Candy Canes and Buckets of Blood by Heide Goody and Iain M. Grant – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Kelly from Love Books Tours for organising this tour and to Heide Goody, Iain M. Grant and Pigeon Park Press for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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Christmas is a time for families to come together.

Guin Roberts can’t think of anything worse than visiting a Christmas market with her new family. Guin is perfectly happy with own company and doesn’t want that disrupted by her wisecracking stepbrother and his touchy-feel mum.

Their Christmas celebrations are invaded by a sleigh full of murderous elves. And it doesn’t matter if they’ve been naughty or nice —these elves are out for blood.

Can the family band together to survive the night? Or will Santa’s little helpers make mincemeat of them all?

My Thoughts

I have to admit I had no idea what I was getting into when I agreed to review this book and sometimes I like it that way.  I wasn’t sure if this was going to be written for children, adults, in a humorous way and seriously bloodthirsty way.  It was all a bit of a mystery!

What I now know is That this is a Christmas cracker of a book.  It has to be the most quirky, crazy book I have ever read in my life and it’s absolutely fantastic.

The characters are really well developed in a short space of time and as a reader you really feel like you know them.  They are all very different and have their own flaws and quirks.  Esther is an eco-warrior, activist and feminist but also a bit of a prude.  She is visiting her boyfriend Dave with her son Newton who is lovely and gentle but terrified of letting anybody down.  Dave is a straight-talking paramedic and just likes to keep the peace and enjoy a drink and his daughter Guin is a studious book worm who seeks company and solace in her selection of ‘junk model’ friends.

Brought together for the first time, the two families are pleasant but the situation is really awkward.  It becomes more awkward when they are held hostage in a strange B and B by a bunch of murderous and blood thirsty elves.  It’s delightful to follow the development of their characters and relationships throughout the book and I loved every one of them by the end.

The story does contain some very interesting ways to defend yourself against blood-thirsty elves and is by no means suitable for younger children however the horror aspect is light and very tongue in cheek.  The chapters are short making it easy to pick up and put down if you only have short reading periods and the story is so enjoyable you just kind of become lost in it.

If you’re looking for something completely different this festive period I highly recommend this book.

Author Bios – Heide Goody and Iain M. Grant

Iain and Heide by Pete C b+w

Heide lives in North Warwickshire with her husband and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. Iain lives in South Birmingham with his wife and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. They aren’t sure how many novels they’ve written together since 2011 but it’s a surprisingly large number.

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