Tag: Sian B. Claven

Book Review: Tatum by Sian B. Claven

Tatum
Series: The Butcher #1
Author: Sian B.Claven
Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth
Published: October 15, 2017
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 18, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Everyone has nightmares but the silent girl from Tatum’s is crossing over to reality and when she does, someone dies.

In a quiet little neighbourhood, murders are about to rock the community’s happy existence but only Tatum can make the connection between seeing the girl from her nightmare and the deaths that are occurring.

The second time it happens another person dies.

By the third time Tatum is left needing answers.

She has to ask, is she next?

Jessica’s Review:

Tatum is the first in the Butcher series by Sian B. Claven. Though it can be defined as horror, for me it was more of suspense with a toss of paranormal added in. We have Tatum, a teen who keeps seeing what she calls ‘skeleton girl’ which is a girl with slicked back hair and dressed as skeleton. Then murders start happening and Tatum tries to connect the two. It seems we have a serial killer and I enjoy books with those!

This is the first in a four-book series with maybe more to come? So, the first part is set up for the series. Tatum started a bit slow for me, but I was still interested and then about halfway through it picked up. The murders happen and the way the bodies are found is gruesome. I do look forward to the rest of the series to see what happens.

I have the kindle versions of the whole series, but was sent an audible copy from Claven. The narrator is Jacq Ainsworth and she did a great job! She also returns to narrate the second in the series.

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Audiobook Review: Buried by Sian B. Claven

Buried
Author: Sian B. Claven

Narrator: Chris Slone
Published:  October 15, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 10-11, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Description:

Home is where the heart is … or the hatred.

You can feel the love and care someone puts into their home just by walking into it. Equally, you can feel the hatred and malice when you step into a home where dark deeds have been done.

Alex and his team of so-called paranormal investigators are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are able to film inside one of the most haunted, and cursed, locations in their area.

The Jackson Mansion.

The thing that makes this mansion truly unique is that it is built completely underground. Determined to uncover the dark secrets of the mansion’s past, and prove himself a notable investigator, Alex doesn’t care what it takes. The mansion, however, has other ideas, as well as some rather restless occupants.

Jessica’s Review:

Kim has previously read  Buried and her review is here.

This is my first full length novella from Claven and WHOA!!! Until this one, I have only read two of her short stories, and I cannot wait to read more from her! I have had Buried on my kindle for a while, but was kindly sent an audiobook version from the author to listen to.

Claven can truly write horror!  Buried take the ‘haunted house’ trope and amplifies it by 1000!  I did not know what was going to happen next as I listened to this novella or anticipated how it would end.  I recall my mouth dropping a few times as I listened, and had to make an effort to concentrate on driving as I listened and was fully involved in the story. I had recently been involved in an accident where deer were involved and the car that hit me ran, so I didn’t need a repeat accident in my new-to-me car! (Please note that all 4 deer and myself were fine, my poor little Saab was not so lucky). 

Please note that Claven will not be for everyone.  Her writing is very dark, twisted, depraved, and also unique! There were a couple of erotica parts in Buried which I could have done without, which gives my rating of 4.5 stars. I would say this novel would be for 18+ due to the contents involved. 

As previously mentioned, I was sent the audiobook version from Claven.  Honestly, it took a little while for me to get used to the narrator’s voice. At first, I did not really like his voice as for me his voice had a bit too much of a ‘southern twang’ to it, but after a while I was able get past that and ended up enjoying the narration as Slone really performed!  

Please note that Claven is from South Africa so some vernacular in the novel is from her country.  I have read books from other authors in South Africa, so this did not stick out for me. 

Reader discretion is advised before you pick up Buried. If you can handle it, you will be in for a wild ride of not knowing what to expect!  Buried is far from your typical haunted house novel and those out to discredit ghosts!

Buried is recommended!

Purchase Links:
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Short Story ARC Review: Merry Meow by Sian B. Claven

Merry Meow
Series: Demon Cat #2
Author: Sian B. Claven

To Be Published:  December 15, 2021
50 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 8-9, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description: 

The cats are back, and it’s still not really a Christmas story.

Danielle rescues a cat from some mean men who are throwing rocks at it. After making sure it’s healthy she brings it home to join the family. Dark deeds abound, Danielle starts finding her neighbour’s dead pets in her house and shamefully buries them in the yard at night.

Is Meow getting out and killing the neighbour’s pets?

Impossible, he’s just a sweet, little kitty after all…

Jessica’s Review:

To ‘prepare’ myself for Sian B. Claven’s upcoming short story Merry Meow I decided to re-read the first in the series Killer Kitteh Khristmas, and prepare me it did!  I enjoyed that one just as much the second time, but I will let my previous review stand for it as it is time to talk about Merry Meow:

Danielle does what every cat lover does: Saves and brings home a new furbaby! But what if you refuse to see things for how they actually are occurring or just in denial? This is what Merry Meow is about. It is a short story, so you can’t say much without giving spoilers, but this is story is not for the faint of heart: Claven writes horror and yes, you get some bloody horror in this story! And no, I did not see that ending coming…

I really enjoyed Merry Meow and look forward to the next in the series: Jingle Fur.  I received an e-arc from the author to read and review and also pre-ordered Merry Meow for just .99 on Amazon!  If you enjoy horror at all, spend the .99 and find a new-to-you author if you haven’t read anything from Claven before. 

One day I will read more than her short stories, as I have several of her full-length novels on my kindle.

Merry Meow is recommended!

Pre-order links:
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