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Side by Side Reviews: UNBOXED by Briana Morgan

Richelle's Review:
I’ve never read a play before but this book makes me want more! Okay... I know I read one in school but I was uninterested. I’m not even sure I was mentally present that day. Briana makes me want to change all that. She wrights plays like a fast paced novella that makes you want to envision all the details. As I was reading, I was setting the stage and visualizing what each room would look like. I had the control of imagination and I loved it!

This story revolves around my favorite scary subject... the dark web! A secret place in the inter web that contains only your deepest darkest desires. Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger who wants to hit one million subscribers and he knows just how to make that happen. Zipper orders a box for an unboxing video off of the dark web. The Boxer has a few lessons to teach Zipper though.

What will it cost Zipper to get what he always desired and in the end is it worth losing everyone he loves?

This story reminded me of the box and wish upon, when your deepest desires come with a price to pay. I was really impressed with how only using dialogue Briana could still convey the characters emotions and underlying meanings.
There was also one scene in particular that really scared me and I can’t stop thinking about it! I gave this book 4/5 ⭐️ only because I saw the ending coming. I was really hoping to be surprised but it was still a fun story and everyone should experience it! I can’t wait to read more of Briana’s work. I already bought two more books!!!


I am a huge horror advocate who loves to walk the line of fear by chasing ghosts and touching spiders. I  am also chasing the dream of being a full-time horror reviewer. 

Chandra's Review:

I never thought I would end a horror story by going "Awwwwww." But I did!!  This is written in play format and personally, I love reading formats like these - you get straight to the point, lots of dialogue and no chance of any overly descriptive paragraphs to slog through.  Morgan brings us an amazing short play that hits hard in less than 100 pages.

I've always been fascinated with the Dark Web - I mean, if you're morbid like I am, how could you not be?  Would I ever dabble there?  99% likely NOT... but never underestimate that 1%. *wink*  Greg is a vlogger who really wants to meet that million subscriber mark and will do anything to get there.  What I love is that this is all true for us on platforms - as much as we say quality over quantity, let's face it, we love hitting those follower count mark if it happens - even if it's something you're not striving for.  Greg definitely goes the extra mile and decides to do an unboxing of a random box from the Dark Web... and as you may guess - it's not the greatest idea.

What happens next? You'll have to read to find out.... and be careful where you dabble on the internet.


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 Beth's Review:

I am not fond of plays. I don’t even care very much for tv or movies. I kept an open mind for this book, but I didn’t need to take that precaution. Morgan’s writing has that magical quality I find in all of my favorite books. I am transported into the pages, no longer reading the story, but instead experiencing the story. I could vividly see and hear the characters. I was mad, sad, terrified. I was absorbed into the story, wondering what would happen next. At the conclusion, my first reaction was one of wonder. Maybe I have been missing out all these years by actively avoiding seeing plays. After a lively retelling of the story to my children over dinner, I read it again. I will probably read it again today, just so you know! 5⭐️

Beth Griffith lives in Maryland with her husband, three children and a pathetically small herd of cats. She enjoys reading smut and gardening. You can watch saucy smut reviews, read salty book reviews and keep tabs on her questionable life choices on Instagram @mrsbeverlygibbs


Andrew's Review:

 Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger on the verge of reaching a massive milestone, one million subscribers. After getting a small taste of success, Greg decides that he needs to do something drastic if he's ever going to make it to the big-time. So, he takes to the dark web in search of that special something that will help him accomplish his ultimate goal and make him an internet star. Only, what he finds is much more sinister than he ever imagined and reaching one million subscribers is the last thing on his mind. All he wants now, is to escape with his life or at least what remains of it.

Ladies of horror fiction are killin it right now and Brianna Morgan further proves that with her play, UNBOXED. To be honest, I had never read a play before but I just had a good feeling about the author and the fact that this was something new for me was certainly appealing. Culture yourselves people, you won't regret it! I think Morgan is an excellent storyteller and what she touches on here really hit home with me. Social media can be all encompassing and is a serious detriment to our real life personal relationships. Toss in some seriously spooky scenes and you've got a homerun. I would pay darn good money to see this acted out. I'm eager to read more terrifying plays if this is any indication of what I can expect. Horror has many forms and I'm grateful Brianna Morgan introduced me to a new medium.
Unboxed is my absolute favorite short read this year so far and to say I'm excited for the author's upcoming release, The Tricker-Treater and Other Stories, is an understatement. I truly believe that this quick read has the capability of reaching a wide audience. It's not just for fans of horror, it's for fans of the arts. Brianna Morgan Is a bright light that shines on the #HorrorCommunity and this is just the beginning for her. Beware of unmarked packages, the Boxer and his menacing Entity.
UNBOXED by Brianna Morgan

My name is Andrew 'The Book Dad' and I am a reviewer of horror fiction. It is my intent to support those in the #HorrorCommunity any way I can while on my literary journey to reading all things terrifying and suspenseful!





Alex's Review:
I can't remember the last time that I read a play, but if Briana Morgan's UNBOXED is any indication of the fun experience I have been missing then I have to rectify that!  I am blown away by how great this play is and how much was told and conveyed in less than 100 pages.  When we first settle in, I immediately sense some toxicity in the relationship between our two main characters, Greg and Alice.  I thought, "There is no way I will end up liking this guy or thinking that Alice is smart for loving him." But Morgan totally flipped it on me and I found myself rooting for them both before the end of the play!  It's great when an author can set you up with certain emotions from the beginning while knowing the end result and your potential feelings by that last page/line.  Morgan did a superb job keeping my anxiety on pins and needles and I never, EVER, want to explore the dark web.  There is not a single fiber in my being that has any desire to go there, even if the results we experience in UNBOXED only have a .001% chance of even happening to me.  This twisted little play is fast paced, well-written, and eerily intoxicating.  It is a must-read! 5⭐!


Tav's Review:
Short and spookier than expected Unboxed was a creepy little delight!

There's love, loss and a sense of leeriness in this horror play and it all played out perfectly, while leaving some pieces for me to puzzle over.

If you're looking for a short unique spooky story that explores the dangers of the dark web as well as love in the time of internet popularity...this is for you!


Sadie's Review:


"Fans of the Netflix series, BLACK MIRROR will appreciate the way one bad decision can spiral out of control so fast. Since this is a play and entirely supported by dialog, the pace moves at breakneck speed, but I’m not one to complain. I enjoyed the laser point focus of this cautionary tale as it catapults the reader towards the exciting conclusion." 

Full review at SCREAM Magazine Nov/Dec issue

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