Saturday, January 2, 2016

Review: The Braid by Angela Yuriko Smith

Genre: Horror/Short Story/YA


There is something wrong with Cambria's new babysitting job when she gets drawn into a little girl's game of pulling faces—with no one. Cambria's simple world begins to fragment. It all starts when you tie the knot.”


Angela Yuriko Smith publishes a bi-monthly online newspaper by day (, blogs at Dandilyon Fluff ( by night and writes fiction as often as possible in between.

Her published works include fiction and nonfiction across multiple genres and she has been included in various anthologies and online publications.”


Imagine the scary stories that kids often tell, sometimes while sitting around a campfire or anywhere with a dark, spooky vibe. Often it's about the “haunted house” down the street. The Braid reminds me a lot of those stories, minus the atmosphere of the dark and spooky night with the breeze rustling the leaves, but told much better with time for more detail than the best childhood storyteller could pull off. All that's missing is a friend jumping out from the dark and screaming to scare you at the climax.

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Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 3-4,000 words


Angela Yuriko Smith said...

Thank you for the fantastic review! It's a thrill and a privilege to be included on Big Al's Books and Pals :) I've been reading your reviews for years so I really had to do a double take when I realized this was my book. Thank you again!

BooksAndPals said...

You're welcome, Angela.