Book Review: Naked Brunch


Author: Sparkle Hayter
Title: Naked Brunch
Genre: Comedy Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781842430422

‘A modern Grimm’s fairy tale and a comedy with both heart and teeth, Naked Brunch followes the adventures of the last nice girl in a fabled big city; a mysterious werewolf named Jim; a psychiatrist to werewolves; the world’s luckiest reporter and an assortment of villains, media jackals, obsessed lovers and wannabes.’


Okay… first of all, her name is Sparkle Hayter. YEY! I could kiss this woman! Grab her face and drown it in big, wet, sloppy kisses of sparkle hating gratitude.
…but I doubt she’d appreciate it. So….

Instead I’ll say that this book, if not for the werewolves, would have almost become ‘chick-lit’ or ‘chick-romance.’ I’m fascinated with the obvious and skill that’s gone into creating a book that suspends belief well enough to forget, just for a moment that werewolves, for all intents and purposes, need agony aunts. Because that’s how it feels.

An utterly bizarre, surreal and humorous book that I’ll have to read again at some point to be sure that I’ve enjoyed all the laughs.

Hayer’s characters are likeable and believable. Her villains have just enough going on in their own lives that you can almost feel sorry for them (its a complex emotional journey! Kinda…) and the bit villains (or, as I like to call them mid-bosses – being the gamer that I am) are superficial, corrupted and cruel enough that its a pleasure to read about their untimely ends.

A cracking read; I ploughed through it in perhaps three days as it became my ‘at-work-giggling-in-the-canteen-at-lunch-time-trying-to-handle-the-pages-while-stabbing-at-my-salad book’ as well as my ‘hmm-its-boring-on-the-loo-where’s-that-book-I-couldn’t-get-to-the-last-chapter-of’ book. What can I say, Naked Brunch definitely has the range to suit both those book times and a great deal more.

This is another from Alt Fiction; one I bought actually. So I’m even more pleased that I enjoyed it so much.

To finalise; there were a couple of instances where I might have lost my way just a smidgy bit (probably my own fault for speed reading), but the bits that feel ‘too easy’ or ‘too creepy’ are suitably explained in a way that fits the rest of the tale to give an overall very satisfying read. Win.

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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