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Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body - a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world - with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explan Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body - a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world - with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explanation. Drawn to the power of the Sparrow, the supernatural creatures preying on Savannah, Georgia will do anything to receive Jennifer’s powerful gift. The sisters must learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth about their family history by deciphering their father’s journal…because if they can’t, Jennifer’s uncontrolled power will rip apart the veil that separates the living from the dead. A fast-paced and splattery romp, fans of Supernatural, Buffy, and Evil Dead will enjoy Jennifer Strange - the first illustrated novel in a trilogy of stylish queer young adult horror books with big scares for readers not quite ready for adult horror.


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Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body - a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world - with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explan Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body - a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world - with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explanation. Drawn to the power of the Sparrow, the supernatural creatures preying on Savannah, Georgia will do anything to receive Jennifer’s powerful gift. The sisters must learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth about their family history by deciphering their father’s journal…because if they can’t, Jennifer’s uncontrolled power will rip apart the veil that separates the living from the dead. A fast-paced and splattery romp, fans of Supernatural, Buffy, and Evil Dead will enjoy Jennifer Strange - the first illustrated novel in a trilogy of stylish queer young adult horror books with big scares for readers not quite ready for adult horror.

30 review for Jennifer Strange

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This was a barn burner of a story. Jennifer Strange is left with her older sister by her dad right after she discovered she has supernatural powers. She doesn't know how they work or what's going on at all except she's now being attacked by ghosts and demons. We find out as she does as everything unfolds. There's a lot of potential here. I'd like to see some more well-rounded world building in future books. Received a review copy from Haverhill House Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts are my This was a barn burner of a story. Jennifer Strange is left with her older sister by her dad right after she discovered she has supernatural powers. She doesn't know how they work or what's going on at all except she's now being attacked by ghosts and demons. We find out as she does as everything unfolds. There's a lot of potential here. I'd like to see some more well-rounded world building in future books. Received a review copy from Haverhill House Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    This is an excellent YA horror that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This book is fun, spooky and kooky and gave me all the Halloween-y vibes I crave and wanted. It's fast paced, has a lot of heart and I could not put it down! Cat Scully is an excellent writer, and I hope I get my hands on a final copy of this book because it was just so good! Thank you to NetGalley and Haverhill House Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    3.5 rounded up for Goodreads! It needs to be said that not all YA Horror is created equal. Some books transcend that label and it's clear, almost right away, when you're reading something that all ages can enjoy (even if there's a target audience). Other times, I feel my age when I'm reading YA-a sense of, 'this is not for me'. Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully is of the first kind; it transcends. Somehow the narrative manages to suit its target audience and satisfy mature horror readers at the same 3.5 rounded up for Goodreads! It needs to be said that not all YA Horror is created equal. Some books transcend that label and it's clear, almost right away, when you're reading something that all ages can enjoy (even if there's a target audience). Other times, I feel my age when I'm reading YA-a sense of, 'this is not for me'. Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully is of the first kind; it transcends. Somehow the narrative manages to suit its target audience and satisfy mature horror readers at the same time. To be honest, I had fun departing from my usual diet of adult horror but I was restless to get back to it the whole time so I need to let adult readers know that this book delivers on this promise from the back of the book: "A fast-paced and splattery romp, fans of Supernatural, Buffy, and Evil Dead will enjoy Jennifer Strange - the first illustrated novel in a trilogy of stylish queer young adult horror books with big scares for readers not quite ready for adult horror." <--- Yes. It's exactly this. It's light on the horror, so go in with proper expectations. Peppered throughout the book are full-page illustrations, journal entries, and doodles of symbols & diagrams that enhance the reading experience. Scully has built an impressive world with dynamic, interesting characters that readers will identify with and invest in, but they didn't blow me away. I feel like more could be done to level up the storytelling without compromising the intended audience. I don't think Scully needs to aim for adult readers but I did have trouble staying engaged and kept wanting to skip or skim through scenes where the energy was a little flat. Jennifer Strange is an intriguing first book setting high expectations for the rest of the series but also with room to grow, which I find exciting. I could see this being a full-on franchise. Big thanks to the author for helping our Night Worms team have an amazing Book Party with Jennifer Strange and for spoiling us with elaborate press kits/swag. We got make-up that tied into the book, a 2-sided bookmark, and more. One of our favorite #nightwormsbookparty

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    This is a fun YA horror story and I can totally see a series with this! It had all kinds of vibes: spooky, demons, ghosts, 'magical' powers, sibling bonds, etc. And what's even more fun is that this novel has incredible illustrations throughout and even handwritten journal entries. I would consider this 80% novel/20% graphic novel if that makes sense. I totally flew through this story and I think anyone could do the same! There were some wild action scenes, emotional sisterly bonding scenes, and This is a fun YA horror story and I can totally see a series with this! It had all kinds of vibes: spooky, demons, ghosts, 'magical' powers, sibling bonds, etc. And what's even more fun is that this novel has incredible illustrations throughout and even handwritten journal entries. I would consider this 80% novel/20% graphic novel if that makes sense. I totally flew through this story and I think anyone could do the same! There were some wild action scenes, emotional sisterly bonding scenes, and some intense family secrets and past that come to haunt the present. I am definitely looking forward to more in this series (fingers crossed!) and recommend this to any YA horror fan! 3.5 stars and rounded up for Goodreads!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    This was a fast paced thrilling romp! Jennifer and her sister were fun to read about as they battled their emotions when learning they are actual demon hunters. Part Chilling Adventures of Sabrina mixed with Buffy, I really enjoyed this much more than I expected! I'm here for YA horror novels that are as gore filled as adult Horror! It was nice to see some queer representation too. I'm glad it's going to be a series because Jennifer is definitely a character I'd like to see again! I would recomme This was a fast paced thrilling romp! Jennifer and her sister were fun to read about as they battled their emotions when learning they are actual demon hunters. Part Chilling Adventures of Sabrina mixed with Buffy, I really enjoyed this much more than I expected! I'm here for YA horror novels that are as gore filled as adult Horror! It was nice to see some queer representation too. I'm glad it's going to be a series because Jennifer is definitely a character I'd like to see again! I would recommend this to teens and adults alike!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt (TeamRedmon)

    Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully opens with 15-year-old Jennifer Strange being dropped off by her father at her sister's door. They fled after a paranormal incident occurred during one of Jennifer's volleyball games. Without a word of warning, just an old journal to explain, Jennifer's dad leaves her to go work on the problem. So, Jennifer is abandoned by her father to live with her college freshman sister, who clearly doesn't want her there, having just experienced a paranormal trauma, and is now Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully opens with 15-year-old Jennifer Strange being dropped off by her father at her sister's door. They fled after a paranormal incident occurred during one of Jennifer's volleyball games. Without a word of warning, just an old journal to explain, Jennifer's dad leaves her to go work on the problem. So, Jennifer is abandoned by her father to live with her college freshman sister, who clearly doesn't want her there, having just experienced a paranormal trauma, and is now the new kid at a VERY posh high school. Jennifer isn't having a good day. So, when a demon attacks her class and kills some people, it seems like the natural next step in the crappy day. Jennifer discovers she has special powers and sets out, with the help of her sister and some new friends, to figure out just what the hell is going on. I had a lot of fun with this book. It reminds me of the Percy Jackson series of books in that we have a seemingly normal teenager being thrust into a secret world and discovering their special powers. I can definitely see Jennifer Strange becoming a series of adventures and I would be all about it. The writing is snappy and the whole book is interspersed with artwork and graphic novel-style pages that lend a new level of immersion to the reader. What sets this book apart from other 'magical teenager' books that exist is that author Cat Scully is not afraid of the darkness. There's scares, blood, demons, and gore while still maintaining its YA-iness. If you have a teenager in your life that likes the dark stuff, look no further than Jennifer Strange.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (bookishmommy)

    Fans of These Witches Won't Burn and The Babysitter's Coven: this is for you!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kami Martin

    Sparrow. He called me Sparrow._ Jennier Strange Thank you to YAP Books an imprint of Haverhill House Publishing and our author, Cat Scully for providing the Nightworms Review Team with a copy of your debut novel, Jennifer Strange for a Nightworms Book Party. This is a young adult novel that finds us in Savannah Georgia as our main character is relocating from Atlanta living with her Father, now moving in with her Sister Liz, who is currently a full time college student. Jennifer who will now be at Sparrow. He called me Sparrow._ Jennier Strange Thank you to YAP Books an imprint of Haverhill House Publishing and our author, Cat Scully for providing the Nightworms Review Team with a copy of your debut novel, Jennifer Strange for a Nightworms Book Party. This is a young adult novel that finds us in Savannah Georgia as our main character is relocating from Atlanta living with her Father, now moving in with her Sister Liz, who is currently a full time college student. Jennifer who will now be attending Northwinds prep; A 15 year old Freshman who is learning a lot about her Family and just who she really is and what she is capable of through a journal her Father left her as he departed in a hast. This story is fast paced and full of gory goodness that is sure to entertain. This has all the feels of the first season of BVS as she too was learning who she was and dealing with all the regular teenage issues that living in a city that hosts a broad of demons, monsters and supernatural delights that keep this story moving. This is a novel I could see being a continuation without limitations. I feel that by leaving this story open-ended it would make a great cast of characters that we could watch grow and encounter a host of adventurous tales year after year. The gorgeous illustrations also make this story worth your while as they too enrich and add life to an already engrossing story. Cat Scully is both gifted and talented. I would also love if our author created a companion illustrated journal just like that of the one our main character refers to. If you are looking for a fresh new, demon infestation with queer representation that gives you all the feels of supernatural badassidness then THIS is for you! Don't let the ya label fool you, this debut does not disappoint and certainly leaves you wanting more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Reads on IG

    “No one is ever lost. All we have to do is find the right door, and the right keys.” As I finish the book and read the acknowledgements I too want to thank Cat’s husband for not letting her throw this fantastic novel in the trash. What a tragedy that would’ve been cause this book was such a fun ride. Also, I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS IS A DEBUT NOVEL. Just wow! Jennifer Strange is a Sparrow and she has powers that seem more like a curse. One day, after being attacked at school by a ghost, she is droppe “No one is ever lost. All we have to do is find the right door, and the right keys.” As I finish the book and read the acknowledgements I too want to thank Cat’s husband for not letting her throw this fantastic novel in the trash. What a tragedy that would’ve been cause this book was such a fun ride. Also, I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS IS A DEBUT NOVEL. Just wow! Jennifer Strange is a Sparrow and she has powers that seem more like a curse. One day, after being attacked at school by a ghost, she is dropped off at her sister's apartment by her dad. With only a journal as a guide, she embarks in a world full of ghosts and demons, without really knowing what to do. Watching Jennifer discover her power was so fun. This novel seriously flew by. I just kept turning pages and kept getting sucked deeper and deeper into the storyline. Cat’s writing was so gripping that all I wanted to do was glue myself to the book and let everyone at home fend for themselves as I read lol. Another thing that truly captivated me was the illustrations. Did you know that this is also illustrated by the author. The illustrations gave this book such a unique experience. I kept looking forward to the drawings that gave the novel such life. Don’t let the YA category keep you away. Although this doesn’t have full on gore it does have bits and pieces of blood and guts, but not too much. I think it’s done just right for the YA audience. It’s a great book for someone who wants to dip their toes in the horror genre but don’t want anything too scary or gory, IMO. Cat, you outdid yourself with your first novel and I can’t wait to read more from you! Thank you so much to Cat Scully, Haverhill House Publishing, and also to Night Worms for this amazing book party!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Marie

    Stars: 2/5 Thank you to the publishers for a free ARC of this story in exchange for an honest opinion. I finally finished this book. It took me so long. Admittedly, that wasn't all because of the book. I wanted to like this story. I held out. I had hope. The beginning was slow. I was 50% finished and the story was hardly off the ground... felt like I was still being introduced to everything. As an unedited proof, there were a number of grammar mistakes which annoyed me and every second paragraph had Stars: 2/5 Thank you to the publishers for a free ARC of this story in exchange for an honest opinion. I finally finished this book. It took me so long. Admittedly, that wasn't all because of the book. I wanted to like this story. I held out. I had hope. The beginning was slow. I was 50% finished and the story was hardly off the ground... felt like I was still being introduced to everything. As an unedited proof, there were a number of grammar mistakes which annoyed me and every second paragraph had text telling me it was an uncorrected proof and not for sale, which I understand why it's there, but it's distracting. Then there's the characters. The only person I liked was Liz. Every character was temperamental. One minute they were wired enough to punch a wall the next SECOND they were being coddled. One minute they were mad at a friend and the next they were upset (tears brimming upset) when the same friend didn't help them. The whole story and the writing is cliche. I could not stand Jacks. Also her name is Jennifer, why is she Jacks? What on earth happened to certain characters it's like they just stopped existing. I liked the illustrations. Very unique and the art is lovely. I liked the diary entries and the idea for this. It's definitely there. I just found myself groaning every two pages because of a character's words, thoughts and actions. The story was all over the place and overly cliche. This is also classed as horror? It's not. Honestly it's a cheesy paranormal story. I'm sorry I really admire authors, they put so much effort into these stories but it's my honest opinion and kudos to you, Cat Scully, but not for me, thank you. WARNINGS: death, stabbing, demons, disturbing illustrations (honestly more disturbing than scary but I liked them) RECOMMEND: To young 12+ readers who like paranormal and cheesy stories. It's not scary.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nina The Wandering Reader

    “Power isn’t good or bad—it’s about how you use it.” • Any fans of YA fantasy horror interested in a riveting adventure involving a supernatural sister duo, demons, banshees, ghosts, and absolute chaos? If your answer was “hell yeah”, then JENNIFER STRANGE by Cat Scully might be of interest to you! • Jennifer Strange is a young girl cursed with the ability to summon demons that want to use her human body as an anchor to the world of the living. She is left to live with her estranged older sister Li “Power isn’t good or bad—it’s about how you use it.” • Any fans of YA fantasy horror interested in a riveting adventure involving a supernatural sister duo, demons, banshees, ghosts, and absolute chaos? If your answer was “hell yeah”, then JENNIFER STRANGE by Cat Scully might be of interest to you! • Jennifer Strange is a young girl cursed with the ability to summon demons that want to use her human body as an anchor to the world of the living. She is left to live with her estranged older sister Liz in Savannah, Georgia with nothing but her father’s journal of the supernatural for guidance. Throughout the story, Jennifer and her sister are constantly on the run from the spirits that yearn for a human host, and it’s up to the girls to work together, decipher their father’s journal, and gain control over powers they don’t understand. • This is a great read for those who prefer their demon summoning to be done by teenage girls with supernatural powers rather than a Ouija board or seance. Plus the story moves quickly, the demons our heroines face are pretty nasty, and nothing would be better than a Netflix series adaptation of this plot in the future—I mean how cool would that be?! As a bonus, the reader also has access to Jennifer’s father’s how-to journal on ways to summon/ banish/ identify paranormal entities! There’s also awesome illustrations between chapters which I enjoyed and felt added to the reading experience. • If I were to find any faults with the book, I’d say the characters felt a bit two-dimensional. I found many of the interactions to be choppy and the friendships/ relationships underdeveloped. But this is apparently going to be book 1 in an upcoming trilogy, so there’s room to get to know our heroines more! I would definitely recommend this to folks who enjoy illustrated novels, YA horror, and prefer a fast-paced paranormal adventure over pure scares. ( a very special thanks to Night Worms, Haverhill House Publishing, and the author for this book in exchange for an honest review!) #NightWormsBookParty

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    3.5 stars! Imagine almost being killed by a supernatural force at your high school one day and after, your father hands you a journal and drops you off with your older sister. Basically - good luck, read this and try not to die! Byeeeeeeeeee! This, my friends, is Jennifer Strange. And her first day in her new school... well, it starts with quite the literal explosion. But what else would you expect from Savannah - known for the supernatural? 😉 This is the young, queer demon fighter we have been wa 3.5 stars! Imagine almost being killed by a supernatural force at your high school one day and after, your father hands you a journal and drops you off with your older sister. Basically - good luck, read this and try not to die! Byeeeeeeeeee! This, my friends, is Jennifer Strange. And her first day in her new school... well, it starts with quite the literal explosion. But what else would you expect from Savannah - known for the supernatural? 😉 This is the young, queer demon fighter we have been waiting for! I would absolutely agree that if you love Supernatural and Buffy that this would be a fantastic read for you. There were many times that I was thinking the Winchesters should head to Savannah and meet up with Strange. *tee hee* I especially love the interspersed journal entries and fun illustrations. I do wish we had a bit more character development here - everything just went straight into action so we never really got to know the characters in full. However, being this is the first in a series, I'm sure we'll see development over the next books forthcoming. Overall, this was a quick and fun romp of a read. Easily devoured in one sitting and full of supernatural, monstry goodness. Perfect for the young adult audience who enjoys horror.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    After reading the blurb on this one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy, and I wasn't left disappointed. Jennifer is left in a hard spot. Literally. Her father has dumped her off at her college-aged sister's place and taken off, leaving her only with a few personal items and a notebook. But there's even more behind all of it than first appears. Jennifer has powers, strange ones that she can't control let alone understand. She only knows it has to do something with her mother and that the After reading the blurb on this one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy, and I wasn't left disappointed. Jennifer is left in a hard spot. Literally. Her father has dumped her off at her college-aged sister's place and taken off, leaving her only with a few personal items and a notebook. But there's even more behind all of it than first appears. Jennifer has powers, strange ones that she can't control let alone understand. She only knows it has to do something with her mother and that the notebook, containing explanations and more from her parents, is all she has to figure everything out. When everything breaks loose at school and some of her classmates wind up dead, Jennifer realizes how deep in trouble she is, and that there is so much more to everything than she even suspects. If she and her sister can't figure things out and get along, they might do more than just destroy themselves. They might release demons on the entire world. For some reason, I was expecting this to be a graphic novel. It isn't, and it's actually good that way. This is a fleshed out novel, which allows the characters to gain depth and the plot to be woven in all sorts of unexpected ways. The fact that there are wonderfully done illustrations sprinkled in between, is an extra bonus. The tale itself was as deliciously dark and as packed with adventure as I'd hoped it be. But then, with a character like Jennifer Strange, how could it not be? She is, at first glance, a fairly normal teenage girl thrown into a difficult situation thanks to a mysterious past. Her thoughts run fairly normal and her reactions are easy to relate to. Her powers are what throw her into the category of odd...and fitting to her name, they are strange. And almost as dangerous as the demons and evil itself. There is violence, and the stakes are high. The reader is kept on the edge of their seat the entire way through. Fans of darker, young adult fantasy are sure to enjoy this one. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC and enjoyed reading this one quite a bit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Court

    3.5 Stars Jennifer Strange is cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demons a corporeal body with just the touch of her hand. All she wants is to learn how to control her new gift. Instead, her father drops her in the care of her older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as explanation. Jennifer and Liz haven’t spoken to each other since their mother died, but when the supernatural residents of Savannah, Georgia find Jennifer and her powerful gift, the sisters must learn to trust each other a 3.5 Stars Jennifer Strange is cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demons a corporeal body with just the touch of her hand. All she wants is to learn how to control her new gift. Instead, her father drops her in the care of her older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as explanation. Jennifer and Liz haven’t spoken to each other since their mother died, but when the supernatural residents of Savannah, Georgia find Jennifer and her powerful gift, the sisters must learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth about their parents. If they can’t sort out their differences, they’ll not only destroy the veil between the living and the dead but fall into the hands of a rival family who wants to claim the Sparrow power for themselves. . . . My interest in Jennifer Strange was originally peaked by seeing a post by "A Stranger Dream" advertising a pre-order for a double sided bookmark based on Jennifer and Liz. I immediately went on to Netgalley to read the synopsis and see if it available for request. Lo and behold it was posted as a "Read Now"! Score! Jennifer Strange is an interesting mix of YA horror and graphic novel (although it is definitely more novel than graphic novel - so don't expect this book to be pure comic.) The illustrations are gorgeous and played well into the story line. Honestly, the plot itself would be a 5 star read for me....if the writing was a bit stronger. I did eventually get into the flow of the book but I did find parts of it choppy and VERY YA. The characters were quite naive and the dialogue made me roll my eyes a bit. I believe that a younger audience would love it, though (and it would make a fantastic Netflix series!) Although Jennifer Strange definitely reads as a debut novel, the plot and illustrations were interesting enough to keep my attention for the books entirety. I look forward to seeing what Cat Scully comes up with next! Thank you to Netgalley. the author and publisher for my ARC Copy!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ben Long

    Wow, I had SO much fun with this book! It reads like a typical YA book, so I was actually caught off guard (in the best way) by the brutality and pulse-pounding suspense of the first major paranormal encounter. It’s violent, memorable, and instantly hooked me into the book. Comparisons to the Supernatural and Evil Dead franchises are very apt, with dashes of Haunting of Hill House and Ninth House thrown in. Just replace the Winchester’s with a pair of sisters and the Deadites with...well actuall Wow, I had SO much fun with this book! It reads like a typical YA book, so I was actually caught off guard (in the best way) by the brutality and pulse-pounding suspense of the first major paranormal encounter. It’s violent, memorable, and instantly hooked me into the book. Comparisons to the Supernatural and Evil Dead franchises are very apt, with dashes of Haunting of Hill House and Ninth House thrown in. Just replace the Winchester’s with a pair of sisters and the Deadites with...well actually those can stay (they’re just joined by a host of other supernatural entities and occurrences) Strong leads, queer representation, twists and turns, almost non-stop action, some gore, and lots of creepy creepers...I’ll say it again, this book is a blast. Great for teens and adults alike! I only wish the next installment was out already so I could continue the adventure!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    JENNIFER STRANGE is a mix of novel and graphic novel with a side of journal entries. The illustrations really help make the story come to life so that was a sweet surprise I wasn’t expecting. This is a super duper fun YA book, and lucky for us, it’s the first book in a series! Jennifer is dropped off on her estranged older sister’s doorstep while her father does some work. But Jennifer recently discovered a secret in the family and the supernatural won’t leave her be. Jennifer is gifted with cert JENNIFER STRANGE is a mix of novel and graphic novel with a side of journal entries. The illustrations really help make the story come to life so that was a sweet surprise I wasn’t expecting. This is a super duper fun YA book, and lucky for us, it’s the first book in a series! Jennifer is dropped off on her estranged older sister’s doorstep while her father does some work. But Jennifer recently discovered a secret in the family and the supernatural won’t leave her be. Jennifer is gifted with certain abilities. With a touch she can conjure up something powerful on demons and ghosts. Oh and Jennifer’s father happens to be a ghost hunter. As you can imagine, the two sisters are going to have their hands full battling the supernatural. I read this book really fast - it has the perfect Halloween vibes! If you enjoy fun, supernatural stories, check out JENNIFER STRANGE. Special thanks to the Night Worms and the author for my free copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Horror Hypothesis

    I was charmed by JENNIFER STRANGE, a supernatural YA offering by Cat Scully. From the illustrations to the quickly paced plot in a southern setting, this was a great change of pace from some of the heavier novels i’ve consumed over the past few months. I needed a change of scenery and this one provided it for me! If you have a budding horror reader in your home, this would be a great seed to plant in order to grow a future horror hound. I would have devoured this as a child - it will sit nicely o I was charmed by JENNIFER STRANGE, a supernatural YA offering by Cat Scully. From the illustrations to the quickly paced plot in a southern setting, this was a great change of pace from some of the heavier novels i’ve consumed over the past few months. I needed a change of scenery and this one provided it for me! If you have a budding horror reader in your home, this would be a great seed to plant in order to grow a future horror hound. I would have devoured this as a child - it will sit nicely on my shelf next to Goosebumps, Wayside Stories, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This one kicks off a trilogy and I am looking forward to seeing how Jennifer Stranges arc is completed. Thank you to Night Worms for another great book party and thank you to the author for sending me a copy. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an e-arc of this from NetGalley. I’ve since been told that some of the plot has changed, and that there will be a sequel. For someone that does not often read horror and doesn’t particularly like ghosts, I thought this was a good and entertaining read! It was super creepy and there were some pretty gory scenes. I loved the relationship between Jennifer and Liz. As a teen librarian, I think this will be an easy sell to my horror loving teen readers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    Jennifer Strange is a lower-YA read set in Savannah, Georgia, and I love how Scully painted a good picture of the city! The illustrated journal pages and monsters are definitely reminiscent of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; I appreciated their addition to bring the story to life. Fast-paced and action-packed, I was able to breeze through this in a couple of hours. I had trouble connecting with the narrative voice, but that is in large part because of Jennifer's authentically young voice (and Jennifer Strange is a lower-YA read set in Savannah, Georgia, and I love how Scully painted a good picture of the city! The illustrated journal pages and monsters are definitely reminiscent of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; I appreciated their addition to bring the story to life. Fast-paced and action-packed, I was able to breeze through this in a couple of hours. I had trouble connecting with the narrative voice, but that is in large part because of Jennifer's authentically young voice (and I'm an adult, so I don't hold that against the story). I loved the premise - very similar to the early seasons of Supernatural - but unfortunately, the plot hinges on a trope I can't stand. Like, why would Jennifer's father abandon her with her sister with no information? Why did he have to just shove the journal at her and tell her to read it? They drove from Atlanta... I am sure he could have told her something about what's going on during the drive! Additionally, all of the characters felt very flat and one-dimensional, which made it difficult for me to care about the real stakes and horrors they are experiencing. Words cannot express how sad I am that I didn't enjoy this one more. Since the author mentioned changes were made to the book before publication based on Netgalley feedback, it's possible that the finished copy is a tighter narrative. Honestly, my proof copy felt like an early draft so I expect a lot of changes went into it. If my library picks up a copy, I plan on re-reading it to see how the finished copy fleshed out! eARC was sent to me by the author for my honest review and does not affect my opinions or content of my review. Quotations are from an unfinished proof and are subject to change in final publication. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jacy Sellers

    I read this book in one night because I simply couldn’t put it down. I had so many questions from the start and needed them answered before I went to sleep! This action-packed story gave me gory-geously creepy and ‘Supernatural’ vibes. Jennifer Strange, a teen trying to control her demon-summoning powers, moves to Savannah, GA to live with her sister while her father leaves to find answers. He gives her his journal to hopefully provide insight into her powers. Weird, horrific things happen to Jen I read this book in one night because I simply couldn’t put it down. I had so many questions from the start and needed them answered before I went to sleep! This action-packed story gave me gory-geously creepy and ‘Supernatural’ vibes. Jennifer Strange, a teen trying to control her demon-summoning powers, moves to Savannah, GA to live with her sister while her father leaves to find answers. He gives her his journal to hopefully provide insight into her powers. Weird, horrific things happen to Jennifer when a demon possesses a classmate on the first day at her new school. Although her and her sister, Liz, definitely don’t get along, they discover a sisterly bond – with Liz having the demon-banishing power – in the middle of all this supernatural chaos. With more spooky, terrifying encounters, they must learn to work together to uncover family secrets about the Black Gate. Not only do I devour ghost and supernatural stories, but especially ones that take place in the South and this got eaten up quickly! Overall, I enjoyed this unique story – a gruesome entanglement of supernatural and dark fantasy with its intermittent illustrations and journal entries of clues. I would recommend this book and definitely read the sequel! JENNIFER STRANGE is a young adult fusion of so many things I adore, including MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, BUFFY, and SUPERNATURAL, but I’d also add STRANGER THINGS and CRAZYHEAD to this list. And, P.S. – there’s a lot of puking in this story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacy Sellers

    I read this book in one night because I simply couldn’t put it down. I had so many questions from the start and needed them answered before I went to sleep! This action-packed story gave me gory-geously creepy and ‘Supernatural’ vibes. Jennifer Strange, a teen trying to control her demon-summoning powers, moves to Savannah, GA to live with her sister while her father leaves to find answers. He gives her his journal to hopefully provide insight into her powers. Weird, horrific things happen to Jen I read this book in one night because I simply couldn’t put it down. I had so many questions from the start and needed them answered before I went to sleep! This action-packed story gave me gory-geously creepy and ‘Supernatural’ vibes. Jennifer Strange, a teen trying to control her demon-summoning powers, moves to Savannah, GA to live with her sister while her father leaves to find answers. He gives her his journal to hopefully provide insight into her powers. Weird, horrific things happen to Jennifer when a demon possesses a classmate on the first day at her new school. Although her and her sister, Liz, definitely don’t get along, they discover a sisterly bond – with Liz having the demon-banishing power – in the middle of all this supernatural chaos. With more spooky, terrifying encounters, they must learn to work together to uncover family secrets about the Black Gate. Not only do I devour ghost and supernatural stories, but especially ones that take place in the South and this got eaten up quickly! Overall, I enjoyed this unique story – a gruesome entanglement of supernatural and dark fantasy with its intermittent illustrations and journal entries of clues. I would recommend this book and definitely read the sequel! JENNIFER STRANGE is a young adult fusion of so many things I adore, including MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, BUFFY, and SUPERNATURAL, but I’d also add STRANGER THINGS and CRAZYHEAD to this list. And, P.S. – there’s a lot of puking in this story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cat Scully

    Jennifer Strange will no longer available on Netgalley in a few days BUT the feedback was so helpful a HUGE cleanup was done before release! - Copy edits - Plot changes - Removal of swear words - Fight scene cleanup for clarity - Kiss scene!! - Illustrated novel *not* being marketed as part comic DEFINITELY check out the final book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keely

    3.5/5 rounded up for Goodreads Review coming soon!

  24. 4 out of 5

    NerdMom101

    BLOODY FUN YA HORROR. Oh man, what a ride! Jennifer Strange is a wild, gory debut by Cat Scully. It feels very "young Buffy", and the illustrations that pepper the novel add to the stylish, poppy prose. I think that if a teen is looking for some starter horror that's more cinematic rather than moody and atmospheric, this fast-paced novel is exactly where to go! I love the relationship between the sisters, too. I can't wait for more works by Cat Scully.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    I received an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Strange is just that... strange. After an “incident,” occurs at school, her father drops her off unannounced at her sister’s apartment and vanishes. The two girls are left to decipher clues left in an old journal written by him and illustrated by their mother. Along the way, they meet all sorts of supernatural entities. Will any of them be helpful, or will they all try to bring harm to the girls? I really enjoyed this bo I received an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Strange is just that... strange. After an “incident,” occurs at school, her father drops her off unannounced at her sister’s apartment and vanishes. The two girls are left to decipher clues left in an old journal written by him and illustrated by their mother. Along the way, they meet all sorts of supernatural entities. Will any of them be helpful, or will they all try to bring harm to the girls? I really enjoyed this book. The formatting was a little wonky due to it being an eArc, but I think that with a little more editing and polishing, it’ll turn out wonderful when published. The plot line was fantastic and fun to follow. The twist at the end was not quite what I expected (though bits and pieces were glaringly obvious, and others repetitive). I can’t wait to see the graphics in color! Overall I would recommend this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Jennifer has been dropped off at her sister's apartment. Her dad has gone off in search of answers. Apparently, Jennifer has some supernatural ability dealing with ghosts that she had no clue about, and still does not understand. When all hell breaks loose at her first day of her new school, Jennifer knows she is in trouble. With the help of her sister, Jennifer sets to make the world right again. She met a guy who seems to know some answers, Marcus. Problem is, Jennifer doesn't know whether or n Jennifer has been dropped off at her sister's apartment. Her dad has gone off in search of answers. Apparently, Jennifer has some supernatural ability dealing with ghosts that she had no clue about, and still does not understand. When all hell breaks loose at her first day of her new school, Jennifer knows she is in trouble. With the help of her sister, Jennifer sets to make the world right again. She met a guy who seems to know some answers, Marcus. Problem is, Jennifer doesn't know whether or not to trust him. Their families have a long standing feud going on. Is Marcus trying to help Jennifer or trying to help his family? Opinion I absolutely loved this book! It was phenomenal. With the MC, Jennifer, being shipped off to a haunted town when she has some type of ghost abilities, what could go wrong? The characters were developed well. The trust/don't trust Marcus inner fight that Jennifer had added an awesome depth to the story. Jennifer's ongoing battle with her sister that needs resolved keeps another depth of the story going. The plot and sub plots do not leave you wanting. Jennifer's anger at her dad's disappearance keeps the story going as well. The author also self drawn images that added to the story. It was definitely a well thought out book. I will be buying a copy of this book for my teenage daughter when it comes out. I am looking forward to more books in this series, please :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Harvey

    This is a supernatural fantasy perfect for readers of young adult literature. This was an enjoyable and fast paced book about a girl discovering unusual powers that she struggles to control. She's left with the diary of her father providing her with insight into her powers and how she might be able to use them for good. I enjoyed the graphics at the end of each chapter and the pages of her father's diary were a nice touch. The book had me on the edge of my seat with all manner of supernatural crea This is a supernatural fantasy perfect for readers of young adult literature. This was an enjoyable and fast paced book about a girl discovering unusual powers that she struggles to control. She's left with the diary of her father providing her with insight into her powers and how she might be able to use them for good. I enjoyed the graphics at the end of each chapter and the pages of her father's diary were a nice touch. The book had me on the edge of my seat with all manner of supernatural creatures. The author's descriptions of the creatures were creepy. The book gave me vibes of the show Supernatural but with two sisters instead of brothers. I would rate this 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend for teenage/YA.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Stylish and gory YA demonfest supernatural debut If you are after a fast-paced, gory, and very stylish YA horror novel then look no further than Cat Scully’s excellent debut splash Jennifer Strange. All too often Ginger Nuts of Horror struggles to find genuine YA horror to review, be rest assured this monster and demon-soaked romp is the real deal which moves at an incredibly fast and very silky lick. The novel is also part comic, with catchy illustrations opening the story, with additional drawi Stylish and gory YA demonfest supernatural debut If you are after a fast-paced, gory, and very stylish YA horror novel then look no further than Cat Scully’s excellent debut splash Jennifer Strange. All too often Ginger Nuts of Horror struggles to find genuine YA horror to review, be rest assured this monster and demon-soaked romp is the real deal which moves at an incredibly fast and very silky lick. The novel is also part comic, with catchy illustrations opening the story, with additional drawings at various key points along the way. It is not a graphic novel and is being referred to as an ‘illustrated novel’, however, it is more of a traditional novel than anything else. Be careful who you give it to, the cool packaging might look cartoony, but it is considerably bloodier than you might think. Bracken MacLeod has said: “The first time I started this novel, my reaction was, "THIS is a YA book?!" HELL yeah, it is. But it ain't just kids' stuff.” I would agree with Bracken, but also, there are plenty of kids out there who will take the numerous creatures and kills in their stride. It depends on how prudish they (or their parents) are, personally, I found it relatively harmless and I suspect most kids will take it the same way. Jennifer Strange starts swinging and does not relent for a moment with the entire plot spread over a few days after Jennifer arrives in Savannah to stay with her estranger elder sister Liz, whom she has hardly spoken to since their mother died a few years earlier. Savannah is beautifully portrayed as a city where there are a lot of ghosts and helped in creating a funky Buffy: The Vampire Slayer style vibe. There was an early scene where a demon killed several school kids and it was blamed on a gas leak; that sort of coverup happened in Summerdale High all the time! Is there a dash of Buffy in Jennifer? More ‘no’ that ‘yes’ but give her time! Instead of slaying vampires Jennifer is a conduit for ghosts and demons. This means that the undead can attempt to inhabit her body and take over her physical form and effectively possess her. Bearing in mind that Savannah is regarded as one of the most haunted places in America, Jennifer really is in the wrong city and on the first day of school there are deaths connected to a demon manifestation connected to her weird gift. The plot does not hold back on either the violence or death, with a swiftly mounting body count as Jennifer begins to investigate a supernatural mystery. Much of the violence does have a stylised bubble-gum, almost comic book, feel to it which complement the expressive drawings perfectly. Written with a first-person narrative, Jennifer was a cool lead character, who is presented in an accessible and down to earth manner which young teens will have fun connecting with. She is neither a superhero or ultra-cool and is just coming to terms with her new power and the reader has fun following her initial baby steps into the realms of the supernatural. I also loved her vulnerability; highlighted with her nerves when she attends school for the first time, head down, scared to draw attention to herself. Jennifer Strange is not a deep book and nor does it pretend to be. The characters are sketchily drawn with limited back stories, with its strength lying in its pace, action sequences and snappy dialogue. It lacks the intense inner reflection, conflict, and maturity which you might find in other YA fiction, for example, an Amy Lukavics novel. However, that should not be taken as a criticism, as this is a light and frothy read which provides easy-going entertainment. I was delighted to hear that Lukavics was also a fan of Jennifer Strange, providing the following lovely quote: “A mysterious, dark, and perfectly bone-chilling tale of self-discovery and seizing your destiny, Jennifer Strange is a tremendous addition to Young Adult horror”. I really enjoyed the supernatural world which Cat Scully develops and the colourful range of demons and other beings which pop up, here is an excerpt when they make an early appearance in the story: “My cellphone shook in my hand as the bright camera light flickered when it found Bloody Mouth. He held a student up by the base of his neck and brought the guy’s face crashing down into the black hardtop of one of the tall desks. Bloody Mouth smashed, and smashed, and smashed until the guy’s face had turned to putty.” Other highlights included the rekindling of the family relationship between Cat and her sister Liz, and the developing of her own supernatural powers and the mystery behind the term ‘Sparrow’ which the demons continually refer to her as. The handwritten diary flashbacks written by her father which provide insights into where the power originates was another clever development. There was a lot to enjoy in this very fine debut. Jennifer Strange is great fun and a colourful read for young teenagers not quite ready to tackle adult horror novels. Even younger kids, who are not too bothered about swearing and violence, will find much to get their teeth into. The creatures are relentless in their quest to get to Jennifer and it was incredibly easy to be sucked along on this rollercoaster journey. There is a serious lack of this gory type of horror for kids on the market and I am sure if the book is targeted at the correct audience it could be lapped up. I have a feeling the story of Jennifer Strange is not yet over and I will certainly be returning for more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    Note: very graciously received an early review copy from Netgalley. Review: DELICIOUS! I loved it!!! Balancing horror with a great deal of heart, Jennifer Strange is definitely one of the strongest debuts I've read recently. The illustrations just added to the overall feel of it--the atmosphere was great, and I enjoyed the quirky, haunted heroine. Can't wait to buy a physical copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I think this just wasn't for me. I found the lead character acted helpless or too naive for what could be a strong character. I like the idea of having pictures and journal entries along with the story. I think this helped the reader visualize what the author was creating in the monsters.

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