- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: WildCat Press (July 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615667562
- ISBN-13: 978-0615667560
- Source: Won it! ;0)
- Stars: 4.5
- Flames: 2 (contains rape and teenage lustings)
The Nine Lives of Felicia Miller, a dark modern fairy tale, is the first novel from Joe Augustyn, creator of the original cult horror movie Night Of The Demons.
Felicia Miller is a normal small town girl struggling to overcome her shyness. Just as she's starting to blossom her life is shattered by a group of wayward boys who lure her to a haunted hollow in the woods. Violently assaulted and left in the cold night fog, Felicia wakes in the remote cabin of the town witch, who gives her a magic necklace, bestowing the power to transform into her totem animal, the cat. Any kind of cat, large or small. But she must follow a precise ritual, using a mirror at sundown to effect the transformation, and must face the same mirror at sunrise to change back.
Skeptical but tempted, Felicia is surprised when the magic actually works. Aided by shapeshifter friends, Felicia rains hell on the evil boys, one by one. But revenge doesn't come easy. Felicia's reign of terror in various feline forms confuses and terrifies the locals. She must keep her secret safe from her parents; is distracted by a new love; loses her shapeshifting allies; and arouses suspicion in a town full of gossipy haters. A bounty is posted and hunters flood the woods to track and kill the mysterious beast.
And just when Felicia has mastered her power and is about to complete her murderous mission, the surviving boys uncover her secret and plot a final trap... But Felicia's feline nature compels her to keep taking risks. Will her arrogance doom her? Or will her feline cunning prevail?
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This book was awesome. Quite blood thirsty, but awesome none the less. I loved the characters, I felt like they were well developed and the arcs were wonderful. I loved how Joe took the victim role and turned it on its head and made it do the cat walk!
Can I have a Granny? She is an amazing addition to the story. I love how she helps empower the girls. I want to know Elmo's story and how Granny Dola ended up in the bass ackwards woods where Felicia lives! Joe, please write their story!
I didn't like how alone Felicia is through most of the book. But I suppose that makes her a realer character. Man, I wanted to pound that guy (who I won't name for the sake of the story), but man, I want to pound him and not just rip his head off.
This book does have gore in it, so try to remember that when you read it. But it is a good read.
I recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal-y books. Books that deal with totems too. And of course, books that have a taste for vengeance.
Joe Augustyn was born in Philadelphia, PA, the fourth son of a factory worker and a beautician. His love of all things spooky and strange was instilled by his grandmother, who told stories of ghosts and exorcisms she'd witnessed in Europe. Compulsively creative since childhood, Joe won awards for his artwork as a teen but was later drawn to writing and filmmaking. He won a Nissan FOCUS Award for writing while at Temple University and completed a producing fellowship at The American Film Institute. He produced the cult horror film NIGHT OF THE DEMONS based on his original screenplay, and followed it with a sequel. Joe left Hollywood to care for his invalid parents, and gave up screenwriting to write novels, a more satisfying medium that allows a direct unfiltered connection between the writer and audience. Joe's a fan of all things vintage, a collector of vintage audio, motorcycles and occult artifacts. He shares a genuinely haunted but happy home with two cats and an occasional mischievous spirit.