Wanted: Single Rose by Mav Skye



The author sent me an advanced reading copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

“Violent visions in our souls. You and I are brother and sister of the axe, husband and wife to the dark. The crow caws at midnight.”

It’s Halloween night. Timothy Sun stands in a garden of graves beneath the branches of the Tim Burton tree, his eyes deadlocked with the gorgeous creature in the raven costume. She beckons to him with one hand, while holding an axe in the other.

One month ago, he was a lonely shop owner hiding from a dark past. Then he met her. He met his violent violet and Timothy knew he’d never be alone again… if only murder wasn’t the only way to keep Velva Jones’s affection. Either Timothy plays her game of secrets and murder or damns himself to an early grave. The game has begun, but how will it end?


Genre:  Horror, Comedy

Series:  n.a.

Length:  291 pages

Release date:  2015-10-15



Sir Sun leaned back in the chair, tapping his index finger against his jaw. A soft and sudden peep! called from behind him. Startled, he turned, and stared at the beaded 70’s mantel above the fireplace. A single orchid sat in its lavender pot, innocently enough. Had it spoken to him?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to ‘Sir Sun’. Seeing an ad in his newspaper changes his life forever.

With Wanted: Single Rose, Mav Skye has created a bizarre horror story with streaks of comedy. It is a very unusual read. Your everyday Tom, Dick or Harry falls in love with a stunning woman sounds like a cliché; it is quite different, though. Mav Skye paints a pretty clear picture of the protagonists’ minds while the story evolves. It took me a few chapters to buy into the story; the next chapter put me on the right track. This mix of hard-core horror and comedy may be disturbing some readers’ minds. Wanted: Single Rose is a feast for Tim Burton and Tarantino fans; more horror than comedy, a fast read. ‘Mad World’ by Gary Jules sprang to my mind, my catchy tune throughout the final chapters.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Many twists
Mood Dark, Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Graphic violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

When Mav Skye isn’t turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she’s editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.
She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.
Especially Godzilla.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Wanted: Single Rose?  Or – if you did not yet read Wanted: Single Rose – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Wanted: Single Rose was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


6 thoughts on “Wanted: Single Rose by Mav Skye

  1. Karen, thanks so much for the review (and for enduring my horror tales!) Mad World by Gary Jules has always been one of my favorites. I believe it’s on my Supergirls playlist (writing music) as well.

    • You are welcome, Mav. This Mad World version was perfect – or it wouldn’t have come to my mind when reading the final chapters. Good music! 🙂

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