Growl

Growl

by Ashley Fontainne

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Overview

My name is Sheryl Ilene Newcomb. And yes, my initials are S.I.N. A funny 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 the summer I turned nine. But the day we realized there was a problem, and no turning back, was a week before I started my senior year at Junction City High. The day the fangs and claws appeared and the monster inside of me emerged. When mutilated corpses appeared near a pile of brush down by Caney Creek, everything changed. Because evil woke up and growled, its ominous rumblings heard by every living thing in Locasia County, Mississippi.

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ISBN-13: 9780692354346
Publisher: RMSW Press
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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Growl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
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! Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dianna Skowera for Readers' Favorite Sheryl isn’t a normal girl, she just doesn’t know it yet. A string of peculiar events and family secrets propel this seemingly normal teen’s life on a path to save her family, her town, and possibly even humanity. Deep in the Mississippi Delta, Sheryl must balance the paranormal changes waking up inside her with the cold, harsh facts that a murderer is on the loose in her small home town. When a series of atrocities begins, Sheryl and her family must come to terms with the secrets of their past and the damning odds of their future. Can Sheryl reconcile the phenomenon she is faced with along with her normal teenage urges? Can she learn to hunt while also being hunted before it’s too late for herself and the people she loves? Growl by Ashley Fontainne is a dark and suspenseful page-turner packed with an intriguing twist on a local Southern legend. Ashley Fontainne never fails to inject a load of suspense and terror into her pages – she’s proven this once again with Growl. Fontainne allows a unique lull in Growl that offers a heart-warming family saga and intricate perspective on a local native legend. New adult and paranormal fans will be able to sink their teeth into this fresh take on occult beings. Growl, while dark and terrifying, is equal in beauty through the development of family ties, duty, and love. Anticipation, action, horror, and relationships – Fontainne packs the pages with ample mystery to urge the reader to the finish. Growl is a recommended read for fans of Southern and native folklore, horror, and coming-of-age readers alike.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Hooked from beginning to end!! I saw the cover and knew this was a book I would have to get my hands on. I mean, those eyes, they ‘speak’ to me. The font drips and oozes badness into the murky water of the swamp. I have an idea of what lies between the pages and I am very eager to begin reading. I can hardly wait to get all the gory details. The story got my attention from the beginning and held me captive until the end. S.I.N was an appropriate name for her. Sheryl Ilena Newcomb had been a cheerleader and flaunted her sexuality. It was an era of love and she and her peers gave and received it freely. She did the normal things teenage girls do, worked, studied, played and fell in love. She’d had only one boyfriend and their dream was to escape the small town they grew up in. But that was not to be. It had begun when she was nine years old and she never could have imagined what the future held for her. Three months later and the memories were fading. They are taken their toll, both mentally and psychically. She was learning to live with her inner monster. The ordeal had left her physically damaged, she had lost an eye and the physical scars would never disappear. She learned to compensate for its loss. The family had hid all evidence of the event at Caney Creek in a small town called Junction City,Mississippi. Now, she is the guardian, the protector. It is her job to pass on the knowledge to the next one. She writes it all down, hoping it will be a panacea, so she can rebuild her life, her life in Junction City, Mississippi. Ashley’s writing is outstanding. I was able to feel the little girls terror as she lay in bed, alone, the monster determined to take her, and only her cat, Tinker, to save her. I can smell the competing smells at the wake. It reminds me of fairs and carnivals, where there are so many overwhelming smells, even when I am starving, I find it hard to eat anything. I hear the generations of Kovlin women, all talking at the same time, competing against each other to be heard. I love the story and the twists Ashley puts in. I did not see the biggest surprise of all coming and Ashley gave me a good one near the end. I had my thoughts, but I didn’t take them as far as Ashley did. I love the Native American reference to their belief in tokens, animal guardians. The mixture of mysticism, religion and the paranormal are just the right blend to make this a novel a huge success. I would highly recommend Growl by Ashley Fontainne. This is not just S.I.N.’s story, but mankind’s. I received this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC to give an honest review. This is the second book I have read by this author and I have become more impressed with her writing style. With Growl we follow the life of Sheryl a young girl who lives in Mississippi. She is a normal person that is until her Nana is murdered, and that is when the true story of it all happens. Sheryl learns about both evil and good that is within her life, she learns about heartache more than anyone should and she also learns more about herself and her family than before.  I really enjoyed the Native American folklore that was written within this story, I am not sure what it is but it is just amazing to read about.  There is magic happening in the backwoods of Mississippi and it is up the guardian and eventually Sheryl to stop the creature responsible for the deaths.  The characters were well developed and I thought Sheryl had an amazing family overall. They were there for each other in their time of need. There are plenty of twist and turns in this book that you will want to keep reading to find out is this creature can be stopped before more lives are lost. I think the author did a great job with details and making everything seem real. 
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Growl starts with a rumble, low and sinister. The rumble becomes a snarl, louder now and closer. The snarl becomes an ear splitting roar as the end rushes towards you. At the tender age of 9, when her world should be one of innocence and wonder, Sheryl Ilene Newcomb (did you catch her initials- SIN) does something unspeakable. And she spends the second half of her life in fear. Fear of being found out. And fear of doing it again. Any chance at a normal life, of happily ever after with the love of her life, is shattered by a voice. A voice in her head. When she finally meets the owner of that voice, she’s pulled, kicking and screaming, into her heritage. Her destiny. But, someone else is out there. Someone like her, but not like her. And they won’t stop coming after her until she’s dead. By the title, you are probably thinking werewolves, but you’d be wrong. This is something new in the paranormal genre, something steeped in Native American lore. The author chose Mississippi as the setting for this story and it worked well. The southern dialect and culture were a perfect foil for this tale. Part mysticism, part faith and family, and part horror, Growl kept me engrossed until the battery ran out on my Kindle. As soon as it was recharged, I jumped back into the story, not stopping until I finished. You’re going to like the ending. And you’re going to want more.