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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean Cormier

    This book has it all! "...And They All Lived Happily Ever After" by Crystal Connor will have you locked down and glued until you are done with this book. Wow, what a read, usually when you think of fiction books you have hopes that there will be something to catch your attention and interest to keep you reading until the book ends. As she starts every tale you are provided the details of the characters and become involved from the start. At some point you can almost feel the same air or the brush This book has it all! "...And They All Lived Happily Ever After" by Crystal Connor will have you locked down and glued until you are done with this book. Wow, what a read, usually when you think of fiction books you have hopes that there will be something to catch your attention and interest to keep you reading until the book ends. As she starts every tale you are provided the details of the characters and become involved from the start. At some point you can almost feel the same air or the brushes of nature or even the flowers flying past you and duck. When you pick up a Crystal Connor's book, you've got your hands full of fast paced emotions, drama, and characters that you wish your imaginary were capable of conjuring up. This book is a collection of short stories that deal with everything from virology and zombies that make the plague look like the common. Who knew a virus could follow two paths, such as, antigenic drifts and antigenic shifts. Another tale of a spirit names "Asha" who demands no one will ever want her home as much as she does. It really is too bad that only children can see spirits initially. The next tale brings in Maleka, her cousins Maybell and Latisha in Louisiana and how different they view the world and why voodoo and charms protect the innocent. How about a Santa that tracks down naughty children or a ship's captain that wears an alligator as a neck wrap? Did you ever think there would be a group called the "Thought" police and so on? This book has it all and is worth the money and time to read it. If you enjoy fiction and the mystery of imagination, then Crystal Connor will not disappoint you with her latest book titled "...And They All Lived Happily Ever After".

  2. 4 out of 5

    I Heart Dark Arts

    Two words: In. Sane. The first thing I want to talk about is the layout which is nothing like I’ve even seen in a paperback and its nowhere near being a graphic novel. This book is visually engaging I’m surprised that no one else is talking about it! The book actually starts before the table of contents; right after the blurbs page there is a untitled tiny story about a home invasion….its just a paragraph long but it’s a kill shot =D at the end of that story it says “presenting Crystal Connor’s … Two words: In. Sane. The first thing I want to talk about is the layout which is nothing like I’ve even seen in a paperback and its nowhere near being a graphic novel. This book is visually engaging I’m surprised that no one else is talking about it! The book actually starts before the table of contents; right after the blurbs page there is a untitled tiny story about a home invasion….its just a paragraph long but it’s a kill shot =D at the end of that story it says “presenting Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After!” and that sets the tone for the entire book The next thing we get is a hand written note that feels personal, it’s a little unnerving because it reminded me of Misery but in reverse! The dedication page is the coolest dedication I have ever read. It’s a letter to her mom and its written in pirate script sea battles and beheadings included! When we get to the table of contents we find out she wrote that by hand too! And there are all kinds of doodles and ‘notes to self’ one of those notes that drew my eye was the bible passages, and it didn’t take long to see why those are there. The 1st story The Lazarus Antidote starts off without warning. All of a sudden you’re reading an official looking letter from research firm but towards the end of the letter you get that oh-oh feeling, then you turn the page and BAM it hits the fan. There’s all kinds of stuff going on in this story, you have newspaper articles, memo’s, press releases, a slug fest between two and then everyone who is caught in the middle. This is a zombie story and things are so bad that the U.S. has been quarantined. One of the most chilling lines from the story, and maybe the whole book is this: “But now by the dawn’s early light the angel of death soared the airs above the one nation under God.” Right? After I read that I had to take a break. Amber’s New Friend and The Apple made me cry. The Monster and The Christmas Wish are insanely good but the scariest story for me was The Parish. The Catholic priest is praying to God for help and God answers his prayer but not in the way you would think. It really is God too, the priest isn’t delusional. There are also mini stories called: And on this episode of thicker than water. I really liked the one where the high school kid but the one that really bothered me was the episode about the neighbors. As usual for Crystal, this book has a lot of diversity! Reading this book was just like watching the Master’s of Horror show that used to be on Showtime. One thing that I noticed from some of the reviews I saw on Amazon and Barns and Nobles is that people are saying that this book is full of voodoo…which it isn’t. There’s the mention of voodoo in The Lazarus Antidote , Amber’s New Friend, and Brianna and the Magic Negro but its not used and the supernatural occurrences in The Monster is from Appalachian myth. I am going to read it again to see if I can pick a favorite story, but right now I can’t. This book is awesome!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    “…And they all lived happily ever after” is an anthology of short stories, written by Crystan Connor. When I was contacted to be part of this blog tour, I was very excited for this book. I was looking for a book that could give me nightmares. When I saw the cover of “And they all lived happily ever after” and I read the blurb, I knew that this is the right book and I immediately wanted to read it. “…And they all lived happily every after” convinced me with the cover. The look of terror on the wome “…And they all lived happily ever after” is an anthology of short stories, written by Crystan Connor. When I was contacted to be part of this blog tour, I was very excited for this book. I was looking for a book that could give me nightmares. When I saw the cover of “And they all lived happily ever after” and I read the blurb, I knew that this is the right book and I immediately wanted to read it. “…And they all lived happily every after” convinced me with the cover. The look of terror on the women’s face just makes you wanna read the book, because, if you love horror, you know this is the right book for you. This book is perfect!! I loved it and I want more of it! I am soooo happy that I accepted to be a host in this amazing blog tour and I ended up reading the book. I loved every part of it. What amazed me the most, was Crystal’s ability to change her write-style. With every short story that you read, you feel like there is another author that tells the story, not Crystal. I also liked the fact that the author gives you the details of the characters so you can form an imagine in your head and get used to the storyline and the characters. Crystal is a very good author and I would liked to read something else written by her. “…And they all lived happily ever after” will have you hooked from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down and I read it in a weekend. And, believe me, with my super busy schedule, it’s amazing when I can manage to read a book in a weekend. If you believe that “…And they all lived happily ever after” is a book filled just with horror and terror, you’re wrong. There were funny moments in it. A horror book with humor? Just perfect! Reading this book I found myself took from my world and put in the world(s) of the short stories that Crystal wrote. I loved the thing that, while reading it, everything around me faded and all I knew was me and the book. I recommend this book to every single person that is bored and is looking for a book to read and love. “…And they all lived happily ever after” is a lot of fun. I will definitely re-read it!! Loved it!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    And They All Lived Happily Ever After is a collection of short stories.There is a wide range for everyone as it has stories about zombies, haunted houses, the real Santa Claus, disturbed friends and so much more. You really get into the stories and a lot of times wish they were longer because you don't wish them to end. I will tell you about a few of the short stories with no spoilers. In The Lazarus Antidote we find ourselves in a world after a zombie outbreak has occurred. The world is a whol And They All Lived Happily Ever After is a collection of short stories.There is a wide range for everyone as it has stories about zombies, haunted houses, the real Santa Claus, disturbed friends and so much more. You really get into the stories and a lot of times wish they were longer because you don't wish them to end. I will tell you about a few of the short stories with no spoilers. In The Lazarus Antidote we find ourselves in a world after a zombie outbreak has occurred. The world is a whole new place and scientist are trying to find a cure. While one scientist is hard at work trying to work on the cure she is being hunted by a killer who is hired to take her out. Just when you think things will turn out great a tragedy happens. In Best Friends Forever one friend stalks another anyway she can. This story I enjoyed because sad to say I could picture it easily happening in real life. I am sure we have all seen it on the news or elsewhere. In Amber's New Friend we find ourselves living in a worse horror than any movie we have seen. The house is haunted by a girl ghost who not only tries to run the new owners out but tries to turn the child against her parents in little ways. In The Christmas Wish we find out who Santa Claus really is. I believe this is my favorite of the short stories and I wanted it to be much longer. In fact I want a whole book on this one. After reading it my mind went wild thinking of what could happen after the story ended. These are just a few of the masterfully written stories you can read in this book. All are very good and seem to make you think that you are right their with the victims urr people I mean as you read them. Crystal Connor does a great job on this book and I loved reading about how she came up with the ideas. I will be looking for more books from her.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Koski

    Some Like Them Short When it comes to science fiction and horror I want the guts, gore and the weird and unexplainable. To read a sentence that jumps out and says go ahead read me again to make sure you had it right the first time. It’s the demented tales that we all live for either in print or on the TV. Crystal Connor was a name passed to me as I commuted back and forth to work using the train last year. So, when I heard another was published and out it was obvious to pick up a copy to see if t Some Like Them Short When it comes to science fiction and horror I want the guts, gore and the weird and unexplainable. To read a sentence that jumps out and says go ahead read me again to make sure you had it right the first time. It’s the demented tales that we all live for either in print or on the TV. Crystal Connor was a name passed to me as I commuted back and forth to work using the train last year. So, when I heard another was published and out it was obvious to pick up a copy to see if this author could still make me close my eyes and shake the shudder off my spine. She does in this book with multiple short tales. ”...And They All Lived Happily Ever After” is the title and it was a perfect one to carry back and forth. As always, I read it too quick and passed it on and will have to wait until her next one comes out. Some of the characters were truly interesting. Vicious animals chasing you to run into the house of vicious humans was choice for one girl and that was touch on the edge. I do the like the occasional “spirit” that has her fits and must maintain the “alpha” role of the house. I found that was a good quick story too. I don’t want to give a lot away or remind you to carry your comfort piece while passing through voodoo town. Just letting you know that I found this book entertaining and you should find it the same way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Short Stories to Amuse Your Wicked Mind Talk about karma and perfect timing for this book filled with short stories of terror and the unimaginable that goes above and beyond. If you hear the name Crystal Connor mentioned in your book club then you know it is a must read. I’ve come to know her style as the wild, wicked and twisted. It’s awesome and each segment keeps you interested in the next page. October is coming and it is a dress up celebration I partake in so the hostess will receive a than Short Stories to Amuse Your Wicked Mind Talk about karma and perfect timing for this book filled with short stories of terror and the unimaginable that goes above and beyond. If you hear the name Crystal Connor mentioned in your book club then you know it is a must read. I’ve come to know her style as the wild, wicked and twisted. It’s awesome and each segment keeps you interested in the next page. October is coming and it is a dress up celebration I partake in so the hostess will receive a thank you copy of this book titled ...And They All Lived Happily Ever After! She (Ms. Connor) does the one thing I enjoy with any book and that is providing you the details of the character up front to allow you to envision them and to become a part of the storyline. Not only are deciding which way and who or what to route for…but you are also deciding in the end if the revenge or ending is/was plotted rightfully so for the occasion. This is when you know you have a good author to follow. Of course, it may not be for the mild and faint but it sure makes for good reading. It’s the ghosts, the spirits, and the voodoo that has you looking over your shoulder when you close the book. Even though you know it is fiction, I bet Maleka wishes she had another chance. A good book, a quick and easy read is now waiting for you…go for it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    The unseen and the unimaginable are fully revealed in Connor's "...Smorgashboard of Atrocities", and even the most seasoned horror fans will find themselves clutching their blankets tight when they turn out the lights. Reminiscent to Richard Matheson and Stephen King, the author's stories in this compilation of terror will be remembered long into each and every dark evening. Most readers will agree that they have never stumbled across a mind as warped as Connor's because she has the ability to l The unseen and the unimaginable are fully revealed in Connor's "...Smorgashboard of Atrocities", and even the most seasoned horror fans will find themselves clutching their blankets tight when they turn out the lights. Reminiscent to Richard Matheson and Stephen King, the author's stories in this compilation of terror will be remembered long into each and every dark evening. Most readers will agree that they have never stumbled across a mind as warped as Connor's because she has the ability to lure them into a frightening horror house, scare the bejesus out of them and then hug them, console them and feed them candy when the daunting ride comes to an end. This anthology of chilling tales include sci-fi, fantasy, zombies, spooky spirits and even a Christmas theme which are all guaranteed to make one shiver in a corner and cry for their mommy. This phantasmic author boasts about the many competitions and contests won over the years for her unique writing talent, and she very well should, for she depicts highly descriptive settings to a tee and eases readers into each spine-tingling short story with characters that will pique their interest immediately. Each ghastly tale can be read one at a time, or gobbled up all at once, but please be warned that things that go bump in the night seem to linger while you sleep

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Mixing evil queens, dark fantasy, and a fast flowing blend of newspaper accounts, letters, lists, scientific documents, and even text messages, author Crystal Connor's short stories move from distorted zombie apocalypse to ghost story to a terrifying Christmas wish (my favorite) and more. The formatting is intriguing and pleasing to the eye, nicely designed for a modern day audience of text-messaging new adult readers. “Father McAlister’s heart shattered” at the sins of twin cities, “everyone pay Mixing evil queens, dark fantasy, and a fast flowing blend of newspaper accounts, letters, lists, scientific documents, and even text messages, author Crystal Connor's short stories move from distorted zombie apocalypse to ghost story to a terrifying Christmas wish (my favorite) and more. The formatting is intriguing and pleasing to the eye, nicely designed for a modern day audience of text-messaging new adult readers. “Father McAlister’s heart shattered” at the sins of twin cities, “everyone pays the piper” in the end, and the “burning bush” blends mystery and faith. Monsters’ tentacles “burst from the water with... fear inspiring awe and splendor” and terrors both Biblical and strange fill the pages of a collection where happily most surely is not ever after. Some readers might find the formatting distracting. It was the curious word choices that distracted me, but I’m not a new adult. Still, the ideas are intriguing and really well-presented with lots of variety and lots of scares. A cool, cool-looking book. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andy Angel

    This first short story collection from Spectrum Trilogy author Crystal Connor is a winner from the get go. The book starts off with The Lazarus Antidote, set after the Zombie Apocalypse as scientists are trying to find a cure, but tracking the doctors and scientists down is The Dragon. This is a very atmospheric tale that draws you in and doesn't let go. Best Friends Forever is sinister and twisty fun. The Christmas Wish has a different take on Santa and naughty children that I found really enjoyab This first short story collection from Spectrum Trilogy author Crystal Connor is a winner from the get go. The book starts off with The Lazarus Antidote, set after the Zombie Apocalypse as scientists are trying to find a cure, but tracking the doctors and scientists down is The Dragon. This is a very atmospheric tale that draws you in and doesn't let go. Best Friends Forever is sinister and twisty fun. The Christmas Wish has a different take on Santa and naughty children that I found really enjoyable. Amber's New Friend is (possibly) the best ghost story I have ever read - a really well told tale With this collection Crystal Connor takes another step towards getting the recognition she deserves as a teller of wonderous tales. There are more stories than those mentioned above (14 in total), the above are just a taster and the book finishes with "Notes From The Author" where Ms. Connor talks a little about the stories and, for me, this insight just adds to the depth of the stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I was excited to read this book after I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I wanted to be scared and sitting on the edge of my seat. This is a book filled with short stories all written by Crystal and I loved how she changed it up in ever story. I felt like I was reading different authors in ever story. Crystal has such a way with words that you get lost in each story. I wish they were longer so I could enjoy the characters longer. I’m not going to tell you about the stories because I don’t thi I was excited to read this book after I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I wanted to be scared and sitting on the edge of my seat. This is a book filled with short stories all written by Crystal and I loved how she changed it up in ever story. I felt like I was reading different authors in ever story. Crystal has such a way with words that you get lost in each story. I wish they were longer so I could enjoy the characters longer. I’m not going to tell you about the stories because I don’t think I could without spoilers. I didn’t enjoy every story in this book but I did enjoy half of them and the ones I did I loved. Crystal is defiantly an author to watch in the Horror genre. She is able to change things up and have you gripping the edge of your seat but it’s not only horror there were times I found myself laughing. I have added Crystal to my buy list. 3/5 Bloody Fangs

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Centeno

    And They Will Live Happily Ever After is a great read! I love horror books so it came as no surprise to me how much I would come enjoy this anthology. Each story is gripping and attention grabbing. There’s a mixture of comicality, horror, and insight in each individual tale, which I happened to appreciate a lot. My favorite part about this book? Well, it has fourteen short horror stories. It doesn’t get any better than that. The author did an amazing job at separating each story to where you don’t And They Will Live Happily Ever After is a great read! I love horror books so it came as no surprise to me how much I would come enjoy this anthology. Each story is gripping and attention grabbing. There’s a mixture of comicality, horror, and insight in each individual tale, which I happened to appreciate a lot. My favorite part about this book? Well, it has fourteen short horror stories. It doesn’t get any better than that. The author did an amazing job at separating each story to where you don’t feel as if you’re reading a rewrite of the previous one. Instead, each short tale has its own unique visual elements to project to the reader. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This is a great collection of short horror (and sci fi, and fantasy) stories. I think my favorite one is "Amber's New Friend", but then, I share a first name with one of the characters. Some of the stories have a really interesting racial element that I haven't often run into. I'd like to read more like that. Crystal's stories were inspired by dreams as well as events from her own life. I look forward to reading more of her work - and hopefully soon! I'd recommend this, but perhaps not for younge This is a great collection of short horror (and sci fi, and fantasy) stories. I think my favorite one is "Amber's New Friend", but then, I share a first name with one of the characters. Some of the stories have a really interesting racial element that I haven't often run into. I'd like to read more like that. Crystal's stories were inspired by dreams as well as events from her own life. I look forward to reading more of her work - and hopefully soon! I'd recommend this, but perhaps not for younger readers...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Wowza! This was a GREAT book to read around this Halloween holiday! I am so glad that I decided to read it for this tour :) Each short tale had me gripping my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen. I'm not going to go into too much detail about each one because, quite frankly, I just can't do it without a spoiler or two. So I'll just say... If you like great horror reads, you'll be just plain nuts if you don't pick this one up! I can't wait to read more from the author :) Wowza! This was a GREAT book to read around this Halloween holiday! I am so glad that I decided to read it for this tour :) Each short tale had me gripping my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen. I'm not going to go into too much detail about each one because, quite frankly, I just can't do it without a spoiler or two. So I'll just say... If you like great horror reads, you'll be just plain nuts if you don't pick this one up! I can't wait to read more from the author :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ailyn

    Ebook is quite good with designs that suit the particular story. The author made full use of designs and fonts to make the reader feel as they are reading a letter, a poster or just a story. The style changes from story to story, showing the author's ability to adapt to each format. just a pity the spelling was not thoroughly checked, grammar was ok. Ebook is quite good with designs that suit the particular story. The author made full use of designs and fonts to make the reader feel as they are reading a letter, a poster or just a story. The style changes from story to story, showing the author's ability to adapt to each format. just a pity the spelling was not thoroughly checked, grammar was ok.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abir

    amazin' story ever can't stop reareadin this amazin' story ever can't stop reareadin this

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Unique blend of stories. I particularly liked the Magic Negro story and the ghost story, Amber's New Friend. Loved the vivid details and the ongoing fight between the family and the ghost Asha, who is believable and it makes me recall Amityville. Unique blend of stories. I particularly liked the Magic Negro story and the ghost story, Amber's New Friend. Loved the vivid details and the ongoing fight between the family and the ghost Asha, who is believable and it makes me recall Amityville.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Cebulski

    My project, and who knows how long it will take, is to work my way through Sumiko Saulson's list of 60 black women in horror writing. I've already read the greats—Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler—so I thought I would start out with someone lesser known. I found Crystal Connor's And They All Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities on Audible. It looked interesting—a screaming woman takes up the entire cover art, and what's horror without that? I used one of my two monthly tokens on My project, and who knows how long it will take, is to work my way through Sumiko Saulson's list of 60 black women in horror writing. I've already read the greats—Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler—so I thought I would start out with someone lesser known. I found Crystal Connor's And They All Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities on Audible. It looked interesting—a screaming woman takes up the entire cover art, and what's horror without that? I used one of my two monthly tokens on it and gave it a listen. Well, it was quite the soundtrack to doing dishes, putting away laundry, and crushing cardboard boxes at work. Happily Ever After is a short story collection, but it plays with our expectations of that format. The first two stories are actually set before the table of contents. The table of contents itself (as I discovered while looking at the Amazon sample pages later) are written by hand on notebook paper, with clever little notes and doodles in the margins. Connor knows how to effectively play around with structure. The themes, content, length of the stories are quite diverse. Some are dozens of pages (or about an hour and a half) while others take up maybe one or two pages at most (the two- to five-minute stories). Her range is impressive. This book has a little something for everyone, playing on horror tropes—zombie/vampire apocalypse, evil doll, haunted house, alien takeover, etc. These tropes are recontextualized within a black POV, something quite refreshing in a genre oversaturated with white heterosexual males. Some of these recontextualizations are tragically comedic—the reason why there isn't a Jenkins family Amityville horror is because when a ghost tells a black family to get out, they get out. A “Magical Negro” doll takes the role of Chucky or a voodoo doll, causing gleeful havoc and destruction. In general, though, this minority perspective is just a supplement to Connor's talents in writing horror. While not always outright scary, unnerving, or terrifying, the creativity flowing here is amazing. Lots of playful exploration of horror cliches, blended with new ideas that bring freshness to the material. Connor's writing is great, with some amazingly eclectic variations in her voice. For all this insanity, though, it does become difficult to follow at times. This may in part be due to the structure of the collection, which lends itself better to reading than listening. One couldn't even fathom an audio version of House of Leaves. A similar situation occurs here, albeit on a smaller scale. But the greater flaw is pacing. A lot happens in Connor's stories, but sometimes it feels as if she developed certain plotlines as she went along. Extreme events happen abruptly, without proper narrative prep, and occasionally there will be severe thematic turns at a point nearing the end of the story that seems to dilute what had been previously built up. One questions the build-up's purpose, in other words, whether it was just fluff or whether it had something to do with what is to come. Imagine how betrayed the moviegoer feels with a character once thought trustworthy who turns out to be no longer trustworthy—they feel like that character's whole development was a lie, just for the sake of a twist. It's like that, only it's the entire story this time around. “The Apple” in particular suffers from this, much as I did enjoy certain parts of it. The writing is then about as varied as the themes—eloquent and engrossing at times, confused and jagged at others. Connor certainly has talent, yet many of these stories felt too long or too short, left me wondering what she had built up for and what the payoff was. It's flawed, but I did enjoy this collection. It was like a large-scale revitalization of genre cliches, the objective being a massive reinterpretation of the old horror trends into something inimitably Crystal Connor. As I can't complain of any of these stories being cliched, dull, or tried, I must say the collection succeeded in that mission.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tofts Reviews

    An impressive collection of independent stories that not only work well on their own, but complement each other greatly. This format reminds me of short except magazines (such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) or compilation books (such as The Bathroom Reader) where all related tales are showcased. This is a wonderful way to get a taste of the caliber of talent offered by this superb author. This format also sets the stage and foundation for Connor’s upcoming trilogies and related characters. Fo An impressive collection of independent stories that not only work well on their own, but complement each other greatly. This format reminds me of short except magazines (such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) or compilation books (such as The Bathroom Reader) where all related tales are showcased. This is a wonderful way to get a taste of the caliber of talent offered by this superb author. This format also sets the stage and foundation for Connor’s upcoming trilogies and related characters. For example, the little girl character Keisha from The Spectrum Trilogy is featured here. It is nice to see known characters from other Crystal Connor stories make appearances. The reader gets to see these characters out of their original story in another day of their lives. And that makes great drama to follow. Some of the narrative is a continuation of previous stories, incorporating new and intriguing conflicts and points of view. The caliber of horror that Connor can entangle the reader’s mind is so diverse. From psychological thrills in Best Friends Forever and Spores, to electrifying action scenes in The Ruins, this author is so diverse and in command of the entire Horror genre. Using techniques and milestones from other genres, she expertly weaves in new and exciting elements to not only scare the reader, but also make them think. Like, really think. Connors has mastered the art of challenging readers’ minds while entertaining them with her excellent use of technology/science concepts. Because of the research involved and the technical-to-layman’s-terms rules, very few authors can do this at this level and maintain a good story line. When the reader leaves a Connors book, he/she is left with answers to life questions and possibilities never before considered. The author’s notes at the end leave the reader with an intimate look at the creative mind behind author Connor. Who knew so much thought and analysis goes into scaring the jeepers out of us? -- Tofts Reviews

  19. 5 out of 5

    Desiree Putaski

    I received this book as part of the Juniper Grove Book Solutions Blog Tour. This collection has a little bit of something for everyone. The author starts us of with one of the best intros that I have ever read (it was seductive and intriguing) and leads us right into her expertly woven tales of horror with The Lazarus Antidote. If you think you’ve read every imaginable zombie scenario and “end of life as we know it” plot line there is… hold on to your seat, because you are in for a real treat! I I received this book as part of the Juniper Grove Book Solutions Blog Tour. This collection has a little bit of something for everyone. The author starts us of with one of the best intros that I have ever read (it was seductive and intriguing) and leads us right into her expertly woven tales of horror with The Lazarus Antidote. If you think you’ve read every imaginable zombie scenario and “end of life as we know it” plot line there is… hold on to your seat, because you are in for a real treat! I was glued to every story from the time I picked this up until the very last word of the last story. One of my favorites was Best Friends Forever. This is told through a series of letters from a woman stalking another woman, snippets from the victim and journal entries. This story is incredibly intense and deviates from a typical story structure to take the reader right into the minds of both the stalker and the victim. Mixed in with the horror are bits and pieces of humor, that might seem out of place, but blend into the stories perfectly and help to bring down your heart rate for just a moment before the author plungest you back into the throes of horror again. Friendship, medical mishaps, hauntings, and monsters….OH MY! Every story contained in this collection is well written and touches on a different theme, but they blend so well together. This is a must read for your Halloween season enjoyment! Prepared to be scared and have a whole lot of fun while reading this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jay Charming

    A horrorfully good read! Anthologies are tricky publications. You never quite know what you’re going to get. One story may grab your attention immediately, so that you find yourself speeding through the words to see what happens. Then, the very next one is a slow dud you can’t wait to be done reading, slowly trudging through the words as if it is more of a chore than a pleasure. And They Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities is completely full of the former. In fact, I challenge y A horrorfully good read! Anthologies are tricky publications. You never quite know what you’re going to get. One story may grab your attention immediately, so that you find yourself speeding through the words to see what happens. Then, the very next one is a slow dud you can’t wait to be done reading, slowly trudging through the words as if it is more of a chore than a pleasure. And They Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities is completely full of the former. In fact, I challenge you to put the book down after reading the first few pages. If this woman were to ever collaborate with author Stephen King, I don't think I'd ever be able to sleep with the lights off ever again. Crystal Connor writes horrorfully good stories that will have you craving more. Each tale is different in voice and format, so that it seems like several different authors contributed to the collection. Horror, heart, and humor are weaved into tales throughout the anthology. There were a few stories that I wished had been full-length novels because I wasn’t ready for them to end. And, others that left me with a jaw-dropping conclusion that was totally unexpected. It’s the kind of stuff that becomes water cooler conversations at work, or a popular TV series on a cable network channel. When everyone else is talking about it, you’ll feel lonely from being the only person not in the know. Don’t be that guy. Get your copy today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kattie

    I was given this audiobook download of “…And They All Lived Happily Ever After” in exchange for free in exchange for review. This is a collection of short stories by Crystal Connor, and was read by Kay Richardson. This anthology is great, because even though all of the stories are by the same author, they are so diverse. Kay Richardson does a beautiful job reading the stories. This collection of stories is really good. I will be looking for more from this author. I wish I had a physical copy of I was given this audiobook download of “…And They All Lived Happily Ever After” in exchange for free in exchange for review. This is a collection of short stories by Crystal Connor, and was read by Kay Richardson. This anthology is great, because even though all of the stories are by the same author, they are so diverse. Kay Richardson does a beautiful job reading the stories. This collection of stories is really good. I will be looking for more from this author. I wish I had a physical copy of the book. I will be looking for more from Crystal Connor! see more of my review on vivacioushobo.com on October 15th!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Hubbard

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kerriann

  24. 5 out of 5

    NormaCenva

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Walker

  26. 5 out of 5

    N.V. Cefalo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shikira Brehm

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Espinoza

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Campbell

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