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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times best seller 

From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows - in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true.

"Unique, enchanting, and haunting." (Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times best-selling author of the Cursebreaker series)

"Full of beasts, bargains, and blood, Small Favors is a folk horror tale that feels like a classic but is utterly fresh. Sweet, dark, and complex as wildflower honey." (Hannah Whitten, New York Times best-selling author of For the Wolf)

"A deliciously dark fairy tale filled with bone-chilling horror and breathtaking romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night." (Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend)

"As dark and romantic as it haunting, Small Favors is an eerie fairytale that I couldn’t put down." (Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching)

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.

Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls. 

Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.

©2021 Erin A. Craig (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Reese’s Book Club Recommended Spooky Read!

A PopSugar Best Book of July pick!

"[A] gloriously dark fairy tale.... Erin A. Craig has conjured a spellbinding tale of magic and horror." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"If you’re looking for a book to give you goosebumps as you read, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!” (The Nerd Daily) 

"A chilling tale about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know." (Tor)

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meh story and horrible voice over

This story was too drawn out with too little substance. I assume the intent was to build suspension, but it's difficult to feel suspense over a lack of intricacy in a plot. There were a few details in the story that could have been elaborated on to create a more fantastical overall world for these characters, but sadly I felt blank and confused when the story ended. Almost like a happy ending was forced into the last pages with no explanation or follow through. Also, the lady who did the voice over was poorly casted for this book. She attempted ridiculous voices for mostly all of the characters, which made the story difficult to listen to seriously.

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Creepy and claustrophobic!

The author does a phenomenal job of turning a sunny, picturesque valley into a claustrophobic tinderbox with dark creatures always looming at the edges.
My only complaints were the typical YA romance ending and the way the narrator voiced Sadie, the youngest sister. she sounds just like Louise from Bob's Burgers, which isn't too fitting for a creepy story

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Good Story, Disappointing Ending

The narration was great (except for the voice of Sadie, which was grating at times). I enjoyed the middle to end of the story the most, but the ending was abrupt with unanswered questions. It felt like a letdown after such a build of tension and suspicion. I would read another book by this author.

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Wanted to like it

This book was so boring and hard to get through. Had so many great reviews, so I thought it would get good at some point. That never happened.

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Excellent narration! Made the book so enjoyable.

The ending was a bit disappointing. Well written, loved the characters and plot. Narration was so well done it brought the story to life.

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100 percent love for the author

I adore this author, my only critique is for the editor since it seems obvious some stuff was cut. In future editions I would love for there to be more focus on the ending. It’s very rushed after all the buildup. Leaves the listener wanting

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Haunting and eerie fairytale!

The narrator did such a great job with the multiple characters in this story! I couldn't stop listening I had to find out how it ended.

For fans of The Village, this is for you!

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nails on a chalkboard voice

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twists and turns

I loved this! it was a little slow and everything is revealed in very end of book but I loved the process getting there. I laughed, was angered, felt sadness and grief and relief and all the feels with this book. good narration and the plot keeps you guessing right to the end.

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Great story.

I really enjoyed Small Favors. Ellerie was an engaging protagonist, but more than that all the characters were well rendered. I really cared what happened to them and The Falls. The narrator was strong and each character had a distinct voice. Overall a nice listen.

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I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND

I loved every bit of this story. the performance was fantastic, the plot and story, mesmerising. Erin Craig is a master storyteller.

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surprisingly horrifying, but loved it!

I didn't realise the horror element in this book but man was it good. The end I felt was alittle abrupt but I suppose it was pretty wrapped up anyways. I found myself incredibly engaged with the story eagerly wanting to keep listening to what happends next. The narration was spectacular too! Would definately recommend