Book Review: A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney


AGKINDLETitle:  A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural Romance
Publisher: Craigh Na Dun (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 380 pages
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Publication Date: August 5, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – really liked it!

When Lydia, a teacher of English folklore and myth, contacts a cynical American writer on line, their relationship seems doomed because despite their shared love of the paranormal and supernatural their beliefs are poles apart. To Lydia’s astonishment, Jensen accepts her invitation to visit England and to explore its myths and legends. A road trip across Britain in a tiny KA is not quite what Jensen was expecting but as he travels the country with Lydia as his guide, his cynicism is tested, not only by Lydia herself, but also by the colourful array of characters that they meet along the way.

His efforts to debunk legends such as Black Annis and the Cottingley Fairies are thwarted by both Lydia and those who truly believe. As time goes on Jensen begins to question what he sees and feels as his love of the British countryside and Lydia become entwined. Jensen hears tales of the White Worm, experiences first-hand a Phantom hitchhiker battles nature itself when he confronts the legendary Green Man. The final tale of shape shifting Selkies makes Jensen realise that his cynicism is being replaced by humanity and humility and as his love grows deeper, he begins to believe in the myths and legends he once wanted to disprove.


Good morning everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney. I’d like to thank both the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Basically whenever I hear British Myth and book in a sentence together I’m sold and I need to read whatever it is. This book was of course, no different. I originally thought that this would be a memoir or nonfiction work of some kind exploring early British lore but that impression was definitely not accurate and I enjoyed this book probably more than I would have had it been that type of book. This book is a fantasy book that incorporates British lore which I enjoyed so very much.

I really liked the format of this book. While there is an overarching big picture story in this book it is also comprised of distinct sections where specific lore stories are incorporated. While I wasn’t really a fan of either of our main characters in this book I liked the dynamic of viewing these stories or their ideas through the lens of a cynic and a believer. That was interesting to me. I was also interested to see whether Jensen would become a believer in myth and what steps would lead him up to that point. I wasn’t into the romance very much, I think I was much more interested in the myths and how they affected our characters. I really loved reading this book at this time of year, it was a great introduction into my October in which I like to read creepier, darker books and some of the myths handled in this book fell on the freaky end of the spectrum. For some I was literally reading in bed at like two in the morning with the sheet pulled up over my head.

I ended up giving this book a four star rating because I really liked it and enjoyed it. I have always been a fan of British lore so I think my fascination with those stories and that culture just really made this book and its stories stand out to me and I had a lot of fun reading it.

If you are a fan of myths or early literature you may find this enjoyable! You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

Happy reading everyone!!


About the Author AK

Born in Leicester in 1960, I’ve been writing for more than thirty years! I have a real thirst for knowledge and tend to use information I’ve gleaned while writing my books or short stories. Married with three children I use my family as a sounding board for every single thing I write! I work full-time as a Student Support Administrator but spend most of my spare time writing. I am a huge football fan and have written lots of articles about Leicester City Football Club and have had them printed in the Fox football fanzine! Over the last ten years I have been an avid viewer of the TV series Supernatural and write episode reviews for Support Supernatural – an American website. I also write fan fiction because it helps me keep my hand in so to speak. I’ve been lucky enough to work in some interesting jobs and have been editor for a community newsletter. When I’m not working or writing I look after my two dogs, read, go swimming and go to the cinema (I am a huge film buff/bore). Years ago I used to be a Magician’s Assistant, I’ve run Murder Mystery evening with my husband, looked after a children’s theatre group for four years and helped out my kids! I have a degree in English and Media studies and I would really like to study for my Masters!


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