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Tanglewood Road (Demonic Survivors Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elliot Arthur Cross
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Cody Langdon moves to Florida to start over after a failed suicide attempt. His mom hopes the change in scenery will do him more good than the medication he refuses to take, but Cody hates the sweltering summer heat and the loneliness of living in a state without any friends.

With several weeks to go until school begins, Cody sulks alone in the house while his mom works. Refusing to acclimatize himself to his new surroundings, he insists on wearing his usual black clothing and cranks the air conditioning all day.

The odd thing is, Cody hasn't seen a single sign of life since his arrival on Tanglewood Road. The lawns are well-kept, cars are parked in the driveways, and trash is put out once a week, but Cody has never actually seen anyone living on the street. Slowly, his thoughts spiral into obsession and paranoia. Where is everyone?

Then Cody stumbles upon a support group for those who have survived demonic attacks. The posts online only strengthen Cody's resolve when he learns about a murderous demon who has long stalked Southwest Florida. Has this same demon set up residence on Tanglewood Road, or is Cody's cabin fever getting the best of him?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Queerteen Press (4 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7HLHFU
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, creepy and addictive read 9 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A tightly-written horror story, Tanglewood Road is a quick, creepy and addictive read. It reminded me of some of the better Point Horror books, and I liked that Elliot Arthur Cross updated the 'teen horror' formula by writing a lead character who's a gay teenager. Less clear is whether Cross intended our teen lead's parents to be quite so stupid, or if it was a necessity of the plot. (What parent leaves their recently suicidal son alone by flying away for two days?)

The book's opening is supremely unsettling and there are some great visuals as our lead, Cody, realises that his neighbourhood is suspiciously quiet. The reason for that is really scary, and I loved the build-up of the first half of the book, where the stakes incrementally raise and you genuinely have no idea what's going to happen.

It's a bit of a disappointment that the Tanglewood Road's initial mystery - surrounding a character called Tanglewood - is dropped halfway through in favour of something else. Luckily, it's replaced with equally interesting characters and situations (not to mention a well-handled romance), but when you've got an idea as creepy and involving as Tanglewood you really want to see it played out. Here's hoping for Tanglewood Road Part II...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy beginnings and endings 4 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
Tanglewood Road follows 16 year old Cody, a boy who ends up seeing some crazy stuff and has to deal with it. It's an extremely quick read--on my Nook it's 82 pages. It took me two days just because I was so tired last night I was falling asleep with the Nook in my hand.

It's got a deliciously creepy start, and I relished it. It easily could have been a Twilight Zone episode, albeit a particularly grotesque one. (In fact, there is actually an episode where a couple wakes up to a totally empty town.) However, it kind of went off in a totally different direction. The creepy demon took a backseat to romance and random meetings with new people. I got the chills when I read what Duarte had found out about Cody's neighbors, and then all the demon does is leave white yarn? Come on. I wanted to be freaked out. Instead, I got to know all of Cody's new friends. Which isn't a bad thing at all. They were good characters and each had their own issues they had to deal with.

But again, I wanted to see more demonic action. More of Cody and Adam's demon. Even Dominic's demon, because if I were him I'd be traumatized. But the one that got the most time is the one I was least interested in--a pervy old man. And even that had very little scare factor. And I think I'd built up my expectations too much after the initial encounter Cody had with his demon. The story started out fast and aggressive, with the fire happening within the first 20 pages I think, and then we've got a meandering middle of Cody avoiding showers constantly and eating junk food and watching his show to avoid falling asleep.

And with that, I loved the ending, and I'm also frustrated by it. Why wasn't THAT part of the whole book, now the last five paragraphs!? I wanted that the whole way through!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic paranormal with basis in reality... A must read! 4 Aug 2013
By Dina Kmett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author, thru Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

**Some of this sorta contains spoilers, as I attempt to set up the plot to my satisfaction. It does talk about things that happened in the book, but I don't believe I revealed anything that would ruin or take away from reading and enjoying this great book.**

My Review:
This book was so fascinating to read, that I read it in one night. It was scary and had some very realistic stories about what strange and unbelievable things could happen in our world. I'm a living witness to that fact. You never know what may lurk in the darkness waiting for a victim... Some things were obviously made to be even more scary and shocking for the story's sake.

This book begins, telling us about a shy misfit teen, named Cody, who begins to realize he's having feelings toward the same sex. He believes another boy is also gay and they share a kiss. But just as that happens, three guys come around the corner surprising them. The guy he was kissing tries to save his own self by blaming it all on Cody. The three other guys end up beating Cody badly. Cody is not only embarrassed, he doesn't know how to face his parents, or return to school. He makes a very rash decision and tries to kill himself. Luckily, his father finds him in time. He does end up explaining things to his very accepting parents and they decide a move is in order. Cody & his mom go to their new home in Florida. Dad stays behind to sell their old home in Michigan.

Cody has a few weeks before school starts and his mom has started her new job. So he's just sitting in his house alone, extremely bored. He quickly notices that he's not seen one person, one neighbor outside since they moved there. He starts to investigate it. He finds a story on the internet about another boy who lived on his street, Adam. His parents were killed in his home & he was left alive claiming a demon killed them and all the neighbors! They put him away in a psychiatric hospital indefinitely. Meanwhile, Cody starts having scary experiences in and around his home. Things are escalating, but what can he do? On the website where he read about Adam, he learns about the existence of the Demonic Survivors Group. Are they real or just a joke?

As things escalate even further with his strange and frightening experiences, Cody becomes desperate and decides to fight back the only way he can think of. He ends up in the hospital, where he's contacted by the Demonic Survivors Group. He starts to meet up with them. Hears their shocking stories. They want to help get Adam out. They do get him released, due to similar evidence left in Cody's home. Immediately their is an attraction between Adam & Cody. It quickly turns into a friendship that promises more. Adam is very open and honest and very sweet and compassionate, esp with Cody. But the main plot continues as the demon Cody evaded is angry and still after him.

The story Really gets interesting from this point on as they do battle to save them all!

This book really takes you for a ride. So far, I haven't come across another story like this. It's quite intriguing as it's both steeped in reality and imagination when it comes to demons. How they operate and what power they can hold over people if in many cases, you let them.

Well it goes without saying that I REALLY enjoyed this book. The main character, Cody, and the characters that made up the Demonic Survivors Group were extremely well written and each had such different backgrounds and personalities! The sweet, but not overdone relationship growing between Cody and Adam was about getting to know each other, comforting one when they needed it and being able to talk and confide to each what they couldn't to anyone else. It was touching and I can't see it offending anyone. I say that for anyone who might feel uncomfortable about that content. Thank you to the author for letting me read & review this book.

EXCELLENT book!
4 Stars! A fun, unique, interesting story!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read. 13 Aug 2013
By Marlene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked the main character in this book. It was a fun read and I enjoyed following Cody as he worked at figuring out the mystery of Tanglewood Road.
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, creepy and addictive read 9 Aug 2013
By Joshua Winning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A tightly-written horror story, Tanglewood Road is a quick, creepy and addictive read. It reminded me of some of the better Point Horror books, and I liked that Elliot Arthur Cross updated the 'teen horror' formula by writing a lead character who's a gay teenager. Less clear is whether Cross intended our teen lead's parents to be quite so stupid, or if it was a necessity of the plot. (What parent leaves their recently suicidal son alone by flying away for two days?)

The book's opening is supremely unsettling and there are some great visuals as our lead, Cody, realises that his neighbourhood is suspiciously quiet. The reason for that is really scary, and I loved the build-up of the first half of the book, where the stakes incrementally raise and you genuinely have no idea what's going to happen.

It's a bit of a disappointment that the Tanglewood Road's initial mystery - surrounding a character called Tanglewood - is dropped halfway through in favour of something else. Luckily, it's replaced with equally interesting characters and situations (not to mention a well-handled romance), but when you've got an idea as creepy and involving as Tanglewood you really want to see it played out. Here's hoping for Tanglewood Road Part II...
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy beginnings and endings 4 Aug 2013
By B. Ayala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Tanglewood Road follows 16 year old Cody, a boy who ends up seeing some crazy stuff and has to deal with it. It's an extremely quick read--on my Nook it's 82 pages. It took me two days just because I was so tired last night I was falling asleep with the Nook in my hand.

It's got a deliciously creepy start, and I relished it. It easily could have been a Twilight Zone episode, albeit a particularly grotesque one. (In fact, there is actually an episode where a couple wakes up to a totally empty town.) However, it kind of went off in a totally different direction. The creepy demon took a backseat to romance and random meetings with new people. I got the chills when I read what Duarte had found out about Cody's neighbors, and then all the demon does is leave white yarn? Come on. I wanted to be freaked out. Instead, I got to know all of Cody's new friends. Which isn't a bad thing at all. They were good characters and each had their own issues they had to deal with.

But again, I wanted to see more demonic action. More of Cody and Adam's demon. Even Dominic's demon, because if I were him I'd be traumatized. But the one that got the most time is the one I was least interested in--a pervy old man. And even that had very little scare factor. And I think I'd built up my expectations too much after the initial encounter Cody had with his demon. The story started out fast and aggressive, with the fire happening within the first 20 pages I think, and then we've got a meandering middle of Cody avoiding showers constantly and eating junk food and watching his show to avoid falling asleep.

And with that, I loved the ending, and I'm also frustrated by it. Why wasn't THAT part of the whole book, now the last five paragraphs!? I wanted that the whole way through! It was an awesome way to end the book and I wish the whole thing had been like that.

Honestly though, I was still satisfied with it. It was a good story and had likable characters--actually, Cody was probably my least favorite. The ghostly and demonic interactions, when they occurred, were well done. I think there's a solid future in creepy stories here, and I'd love to read more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the ouija board... 14 July 2013
By EC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of the the cover, I'm a big fan of this novel. Cody is such a carefully crafted, three-dimensional, and endearing character. Cross's talent is evident from the get-go, as he manages to build a completely realistic sense of paranoia and suspense in the first part of the book. The other characters are also well drawn and there's a persistent, but never overwhelming, sense of humor that keeps the tone readable and believable. Tanglewood Road (the first in a planned series) should appeal to fans of YA paranormal, urban fantasy, and horror.
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