Wow! Talk about a mind trip! This short read introduction to the CULTured series blew my mind. The author did a fabulous job giving me a glimpse of each character and hooking me in to wanting more... much much more. I usually don't do cliffhangers but I have read some of this authors other books and she quickly became a must read automatic one-click author for me. Her skills to take you on psychological mind trip does not fail. Its hard to say a lot without giving spoilers (and I don't like spoilers) so I'll just say this... if you are a fan of Ashleigh Giannoccaro and her mind blowing twisty books then you need to one click this now!
A Lump of Coal for Christmas by Ashleigh Giannoccaro This is a Christmas novella about Noelle. A young lady who has had a traumatic childhood. Now living with her grandparents she struggles trying to fit into their upper class lifestyle. Her childhood experience has caused her to struggle dealing with life. She just feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere. Her cousin seems to be the only one who tries. Every Christmas the family gathers at her grandparent's castle and every year in her Christmas stocking she gets a Lump of coal and a note. She has no clue who the note is from. The note is signed Yule. I really like this story and was even more excited when I found out it will be turned into a book. I love a dark story and this story definitely will be one. I look forward to where this story will be going. I give this story 5 stars.
Naughty little boys and girls don't get lovely presents for Christmas... according to English tradition their stockings are filled with a lump of coal. Noelle, however, knows something strange and eerie is happening to her every time she finds that lump of coal... especially after everything she had been through in the past during her childhood years with the cult. Ashleigh Giannoccaro's prequel to her new series has her readers baffled and wondering what the hell is going on! 5 Intriguing Stars for "A Lump Of Coal For Christmas"... an edgy dark story that leaves you puzzled and wanting for more!
This author has this uncanny ability to paint these worlds so incredibly vividly and make you feel as though you are right there with the characters, living the life, experiencing the events and in this case, it was terrifying and made my heart race and my mind spin. I was crazy to know what was going on and who I should be wary of.
This is the absolute perfect beginning to a series. I cannot wait to read more but I also feel satisfied. I didn’t feel as though I was left so far on the edge of a cliff that I was angry to be left there. Instead I was smirking, like, “oh ya... it’s going to get so good!”
A Giannoccaro is a foreign author and as a reader from the US, I feel like I am not of my country when I read her books and I love, love, love it. It gives her books a whole new layer and depth that I really enjoy.
This is a little Christmas package that delivers a big punch. It is not visions of sugarplums or sweet candy canes. It is definitely not yuletide joy or kisses under the mistletoe. A little girl begins receiving a lump of coal for Christmas every year always accompanied with an ominous note signed by Yule. She tries for years to discover who this person is and how he or she is pulling this off. Is it a prank or something much more sinister? I read this novella in one sitting and I feel like I need to read it again and much more slowly to savor every nuance and to decipher every clue. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in this series and for whatever this author releases.
This was not what I was expecting. Leave it to Ashleigh Giannoccaro to make you keep digging long after the stocking has been emptied. HAHA! I thought this would be a quick, twisted treat to quench my Holiday dark needs. Well, it sure did and then some. I want more more more. A foreboding feel kept me reading. But, man, by the end I was completely addicted and was devastated to find out that this was just the start to a series filled with secrets and cults. My devious smile couldn't be hidden.
I can't wait to see what's to come. You can't keep my curiosity caged like this!!
Dark and edgy, it's difficult to predict where this story was headed for the first half of the book. Having read other books by Giannoccaro, I had the feeling that the main character's desire would not play out the way she expected and hoped it would, but in the end I did not (could not) foresee how events would transpire. In the end I was left with more questions than answers.. which is fine, considering I have the sequel on hand. I don't know how I'd feel about the ending if this wasn't the case.
The Queen of the psychological twisty reads is back at it again. This is a short mind trippy thrill ride that starts off slow and has your heart slamming into your rib cage by the end. Note that this is a novella that ends in a cliffhanger, and is laying the groundwork for a future full-length novel (CULTured a psyco-erotic thriller due to be published in 2018). I'd like to add that Ashleigh sure knows how to make her readers excited and aching for more. I can already tell that Noelle and Yule's story will be one crazy ass ride, and I for one have my ticket ready to go. Let's ride!!
This was a very interesting read. It was different then I expected but in a good way. It is a complete story. I don't fel the need to read the next book to get a complete story; but I believe the story line can only improve with a longer in-depth second story. It ended with the pull to read book two. It was an original concept and well written. I look forward to the next book and more from this author.