Clearclay Park by Elliot Arthur Cross

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Series: N/A

Author: Elliot Arthur Cross

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Length: Novella (125 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-6115-2936-4

Publisher: Queerteen Press, JMS Books (October 23rd, 2013)


Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa


Blurb: Cody Langdon’s been through a lot. He kissed a boy in the locker room and got brutally harassed for months. Unable to cope, he tried to take his own life. His parents decided a change in scenery would help, so they moved the family to Florida in the middle of the summer. The abrupt move left Cody lonely, bored, and beyond depressed. Stuck in a new state, Cody learned that a demon named Tanglewood had killed his neighbors and was taunting Cody. To save his family, Cody burned his house down.

Cody was lauded as a local hero and inducted into a support group for people who had survived encounters with dangerous demons. The support group introduced Cody to a new world of the supernatural and shared their own horrific experiences with incubi, curses, and ghosts.

Adam Monroe was a teenager just like Cody, until the demon Tanglewood killed his neighbors and his parents. Blamed for the multiple deaths and thought insane, Adam was locked away in a mental facility until Cody stumbled across evidence that cleared his name. The two bonded immediately over their shared trauma and mutual attraction.

After all, of his hardships, Cody is in for the strangest task yet — starting over at a new high school where he knows no one, doesn’t like organized sports, and thinks he’s above the petty social games.

Just as he begins to relax in his new environment, Cody’s parents find a new house to live in. Upon touring one of the identical homes in the Clearclay Park community, Cody discovers that behind the perfect hedges, trimmed lawns, and pristine appearance, a sinister force may lurk.

Forced to juggle his time between school, his parents, and Adam, Cody is confronted with the realization that not all problems are supernatural, and not all solutions are final.

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Review: This book was interesting to say the least. Very bizarre little story line, however I did like it. I found myself laughing at certain parts of it. Cody is a teen who has gone through a really hard time. First he got caught kissing a guy at school and was bullied for it. He had tried to commit suicide but his dad save him. Then he finds out that a demon is terrorizing his neighborhood so he burns the house down. Now here is dealing with a gorgeous boyfriend who had also survived a demon attack. Moving to Clearclay Park, he finds out that it is ran by an incubus and a half demon.

His friends that he hangs out with all survived demon attacks. Even his boyfriend Adam is a survivor. The problem was when the incubus seduces Cody into a kiss and he loses his boyfriend. Now hanging out with his friends from school and his friends of the survivor group, he realizes that they have indeed found some more paranormals. One, which ends him up in the past.

Adam is sorry and wants Cody back, but Cody is not really sure what he wants now. He does know that he wants Adam but for some reason isn’t ready to go back. He has to stop the demons, free the innocents, and turn his friend Hayden’s grandparents back to humans. All in a good days work I suppose. What else could show up I wonder.

I thought that this story was told with a humorous tone, which made it more enjoyable. Although it did catch my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end, it left me with more questions than answers. It was a bit hard to follow at the end of it. I love paranormals stories and this one is pretty good. I loved the mixture of paranormal types in this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loved cute and sexy young men, strange friendships, paranormal’s, danger and excitement.


Ghost of the Riverview by Elliot Arthur Cross

ghosts_of_the_riverview_400x600130812_1015Title: Ghosts of the Riverview

Author: Elliot Arthur Cross

Genre:  Mystery/Suspense/Paranormal

Length: Short (8,161 words)

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 4th 2013)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Billy tries his best to keep his smile, even though he’s grieving the death of one of his closest friends, he’s worried about another friend in rehab, and most Saturday nights he’s stuck watching movies with his lonely lesbian roommate. To top it all off, he can’t find a steady job and has a crush on a bartender named Reese, who happens to be oblivious of Billy’s affections.

Now and then Billy works odd jobs for a wealthy eccentric, who has purchased the Riverview, once a popular restaurant immediately after World War II. But the business closed after a series of incidents that culminated with the unexplained death of a waiter in a freezer. Ever since, there have been reports of strange sounds and lights coming from the rundown building, and teens use the remote parking lot to fool around.

Billy leaps at the opportunity to clean out the old restaurant to show off to possible investors. It might also be a chance to get closer to Reese. Together with a small crew, he must brave a harsh winter storm to travel to the Riverview and make it presentable. But when they’re trapped in the eerie building as the snow piles up outside, strange things start to happen. Is any escape from the Ghosts of the Riverview?

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Review: Billy does odd jobs for Griffin such as house sitting, some cleaning or whatever Griffin finds for him. Griffin does it because Billy was his lover Skottie’s best friend. Skottie was killed in a car crash. Griffin buys a haunted restaurant called the Riverview and offers Billy good money to get a crew to clean it up to show investors. Billy gets his roommate Trina, his crush –of- his –dreams, model Reese and Reese’s sister Quinn. Griffin had one request and that was to get Mathew another of Skottie’s friends that had gone to prison for drug use but is rehabilitated to help.

Oh, wow! For a short story, this was awesome. It has good flow and follow-through. The tension you could feel as if your there. First, the sexual tension between Billy and Reese, and then the scary chills in the restaurant. I can’t say more without giving it away but it’s scary, sexy, one heck of a twist and still a happy ending… well sort of.

I recommend this if you like a haunted building, scary stories, a little romance, surprising twists, and a happy ending.

Tanglewood Road by Elliott Arthur Cross

tanglewoodroadTitle: Tanglewood Road

Author: Elliot Arthur Cross

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Length: Novella (130pgs)

Publisher: Queerteen Press (24th May 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: 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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Review: Cody’s family moved to Florida after Cody’s failed suicide attempt in the hopes that a new start will bring Cody out of his depression. Cody hates Florida, so he sulks alone in his house waiting for school to start. But, he begins to notice something wrong on the street. There are no signs of life. Cody begins to investigate the strange absence of neighbors and comes across a demonic survivors’ group on-line that talks about his street, and Cody strengthens his resolve not to fall victim to the terrible monster.

This is a great young adult paranormal story that delicately borders the horror genre. Cody is sixteen; he suffered bullying when he was outed by someone he thought liked him. Now, after a failed suicide attempt his parents have moved to Florida so he can have a new start. Cody has noticed something wrong on their street though and is determined to get to the bottom of it. It leads his to make horrifying discoveries and leads him on a path that will test his sanity and make some unusual friends.

I really enjoyed this book with its mysterious paranormal aspects and the friendships Cody discovers with a diverse group of demonic attack survivors and the sweet relationship he develops with Adam, a young man who survived an attack similar to his own. The way the story develops is wonderful. Making you wonder, at first, if Cody isn’t really just imagining it all and is losing his sanity. The way that it further develops to include everyone from the DSG and leads us on a further adventure than just Tanglewood.

Cody is a typical teenager. he mopes and whines, is depressed and doesn’t want to do anything. The new friends he meets are brilliant. Adam, a teenager who has been through hell and locked up in a mental institution. Dominic, an older gentleman who has been hunted by a curse. Lin, who lost her son to an evil spirit. Caleb, who lost a friend in a strange way and Naomi who had a narrow escape from a succubus’s son. Together they come together to help each other out and it makes a great story. I am looking forward to the sequel Clearclay Park to see what this group of people faces next.

I recommend this to those who love young adult stories, paranormal bordering on horror, twists and taking on the paranormal and a happy for now ending.