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Small Favors Hardcover – Import, 27 July 2021
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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
“Small Favors by Erin A. Craig will give you chills no matter how hot it is outside."—Popsugar
"An engrossing combination of the supernatural and human psychology."—Kirkus
"Small Favors is as much about humanity as it is about horror. Perfect for readers who love mysteries and the macabre."—BookPage
"Fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Erin Bowman will enjoy this lushly built, ominous rural America."—PW
"Craig twists a slow-burn fairy tale around classic horror tropes that ultimately land on satisfying beats."—SLJ
Praise for HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS:
“Haunting, atmospheric, and immersive.”--Bustle
“Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing. . .a perfect step into escapism and away from real life.”--Hypable
"It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too."--The Wall Street Journal
"Chilling and atmospheric."--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds
"Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling."--PW
"The novel’s vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty."--The Bulletin
"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable."—SLJ
"This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family."--Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (27 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593306740
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593306741
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 581 g
- Dimensions : 15.11 x 3.86 x 21.67 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To be completely transparent — it took me a month to read Small Favors. I started reading the e-ARC a couple weeks before it’s release date & didn’t finish reading it until long after I had my pre-ordered final copy in my hands. Small Favors was definitely slow-paced for me, which is usually a big no-no when it comes to my attention span, but bro, this is it.
If I had it my way, my life would be narrated in Erin’s beautiful prose. A fellow Michigander with this much skill in their fingertips? I am so proud. Even with the book being slow-paced, her way with words made me want to remain in this universe (but only reading it, because being in this universe IRL would be terrifying) forever.
As with House of Salt & Sorrows, Small Favors contains a lot of creepy. Side note: I don’t believe her debut novel was classified as horror, however spooky friends — don’t let that fool you! I strongly recommend picking up House of Salt & Sorrows, because Erin sure knows how to crawl under your skin and give you the creepies.
If you like Folk Horror, Small Favors is for you. If you like fairytale retellings, Small Favors is for you. If you like Stephen King’s Needful Things, Small Favors is for you. If you like mysterious small towns, Small Favors is for you.
I am well aware that this book is just me obsessing over Small Favors & Erin A. Craig’s writing, but I have nothing bad to say about this book. As Nike says, just read it.
Because I loved it from beginning to end. Every moment and twist and story beat and character!
This book is such an amazing exploration of selfishness vs. sacrifice, and bitterness vs. forgiveness. It illustrates with precision and skill how quick we are to accuse the wrong person, to accuse anyone, when things don’t go as we want. How we can let bitterness and selfishness take hold and rot us from the inside out. How we need to have compassion, mercy, and forgiveness for each other, because seeking revenge is an endless cycle.
Ellerie and Whitaker are such great characters to follow and written with such depth and sympathy. Love them both! And the entire Downing family really. Erin A. Craig really understands family dynamics.
Some of my favorite lines…
“Items of luck bring people hope and comfort.” I love that the power lies not in the item itself, but that the item can represent hope, not luck.
“God’s mercy is all the forgiveness I need.”