Book Review: ‘Holiday Gone Wrong’ by Jennifer S. Alderson

A well balanced mystery novella.

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Jennifer S Alderson Holiday Gone Wrong‘Holiday Gone Wrong is a short read with elements of mystery and intrigue, but also some lovely comic moments, all of which make the reader want to know more of Zelda and her story. The author does a great job of balancing all of those elements without giving away the storylines of the other books in which Zelda features.

This short read is enriched by vivid, detailed descriptions of the exotic locations which really transported me to those places and brought the story to life. The author has cleverly conveyed both the beauty of the places and the joy of experiencing them, which definitely enhances the reader’s enjoyment of the story.

Acorn Award II Silver‘Holiday Gone Wrong’ works perfectly well as a stand-alone, but also serves as a great introduction and/or companion to Alderson’s mystery novels which also feature Zelda Richardson.
This very enjoyable short read has been awarded a Silver Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘Lineage: The Memory Of The Sphinx’ by C H Clepitt

If you enjoy subversive dark humour, don’t overlook this series of short reads.

CH Clepitt Lineage The Memory of the SphinxThe third of C.H. Clepitt’s paranormal short stories in the Lineage series, this is another entertaining short read.

Clepitt continues to develop the quirky characters introduced in the first two stories, and adds another level of complexity by both providing a new development in the story and intertwining it with both John’s and Charlotte’s separate backstories.

This story is told with the author’s trademark cynical humour, which adds a delightful layer of snark to an otherwise dark story.

If you enjoy subversive dark humour, don’t overlook this series of short reads.Acorn Award II Silver

I did want it to be longer, and I wanted more resolution to the minor parts of this story, so I have awarded ‘Lineage: The Memory Of The Sphinx’ a Silver Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘The Drowned Woman’ by Jelena Dujak

A suspenseful and well-written story.

Jelena Dujak The Drowned Woman‘The Drowned Woman’ is a suspenseful read that grows increasingly darker as the story progresses. The story, more macabre and dreadful than overtly horrific, is well crafted and builds slowly and steadily toward a climax that leaves the reader both glued to the page and holding their breath. Dujak’s writing is rich and quite sensory, so that the reader is drawn into the story and fully immersed in the events as they develop.

This is a short book, easily read in about an hour, which is a form that I think really suits horror as a genre. That also makes the book an ideal read for busy readers who have to fit their books in around the demands of life.  Acorn Award II Silver

This chilling book has been awarded a Silver Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘Snowberry Blossom’ by Missy Sheldrake

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‘Snowberry Blossom’ is a short story companion to the ‘Keepers of the Wellsprings’ series of fantasy novels by Missy Sheldrake. It fits into the chronology of the narrative after ‘The Call Of Sunteri”, the second novel in the series, but works perfectly as a stand-alone story that introduces the characters and the kingdom in which they live.

 

Set on Midwinter’s Eve, it’s a heartwarming story of love, loyalty and teamwork that will entice the reader to read the rest of this excellent series.

 

‘Snowberry Blossom’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn for absolutely magical storytelling.

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Book Review: ‘Locksley Vol. 1 – Brotherhood’ by Mark Brownless

‘Locksley’ is an entertaining and very worthwhile read.

Mark Brownless Locksley 1 BrotherhoodThis book takes me back to the days of watching Robin Hood on TV in old black and white movies, and in the cartoon series in which Robin was a fox. The legend of Robin Hood is one I grew up with, and yet ‘Locksley’ delivers a fresh and interesting portrayal of the character and the stories that surround him.

This is only a short volume, but it is a most enjoyable one. It captures some of the history of the time at which the stories are set, framing legend with the history with which it is so richly entwined. It is well-written and the characters are nicely developed.

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‘Locksley’ is an entertaining and very worthwhile read which has left me keen to read the next instalment. It has been awarded a Silver Acorn.

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‘Lineage: Of Blood’ by C.H. Clepitt

An entertaining and wickedly funny paranormal read.

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CH Clepitt Lineage Of BloodThe second instalment of Clepitt’s ‘Lineage’ vampire shorts, this is as entertaining and wickedly funny as the first.

Emma finds that establishing herself in a family business is more complicated than she expected, but meets her challenges head on, capably assisted by Gudytha and Charlotte.
Clepitt cleverly and subtly develops these highly individual characters, and at the same time draws the reader further into their story.

This author writes with brilliant wit and demonstrates considerable cynicism regarding humanity, two qualities that I enjoy immensely, I definitely want to read on and know more of this story. I plan to read the next short in this series very soon.

If you love a good vampire story laced with dark humour, this is a series of short reads you don’t want to miss.

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‘Lineage: Of Blood’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.

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‘Moonlight’ by David Rose

A short read that is entirely unique and immensely satisfying.

David Rose Moonlight‘Moonlight’ is a beautifully written fantasy story that starts out with a simple meeting of children, but soon becomes something much more enchanting and compelling.

Rose writes with eloquence that gives his story poetic qualities that lure the reader in as he seduces the imagination with his words. It’s almost impossible not to visualise the characters and settings as one reads.

The alternating perspectives of Tadao and Yuzuki give the story depth of insight which may not otherwise be possible to achieve in a short work, helping the reader to appreciate the strength of the bond between the characters and their determination to overcome the challenges they face.

This is a delightful short read that can be read in less than an hour, so it’s ideal for busy book lovers, as well as readers who simply want a taste of something different yet immensely satisfying.

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I’ve awarded this book a Silver Acorn.

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