Book Review: ‘Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen’ by Jennifer Rainey

‘Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen’ by Jennifer Rainey: Deliciously dark and twisted.

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Jennifer Rainey Lovelace and Wick 0This book’s brilliant opening was just a taste of the vivid imagery and dark, ironic humour that characterises the writing. Before I had finished the first page, I knew I had found an author whose work I would truly appreciate.

This story is deliciously dark and twisted, full of varied and creatively crafted characters who each have their own motivations and desires that bring some surprising twists to the tale. The story moves at a very good pace, with lots of interesting plot and character developments.

The other aspect of this story that I really enjoy is that it delivers a wonderfully unique combination of steampunk, science fiction, historical fiction and paranormal elements.

There is absolutely zero chance of boredom while reading this book, and it is perfect for my subversive sense of humour. I definitely intend to read this entire series.

Acorn Award I Golden
‘Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘Necrozmancy: A Short Horror Story’ by Lucretia Stanhope

A delightfully gory and subversive parody of the classic Wizard of Oz story.

Lucretia Stanhope Necrozmancy

A delightfully gory and subversive parody of the classic Wizard of Oz story, ‘Necrozmancy’ is a short read that can be enjoyed in less than an hour.

The characters are darker and more sinister than in the original tale, and yet I prefer them this way. I always enjoy the opportunity to see how things end up differently when characters take an alternative path, and Stanhope’s reinvention of Dorothy and Toto in particular is magnificent.

This story is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, but lovers of the macabre and horrific will certainly enjoy it.

Acorn Award I Golden
Because it tickled both my funny bone and my dark side, I have awarded it a Gold Acorn.

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Author Interview: C.H. Clepitt

Book Squirrel chats with author C.H. Clepitt about books, writing, and life as an Indie Author. 

 

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Book Squirrel chats with author C.H. Clepitt about books, writing, and life as an Indie Author. 

Welcome! It’s great to have you here!

Thank you!

What inspired you to write?CH Clepitt Patience Is A Virtue

I am inspired to write because I have something to say.  You can make some serious points through fiction without seeming preachy, as long as you do it right!  There are usually some very serious topics underlining my humour.

What’s your favourite thing that you have written?

That’s tough because I’m a fickle beast! Usually the most recent thing I’ve written is my favourite, because it’s buzzing around my brain.  The most recent thing I have written is a submission for an anthology, and it’s very different from what I usually write, but it went down well with my beta readers, so fingers crossed it gets accepted.

CH Clepitt The Book of Abisan

What are you working on writing now?

I have several projects on the go right now. I am working on my sequel to The Book of Abisan, which has a working title of The Smuggler’s Daughter, a sci fi thing that has the working title Crazy dreams, and the third in my Lineage series, which is being released on Kindle and Audible.

Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?

I don’t like to eat when I write, having to eat is annoying when you’re in the middle of creating, so whatever’s quick.

CH Clepitt Lineage Of Blood

Who designs your book covers?

I do my own book covers. They are a part of my brand. You can recognise a C H Clepitt cover a mile off. When I have enough I want to make a meme, because it’s what all the cool kids are doing.

What’s your favourite kind of music?

I like most music as long as it doesn’t disturb my zen. I spent some time writing for an online music magazine call Rockonnection where I would interview and review themed metal bands, so my tastes have become pretty eclectic!

Forest, country, beach or city?

I’d like the country, if it weren’t for the people! Anywhere quiet is good for me.

Maybe you should consider a treehouse! It works for me!CH Clepitt Everything Is Better With A Cape

Great idea!

What’s your favourite TV show?

I am a bit of a binge watcher, and enjoy anything with a good story, but all time favourite show? Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nuff said.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Sister Act.

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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A vet. Doesn’t everyone?!

Name two things in life that you wish were easier.

Talking to people and marketing!

Before you go, where can we get copies of your books?

All my books are available on Amazon.

And did I hear right that you’re giving a book away over Easter ?CH Clepitt I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse

Yes! I’m giving ‘I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse’ away that weekend.

That’s better than a chocolate egg!

Really?

Sure. Chocolate is not good for squirrels. I’ll be sure to grab a copy.

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

I’m sure I will. And where can readers find you on social media?

I’m on Twitter  and Facebook .
Great! Thanks for being here with us today.
Thanks for having me!

Book Review: ‘The Rose Thief’ by Claire Buss

‘The Rose Thief’ is a book that I just wanted to keep reading.

Claire Buss The Rose Thief

 

‘The Rose Thief’ is a quirky fantasy adventure that makes compulsive reading. It is entirely delightful and captivating.

 

Laced with humour and loaded with vivid, unique characters, the story is set in the kingdom of Roshaven, where someone is stealing the Emperor’s roses. This sets off a chain of events in which the reader discovers that things are not always as they appear to be, and there is always more to someone’s actions than what is observed on the surface.

 

Buss has crafted the story with a high degree of originality: while it includes many standard fantasy elements, the author has shaped and combined them in her own way so that their qualities and abilities are all quite individual and delightfully idiosyncratic.

 

The reader is quickly engaged by the opening scenes, and then becomes invested in the characters and the challenges they face. The story is well-developed and moves at good pace, with the author demonstrating excellent control over the reader by accelerating and slowing them down at various stages without the reader being conscious of this happening until later.

 

The unfolding mystery and the development of the characters within the narrative is enhanced by the humour, which is at sometimes very cleverly saucy and at other times subversive, which made this reader chuckle quite a bit, but it is never inappropriate, nor does it overwhelm or distract from the story that is being told.

 

‘The Rose Thief’ is a book that I just wanted to keep reading. I really hope there is going to be a sequel.

Acorn Award I Golden

Because it’s absolutely brilliant, I did wonder for a moment if there’s any higher award than a Gold Acorn— but there’s not. So a Gold Acorn it is!

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Book Review: ‘So Much For Buckingham’ by Anne R. Allen

A well written, clever and very entertaining book.

Anne R Allen So Much For Buckingham
A wonderful blend of comedy, mystery and history, ‘So Much For Buckingham’ plunges the reader into the world of Camilla Randall, an author and bookshop owner who finds her world falling apart around her, bit by bit. Unable for various reasons to rely on those who usually support her, Camilla is overwhelmed by the awful things happening to her and those close to her.  Unwittingly caught up in other people’s murky behaviour, both Camilla and her best friend,Plantagenet, find themselves having to work out what on earth is going on in their lives with very little reliable information to help them.

 

The writing skill and intelligence of the author is demonstrated in the deftness with which the different strands of the story are spun and then woven together. I really enjoyed the fact that this book kept me guessing. The plot is definitely not predictable, and the central characters are both unique and likeable.  The humour with which ‘So Much For Buckingham’ is written is clever, varying between clever puns on names of people from the world of Shakespeare’s play ‘Richard III’, witty conversations, and deep irony in some of the plot developments.  One can read this book at any level of knowledge of things to do with King Richard III, or in complete ignorance of them, and still find the book amusing. The serious moments in the story give weight to the themes of character assassination and cyberbullying in a way which shows the extent of the consequences of such behaviour without devastating the reader.

 

Although this is part of a series, it works well as a standalone. I haven’t read the rest of the series – yet – but at no point did I feel as though there were things I really needed to know from the other books in order for this one to make more sense.

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In short, this is a well written, clever and very entertaining book. I’ve given it a Gold Acorn for excellence.

 

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Book Review: ‘Tempus Fugit by Timothy Casey

This book is a fabulously naughty romp through time and space with Veerle, Myst, and Verrick along with a diverse range of friends, adversaries and AI for company.

Timothy Casey Tempus Fugit
This book is a fabulously naughty romp through time and space with Veerle, Myst, and Verrick along with a diverse range of friends, adversaries and AI for company. It had me laughing on the first page, and countless times throughout. The storyline is original and interesting, made complete by questions that need to be answered and some serious and touching moments for balance. The humour with which the story is delivered is refreshing and clever.
It does contain mature content, so it is suitable only for an 18+ audience. It’s LGBTI friendly, so it’s sure to please anyone with an open mind and a sense of humour.

 ‘Tempus Fugit’ was a really nice change and a great escape from the more serious and thought-provoking reading in which I often indulge. It is most suited for any grownup looking for a lighthearted read that still gives the grey matter something to do.

Silver Acorns

‘Tempus Fugit’ receives a Silver Acorn.

                                                                                                   Find it on Amazon.

Book Review: ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’ by Tobey Alexander

‘A Cry for Elf’ is a fun read for kids and grownups alike. 

Tobey Alexander Blue Light Christmas 2‘A Cry for Elf’ is a fun read for kids and grownups alike.  Set one year after the first book in the series, Alexander takes readers of all ages on a romp through the North Pole in which Constable Tim Tinsel and his daughter, Eve, are challenged with the task of rescuing Santa and reclaiming Christmas from key occupants of the Naughty list.

The story is delightful, full of action and humour that will entertain and amuse independent readers and provide meaningful family time for those who read the story together. The story delivers clear moral messages about choosing to do what is right and putting others before ourselves, without being either preachy or self-righteous.

There’s no reason at all why reading this book should be limited to the Christmas season. It’s perfectly entertaining and valuable reading for any day of the year.

Golden Acorns
This was Book Squirrel’s featured book in the Bookish Advent Event on December 9th, so it’s delightful to be able to give it a Golden Acorn in recognition of its excellence.
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