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Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, AveryJournalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn't believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag. The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as the Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can't keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town's history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer—and becoming the next victim.Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for...if she can stay alive long enough to write it....

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ISBN : 25728924
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Number of Pages : 293 Pages
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harrowed Reviews

  • Max Baker
    2018-10-20 00:34

    I love slasher films. They were my introduction to horror and still continue to be my favorite sub-genre, so it wasn't a surprise this book leaped to the top of my TBR the moment I heard about it. Harrowed is very much a love letter to the slasher genre and I thought Haley and LeTendre did an excellent job paying homage to one of the best things to happen to modern horror while adding something new to the mix.Avery Blair is a journalist and her big break comes in the form of a masked serial killer known as the Harvester, who's picking off her classmates one by one. As I stated before, this book is a love interest in very much a love letter to the slasher genre, and horror in general. I loved reading the book and just finding the little Easter Eggs hidden in the book. Like how the victims' last names coincided with different final girls, or how one of the police officers was named Dewey, or how Quinn was staying in room 237. Those little details made it clear that Haley and LeTendre definitely know their stuff.I appreciated how Harrowed didn't take the usual YA murder route and have the main character be the only one who could solve the murder and have the police be totally useless in every single way. Yeah, Avery contributed to the investigation and did some of her own detective work, but the police weren't totally out of the loop. In fact, Avery often needed their help to make sense of everything. It made the story way more realistic then if Avery was just a genius who didn't need help.Avery is defiantly final girl material. Smart, resourceful, and driven, she was a perfect match for the Harvester. Her interactions between her best friend, the victims, and even the detective all helped further her development and showcase different sides of her personality. One of the best things about Avery is just how vulnerable she was. Her friends are dying and there’s a deranged serial killer after her and, despite her tough exterior, Avery was actually terrified beyond belief, like we all would be in her situation. I liked how she wasn't some badass who could kick ass without breaking a sweat.We don't just like final girls because they defeat the killer in the end, but because they're human. Their struggle was long and painful, yet they came out of it stronger than before, like Avery.The Harvester was perfect. Unhinged, mysterious, and murderous, the Harvester was defiantly a hybrid Frankenstein of some of the greatest slashers out there. A little bit of Freddy for motive, some Michael and Jason for stalker tendencies, Leatherface for a certain deranged quality, and just a pinch of Pinhead for that added intelligence, and you get the Harvester. He was creative, sadistic, and genuinely enjoyed the suffering of others. He was a perfect slasher hands down.But, as much as I loved this book, there was something I didn't enjoy: Avery and her love interest Jason's romance. Apart they were fine characters, but my god, these two were the most love struck, goo-goo eyed teens ever. I'm not against romance in my horror novels, but there were times where their romance completely overpowered the story.I know there's nothing wrong with that, and I'm fully aware you need something to break the plot up, but I couldn't stand Avery and Jason's romance. Jason was the love interest who is way too perfect. His only fault is that he loves Avery too much and doesn't deserve her. Avery is completely devoted and in love with Jason and I couldn't really see why. They had similarities, but I couldn't pick up on any chemistry between the two. They wouldn't shut up about the other when they were together, but I couldn't pick up a single spark of attraction between the two.Some people will find Avery and Jason's relationship adorable and swoon worthy, but I'm just not one of those people. None the less, it didn't diminish my love of this book. YA slashers are hard to come by and I'm defiantly glad to add this to my list. Defiantly check it out and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy the moment I can.

  • Elizabeth Amber Love
    2018-11-06 18:08

    TerrifyingI finished reading this on Friday the 13th of October. Now I'm afraid to turn off any lights or go to sleep!

  • Mary Rajotte
    2018-10-20 20:10

    I need to read the next book immediately! Full review coming soon!

  • Roxie Prince
    2018-11-11 20:22

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].'Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders Book 1)' by Brian LeTendre and Jolene Haley⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5Finished on January 3, 2017FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $.99 on KindleBOOK DESCRIPTION:Avery Blair is a high school senior from Woodsview, Massachusetts, a small town where nothing exciting ever happens. As an aspiring journalist, this really sucks. She writes the blog for her high school newspaper, gets little-to-no views, and hope and prays for something -- anything -- of note to happen to give her something eye catching to write about.When Beatrice, the class valedictorian, dies in the ladies' room at school, it stirs rumors of suicide and gives Avery her first big story. Avery doesn't believe for a second that Beatrice killed herself, though. What reason would she have? Like any good journalist, she starts investigating herself, and when the very next day, another classmate dies, her suspicion is proven true -- Woodview has a killer in its midst. One that uses a social media app called BlinkNote to taunt Avery and her classmates as he methodically hunts them down while calling himself The Harvester.Avery, with the help of her boyfriend, Jason; her best friend, Quinn; and a gruff but loveable police detective is determined to stop the Harvester before he can kill any more of her friends. She slowly puts the pieces together, solving the puzzle, but will she be quick enough to save the people she loves?MY REVIEW:I read this book as part of my #yearofindiewomen.This book sat in my TBR since July, taunting me, just waiting to be read, and I am so glad it was finally its "turn".If you're a fan of slasher films, you're going to love this book. It pays homage to the classics, but in a new and modern way. Telling this sort of story in a visual way is one thing, but it's entirely different to do it in a novel -- a written medium -- and LeTendre and Haley have done a phenomenal job.Avery and her friends are believable as modern teenagers (at least to this thirty-two-year-old, haha). They are very much like the teenagers in my life, anyway. Avery is quite mature, but as a senior in high school, I was a lot like her and would have probably done much of the same things she did in her situation. Hell, she was a better cop than the police in this story! She is also vulnerable and still childlike, susceptible to things like cabin fever and restlessness after only a short while which remind the reader just how young she truly is. And her friends are no different; they are all multilayered, multifaceted characters that are impossible not to connect and empathize with.The villain in this story is well-done, too. When I put the pieces together, I had this little "ah-ha" moment that was quite satisfying. The Harvester is savage, brutal, and just psychotic enough to fit in perfectly with other classic slasher killers we all know and love. As always, my reviews are spoiler-free, so that's all I'll say about this bloody, techno-savvy, killer.Another thing I appreciated about this book were the rock-n-roll references. I'll admit, I am not a music aficionado (my partner is, though), but it was clear a lot of knowledge and love of music went into this book. Avery plays bass guitar to relax and release stress, and she and Jason bond over their love of music. There's something special to me, as an author, when I can pick up on another passion (other than writing) slipped into a writer's work, if that makes sense? Clearly, this was one of those instances, and that tickled me.I can't wait for the next installment of this series. Keep up the good work, you two!

  • Laura
    2018-11-12 16:35

    If you love enthralling stories you can't afford to miss this one! The tale weaves through harrowing wakes created by the most disturbing of criminal minds...the sociopath. This phenomenal story is written in what I call real-time (the now), and has all the elements of app technology, a lagging police force untrained in current technology, parents gone from home a lot trying to make a living, a touch on same gender relationships, etc... which the Harvester exploits. Harrowed looked like a good read, but, what I didn't know was that I COULD NOT STOP READING IT! Things were happening so hard and fast which is the very nature of the beast; I had to know what was coming next. Autumn, the time of harvest, and October have always fascinated me so the very weaving of this time of year into a small town's history and a twisted mind forever entangled in it was just an extra added bonus for me. Harrowed reads like it could be a true story and is very well written. I can't wait for book 2 and 3 to come out. Jolene Haley and Brian LeTondre magnetize your attention with their story, Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders, #1).Harrowed

  • Haylee at Heart Hype
    2018-10-17 22:35

    I was really excited to read this because I grew up reading young adult horror. Harrowed was very reminiscent of my R.L. Stine days (I liked the Fear Street Cheerleaders series) and it kept me engaged from start to finish. So let me get down to it...Harrowed is set in a small town among a group of studious high schoolers. Life is business as usual until a student is murdered, and then another, and then another. I won't go into too much detail because this book is so fantastic I'd hate to spoil it. Our main character, Avery, is in the thick of it trying to catch the killer, often times getting way too close for comfort.I liked that Harrowed let me draw my own conclusions, ultimately leading me to the answers. I connected well with the characters and could place them among my high school friends. On more than one occasion my heart was pounding and I found myself speed reading to find how the scene was going to end.I'm excited for the next one and can't wait to see more from the author.

  • Kathleen
    2018-10-26 00:27

    A mysterious killer is on the loose! AH! A well-written horror book, honoring the slasher genre. I loved the characters, believable, likable people. The dialogue made me giggle. I loved the suspense as the tension built from the beginning to the end. The serial killer, The Harvester, was fabulous. Creepy scenes kept me reading to find out WHO WAS THE KILLER! All it was missing was a spooky soundtrack. I'll have to wait for the sequel, but I'll read it when it comes out.

  • Joe Slucher
    2018-10-25 19:31

    Harrowed is like a slasher film geared towards young adults. If you're young and into slashers then you'll probably enjoy the book. It's not my kind of genre and I'm too old so I'm not the right audience. I was surprised to find that the teenagers were written to be much more intelligent than what I usually see in YA books or slashers. I suspect teenagers may like this better than other books about teenagers written by adults because this one seems to respect that audience more.

  • Pamela
    2018-10-22 19:07

    Okay, this was a good story. But there are the mistakes. Like the first person murdered had a sister named Nancy. Later, the sister was called a daughter, then back at end to sister. Plus the parents had died and that was why the murdered sister was guardian for her younger teen sister. And yet, suddenly, midway of the book, parent appeared to take charge of Nancy and the murdered sister's young son, Jake. There were grammar mistakes to. That is why the bok dd not get 5 stars, but 4.

  • Amy Giuffrida
    2018-11-06 00:13

    It's no secret that Jolene and Brian are blog mates of mine, but I swear this review is completely unbiased. As a fan of slasher movies, I've never found one I've been fond of in book form...until now! These two authors dos a great job combining a sleepy town, a nosey teen girl, and a serial killer. I'm not sure I can wait an entire year for book 2 though!!!

  • R.A. Slone
    2018-11-02 19:36

    Great story and great characters! It kept me guessing how it was going to end!

  • David
    2018-10-17 19:08

    I loved it and can't wait to read the next in the series.

  • Græme Ravenscroft
    2018-10-27 22:24

    I liked it a lot up until the last twenty or so pages. They felt a bit rushed and the big reveal wasn't really that compelling or interesting. (I could have lived without the two little 'wait, it's you?!' moments along the way as well.)Pretty fun. Reads like an '80s slasher flick. I'll pick up the next one shortly.