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Curse of the Blacknoc Witch

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Samuel dreamed of being a lot of things, but a monster trapped in a forest realm never entered his mind. The Blacknoc Curse wasn't supposed to be true, only a children's story meant to persuade them away from evil. Yet, here he was tasked with hunting cursed kids. There's nothing left for Samuel except the horror surrounding him. Layla, a young girl tormented by the same c ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published April 22nd 2020 by Wild Rose Press
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Dianne
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a kaleidoscope of fabulous reading! Emotionally charged, dark, painful, hopeful, romantic, and all flowing into a masterfully written fantasy. CURSE OF THE BLACKNOC WITCH by Tori V. Rainn is a love story, a story of strength and completely engaging as we follow two teens who meet under the worst of circumstances, one cursed to be a monster, one doomed to join their dark ranks.

It all started when a witch lost her most precious possession, her infant son to the cruelty of ignorance, cursing a
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Exitgirl05
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
First of all, I’d like to thank Netgalley and Backlit PR for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review. Overall, It was okay read.
Idea for the book is excellent. The children’s story coming to life, cursed kids tormented every night and doomed to run for their lives until monsters catch them and transform them in one of their own. Brilliant! The stage was set and the action begun! Unfortunately, magic just wasn’t there for me. As much as I’ve tried, I just couldn’t connect to
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InD'tale Magazine
“Curse of the Blacknoc Witch” is terrifyingly clever and adds a whole new spin to the “boogieman will get you” stories.

Read full review in the 2020 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Kathleen
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Curse of the Blacknoc Witch earns 5/5 Mmmmonsters...Compelling!

“No matter how awful we are we all deserve another chance.”
—Samuel Fawcett, “The Curse of the Blacknoc Witch”

I’m not sure that this statement is true in every situation, but I do believe in second chances. I started this book once, wasn’t sure it was for me, so I put it down. However, I decided to give it a “second chance,” and I have succumbed to the tale: engaging, compelling, and thought-provoking. For the past three years, the m
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Friederike
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-ebook-read
Review to follow. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

EDIT: A late review but here it is, finally.
The book over all was okay. It was fast paced and interesting, yet I had some issues with it.
First of all, it seemed to be set in a modern world at first, but further into the story it felt more like a medieval-ish setting.
Then the timeskips towards the end... I got one question: why? It became a hot mess all of a sudden.
The idea behind the boo
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Sydney Winward
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bad children being forced to run from evil creatures every night against their will? Monsters eating children alive and spitting them out into monsters? How dark and gruesome! This book captivated me from beginning to end. The world building in the forest is phenomenal, with small bits of humor thrown in there that made me chuckle. I loved Samuel’s determination to save children from an inescapable doom and Layla’s bravery as she fights off monsters and tries to break the curse.

This book has a d
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Espoam
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a little of everything, fantasy, romance and of course monsters, captivating and exciting. I couldn't put it down until I finished it and new what happened to Samuel and Layla. I really enjoyed how the poems that were worked into the story, nicely done. I look forward to more books from this author. ...more
Heather Bane
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The story grabbed my attention from the start and held it throughout. It’s well written with well written characters. A book I didn’t want to put down. I’m looking forward to more from this author and would recommend reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Alysse Stehli
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was a faster read than I expected - kind of a mix between a fairy tale and a YA Christian horror/adventure novel. The characters and love story felt a bit flat (more in line with a fairy tale than a YA novel) but the writing style felt more YA than fairy tale. I really liked the theme of the curse and the attempts to figure out how to outwit it. The descriptions and imagery were really great - this is something I could see making a good movie, because it has a clear straigh ...more
Jeanne Richardson
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book I've read written by Tori V. Rainn; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
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Kathleen
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received this book for free from the author through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an HONEST review*

This book is different from many books circulating my Amazon recommended list.

Children who have committed adult level crimes are tormented each night in an alternate dimensional wood, chased by monster versions of the children before them. Their goal is to survive the night, only to return to the wretched wood once night falls. But one monster is not at he seems. Samuel has somehow ove
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Abi
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read - the protagonists were well-written and engaging and the suspense made the story fly by. Highly recommend for young adults and adults alike!
I received a complimentary copy of this work through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for my honest opinion.
K.A. Cummins
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Curse of Blacknoc Witch creates an atmosphere reminiscent of a Grim Brothers fairy tale with a hint of Beauty and the Beast and Twilight. Two cursed teens fight for redemption, freedom, and love. Samuel is a monster rebelling against his nature to rescue and protect other cursed kids from becoming monsters like him. And Layla, one of the cursed, is determined to free them all—including Samuel, the monster she loves.

Compelling prose, a strong voice, and endearing characters hooked me from the beg
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Becca ConsumesBooks
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5/5

Overall I though Curse of the Blacknoc Witch is okay. The premise is there but I wanted more out of the characters and plot. Blacknoc seems like it's attempting to be a few things but felt less focused as a result. If it wants to be a fairytale, give me concise prose, simple characters and a moral parable. It it wants to be modern young adult, flesh out the romance and characters and add more deeper logic behind some of the plot points. The book sits somewhere in between those two but doesn
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M. K. French
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Becoming a monster in a forest realm hadn’t been part of Samuel’s plans, but the Blacknoc Curse was true after all. Now he’s a monster hunting other cursed children, surrounded by horrors. Layla is tormented by the same curse and is dropped into the same forest every night. Unlike Samuel, her goal is to save all of the children, including him.

When we meet Samuel, he’s been a monster for some time. He’d already decided not to eat the wicked children sent to the forest by the curse, which puts him
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Vicky
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Thoughts: The premise of the book was intriguing. Kids who commit a sin cursed to turn into monsters who then attack the new (sinful) children who arrive in the forest at night. One monster, Samuel, tries to save them. There is a lot of action—some of it gory. Everything was set for a good fantasy read. Unfortunately, it just didn’t pan out for me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters (except maybe the librarian). Plus there were editorial issues that had me cringing. Multiple points of ...more
Teresa
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
“ Curse of the Blackmon Witch” is a dark yet, enjoyable adult fairytale. It’s like “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Sleeping Beauty” rolled into one. The story is suspenseful, but not gruesome.

Samuel Fawcett is condemned to a life of torturing and eating naughty children who can never really escape the monsters; like Samuel, who prey on them every night until they succumb to the curse of the witch, Mara Blacknoc.

Samuel seeks redemption, but has little hope of it until Layla Marlowe becomes the next
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Jay
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This book had an interesting idea, a curse that takes sinful children to make them pay for their crimes. It was unique and I enjoyed not knowing what to expect. I also liked the descriptions of the cursed world, the monsters, and the unfolding of how to break the curse. The characters were decent, but I didn’t love any of them. The writing itself skipped around too much for me. I understand it was a shorter story, but skipping large chunks of time, several times, just made me feel disconnected f ...more
Leesa
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is well written and easy to read. It’s haunting and the description makes you feel like you’re watching a suspenseful fairytale. The premise is interesting and terrifying. The story is full of darkness and gore but also true love, a couple that fights to save each other from the evil that the world, and the supernatural have to offer
Kaye Costiniano
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of Grimms' fairy tales... ...more
Claudia Foglein-Goins
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a fast paced read with lots of twists . I really enjoyed the tale and a different take on the paranormal witch story. A Voracious Reader review
Lucette Nel
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A curse. Redemption. Love. Beautiful prose. A wonderful portrayal of two unlikely allies joining forces. I'm looking forward to more book by this talented author. ...more
Ashley
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Curse of the Blacknoc Witch was a quick and fun read for me. I liked the over all theme of people deserving second chances and the literal boogeyman getting you at night for doing horrible deeds. It could be quite distressing with the monsters constantly chases the kids to actually eat them. Like I'm okay with the kids turning into monsters as punishment but was the eating necessary? ...more
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Tori V. Rainn is a Texas-based fantasy novelist who is on a lifelong mission to inspire her readers through the power of imaginative storytelling. During her creative journey, an array of her short stories have been showcased in various online zines. It all started when she took a writing course at Writer's Village University, which earned her a Creative Writing Certificate. The moment she penned ...more

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