Kill or Cure Series: Book 2 – Bloodlust by Pixie Britton (Book Review)

We continue the story of Alyx and Tommy in the Kill or Cure series with book 2, Bloodlust.

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Kill or Cure Series: Book 1 – Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton (Book Review)

Kill or Cure is the first book in Pixie Britton’s young adult dystopian series, about a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. I was offered a complimentary copy of this book, directly from the author, and being a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels I decided to take a chance on this new writer. However, it’s aimed at younger teens and while some of these types of stories can also be enjoyed by adults, there can be a fine dividing-line between them depending on maturity of the language, and writing style.

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The Stupidest Angel – A Heart-Warming Tale of Christmas Terror (Book Review)

The first, of two, book reviews of this week is currently one of my favourite Christmas holiday themed novels to read at this time of the year, The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.

Arriving home late one night, convinced he’s now on the naughty list just a few days before Christmas, little Josh Barker witnesses Santa being murdered with a shovel. Christmas in Pine Cove is well and truly ruined, so Josh decides to do the only sensible thing he can do, pray for a Christmas miracle.

Unfortunately the only person around to hear Josh’s plea is the inept Archangel Raziel, who’s been tasked with the mission of this year’s Christmas miracle by losing at cards to the Archangel Michael. He has one job, bring Santa back to life for little Josh Barker, what can possibly go wrong? Rather a lot as it turns out.

Meanwhile, in walks down on his luck DEA pilot Tucker Case who surreptitiously sweeps Lena Marquez off her feet by lending a hand with her unfortunate problem, but his pet fruit bat, Roberto lands him in hot water with the authorities.

The authorities being local cop and supposedly ex-stoner Theophilus Crowe, investigating the sudden disappearance of Dale Pearson, Lena Marquez’s ex-husband, last seen dressed as Santa for the annual Caribou Christmas Party. His quiet chat with Tucker ends in stalemate.

When the residents of Pine Cove meet in the Chapel for the Lonesome Christmas party on Christmas Eve chaos rears its ugly head in a hunger for juicy brains.

 

Favourite Quotes:

“That Volvo was chasing a pine tree.” – Tucker Case. (p41)

 

Theo: “How do you know the ceiling is thirty feet tall?”

Molly: “From our wedding pictures. I cut you out and used you to measure the whole building. It was just under five Theos tall.”

(p48)

 

“If you think anyone is sane you just don’t know enough about them.” – Tucker Case. (p117)

 

The Stupidest Angel is a cracking Christmas tale, at 5 out of 5 stars, surrounding a useless angel who grants a young boy his holiday wish, unleashing pandemonium on an unsuspecting coastal California town.

Christopher Moore’s sense of humour mimics my own sarcastic and somewhat sadistic tones, which may explain why I love him as a writer and why his books never disappoint. The Stupidest Angel is one of many novels that take place in the town of Pine Cove and include numerous characters that have appeared in previous tales, however he never leaves you feeling like you’re missing something important if you haven’t read the previous books, meaning it can be fully enjoyed on its own as a dark Christmas horror imbued with laugh out loud comedy and “holiday quaintage”.

However I am a little confused about the lasagne made with noodles for the Lonesome Christmas festivities? Are lasagne noodles an American thing?

Anyhoo, please head the author’s warning before choosing whether or not to purchase The Stupidest Angel as it sums the story up quite nicely:

“If you’re buying this book as a gift for your grandma or a kid, you should be aware that it contains cusswords as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex. Don’t blame me. I told you.” – Christopher Moore.

 

The Death Wish Game – Book Review

Now that we are into October and Halloween is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to focus primarily on horror novels for a while. The first of this months’ creepy horror stories is The Death Wish Game by Jonathan Chateau.

 

After losing his wife and his job, Rodney has hit rock bottom. Just as he is about to end his life forever, his sister, Becky invites him to live with her in Miami and offers him a chance at hope. As Rodney boards the Mane’s Transportation bus from South Carolina to Florida, he is blissfully unaware of the danger he will soon face.

Offered a free meal and a beer courtesy of Mane’s Transportation as the bus prepares to leave, Rodney thinks his life is beginning to improve, until he wakes up some time later, tied to his seat in the middle of nowhere.

Trapped on a bus with a group of complete strangers, Rodney soon discovers that he has inadvertently become involved in a deadly game, and that not everyone will survive. Can the passengers hold on for the night, reach safety by morning, and escape their fate?

 

This novel reads like a typical slasher movie, a bunch of suicidal people are trapped in the middle of nowhere, being stalked by lunatics, and must now fight for their lives. It is well written and compelling, reeling in the reader with its mystery and keeping you turning the pages, eager to find out what will happen next.

There are, rather unfortunately, a few spelling mistakes littered throughout the text, but if you enjoy slasher flicks or zombie horror, then The Death Wish Game would be a recommended read at a full 5 out of 5 stars.

Stay tuned for some more horror reviews throughout the rest of October.