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Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids,
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Mindi
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that when I heard Cesare had written a horror novel in the YA genre I was both hesitant and intrigued. I don't really read very much YA at all, but I love Cesare's work, so I was super excited to pick this one up when it was released. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when Cesare reached out to me and asked if I would like to read a review copy. I answered immediately.

Quinn Maybrook is the new kid in town. Having grown up in Philadelphia, Kettle Springs is way too country for her
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Paul
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD starts as a fun and scary retro-slasher but then cleverly twists and bloodies its way into being a very now kind of beast.
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Lean in close kiddos, I'm going to tell you a secret. In terms of the horror genre (which is what I know a lot about), ignore the YA labels. From what I've gathered over the years, authors don't really set out to write YA fiction. That label is basically applied later for marketing purposes to sell the book and target an audience. It doesn't mean the book is intended for young adults.
In the case of CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD, I urge seasoned horror fans to know that Adam Cesare writes adult horror
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
4.0 Stars
Murderous Clowns & Snarky Teenagers all the elements you need for an awesome slasher horror movie. This book pretty much demands to be adapted.


I have previously read several of Adam Cesares other books and I am always impressed by his range as an author. No two of his books are quite the same and this newest one, once again, feels different feels different from the rest. I have really enjoyed his previous work, but I think this one might be his best. Its certainly my personal
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Michael Hicks
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, edelweiss
My review of CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD can be found at High Fever Books.

Perhaps I should admit right at the outset that, largely due to my own ignorance, I have not necessarily a bias against young adult fiction, but perhaps a presumption of what YA lit is. When it was announced that Adam Cesare was making his YA debut this summer with Clown in a Cornfield, I was both very excited for him, having read and enjoyed the hell out of several of his indie/small press titles, but also a bit skeptical. Yeah,
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Tracy Robinson
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh! Havent read a Cesare book yet that I didnt enjoy. This one is no exception. 🤡🔪🌽

Here is my review from Sci Fi and Scary:

Clowns. Cornfield. Adam Cesare. This book hit my must read immediately trifecta from the first moment I learned of it this summer. I previously read three other books by this author, all of them within the 4-5 star range. You can check out my review of Exponential, The Summer Job, and the first one I read, Video Night.

I admit to being a bit apprehensive, sometimes books
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Glenn Rolfe
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Share the Horror Review) CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD by Adam Cesare (Harper Teen, 2020)

I am definitely new to the world of Young Adult novels. In my mind, I thought that meant Goosebumps type books. After reading the latest novel from horror author, Adam Cesare (The Summer Job, Video Night), consider me enlightened.

Lets face it, teenagers swear, see (or perpetrate) violence, and do plenty of adult things, so of course they should be properly represented in the books targeted at them. And Cesare does
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FanFiAddict
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 9.0/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Clown in a Cornfield for review consideration. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Clown in a Cornfield is a scary-good, nostalgic slashfest guaranteed to fulfill your John Carpenter Halloween withdrawals. This one is destined for the big screen and couldnt be a more timely monster. Who knew clowns and cornfields went so well together.

This novel had a couple of things going against it for me
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♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
Since this is a teen horror-slasher book there is certain tropes I expect to happen:

1.) If you are in a group of ten then its best to split up into smaller groups or even better! GO ALONE!

2.) Once you knock down the killer then proceed by immediately dropping your one and only weapon. Cant run with that weapon. The killer is probably... ok he/she isnt dead. But who needs that weapon?

3.) Why call the police when I can think about calling the police?

4.) Theres a killer on the loose? Lets have a
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Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
5 stars! This was SO much fun! Big thanks to Adam & Harper Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review - I'll have a full one on the blog soon!

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Kallie (pageandparlor) Lou Weisgarber
Quinn Maybrook is the new girl. She and her father moved to this small town for a fresh start, but nothing about Kettle Springs is fresh. Main street is dated and its only factory is shut down. Even the towns weird mascot, Frendo the Clown, could use a makeover. When the teens want to fight for change and progress, someone gives Frendo a murderous one by dressing as him and going on a killing spree. The teens cant fight for change if theyre dead.

When I heard that Adam Cesare was writing a YA
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Alex findingmontauk1
Truly incredible! 5 stars - full review to come
Ludwig
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Quinn looked to the horizon as the cornstalks swayed with the breeze. The corn itself could have been waving hello, or it could have been breathing."

Admirers of the Scream franchise (or the slasher sub-genre in general) will devour this terrifying YA, "killer-clown" horror novel; Clown In A Cornfield by Adam Cesare (Aug. 25th).

Quinn and her father must move to small, sleepy town Kettle Springs for a fresh start. What Quinn is about to find out is that theres a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat in
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Matt (TeamRedmon)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Maybrook is new in town. Quinn and her dad moved from Philadelphia to Kettle Springs, a seriously small town in the midwest. There are hundreds of acres of corn growing all around town and the most interesting thing in town is the second-run movie theater. On Quinn's first day at her new high school, she sees a LOT of plaid shirts and kids spitting tobacco into water bottles. Some of the trucks in the parking lot have gun racks in their window. Basically, it's country as hell. In one of ...more
Dylan
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
don't ask me why but i hope this gets released in mass market eventually...it would just add to the 80s horror feel.
Clara Madrigano
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure fun. The title delivers the essence of the storybut not the twists along the way, which makes for the perfect read: it's thrilling, funny and bloody. If you never got over your love for old slasher movies, this is for you. ...more
Starr ❇✌❇
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
I have no idea what the "outdated ideals" of a murder clown means, but I kind of dig this old school cover

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Alexia | Right Writing Words
I'm the biggest wimp out there (there's a reason why I'm in Hufflepuff😂) but the blurb kinda makes me want to read it??
Crowinator
Cornfields are creepy. Clowns are creepy. Clowns coming out of a cornfield at night wielding weapons with which to kill you turn "creepy" into "scary". This book delivered. It also didn't do what I expected with the premise, so kudos to Adam Cesare. I liked this better than the book I thought I was going to get. (view spoiler) ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Aug 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
I NEED THIS BOOK NOW! Murderous clowns? Corn fields? Sign me up!!!!!
Parker Jensen
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
This literally sounds amazing and jumped so high on my most anticipated 2020 releases!
Nikki S
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*6/14/19*

Horror?! YES, PLEASE!
Brenna Clark
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the eARC of this horror masterpiece! Growing up, I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine's Fear Street novels. My grandmother would take me to the bookstore every weekend to pick up a new one, and from there I watched every scary movie my mom could get her hands on, read every Stephen King book I could, and wrote scary stories with my friends. Horror has always been my favorite genre, and I am always on the lookout for good content, because sometimes it ...more
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Ahhhh that was so fun! Many people know that I love my slasher books, and I've definitely been lucky to have discovered this genre in the last year.

Adam Cesare is an author that I've read previously and really enjoyed. Clown in a Cornfield is the first book he's releasing that isn't indie, and that's a huge step! I was SO excited to read this and after having done so, I'm doubly excited to see this getting into the hands of readers who might not have found Cesare otherwise.

You don't need to
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Roger Bailey
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day! The synopsis of the book, which I didn't read ahead of time, perhaps gives a little too much info; but Cesare still packs in enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

While many modern horror books like to keep things small, Cesare is talented enough to fill the story with multiple characters, with enough unique voice to not get confusing. Having the word clown in the title leads you to think one thing but the true tension in this one comes
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Katrina
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was like a roller coaster - the prologue building up, giving that initial first drop, and then mellowing out for a few chapters before going upside down - and I loved it! I haven't read a book this quickly in a long time (though it was a creepy and gory read and I almost wish I'd waited until closer to October to truly enjoy the spooky season). Still, I'm so glad I got a chance to give this one an early read and review because it was such a fun page-turner.

I would consider this a
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Mike
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The small town of Kettle Springs becomes an unexpected disturbing new start for a father and daughter trying to escape from a mournful past. Combining 80s cinematic horror with a modest sprinkle of Wickerman, Adam Cesare serves up a chilled original tale of clown carnage. Readers should prepare to embrace a ghastly rollercoaster ride full of unanticipated twists and turns. 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Victoria
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I live in a small town very much like the one depicted in this book so it hit a little close. I even had a dream where I was being chased by killer clowns with cross bows!

This is a really fun read for lovers of killer clowns and or corn. The cover art is AMAZING! This is not a boring cheese horror book.

More review to be had when this book gets closer to release day.

Thank you Edelweiss for treating me so good and helping to feed my killer clown addiction.
Andrew Shaffer
Jan 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
This title plus this cover = 😱
Adama
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got an ARC and I won't reveal any details but this book is as good as its promise. Loved, loved, loved it.
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Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. His books include Clown in a Cornfield, Video Night, The Summer Job, and Zero Lives Remaining. Hes an avid fan of horror cinema and runs Project: Black T-Shirt, a YouTube review show where he takes horror films and pairs them with reading suggestions. ...more

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