I subscribed to the
Kevin Jones
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Who needs a heart of gold when you have the heart of a Jaguar? I liked the fast pacing and intensity of this story involving shape shifters and serial killers. The characters ultimately felt a little glossed over and superficial. The thread of a promising story involving a serial killer known as The Weaver also sputtered to an unsatisfying conclusion. None of this, however, detracts from Ms. Castros power as an intense writer, especially her boundless capacity to write love scenes of pure lust ...more
Sonora Taylor
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐Another wild and sexy ride from V. Castro. I just love her protagonists and I loved the feminine energy throughout this grindhouse-style thriller. I loved this book. 🔪 🐆 ...more
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