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Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019



Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019


Happy New Year! I had a debate with a work colleague about when it was too late to wish someone a happy new year. We agreed that late Jan/early Feb was too late but the ‘englishness’ in us make us do it (my Englishness is by osmosis rather than by birth). As this is my first MMiR for 2019 I thought I had better get my happy new year in here somehow.

I was really worried that I wasn’t going to have very many books to tell you about. I did something I never do. I had more than 1 book on the go and in between I was watching shows on Netflix. A few of my friends read multiple books at the same time but I don’t like to as I find it harder to finish them. Lucky I was able to finish most of the books I started so let me tell you what I had on the go in January.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
UK Edition
I am going to start with my favourite, The Binding by Bridget Collins. This book will undoubtedly be in my top reads of 2019 and possibly one of my all time faves. I actually listened to this book rather than read it so a big hats off to the narrator - Carl Prekopp. He really did justice to each of the characters and while I am sure I would have really liked the written version, Prekopp’s narration made the story come alive.

Collins tells the story of young Emmett Farmer whose life changes all because of a book. Emmett lives in a world where your deepest secret, your more dreaded fear, the memory of a terrible event can all be taken away with just one visit to a bookbinder. Binders take your memories and store them on pages of velum, all bound together inside a leather cover.  Many fear binders, like his parents, thinking binding is a form of witchcraft but to others they are a way to hide cruelty and greed. When Emmett learns he is to become a binder’s apprentice he is isn’t sure what to think. He knows it's not the life either he or his parents envisaged from him. Under the watchful eye of Seredith he learns the artistry of the trade and enjoys the quiet companionship of his new master. Just went life seems to have a new purpose events conspire against him when he discovers a book with his name on it. Emmett's life is about to become a real page turner.

The Binding is one of the most beautiful and gentle love stories I have read in a long time. Collin's prose has a poetic, almost ethereal quality to it that helps draw you into Emmett's world. She is descriptive without over doing it and while many of the scenes or the retelling of traumatic events don't quite sound like they came from someone Emmett's age, they were perfectly structured and believable. Collin successfully uses the environment and other inanimate objects such as artwork or flowers to enhance the mood of a scene or to mirror the emotions of either Emmett or one of the other characters. Snow, rain, the perfume of lilies, a field of bluebells are all tools used by Collins to help tell her story. I find sometimes pathetic fallacy can come across as disingenuous or almost lazy but in this case it helps to build drama and create pathos.

I can't say enough how much I loved The Binding. It stayed with me for several days after reading it and even now, I still feel sympathy for Emmett and for certain other characters. If you like audiobooks be sure to buy this version as Prekopps adds another element and makes this book truly special. This is a fantastic, character driven story that draw you in and have you hooked from page 1.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
Book number two is Earik Beann's Killing Adam. This science fiction 'shortish' story is set in a world that is controlled by a super computer, Adam. Humanity has been networked through brain implants called ARCs - Alternative Reality Chips. Jimmy Mahoney is a man on the outside. Jimmy isn't able to have an ARC as he suffered brain damage in football accident when he was young. While his wife spends 23 hours a day connected to an alternative world Jimmy prays that she return to him. When a rogue AI contacts Jimmy offering him the chance to free his wife he jumps at the chance. It's man vs machine in Beann's scifi thriller.

The plot of Killing Adam has a few too many similarities to the movie Surrogates, staring Bruce Willis for me. In fact I kept waiting for Bruce to turn up, maybe he was playing the part of Jimmy. I can't really say I enjoyed it as I thought it was just too predicable and not that original. Even the ending wasn't a surprise. On a positive note, it is quite short so it doesn't take long to read. If you don't have a lot of time to spare and like science fiction then you might be tempted to give it a read but don't feel you are missing out if you don't have time.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
The final book I want to tell you about is completely different to the two above. It's Holymoly, book 8 in the Clovenhoof series, by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. My favourite prince of darkness is almost absent from this instalment as Clovenhoof has been relegated to a few cameos. Instead Brother Stephen and his bestie, the demon Rutspud are the stars of this crazy show. When Rutspud gets demonically kidnapped (i.e., summoned) Stephen knows he has to find him. His journey takes him back to his hometown where has to face up to his past, as well as, search for Rutspud. With the help of his D&D loving childhood friends Brother Stephen is determined not to leave his unlikely bestie in the hands of some suburban, evil occultists.

For those of you who have read any of my reviews you will know I love Clovenhoof. Many commutes into work have been filled with guffaws and lolling at the Lambrini soaked Devil. I didn't find Holymoly quite as funny as the other books in the series. In fact, it rather dragged in the middle chapters. Goody and Grant did ramp up the crazy for the final chapters and they really were very funny. If you need a laugh then this is the book for you. If you are an ardent fan of Clovenhoof then you might want to give it a miss.


That is all for me this month. I am taking part in the beta review of the latest installment of Michael Sullivan's Legends of the Empire series. I also have 2 books from SPFBO3 to read so keep your fingers crossed I can get through these AND have something to tell you about in Feb. I better go back to my 1 book at a time rule. Wish me luck! Until next time Happy Reading.





The Binding
William Morrow, April 16, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
  UK Edition published January 10, 2019

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
“Truly spellbinding... Many readers of The Binding will simply sink gratefully into the pleasures of its pages, because, like all great fables, it also functions as transporting romance.” — THE GUARDIAN

"A rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped inside them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding.” — TRACY CHEVALIER

In the tradition of Sarah Waters, Helene Wecker, and Jessie Burton, an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives.

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.


Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

An unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books—and a reminder to us all that knowledge can be its own kind of magic.





Killing Adam
Profoundly One Publishing, January 1, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
The world runs on ARCs. Altered Reality Chips. Small implants behind the left ear that allow people to experience anything they could ever imagine. The network controls everything, from traffic, to food production, to law enforcement. Some proclaim it a Golden Age of humanity. Others have begun to see the cracks. Few realize that behind it all, living within every brain and able to control all aspects of society, there exists a being with an agenda all his own: the singularity called Adam, who believes he is God.

Jimmy Mahoney’s brain can’t accept an ARC. Not since his football injury from the days when the league was still offline. “ARC-incompatible” is what the doctors told him. Worse than being blind and deaf, he is a man struggling to cling to what’s left of a society that he is no longer a part of. His wife spends twenty-three hours a day online, only coming off when her chip forcibly disconnects her so she can eat. Others are worse. Many have died, unwilling or unable to log off to take care of even their most basic needs.

After being unwittingly recruited by a rogue singularity to play a role in a war that he doesn’t understand, Jimmy learns the truth about Adam and is thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the most powerful mathematical mind the world has ever known. But what can one man do against a being that exists everywhere and holds limitless power? How can one man, unable to even get online, find a way to save his wife, and the entire human race, from destruction?





Holymoly
Clovenhoof 8
Pigeon Park Press, August 31, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 223 pages

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
Stephen and his friends spent their teenage years immersed in the fantasy gaming worlds of wizards and warriors, undertaking quests to fight evil occultists, vanquish terrible monsters and rescue damsels in distress.

Now, twenty-something years later, there is a real-life quest. Life as a monk has hardly prepared Brother Stephen for the mission ahead. Demon Rutspud is definitely not a damsel, but he is in distress. The evil occultists are real and if Stephen doesn’t rescue Rutspud from a fate worse than death, no one will…

Sword-wielding Satanists, stir crazy demons, super-smart squirrels, magical garbage and a suitcase that cannot be stopped run riot in a story about the bonds of friendship and dark deeds in suburban cellars.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017


Sorry for missing last week. I was a bit behind schedule on quite a few things including the books I had planned on reading. But here I am with 2 books to tell you about.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
I didn't think it was possible for Heide Goody and Iain Grant to get any funnier but they do. Beelzebelle - book 5 of the Clovenhoof series - is 100% crazy and 150% hilarious.

In this installment Jeremy ends up with a baby...well not his baby but after a series of ridiculous events he ends up taking care of baby Bea who is quickly renames Beelzebelle. When baby Belle won't stop crying Jeremy calls SCUM - not quite what you think - Sutton Coldfield Union of Mums with what he describes as a 'five boob emergency'. Somehow Jeremy is quite popular with the members of SCUM and when they protest against the local new church kicking them out of their hall for breast feeding it's up to Jeremy to fight for the cause. While Jeremy finds his feet (or in his case hooves) being a dad Michael is busy working for the leader of the aforementioned new church creating apps and basically missing the fact that his new boss isn't a very nice guy. Nerys and Ben are back and feature heavily in the plot especially after Clovenhoof destroys their block of flats and gets them kicked out. All these minor plots threads come together into one hilariously, crazy resolution. I dare you not to laugh all your way through.

I didn't think it was possible to laugh more during a book but I thought I was going to need surgery from busting my guts in nearly every chapter. From chesticles to lady cushions Goody and Grant just keep the laughs coming page after page.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
Read number 2 is a gaslamp fantasy novella Brothers Ruin by Emma Newman. This is the first in Newman's Industrial Magic series. Set in a England in the 1850s where children who show magical talent are sold by their family to the Royal Society who use them as an elite force to protect the country. Charlotte is satisfied with her life as an book illustrator waiting to marry her plain but stable fiance. When Charlotte's brother comes to the attention of the Royal Society Charlotte knows she must do something. Charlotte's brother is not a magical talent but she is. In order to save him she combines her magic with his. When she discovers Doctor Ledbetter's evil plot she knows she must act and act quickly to save her family.

If you are looking for a quick read then look no further. I think that Brother's Ruin took only 2-3 hours to read cover to cover. I call this is a 2 commute book. My commute to work gives me about an hour of concentrated reading time and I had this book read in less than 3 trips to work. While it was quick to read I think that Newman left out too much detail and I felt that both Charlotte and the nefarious plot were a bit one dimensional. I was quite disappointed in this first instalment of the series. As with Newman's Split Worlds series the relationships between characters rely heavily on class structure and it takes the plucky but not very high class heroine to save the day. Worth a read if you want a story that isn't going to challenge you and doesn't take ages to read.


That's it for me. The next time you hear from me it will be April! Until then Happy Reading!




Beelzebelle
Clovenhoof Book 5
Pigeon Park Press, February 2016
      Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Pigeon Park Press, April 2016
      eBook, 396 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
To the devil a daughter!

Parenthood can come as a shock to some. It’s especially shocking if you are Satan, the Prince of Hell, and are trying to live a quiet life of semi-retirement in suburban England under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof.

Clovenhoof quickly finds that being a single parent involves more than lullabies and nappies and has to contend with social disapproval, paternity tests and, possibly, the end of the world.

The fifth novel in the Clovenhoof series, Beelzebelle is an anarchic adventure, featuring a psychotic monkey au pair, runaway coffins, badly stuffed animals, strip dominoes, fire-breathing ferrets, pimped-up prams, well-meaning middle-class mums, apocalyptic floods, the largest act of public nudity Birmingham has ever seen and way too much homebrew Lambrini.




Brother's Ruin
Industrial Magic 1
Tor.com, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben's life and their own livelihoods.

But Benjamin Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.

Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017

I apologise in advance if I start typing mmmmm as I write this. Today has been one of those days required post work chocolate and the sweetie of choice is M&Ms. I am stuffing my face with peanut M&Ms as I write this so my fingers may end up typing the odd errant M in between shoving this chocolaty treat into my mouth. So what did M read?


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
Hilarity abounded this week as I enjoyed book 3 of the Clovenhoof series by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. No Jeremy this time. What you say? No Jeremy Clovenhoof everyone's favourite former Prince of Hell? That's right no Jeremy. This story starts in the Celestial City and everyone is in an uproar as a being named Simon has been discovered in Toulon. That might not sound very unusual but Simon has no soul. Even more odd is that Simon is looking for Mary (aka Mother Mary, mother of Jesus). No one has heard from Mary in decades so it is up to Joan of Arc, St Francis and St Christopher to go down to earth to find Mary and solve the mystery of the souless Simon. Sounds simple enough but nothing is ever as easy as it seems especially when 3 of Heaven's B or possibly C team are sent down to Earth to find Mary. It's almost mission impossible for this hapless trio. From the red light district of Amsterdam to the Louvre in Paris and down to Toulon this celestial squad try to best to navigate modern culture, to hilarious results in their search of Mary and a way to stop Armageddon.

I didn't think it was possible for a book in this series to be funny without Jeremy in it. I was wrong. Godsquad is HILARIOUS. Perhaps the teeny tiniest not as funny as the books with Jeremy in them but very, very funny indeed. I especially enjoyed the chapter involving the training course that Joan, Francis and Christopher had to attend to prepare themselves for earth hundreds of years after they had last been there. I am not sure how the writing duo of Goody and Grant do it. How is it so funny book after book? I was lolling and rolfing all the way into work. Yet again I highlighted so many sections of this book that it would take several pages to tell you all about them. I think you could easily read this as a standalone story. Get it, read it asap!


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
I thought I better give my stomach a break from all the lolling and discovered that the final instalment of the Night Prince series was available. Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost wraps up the story of Vlad and Leila. After the horrific events of the previous book Leila is still left magically connected to Vlad's enemy Mircea. If he is hurt, she is hurt. If he dies she dies. A powerful necromancer is involved who Vlad and Leila need to find before Leila pays the ultimate price.

I am glad that Frost decided to wrap up this series. While I don't mind a bit of PNR to talk my mind off 'real life' I probably shouldn't have followed the Clovenhoof books with Into the Fire. I just found that I didn't really care what happened to Leila and all the charred bodies and exploding heads got to be a bit dull in the end. There were a number of points where I wished Jeremy Clovenhoof would come trotting into the scene and do something outrageously funny rather than reading another chapter where it was OK if Vlad killed someone as long as he loved. I am sure that fans of this series will be sad to see these characters go whereas I am left feeling a bit disappointed that this instalment feels like the story was dragged out a bit too long.


That is it for me this week. I am going to try to mix my reading up a bit this week. I won't commit to not reading any Clovenhoof though!. Until next week happy reading.





Godsquad
Clovenhoof 3
Pigeon Park Press, February 6, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Pigeon Park Press, April 23, 2015
     eBook, 318 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
The Team:
Joan of Arc, the armour-plated teen saint of Orleans.
Francis of Assisi, friend to all the animals whether they like it or not.
St Christopher, the patron saint of travel who by papal decree has never existed – no matter how much he argues otherwise.

The Mission:
An impossible prayer has been received by Heaven and it’s a prayer that only Mary, Mother of God, can answer. Unfortunately, Mary hasn’t been seen in decades and is off wandering the Earth somewhere. This elite team of Heavenly saints are sent down to Earth to find Mary before Armageddon is unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Godsquad:
A breathless comedy road trip from Heaven to France and all points in-between featuring murderous butchers, a coachload of Welsh women, flying portaloos, nuclear missiles, giant rubber dragons, an army of dogs, a very rude balloon and way too much French wine.




Into the Fire
A Night Prince Novel 4
Avon, February 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Hardcover, 320 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands,  love can be a deadly weapon

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017


Hello from a wet and rainy March day. This is just the sort of day that makes you want to stay in bed and read a good book. Alas, I have to go shoe shopping with the hubinator (he's buying not me). Wish me luck!


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
This week is all about my new favourite antihero Jeremy Clovenhoof. Hot on the hilarious trail of last week's review of Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant I ended up buying all of the books in the series. Book 2 Pigeonwings is just as funny as book 1 in part by the introduction of a new main character - Michael St Michaels. If you remember at the end of Clovenhoof the archangel Michael has been cast out of heaven for the part he plays in the events of that story. Lets just say that Michael's ability to adapt to foibles of humanity is not as well developed as Jeremy's. All things related to digestion baffle the now very human Michael, as does his 'thing'. Michael tries to find his place in the community. Attempting to help out at the local church that bears his name and with the boy scouts both end in hilarious results. When wedding bells take both Michael and Jeremy into Wales they become embroiled in the mystery of a group of monks that aren't exactly as they seem.

I would be remiss if I didn't give a health warning to this book. Prepare to have a sore stomach and suffer possible odd looks from fellow commuters. The scenes when Nerys' sister Jayne comes to visit had me me 'loling' it up all the way into work and back especially when they decide to hit the nightclubs in Birmingham. Jeremy is, as ever, up to no good. When he takes over the local Women's Institute meeting after the group eat some dubious mushroom quiche is truly the work of the devil. Devilishly funny. Yet again, Goody and Grant leave the big reveal of the plot until the final chapters. Interspersed between Michael trying to be good and Jeremy determined not to be are chapters dedicated to the monks. I couldn't really figure out what was going on but everything was wrapped up at the end. Another hilarious instalment by this exceptionally funny writing duo.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017Fast forward to 2016 when both Jeremy and Michael think the world is about to end in Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom. Jeremy believes that he will stop this happening if he can stop Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States and Michael is determined to win the Eurovision Song Contest as his means of stopping the UK from voting to leave the EU (ie Brexit referendum). Clovenhoof flies off to the States (with Michael's credit card) to track down Trump while Michael heads off to travel through Europe collecting bandmates for award winning act. Hilarity abounds on both sides of the Atlantic in Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom.

Grant and Goody ramp up the hilarity in this instalment particularly with Clovenhoof. I could easily recite half of this short story, I found it so funny. Even if you haven't read the other books of the series I think you could easily enjoy this as a standalone story. If you are a staunch Republican or Brexiteer then you may wish to give this story a miss. Everyone else, prepare to laugh your socks off.


That's it for me. I needed some laughs this week and I certainly got them all thanks to Goody and Grant so thank you! For your week ahead happy reading.




Pigeonwings
Clovenhoof 2
Pigeon Park Press, August 10, 2013
     eBook, 375 pages
Pigeon Park Press, July 21, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 374 pages
Review copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
As punishment for his part in an attempted coup in Heaven, the Archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal, not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbour.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written a wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.




Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom
A Clovenhoof Short Story
Pigeon Park Press, December 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 156 pages
Review copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
Halloween 2016. It is eight days until the American people vote for the 45th President of the United States and millions are struck with horror at the prospect of Donald J Drumpf – businessman, reality TV star and professional wrestler – getting his hands on the oval office. However, few of those people know that Nostradamus had foreseen both Drumpf’s presidency and the British exit from the EU spelling the end of the world as we know it.

Jeremy Clovenhoof and Michael Michaels - the earthly incarnations of Satan and the Archangel Michael - have read the prophecies and must do their utmost to stop them coming true (because Clovenhoof can’t let the world end until he’s seen the latest series of Game of Thrones). As Michael heads to Europe to undo Brexit through the power of song, Clovenhoof flies to the US to stop Drumpf becoming president by whatever means are necessary.

If you want a searing indictment of global politics and intelligent analysis of the greatest historical events of our time, go somewhere else. But if you want rampaging elephants, naked continental types, drone-mounted chickens, accidental neo-Nazis, LSD-spiked brownies, the Large Hadron Collider and the vengeful spirit of the Statue of Liberty then this slice of hellish fun might be just what you need.

Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017


Hello! I hope you have had a good week. I was in a funk in the earlier part of the week. Unlike a number of my friends I am still reading the news and boy, it is depressing. Between Brexit and other things the news is as gloomy as the weather. I tried to get interested in my TBR but I just couldn't do it so I had a little spree on NetGalley and Amazon. By the time my spree was over it was already Wednesday before I started to read a book I hadn't read several times already (anything by Ilona Andrews is my 'go to' when I am feeling blue). Lucky for you and for me my choice of book was a cracker. So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017
While I feel like I should apologise for only reading 1 book I find that I can't. Why you may ask? It's simple. Clovenhoof was fantastic. Fantastic and hilarious.

You may remember when I discovered Heide Goody and Iain Grant's Oddjobs and thought it was super funny? Well it doesn't hold a funny candle to Clovenhoof. Fired from his job as the Prince of Hell, Satan is cast down to earth to live as a human in the sleepy suburbs of Birmingham. Forced to integrate into society Jeremy Clovenhoof tries his best to act normal while hating every minute of it. Along for the ride are his neighours Nerys and Ben who try but fail miserably to keep Jeremy on the straight and narrow. Jeremy misses his old life and wishes the saying 'hell on earth' was actually true.

Clovenhoof is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Even the 'hubinator' who will barely smirk at the funniest books admitted to openly guffawing on public transportation (is that gol'ing?) I however, was lol'ing all the way through. Goody and Grant have obviously worked in the public sector as the scenes where Jeremy fails to meet his targets and participates in brain storming sessions to come up with a vision and mission statement were not only funny but true to life.

There are soo many funny lines and even funnier circumstances that Jeremy finds himself in I could end up quoting half the book. Clovenhoof is not just laughs as there is a story behind all the japes which you don't discover until the final chapters. If you want to be entertained then this is the book for you. I am already excited about book 2. Clovenhoof is already on my list for my fave book read in 2017.




Clovenhoof
Clovenhoof 1
Pigeon Park Press, July 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 396 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017
Charged with gross incompetence, Satan is fired from his job as Prince of Hell and exiled to that most terrible of places: English suburbia. Forced to live as a human under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof, the dark lord not only has to contend with the fact that no one recognises him or gives him the credit he deserves but also has to put up with the bookish wargamer next door and the voracious man-eater upstairs. Heaven, Hell and the city of Birmingham collide in a story that features murder, heavy metal, cannibalism, armed robbers, devious old ladies, Satanists who live with their mums, gentlemen of limited stature, dead vicars, petty archangels, flamethrowers, sex dolls, a blood-soaked school assembly and way too much alcohol. Clovenhoof is outrageous and irreverent (and laugh out loud funny!) but it is also filled with huge warmth and humanity. Written by first-time collaborators Heide Goody and Iain Grant, Clovenhoof will have you rooting for the bad guy like never before.

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