• by Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by Andrea Emmes
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My name is Sheryl Ilene Newcomb. And yes, my initials are SIN, a little piece of whimsical humor my parents found amusing when I arrived.
Then it turned out to be true. Looking back with wiser eyes now, my family and I concluded that the events leading up to my transformation started during the summer I turned nine. But the day we realized there was a problem - and there was no turning back - was a week before I started my senior year at Junction City High. That was the day the fangs and claws appeared, and the monster inside me emerged.
When mutilated corpses appeared near a pile of brush down by Caney Creek, everything changed. Evil woke up and growled, and its ominous rumblings were heard by every living thing in Locasia County, Mississippi.


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The story was realistic and captivating

Set in what appears to be Appalachian like Locasia County in Mississippi, a young woman named Sheryl Ilene Newcomb (Sin for short) discovers that her hopes and dreams have taken a major detour. Desiring to leave the small town with her true love is derailed when bodies begin showing up – bodies of friends and family members. Mixed with rural myths and an ancient Indian rivalry and curse between two brothers, SIN discovers she has a talent for skin walking the summer of her Senior High School year.

Death comes for her and her loved ones in the guise of huge panther – can she save them in time? Can she defeat the evil that lurks in both human and animal form?

Fontainne does an excellent job of portraying the emotions and doubts and desires of a teenager in love with huge dreams. The story was realistic and captivating. As the listener, you can guess where some of the story is going, but then Fontainne throws in a curve with a delightful twist. Having grown up in a rural family myself, I found this story almost like reliving some parts of my life (minus the dead bodies and huge monstrous panther). The small grocery store, the family run diner, the secrets each family has … and more.

The plot was well developed as were the characters. Andrea Emmes did an excellent job of narrating; she seemed to have the voices and dialect down pat.

There were no issues with the production quality.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy the rural realness, horror and a well written story. Ms. Fontainne is an excellent author – one that knows how to captivate, torment and draw the listener in!

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An intriguing read.

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OK, the last 2 books I've read by this author, I loved, and this is no different!!! Such an intriguing and gripping read.

Right from the start Ashley Fontainne grips you and doesn't let go. She has a way with story telling that will immediately grab your attention. I love how she can create a world and atmosphere that pull you in. She tells the story with so many twists and turns that you never know where it's going to end!!

In Growl, Sin is a normal child, until the time she turns 9. Her life is changed totally and utterly but not in a good way. Sin was such an awesome character. She was confidant, brave and with a depth to her that was fantastic. She isn't what she seems and I loved finding out about her.

Plot wise, this was extremely fast paced and well written. I loved the lore and the history that is revealed during the story. It was fascinating and captivating and I have always loved Native American lore and this is steeped in it. Ashley did an amazing with the plot because at first I was thinking werewolves but it's not. It's so much more!!

Anyway, this was such a fantastic read and this author is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. She doesn't just tell a story, she weaves the tale in such a way that you feel like you are part of it. I was biting my nails during this and was on edge the whole time.

Now, what can I say about Andrea Emmes that I haven't said before! She really knows how to bring the words she is reading to life. Her southern accent is amazing and she captured Sin perfectly. The audio was so much better than reading the book, for me anyway, because it brings the book alive. Can not wait for more from both the author and narrator.

*I received this for review from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: RMSW Press