Fresh Face Friday: Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette

***Sorry guys didn’t realize this didn’t post yesterday***

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  Today I am spotlighting Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette.  This is a good urban fantasy novel that brings in the mythology of the Chupacabra and puts it in a novel that captivates you from the beginning.  This is definitely a must read if your interested in those unexplained myths like Bigfoot, Yeti and Lochness Monster.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb. I hope you all have a great weekend and pick up a good book if your snowed in.

18652242Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

A traumatic spelunking experience leaves Lorna McHaley haunted by disquieting nightmares regarding the deaths of people close to her. They disrupt every aspect of her life, especially her relationship with her best friend, Paige. One by one Lorna’s nightmares come true; each victim is killed by a terrible monster she claims attacked her in the cave. Lorna struggles between her own possible madness and the belief that the creature truly exists. With Lorna on the verge of a breakdown, Paige must uncover the secret of the mysterious cryptid. When she does, it will mean betraying Lorna and sending her into ruin


Lorna goes astray from the spelunking party after getting sidetracked by the sights.  When she tries finding the party she ends up having a horrible experience and is attacked by an animal she had never seen before.  After her horrible incident she returns to her life with horrible nightmares of the creature she was attacked by attacking people she knew.  When Lorna confides in her friend Paige about the creature that those in Mexico called El Chupacabra, Paige is skeptical until Paige witnesses something that confirms Lorna’s worries.  With Lorna’s familial link to mental illness everyone she confides, in except for Paige,  think she has finally succumbed to her mother’s schizophrenia.  Paige does all she can to help Lorna until helping Lorna threatens Paige and her loved ones.  Will Paige be able to save Lorna before more people die or will Paige herself meet the Chupacabra?

This was a great paranormal suspense novel.  It really had a great subject in the mythological Chupacabra.  This story takes you on a ride where it keeps you wondering what is really going on with Lorna.  J.R Mallette does a great job bringing you into the story.  You really can feel for Paige and what she goes through.  This story may start by focusing on Lorna’s story but in the middle it really flips to Paige and she becomes more relatable than Lorna.  Your heart will break at points but there are bits that really make up for the heart-break.  Overall, this is a short well written novel with a full story and developed characters.  This is a great story for those interested in mythological creatures wrapped in a suspenseful plot.

Author Bio: (courtesy of Goodreads)

I grew up in northeast Nebraska in a town with fewer than 600 people. There wasn’t much to distract my over-active imagination, so at age ten I started putting short stories down on paper. The idea of writing a full blown novel didn’t manifest until I was twenty-two and a senior in college. I never thought much of my writing and neither did anyone else until I was required to take an advanced writing course the second semester of my senior year. The professor took each student aside at the beginning of the semester and asked us about our inhibitions regarding her class. I told her that I just didn’t feel like I was that great of a writer. I’ll never forget the words the professor, Patricia Trautrimas, spoke to me after I aced our final project: “See, you really CAN write!” That birthed the mindset that I was more than capable of putting together a solid, well-built novel

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