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Esau "S" Bryant is a twelve-year-old boy desperate to become an influencer to help his family. And when he finds a strange phone in an abandoned mall, it seems he finally got a lucky break, until he realizes his new mobile device is cursed. Now he will have to face his worst fears and fight an online evil spirit to save himself, his family, and—the world. Join Esau and his f Esau "S" Bryant is a twelve-year-old boy desperate to become an influencer to help his family. And when he finds a strange phone in an abandoned mall, it seems he finally got a lucky break, until he realizes his new mobile device is cursed. Now he will have to face his worst fears and fight an online evil spirit to save himself, his family, and—the world. Join Esau and his friends as they go on incredible adventures involving a haunted phone, demonic possessions, and an internet troll with a wicked sense of humor! A Message for the Grown-Ups: In FEARFUL: Scary Stories of the Evil App, Christian Nava has told a heartfelt tale about the power of self-acceptance against the growing dangers of social media pressure. Featuring black-and-white illustrations by the talented Jesús Duke, the first entry in this chilling book series is a must-have for readers age 8 to 12 that anyone can enjoy.


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Esau "S" Bryant is a twelve-year-old boy desperate to become an influencer to help his family. And when he finds a strange phone in an abandoned mall, it seems he finally got a lucky break, until he realizes his new mobile device is cursed. Now he will have to face his worst fears and fight an online evil spirit to save himself, his family, and—the world. Join Esau and his f Esau "S" Bryant is a twelve-year-old boy desperate to become an influencer to help his family. And when he finds a strange phone in an abandoned mall, it seems he finally got a lucky break, until he realizes his new mobile device is cursed. Now he will have to face his worst fears and fight an online evil spirit to save himself, his family, and—the world. Join Esau and his friends as they go on incredible adventures involving a haunted phone, demonic possessions, and an internet troll with a wicked sense of humor! A Message for the Grown-Ups: In FEARFUL: Scary Stories of the Evil App, Christian Nava has told a heartfelt tale about the power of self-acceptance against the growing dangers of social media pressure. Featuring black-and-white illustrations by the talented Jesús Duke, the first entry in this chilling book series is a must-have for readers age 8 to 12 that anyone can enjoy.

32 review for FEARFUL Scary Stories of the Evil App

  1. 5 out of 5

    andrea caro

    i want to say first that i don't accept many arcs i don't request. however, the synopsis of this one sold me. i know it's billed as gravity falls meets goosebumps, however i didn't get TOO much gravity falls and i'd bill this more of a goosebumps meets black mirror (yes, i realize that reference is probably not going to work on the middle grade set). this ABSOLUTELY took me back to when i first discovered goosebumps books at the library, though, and every time i made my dad take me i pranced out i want to say first that i don't accept many arcs i don't request. however, the synopsis of this one sold me. i know it's billed as gravity falls meets goosebumps, however i didn't get TOO much gravity falls and i'd bill this more of a goosebumps meets black mirror (yes, i realize that reference is probably not going to work on the middle grade set). this ABSOLUTELY took me back to when i first discovered goosebumps books at the library, though, and every time i made my dad take me i pranced out with a new stack of them to read. so what's this one about? esau begins on a perhaps misguided attempt to become internet famous to enter a contest with a monetary prize, secretly hoping it'll bring his family back together. but when his twin brother finds a fancy "eyephone" at a spooky abandoned small during a little bit of urban exploration, it's jake that starts rising to the top with the assistance of a strange app. though this story is about both twins, this is undoubtedly esau's story - he learns to love himself, sculpt his own identity, and fight inner demons as well as the external. the relationship with him and jake felt authentic to a sibling rivalry to me, as did his wistfulness of wanting to bring his family back together. i really enjoyed esau's growth and how he came to understand that maybe the grass isn't always greener on the other side. this was heartfelt, easy to read, and addictive and i can see a lot of ways that the author can expand on this universe, both with the boys and other surrounding cast members; i'm very excited where this goes from here. also, BIG shout-out to the drawings by jesús duke - i somehow missed that this was illustrated and his work was BEAUTIFUL. highly recommend this one and better yet - it's perfectly in time for spooky season!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Koby Z. (KZ Reads)

    Thanks to the author for an ARC of this book! 4.7 RTC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vladimir Vázquez

    This is not the kind of book I use to read. But I gave it a chance since I have read other stories from the author in the past, and I've liked them. This story surprised me, because it takes many elements of classic terror stories. But skips many of its mistakes. It takes a good rythm from the beginning. You get into the action fast, the protagonist are in trouble almost at the beginning. Also the author manages to convey the feeling of that age. Kids from an isolated town, trying to get fun and e This is not the kind of book I use to read. But I gave it a chance since I have read other stories from the author in the past, and I've liked them. This story surprised me, because it takes many elements of classic terror stories. But skips many of its mistakes. It takes a good rythm from the beginning. You get into the action fast, the protagonist are in trouble almost at the beginning. Also the author manages to convey the feeling of that age. Kids from an isolated town, trying to get fun and earn some respect from their friends. It's very well presented. And then everything goes to hell, your relatioships, your friends, your family. And the protagonist has to grow up, and try to survive as best as he can. As I said, the story skips many of the tipical cliches of this genre. That's why I enjoyed it so much. My only problem with this story is that it left me waiting for more. I hope this is not the last time I read about this characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    April Taylor

    Fearful tells the story of two twin boys who are getting ready to go into sixth grade. Obsessed with the idea of having a smart phone, the boys fight when Jake finds one and keeps it. As their fighting and bickering intensifies, something happens that shows things aren’t at all as they seem. Filled with Wendigos and best friends, Fearful is a fun, quick read that I got through in one sitting. I’m definitely interested in reading more by Nova now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. OMG, this was just a delight to read, about two boys (twins) who go out spook hunting in a mall and find a very special phone… And from that moment scary things happen and I was totally invested. So that phone, and mostly that app, there is something wrong with it, and I could quickly see that Jake was disappearing, or well, how he normally was was changing. We see that the brothers who normally already bumped heads quite often I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. OMG, this was just a delight to read, about two boys (twins) who go out spook hunting in a mall and find a very special phone… And from that moment scary things happen and I was totally invested. So that phone, and mostly that app, there is something wrong with it, and I could quickly see that Jake was disappearing, or well, how he normally was was changing. We see that the brothers who normally already bumped heads quite often (to the despair of their mom), bumped heads even more than normal. I had fun figuring out what was going on and I loved how dark and scary things got over time. S wasn’t always my favourite character, but I could definitely relate at times. I was rooting for him. To get rid of that evil phone, get his brother back, and save his family. Because if Jake (or what Jake actually is) gets through things… Dooom! Next to that EVIL app, we also get plenty of other things, because something is very wrong with this town. Or well, at least now. Because before the Squall things were relatively quiet, but now rain happens so often, there are sightings of Horrors, strange things go bump in the night. I absolutely wanted to step into the story and go on a horror hunting afternoon myself. Check out all sorts of scary places. I would want to bring my friends though, because haha, some back-up would be nice. I am also a fan of C.J.. I love kick-ass girls, and nothing gets more kick-ass than a girl loving horror stuff and walking around with a super-soaker filled with holy water. XD I do hope that in the next books we see more of her. I am definitely curious about X-Machina, and I also hope that in the next books (yes, I am hoping for that) we get to see more of the things that go bump in Quiet Falls. And maybe also learn why that squall hit this town and what it all meant. The whole story gave me Goosebumps, and even more so, Eerie Indiana vibes. Love it! There were two things that stood out to me, one in the blurb it is mentioned that S finds the phone, but it actually Jake in the story. And also Jake who gets cursed and it is Jake that S has to save (and well, along the way also himself). So that was confusing for me for a moment. I also would have liked a more natural progression from the end of the chapter to a new chapter. I have found myself going back a page or two to see if I missed something because at times it just felt like we went from A to D instead of A to B. The art was just fab and I love the style. It fitted very well with the story~ All in all, a very fun book that I read in one go. I just had to read it all. I would recommend this book to all who like spooky things~ Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ramirez

    Fantastic book, very easy to read and great pace. The characters are relatable and they take you back to your teenage years (or the version of you that ended up living in Eerie, Indiana) I enjoyed it very much!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz Arias

    I really enjoyed this book. I fully recommend - Me disfruté muchísimo este libro. Una historia de aventura y misterio con personajes con los que te puedes identificar fácilmente, además de amistades y escenarios llenos de imaginación que te recuerdan lo que era ser niño/adolescente.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vladimir Vázquez

    Great story Even if You are not a fan of the genre This is not the kind of book I use to read. But I gave it a chance since I have read other stories from the author in the past, and I've liked them. This story surprised me, because it takes many elements of classic terror stories. But skips many of its mistakes. It takes a good rythm from the beginning. You get into the action fast, the protagonist are in trouble almost at the beginning. Also the author manages to convey the feeling of that age. K Great story Even if You are not a fan of the genre This is not the kind of book I use to read. But I gave it a chance since I have read other stories from the author in the past, and I've liked them. This story surprised me, because it takes many elements of classic terror stories. But skips many of its mistakes. It takes a good rythm from the beginning. You get into the action fast, the protagonist are in trouble almost at the beginning. Also the author manages to convey the feeling of that age. Kids from an isolated town, trying to get fun and earn some respect from their friends. It's very well presented. And then everything goes to hell, your relatioships, your friends, your family. And the protagonist has to grow up, and try to survive as best as he can. As I said, the story skips many of the tipical cliches of this genre. That's why I enjoyed it so much. Also I loved the illustrations! My only problem with the story is that it left me waiting for more. I hope this is not the last time I read about this characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jhosep Nieves

    I prefer manga and light novels and I was never too much of a fan of chapter books, even when I was a kid. Having said that, I liked this book because it feels a bit like an American light novel. It reminds me a little of Boogiepop wa Warawanai. Yes. Actually, it's like Boogiepop for kids. I think that sums it up. lol I prefer manga and light novels and I was never too much of a fan of chapter books, even when I was a kid. Having said that, I liked this book because it feels a bit like an American light novel. It reminds me a little of Boogiepop wa Warawanai. Yes. Actually, it's like Boogiepop for kids. I think that sums it up. lol

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erlan Pietrosemoli

    Thrilling and hectic, a page turner. Will make you feel you are re-watching an Are you afraid of the dark or goosebumps episode/movie. Characters are easy to related and put you in the perspective of being a child of that age, living a creepy adventure, with a larger than life mission. Def recommended and will look forward for the next books of this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jhoan

    Fun and spooky. I liked the message about children being obsessed with chasing clout, social media, and technology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo

    I want to preface that the author approached me for a review. This opinion is my own and I received no monetary reward for this review. That said, here we go: Christian Nava's FEARFUL is one part R.L. Stine, one part Stephen King's aversion toward technology - in this case phones and livestreaming - and two parts a wild ride of horror fun. He proves a skill that he can set up a literary universe packed to the brim with stories, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. However, can we I want to preface that the author approached me for a review. This opinion is my own and I received no monetary reward for this review. That said, here we go: Christian Nava's FEARFUL is one part R.L. Stine, one part Stephen King's aversion toward technology - in this case phones and livestreaming - and two parts a wild ride of horror fun. He proves a skill that he can set up a literary universe packed to the brim with stories, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. However, can we address the tired library trope? Mr. Nava, I beg you to move away from shush stereotype lined with dusty books. We try so hard to unravel this stereotype in the library world because we want children to feel welcomed there. I can assure you that we never turned anyone away because they were too loud. Chances are, we were loud with them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Happy Booker

    Fearful is a children’s book about a twelve-year-old boy who gets in trouble being desperate to become an influencer. He finds a phone abandoned and thinks this is it, but the phone is cursed, and he has to face many troubles with his friends going on an adventure dealing with the haunted phone. I appreciated the drawings included with the content. The literature is written in such a way that it would appeal to the younger generation. The story is told well, demonstrating the effects of social me Fearful is a children’s book about a twelve-year-old boy who gets in trouble being desperate to become an influencer. He finds a phone abandoned and thinks this is it, but the phone is cursed, and he has to face many troubles with his friends going on an adventure dealing with the haunted phone. I appreciated the drawings included with the content. The literature is written in such a way that it would appeal to the younger generation. The story is told well, demonstrating the effects of social media. This is a scary book and can be exciting for many youngsters to read. The dialogue is funny, and the added humor makes the book even appealing. It is an ideal Halloween story. I recommend this read to children aged 9-12 and parents looking for a fun story for their kids.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ash-Lee

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  16. 5 out of 5

    koby

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christian Nava

  18. 5 out of 5

    Al Burke

  19. 5 out of 5

    Figgy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen Upton

  22. 5 out of 5

    AleJandra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Happy Booker

  24. 5 out of 5

    Willow Croft

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gary Clark

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Tumminelli

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Lo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zach Yancey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Wilhelm

  32. 4 out of 5

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