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Friday, July 18, 2014

"A bloody fun read." Crooked Fang by @carrieclevenger #fantasy



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Crooked Fang

Written by Carrie Clevenger

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Xan Marcelles—bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex-boyfriend.

To add to his woes, he’s gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won't be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.



An excerpt from

Crooked Fang


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Here's what

Fans are saying


Crooked Fang is one of the best vampire books I've read in a long, long time, and Xan Marcelles is quite possibly one of the best realized vampires I've ever encountered.

With Xan, Carrie has done something so many vampire authors seem unwilling or unable to do... instead of creating a vampire, she's created a PERSON who happens to be a vampire. A small, but distinct difference, and it breathes fresh life into a concept that's been beaten to death with whiny teenagers and sparkly nonsense over the past few years.

As for the book itself, it hits hard and hits fast, and is full of sex, blood, and rock 'n roll... not to mention fast cars and motorcycles and guns, too. Well-written and with a sense of fun, it's not afraid to get dark and deadly, but Carrie skillfully keeps Crooked Fang from getting too moody 'n broody.

One of the things I love best about Crooked Fang is that while it's very much a vampire novel, it's not about the whole experience BEING a vampire and getting fixated on all the little details so many other books have pounded into the ground -- it's about the kinds of dark and nutty things that vampires get tangled up in, even when they're trying to mind their own business.

Simply put, this is a fine vampire novel, and the perfect tonic to wash away the overdone excesses of the genre. It's fun and refreshing, and well worth your time. Pick this book up and tell all your friends... Carrie should be further encouraged to write more!



Crooked Fang, by Carrie Clevenger, is, to put it bluntly, a bloody fun read.

The prose is excellent, the pace perfect, the story line engaging, and while the action isn't here in spades this kind of story doesn't need it. There's enough sex, drugs and rock n' roll in this story to keep us metal heads happy, and one of the pleasures of this read was the fact it introduced me to a couple of great songs I'd never heard before.

Despite the fact he's a self-confessed a-hole, I really liked Xan Marcelles' character--so much so that I started following him on Twitter (yes, that's right, a fictional bass player has a Twitter account).


Author Bio

Carrie Clevenger



Carrie Clevenger lives in Austin, Texas with her family. Main influences include Maynard James Keenan, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and the late Peter Steele.

Carrie Clevenger enjoys documentaries, non-fiction, Blue Moon, music, and coffee. Sometimes she writes poetry and short stories that have bad endings. She's the elusive sort and has a horrid fear of meeting people, but socialization isn't exactly how good books are written. Carrie is the author of the Crooked Fang series and has many more awful things planned.

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