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Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder
Pub. Date: February 21st, 2023

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 /5

I would like to thank @NetGalley and @Torbooks for a copy of the E-Arc in exchange for an honest review. I am so grateful for this opportunity!

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What was that? This book was so disturbing and weird and uncomfortable. But it was also fascinating, captivating, unputdownable. I kept gasping for air after each page. I feel like I had a morbid curiosity about the story and I was reading it through my fingers not-wanting-but-wanting to keep reading. It's very quick paced and set in three parts focusing on a main character. All of them are linked in the end.

Be aware that it is a dystopian horror novel. Please check the triggers before reading.

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The Blurb

It's been ten years since the last pandemic (Corona) and a new terrifying disease is spreading. Erin, the first MC is infected and struggles with the aftermath. She's alive but she needs to eat brains to remain functional and mentally stable. She starts seeing another infected person and both of them nourish their new cravings.
Savannah is a dominatrix. She loves her job, she loves sex, but the pandemic makes it difficult. She's being careful but an encounter with a client changes her behaviour.

Mareva is Erin's coworker. She always had health issues since a young age and her family has pushed her aside for it. She struggles with making friends and connections until she meets Erin before the pandemic.

The three characters' path will collide in this intense horror novel. The future of mankind is at stake and each character has a role to play.

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Holy **** you guys! I was hoping I was going to like this one but I wasn't prepared for how much I would absolutely LOVE it. I DEVOURED it. I didn't want to put it down, it was just that fricken good. I stayed up reading past my bedtime because I had to know how it ended.

Told in three parts by three different women who become irrevocably connected to one another through a pandy-apocalyptic event, we're introduced to a horrible new virus that tears through the planet like nothing we've ever seen. If you catch it, you're going to end up so fucked up you'll wish it killed you. Because to survive it means you're ushering in the end of the world as we know it and unlike R.EM. claims it will be, shit ain't gonna be fine. You are all soooo fucking far from fine!

Oh the things this book does and the places it goes! The body horror! The cow brains! The Cleaving! And that weird ass crazy ending! If this wasn't on your radar already, it is now. If you aren't sure it's for you, you're wrong, it is! If you don't like it when you're done reading it, do I even know you and how are we even friends?

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I want to say Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a early review copy of this book.

For reference, I rate my books from 1 star being DNF, to 3 stars being most common rating for a good book, to 5 stars being a book that completely amazes me so much I would read it again.

This book is very unique and different than the suspense/thriller or true crime books that I usually choose. I would classify this book as a Horror with a little Science Fiction, and I do love a good horror book every now and again. I found this book enjoyable and quick to read, but there are lots of gory and disturbing scenes (hence the Horror classification I gave it).

The story takes place in a city after the covid 19 mess that was unleashed on the world. Just when things start going back to normal, where people are going back to work and enjoying life without government imposed restrictions, a new 'virus' is quickly spreading. The infected people can be classified into categories from seemingly asymptomatic to dying within a few days in a hospital. Unlike Covid 19, the survivors find themselves mentally and physically changed. The infected survivors are divided into categories themselves with different evolving 'mutations'.

There are three parts to the book that follow three different main characters that have intertwining stories. Each of the three main characters have different reactions to the 'virus', so you get to explore all the different, and horrifying ways the infected can turn out.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys disturbing horror novels about human/zombie/demon/alien monsters.

The only reason I am giving this book a 3 star rating, instead of 4 stars, is because at the end of the book, I felt like the story was over, but the book wasn't ended. I personally do not like books that endings up to interpretation. I prefer to have books with complete and total endings. The only exception is if the book is part of a series, and nothing in the description or title of this book indicate that it is the beginning of a series.

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I have never read anything quite like this and that's what made me love it so much. The way that Lucy A. Snyder details the events leading to an absolutely crazy eldritch horror scenario is brilliantly planned out. The main characters were well written and it was interesting to see the different ways they dealt with the virus and their own symptoms. There is LGBTQ+ inclusion in this story which is always welcomed.

I would have liked to have learned more about the eldritch beings, however, saying that the mystery behind them was equally as enthralling.

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For how normal it begins, the novel evolves into one of the weirdest, Lovecraftian apocalypses I've ever read. Somehow it stays grounded to the present day, and its resonance with current issues doubles the eeriness. For me, this moved it from another pulp story to a tale that stays with me.

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I'd like to thank #Netgalley for letting me read an eArc of #Sister,Maiden,Monster by #LucyA.Snyder.

This book was so totally out of this world! I'm not even completely sure what I read but I know that I enjoyed it, and was very disturbed at the same time. It is certainly an interesting take on virus's, how they are transmitted and where they originate from. I am finding to no surprise that covid has made its way into books more and more often. The virus that comes after covid in this book is far more horrifying.
You follow 3 different women oon their journeys through this virus and how they end up connected to one another and the importance of each.
If you have a hard time following pretty out of this world stuff this may not be the book for you, but if you love intrigue, biology, and dare I say aliens, then this book is totally for you!

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A post-COVID virus brings about the apocalypse, and we witness it through different time periods from three different POVs.

Snyder’s end-times tale felt a bit messy at first, but the novel works well when you look at it as 3 separate novellas coming together to deliver a brutal, cosmic, madness-charged nightmare of Lovecraftian proportions. Even to this jaded reader, I found myself surprised a few times over certain situations and some unexpected levels of violence.

The ending felt a bit unfinished, but considering the novel eventually won me over after a couple days of digesting it, perhaps the finale will at some point, too.

It’s nice to see a major press release something so extreme, and horror fans should enjoy Snyder’s wild twist on apocalyptic horror.

5/5

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This had every element over Horror, creepy, weird and dark for me! I loved the entire story from beginning to end. Also the cover is stunning and I knew I just needed to get my hands on this one. I loved the Sci-fi element in the story. At times this was bizarre but in a a good way. Enjoyed this one!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me read an ARC of Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy N Snyder!!!

I loved this book. I feel like it was written personally for me! I do believe that this book will not be for everyone, there is body gore in it, but if you have no problem with that, then tou should definitely give this book a chance.

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I originally thought I was going to love this book, the description sounded intresting and unique and the cover is what drew me in and made me want to read the book asap. The story is told from 3 POVs, Each woman's perspective gives the next part of the apocalypse caused by the a virus. I enjoyed the weirdness of the book, people who enjoy body horror and cosmic horror might enjoy this book but check the Tw as there are plenty.

However, I feel like the plot was messy, it was all over the place with so many different ideas. It just had too much going on which made things a bit confusing. More isn't always better. I also felt there was too much ranting, I found myself losing interest and skimming though paragraphs just to move on.

Finally, there was a paragraph that I personally found to be very problematic, its quoted below;
".... After all, Dahmer did. Straight up had the cops find his teen victim Konerak Sinthasomphone on a street corner. Naked, bleeding from his ass, and disoriented because Dahmer had drilled a fucking hole in his skull and injected hydrochoric acid, trying to make him into a kind of zombie. But Dahmer played it totally cool, and they handed the kid right back to him."

I read quite a bit of horror as well as splatterpunk so I am not new to extreme topics but I think there should be a line between writing fictional characters and including real victims. I don't think Dahmer needed to be mentioned. I definitely don't think the 14 year old victim should have been mentioned in FULL NAME and especially not in such disrespectful way. I found this extremely insensitive and in poor taste.

Ultimately this book is not for me for the above mentioned reasons.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Tor Publishing Group, Nightfire for sharing the digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my authentic review.

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Part of me is still processing what I just read. It was an entirely unique experience, full of twists and turns and disturbing Lovecraftian imagery. Unfortunately I can't say that I felt like it was anything more than "good", however, and can't see myself reading this again or bringing it up with friends unless it was a specific situation. Not a bad book, by any means, but also not great.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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I enjoy a good dystopian novel more than most, and boy is this good. Not "The Stand" or "Swan Song" but certainly not Y.A. like "Hunger Games" or the "Maze runner" Brutality, and chaos reign and Mrs. Snyder does a fantastic job making characters who the reader may loathe not into two-dimensional caricatures of villains. This hit the spot for the spooky season and should be snatched up in February upon release.

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Three stories merge into one monster of a tale. I thought there was too much in-depth scientific explanation.

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This is what I have been looking for!
The perfect mix of horror, madness, uncomfortable, and Sci-Fi elements.
'People still talk about contagion control as if it matters, as if masks and gloves and sanitizers and prayers can stop the future.'
This may resonate with many people during this time of our own contagion.

This book does have very descriptive gore scenes that did not gross me out but made me cringe because I had to read it!

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I just absolutely adored this. Best read without looking up too much about it! Three women in a post pandemic world with separate but converging plot lines that come together to an insane ending. SO good.

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This is more like a 4.75 only because there are still so many unanswered questions I have…

This book is freaking WILD! It is gruesome and twisted and I LOVED it. This tells of a dark and horrific coming of end times and it completely engrossed me. I have found a strange new reading interest, for sure.

Covid has come and gone pretty much and a new pandemic is taking over the planet. This book follows three women who are integral to the fate of the planet, Erin, Savannah and Mareva.

This virus has the strange ability to mutate humans into one of a few different types: ones that have mild flu like symptoms for a handful of days, ones that thirst for fresh blood, ones that hunger for brains and some that exceed far past that… but believe me when I tell you, that is the absolute vaguest sense of these types of mutations. In actuality, the was the author describes all of this is with an intensity and an in your face severity. This isn’t for the faint of heart. This is NOT for everyone… but if you can handle the gore and the sexual depravity, than I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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Big thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for the chance to review this book pre-release. When I requested this book, I knew I was in for something unique and abstract, but I don't know if I was prepared for how much so. I LOVED this book. It's absolutely nothing like what I was expecting. Gory, graphic, but that's exactly what you want in a creature horror book like this. You won't find a book that's anything like this one, and that is rare. A more formal review will be available on my IG/TikTok and Goodreads.

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This is probably the weirdest book I have ever read. Sister, Maiden, Monster is chilling, thought-provoking, and often downright gross. This is not a book for the squeamish. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing style alone drew me in from the first page; Snyder is obviously very talented. I really liked the way the book was divided up into three different characters and the way that even the side characters became relevant in each woman's story at some point. This is a really dark book and I would definitely check content warnings.

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This is 3 stars for me simply because I have discovered this is not my brand of horror. This went a little too extreme for me. I do enjoy horror and I really like gore but I’ve finally found something that was just Too Much. I will remember and think about the scene where Erin and Betty eat each other for the rest of my life and that’s not a good thing.

This is not a bad book by any means, it is actually very well done and interesting. The way the virus is explained, the pandemic unfolds, was what really drew me in and made me want to continue.

I was expecting this to be a zombie book and it took a sudden turn into eldritch beings and gods taking over the world… and a lot of stuff about cephalopods? There may have been aliens and things from outer space, that got jumbled in a little bit.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a more mind boggling book. I’ve also never read a more disgustingly graphically detailed book. There were some things I wish I’d never read and I genuinely wonder how they were even thought of. A+ for creativity, I don’t knock that at all. I didn’t hate the book. I hated how some parts made me feel. Which happens in a lot of books and that’s okay.

I applaud the author for the stellar world building and really being able to suck me in even when I didn’t fully understand everything that was going on. Super well done, and the sci-fi tone of this whole book was fascinating.

That being said I would say approach this one with caution and really think about whether or not you want images burned into the back of your eyeballs for all eternity after reading it. I recommend it for those that are extreme horror enthusiasts and people who really enjoy upsetting books.

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I’m not normally a horror fan but the description of this book drew me in. Probably one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read…but I liked it? I just wish the ending had been a bit more developed / longer. Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy.

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