Monday, 29 February 2016

Blog Tour: Review + #Giveaway: Chasing Azrael by Hazel Butler

Chasing Azrael by Hazel Butler
(Deathly Insanity #1)

Publication date: April 23rd 2014
Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
When Andee Tilbrook’s husband died, her preoccupation with death turned to obsession. Thanks to her unique ability to commune with the dead, her husband remains all too close, yet never close enough.

Mired in grief, she clings to James’s spirit, slowly losing touch with the world, her friends, and any desire to continue living. But when her friend Josh becomes the target of Natalya, a jealous, capricious and violent Russian beauty, Andee somehow finds the strength to free herself from her misery long enough to help him.

They soon discover that Natalya is wanted by the police for her involvement in a series of grisly murders, and Andee is dragged into the inquiry by the same man who investigated her own husband’s death. Torn between new feelings for Josh, and fear that he might be involved in the murders that seem to threaten anyone who comes close, Andee must face the realities of her life, her past, and her very nature-and do it all in time to save her own life.



This has to be one of the most amazing reads I've had the pleasure of losing myself in. Dark, twisted, and intense, this book dug its claws into me and pulled me deeper and deeper into this brilliantly insane story that gave me chills on more than one occasion.


Always one step ahead of me, Butler upped the suspense with each turn of the page, throwing curveball after curveball, leaving me breathless and just a tad bit terrified. I wasn't sure if it was the paranormal elements, or the psychotic tendencies of certain characters that had me looking over my shoulder, but it was thrilling from start to finish.


Well-paced, eloquently written, and rich with intriguing characters, this was a great mix of murder mystery, paranormal thriller, and horror. I was on the edge of my seat as Andee uncovered the truth behind her past, as well as the bizarre events that brought her closer to death. This book stirred many questions within me, and I felt like I was a part of the cast, actively seeking answers, alongside Andee and her friends.


If you love delving into the unknown, while clutching onto your own sanity, this book will enthrall you to no end. Spectacular in every way, this was one read that will haunt me for a very long time.



Hazel is an author, artist and archaeologist from Cheshire, England. She is currently in the final year of her PhD, which focuses on Gender Dynamics in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain. She has two archaeological papers published in international journals, as well as several research papers published through Bangor University and the University of Vienna.

Hazel has also published Out of the Dark (an edited volume of Gothic art work, showcasing over thirty artists from around the world), All the Night-Tide (a collection of Gothic/Steampunk fusion short stories based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe), and ‘Grave’, a short story included in Willow, Weep No More, a fairy tale anthology giving female characters more agency in their roles. Her new novella, Bleizgeist, is a Dark Fantasy tale about a young woman’s isolation and social ostracism due to her unique magical abilities, and her struggle to accept her true nature.

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  • 5 x signed copies of Chasing Azrael
  • 2 art prints of the Chasing Azrael cover

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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Roxy! This sounds dark and awesome!

  2. Hi Roxy,

    Thanks so much for getting involved in the tour, and your fabulous review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you have time could you possibly post this on Amazon for me? If not don't worry I really appreciate you taking the time to read.

    Let me know if you want an ARC of book two and I'll get one to you! Hazel xxxx


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