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Review: Blood Stitches by Erin Fanning

Blood Stitches-highresTitle: Blood Stitches

Author: Erin Fanning

Genre: NA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Format: eBook, 85 Pages

ISBN-10: 1616506733 (Lyrical Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1616506735 (Lyrical Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie


It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster…And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.

Quick & Dirty: Blood Stitches is a crazy paranormal story filled with unique characters and non-stop action.

Opening Sentence: A gust of wind scattered leaves across the University of Seattle campus.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Blood Stitches is filled with unique characters you don’t often find in paranormal stories. The story is highly influenced by Mayan gods, goddesses and superstition. Blood Stitches is a short story that is so jam packed with action that it kind of lacks a bit of character development. I would have liked to have a more detailed back story that wasn’t glossed over as the story moved along. I also wouldn’t classify this as romance, it has more elements of an urban fantasy story mixed with some horror elements. It is kind of a New Adult story since the main character is nineteen, but it could almost pass as an older young adult story. (I would liken it to elements of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series or any of Christopher Pike’s teen horror stories.)

Gabby is just a happy college student hanging out with her best friend and long-time crush, Frank, when she is confronted by a strange looking man. The man who looks like a Candy Corn is looking for her sister. Candy Corn, dubbed “Mr. C” wants a piece that Esperanza, Gabby’s sister, is finishing for his boss. What Gabby doesn’t know is that her grandmother and sisters’ penchant for knitting actually has some paranormal qualities. These qualities are infused with the feelings of the knitter and items that have been included in the piece. It is Gabby and Esperanza’s Mayan ancestry that makes this possible. Although, Gabby doesn’t have the talent for it.

Esperanza has been working on several “Disaster” pieces that when put together could bring about the end of the world. Mr. C’s boss has all but one of them. With some quick thinking and brash wit, Gabby and Frank force Mr. C to take them to the pieces because they need to be destroyed. Also, Gabby and Frank’s wrists end up stitched together so they have another reason to destroy the works. Gabby and Frank end up on a wild ride together learning all about the unseen who only come out on Halloween. I forgot to mention that it is Halloween during this story. This wild ride introduces them to all manner of strange creatures with Mayan folk lore as its’ basis.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the wit and banter of the characters of this story. The conversations were pretty funny and strange. I really enjoyed the strange character of Tory, I would gladly read another story that features him. The overall world was nicely detailed and put together. I would really like that to be expanded upon in a future story too, if possible.

I was just a little disappointed in the development of Gabby and Frank. I really thought it was more of a romance by the synopsis and the cover. Gabby just didn’t interest me until close to the end. I was really hoping to see more development with her. I also just didn’t get Frank’s obsession with Lester Ruben and why he was constantly singing his lyrics. It happened so much that I thought something would come of it besides confusing the bad guys for half a second. Or maybe I just missed that in all the action?

Blood Stitches is a Crazy story that earns the big “C” in crazy. I would recommend this short story for someone who wants something a little different. The crazy creatures in this novel do take honorable mention for creativity.

Notable Scene:

We soon arrived at a street filled with partygoers weaving along the sidewalk and spilling into the road. A group of kids wearing Goth makeup, dark eyeliner, lips, clothes, the works, threw rocks at a parked car. Ropy scars crisscrossed a boy’s face, and instead of a nose, two nostril holes gaped. He yawned, and a stream of fire shot out.

“Kids today.” Tory shook his head.

A man with pointy elf ears ran across the street. His cap fluttered after him, along with three giant cockroaches. Demons dashed beside the sidewalk in pursuit of teenage girls shrieking and squealing. Heavy metal blasted from taverns, and masked people danced around a jaguar. The big cat snarled and crouched, ready to spring.

“I’ve never seen such great costumes,” Frank said. “They look real.”

“Because they are. Real, that is.” Tory said.


FTC Advisory: Lyrical Press/Kensington provided me with a copy of Blood Stitches. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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