Book Review and Giveaway: Pringle Prawn by Michael Scott Clifton

PRINGLE PRAWN
by
Michael Scott Clifton
Contemporary Urban Fantasy / Fairies / Humor
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Date of Publication: September 19, 2023
Number of Pages: 310 pages
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Move over Tinker Bell. There’s a new fairy in town!
Ben’s luck is changing. He has his iconic VW bus, a hot, wealthy girlfriend, and he’s managed to buy an old fixer-upper in an upscale neighborhood—just the thing to convince his girlfriend’s influential father that he’s husband material. But his new home has a secret, and when Ben opens a mysterious grandfather clock, he finds himself dropped into a magical land. There he meets Pringle, a six-inch prawn with a supercharged attitude and a pouchful of fairy dust. She saves his life, and when Ben returns to his world, Pringle returns with him.
Pringle’s adjustment to the modern world is a hilarious series of incidents that completely disrupt Ben’s life. When Russian mobsters and a vengeful HOA president attempt to hijack Ben’s life, Pringle zooms to the rescue—a pinch here, a pinch there, nothing a little fairy dust can’t fix.
But it’s when Pringle begins to grow that things really get interesting, because as Pringle’s size increases, so do her feelings for Ben. Ultimately, Pringle must decide whether to return to her world—or follow her heart and stay with Ben.
I love this book! Michael Scott Clifton gives us the familiar modern-day world of Tyler, Texas and surrounding areas and also builds a deliciously creative magical world for us to visit. It’s twice the fun!

Ben Hastings, bless his heart. He’s a history professor at UT Tyler, and his girlfriend, Cara, is way above his pay grade. She’s the quintessential girl with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her dad is a rich, high-powered lawyer, she wants for nothing, and Ben is trying to impress his (hopefully?) future father-in-law. So when he comes upon a rather shabby Gothic mansion for sale at a heck of a deal, he sees the potential to live up to Cara’s high expectations and snags it.

When he goes hunting for, and finds, a key to open the mysterious grandfather clock that came with the house, he goes on an adventure he never expected! He lands in this new locale and quickly has to run from some kind of creature that’s coming after him with malice aforethought. He’s rescued from his predicament by Pringle, a forest prawn. No, not a really big shrimp. A prawn, in Pringle’s world, is a creature akin to a fairy. You know, adorable, tiny, has wings and flies. She helps Ben navigate his new circumstances and find his way home. But Ben doesn’t return home alone. Pringle comes along, too. She does not remain tiny. Shenanigans ensue.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed other books by Michael Scott Clifton, and Pringle Prawn ramps it up to a whole other level. This book hits on the very real-world topic of human trafficking and weaves it deftly into the fantasy storyline. But it also gives us gems like Archie Jones, billionaire bookseller and Ben’s new best friend; Hank, the shop owner who gives Ben the key to his mysterious clock and who seems to be more than just a shop owner; and Pringle herself. Pringle has to adjust to Ben’s world, and her interactions with it are sometimes touching, sometimes laugh-out-loud-while-you’re-reading-in-public funny.

Pringle brings fairy dust with her, and Clifton really cuts up with that effect! The fairy dust gives us treats like large, sentient bees and concrete lions come to life. There’s also a talking door with attitude, and these are just the things that happen at Ben’s house. And then there is my favorite: Maude, the HOA president who lives next door to Ben. She literally stalks Ben, and her efforts to find some way, any way to bring him down and get him out of her neighborhood are painfully funny. She reminds me of Gladys Kravitz on steroids. (Did I date myself with that?)


Really, this book has everything. We get an enchanting fantasy and a heroine in Pringle that you can’t help but love. We get action and thrills with the traffickers. We get romance and family drama with Ben and Cara and Pringle. We get a little bit of the buddy motif with Archie and Ben. And I really, really, really want to know more about Hank! What’s his deal? Next time I’m in East Texas, I’m going to go drive around Mount Pleasant looking for his shop. Michael Scott Clifton, please say you’ll be writing more books in this world!

If you enjoy a book that lets you suspend your disbelief and just roll along on a wave of pure enjoyment, a book that offers a little bit of all your favorite genres, you need to read Pringle Prawn. It’s a perfect little tidbit of unadulterated escapist reading, and I adored it. Five generous sprinkles of fairy dust from me!


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Multi-award-winning author Michael Scott Clifton lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie. An avid gardener, rapacious reader, and movie junkie, his books contain facets of all the genres he enjoys—action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch, and the Conquest of the Veil series, (The Open Portal, Escape from Wheel, A Witch’s Brew, and Cavern of the Veil Queen) all received 5-Stars from the prestigious Readers Favorite Book Reviews. The Open Portal has been honored with a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award. In addition, his YA novel Edison Jones and The Anti-Grav Elevator received a Feathered Quill Book Award Bronze Medal. Two of his short stories have earned Gold Medals, with “Edges of Gray” winning the Texas Authors Contest, and “The End Game” winning the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization Contest. Professional credits include published articles in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine.

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2 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Pringle Prawn by Michael Scott Clifton

  1. Hall Ways says:

    I am cracking up at the Mrs. Kravitz GIF, and sure, it dates us, but I thought the exact same thing when I was reading: Maude is Mrs. Kravitz reincarnated! This is a terrific review of a terrific book. Thanks for sharing!

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