Saturday, November 3, 2018

[Novella Review] Flying Broomsticks and Buns by L.M. Schukraft

Flying Broomsticks and Buns by L.M. Schukraft is a novella that was released on Halloween... While the demons may have been up to a few tricks, this read was an absolute treat!

Oh my goodness. When I first saw L.M. Schukraft post about how she was creating a novella for Halloween, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy! I preordered the story just as soon as the Amazon link went live and dove in as soon as it was released!

I so wish I could have sat around all Halloween night to read straight through. Unfortunately, I was too busy to do so, so I read this over the course of three days. Even so, it was a wonderful read!

Let's dive into my review!

Flying Broomsticks and Buns by L.M. Schukraft

In this novella, we are back in action with Desmin and Castle while they are on an assignment to track down a sub-demon who has escaped Hell before that demon can fulfill their crazy plan and cause total chaos.

When the pair first landed, I was thrilled to see that they were in Salem, Massachusetts! Of course, based on the history, that is a great setting for a Halloween tale. The author did a wonderful job setting the scene in a short amount of time as Castle walked through town, carrying Desmin.

I could not wait to see what form Desmin was going to be in, and when it was announced for the first time, I laughed right out loud! I won't give it away here, but trust me, it's another perfect pick for a Halloween tale!

Let me just stop right here and say... Desmin is one of my all time favorite characters. He is hysterical! I love how sarcastic he can be and the things that come out of his mouth always makes me chuckle. I also love that he makes pop culture references and teases Castle for not understanding. And the fact that he made a Deadpool reference? Just perfect.

Divide, distract, and conquer. Pit my enemies against each other. 
It's not much but it might buy me some time. I needed to channel 
my best impression of Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool. That 
man was made for that character. IT was time for me to use my 
sassy gift and annoy these ugly beasts from Hell to distraction. 

My favorite passages:
"You want me to do what?" I stared at the Limbo angel like she had grown an extra head. Don't look at me like that! It's entirely possible. You'd be surprised how many creatures I've seen sprout and extra head.
On Hades buffed butt cheeks, I swear it.

Seraphina sniffed at me, her nose so high up I was surprised there wasn't ice dripping off the tip of it.

I was pretty sure the earth stood still for a heartbeat there because I was so shocked words failed me. Yeah, that shocked!

Castle must wear special shoes or something because I had no warning. He just appeared behind Seraphina, strolling around her like he was taking a walk in the park. She gaped at him like he was a cookie and she was two weeks into a new diet.

And I was promptly scared right out of my sweet nibblets.

There was something in the bed. I was sure of it now. There was no way it was friendly either. Friendly stuff doesn't slide all up in your bed in the middle of the night. Not in this crazy fear factor Bed and Nightmares-r-us.

"And what if she's not?" I had to play devil's advocate (no pun intended but hardy-har-har).

Her walls and rainbow colored portraits of cats, kittens, and cupcakes.
I think we've found the end of the Skittles rainbow. I was getting a cavity from just looking at all the sweetness.

Castle's obvious lack of watching Scooby-Doo cartoons and horror movies was going to get me killed, I just know it.

"Can we talk about this?" I tried backing up but was met with cold stone. "I'm sorry about your buddies but they aren't supposed to be here. Maybe we could go get a beet or something?"
The zombies were closing in on me. One groaned and it's jaw dropped to the ground.
"Okay, maybe not a beer..."

My final thoughts:
I had SO much fun reading this short. I cannot wait to see these two again!

Thanks for reading!
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  1. I loved her Dead Princess Walking. Haven't read any of the others, would I get lost without reading them? I love novellas. Thanks for the headsup!

    1. I think you can totally read this one before Crooked Halos! The author does a great job summarizing things you need to know :)

    2. Oh I love it when they do that, thanks!

  2. This sounds like such a fun read! I'll have to bookmark it for next Halloween.

  3. I haven't read the author before but I might have to try this. :)

  4. Oh this sounds like something I need in my life - thanks for sharing!

    1. Definitely!!! It's a pretty quick read! I'd LOVE to hear what you think about Desmin!! :)

  5. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one!

  6. This story sounds adorable and we all need some adorable in our lives!