As a fan of the paranormal genre and witches, I am excited to be on the blog tour for A Spell in the Country by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. Thank you, Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced copy for an honest review ad the opportunity to take part in this tour.
Title: A Spell in the Country
Author: Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Publisher: Pigeon Park Press
“Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.
Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.
Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.
For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.”
I have not read a book like this for a long time. It is a highly imaginative, clever romp of a book: full of magic, memorable characters and moments. The witches are all distinctly different and though I love them all, the star of the story has to be Jenny’s imp, Jizzimus with his outlandish quips and antics.* He made me splutter my tea more than once.
Throughout the book, the humour, plot, and strength of personalities made it worthy of four stars but the concluding chapters rocketed it to a fantastic five. Full of action and unexpected turns this book is very visual and would make a wonderful film if done correctly. I felt like a child again reading Roald Dahl’s The Witches for the first time and was sorry I had reached the end. I may have to just go back to the beginning and start again.
I am thrilled to know there are other books written by the duo to catch up on and they are on my TBR list.
Would I recommend it?
Oh yes! An ideal book to read for escapism and immerse yourself in zany fun.
*With Jizzimus around this book is definitely not for children.
Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of seven novels, two short story collections and a novella.
The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Their latest novel, Oddjobs 2: this time it’s personnel, was published in August 2017.
Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.
I am pleased to announce for the first time on this site a giveaway! Some magical goodies could be flying your way by winning a Witch’s Pamper Package (Open Internationally)
The package, worth over £100 contains…
- A lacy gothic bracelet
- A witch’s hat fascinator
- A pair of green and black stripy tights
- A Yankee candle in “Forbidden Apple”
- A set of wand-shaped makeup brushes
- A gothic notebook (for spells!)
- A bookmark featuring a squashed witch (with just the legs sticking out!)
- A gemstone ring
- A gorgeous coffin-shaped vegan eyeshadow palette from Lunatick Cosmetic labs (with a bat-shaped mirror!)
For an opportunity to win please follow the link and good luck.
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