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Small Favors

By: Erin A. Craig
Narrated by: Rachel Music
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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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nails on a chalkboard voice

The narration goes from monotone main character to nails on a chalkboard for the children, couldn't get very far before I had to stop

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Several things lacking, still wanted to hear the ending

There were several things lacking and annoying through the story, but I still found myself wanting to hear how it ended. Overall it was ok. Read on for more on the issues. No real spoilers, but it does contain impressions on certain plot points and characters.

The “reveals” were obvious from the beginning. Having the main characters not notice any of the signs made it seem like they were really stupid, or that the author thought the reader was stupid and wouldn’t notice.

The main love interest is technically a creepy stalker (but he’s hot so it’s ok right?) Ellerie wonders at one point if he only cared about her looks (Yup, seems like it)

Dialogue is stilted and constantly dotted with “What?” and faltering/stuttering. The narrator’s tones made it worse, like all the girls and women were constantly on the brink of tears or a breakdown. Sadie’s voice was particularly grating and made me cringe every time she spoke. She’s 8 years old but sounds like a whining toddler.

The legend of the monsters should have been more developed. When their history and purpose was described, it felt cheap and thrown in at the end.

The “uncle” and “cousin” didn’t seem to add much to the story. They could have been omitted without affecting much. If the monster legend had been developed more, they wouldn’t be needed at all.

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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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My cup of tea

Love this one. It’s a very slow burn, but little tiny things are constantly happening to add up to the chaos at the end. Love all the female characters. I also really like the narrator, I like the acting and the different voices for the different characters.

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Two things I don’t like:
1. We don’t see the character arc of the brother Sam going from who Ellerie knew him to be to who he winds up being in the majority of the book. It all happens “offscreen” without us getting to see it and makes his part feel hollow
2. There are characters who are from England who turn up in the book. They could have been from literally anywhere else and it would have been more interesting. It’s like the exotic spice chosen was mayonnaise.

That said I still really love the book and have read it twice. I definitely recommend it, you just need the patience for it to build up very gradually to enjoy it.

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A spooky yet sweet read

This was the perfect book for fall. With a mix of mystery, horror, and romance this book was a great find for my October reading.
If it feels a little slow at first hang on the story unfolds into an intriguing mystery! Some twists were easy to predict, but still fun to read.
This mixes the world of small farm towns with what lurks in the shadows of the forest and within the hearts of its occupants.

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Misophonia folks beware!

Sometimes if a narrator is bad I will switch to a physical read...unless the story doesn't do anything for me either. I made it 4 hours before I couldn't take it anymore and DNF'd. If the author hadn't specifically mentioned upon the introduction of a new character that it was a teenaged boy, I would have assumed he was a 40 year old sexual predator based on the narrator's voice for him. The 8 year old was read as a screeching, baby-talking, 4 year old. She also chose to read that character extra loud compared to the rest of the characters, which straight-up hurt my ears. I didn't want to have to keep adjusting the volume, or suffer the odd narration choices any longer. I will never buy another audiobook with this narrator. Absolutely not.

The story may have been fine but it didn't pull me in enough to warrant getting it on kindle or even checking out from my library. My TBR is just too full to mess with something that had me not caring at all, or rage quitting because I couldn't take the audio torture any longer.

Sorry to be so harsh but I DID suffer-invest 4 hours of my life that I'll never get back, soooo... it's a No-Thank-You from me. I might try giving this author another go. Maybe this particular story just wasn't for me.

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  • Alexandria.in.Wonderland
  • 08-19-21

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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A very good mix

The village,Brothers Grimm,supernaturalan,A extremely good mix together of storie with a bit of a twists,
Keeped me intrigued, and couldn’t put it down. I do recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-21

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