Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Giveaway Winners + Review of Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone that entered my February giveaway and checked out all the fun resources and blogs I use weekly in my fiction journey. If you haven't had a chance yet to follow all these fabulous links, check out the post here. Now for the winners.....

Jamie Zakian

$14 Amazon Gift Card

Alex Samuely

Query Helper Critique

Natalie Page

Contest Entry Critique

I'll be emailing the winners shortly, so keep an eye out for those in your inboxes!
Please Note: EG Moore Freelancing will be closed to editing through March and April 2016.

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One thing I absolutely love (and don't do often enough!) is reviewing books I've ready recently so my blog buddies can find new favorites or comp titles for what they're writing. This one is long overdue, as I finished reading Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves way back in January. (Is it really March already?!?!) I received a free e-copy of this book from Curiosity Quills for an honest review.

The comic style cover should have tipped me off as to what type of book it was, and I did little research on it prior to requesting it. Here's the blurb that sold me:

OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is the story of two criminal masterminds who can conquer anything except their own feelings. Otto Von Trapezoid is a mad scientist who rules an army of robots from his orbital space station. Angry and grumpy, he sees no value in humanity except becoming their ruler. Esmerelda Santa Monica is the stylish self-proclaimed “Empress of Thieves,” who values her own legend and the thrill of the theft over actual wealth. Both live lonely lives, the desire to become the greatest villains of all time primarily on their minds

When the two meet in simultaneous attempts to blackmail the UN, their instincts are to attempt to kill one another, but soon they discover a mutual attraction that neither thought possible. Once they begin to pool their resources, the pair seems on track to become the most successful evil-doers of all time and set out to conquer the world itself. But what happens when their villainous natures emerge, and both realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth? Can either be satisfied with being second to another?

To make matters worse, they must deal with the protestations of Otto’s sidekick robot SCRAP, the meddling of their fellow villains, their families, and worst of all, heroic superspy Jake Indestructible is determined to bring them both down, once and for all.

Filled with robot dinosaurs, exploding dinner parties, and villainous poker games, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that will leave you falling in love with the bad guys!

That last line is true to the nature of this book. I've never been more of a fan of the bad guys before reading this book. The characters are each so very well developed and unique, and I'm a sucker for these type of figures in literature. The use of over-exaggerated tropes and word play made them even more hilarious. My other favorite part of reading books, unique and wonderful writing, is bursting from this book.  is a mastermind wordsmith. The scientific acronyms and other ways he creates this novel into a work of art is pure genius.

The only problem I had with this book lies in the pacing. There were a few places were it lagged a little bit. Perhaps this was the author trying to draw out the tension, but it just left me wanting to skip to the outcomes of some of the problems he had set up for the characters. 

Overall, I gave this book four stars on Amazon and Goodreads. I can honestly say that I will read this book again, probably as an upper after I come out of a particularly dark or emotional book hangover.

What are you all reading lately? Let's start a book recommendation list in the comments below!


  1. Hello Emily,

    Thanks for the kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. Just so you know, are three mini-epilogues available to read on my website,, and there's a longer prequel story coming out on the 5th in the CQ anthology The Indomitable Ten. It's called "The World, My Enemy" and it details Otto's rise to full supervillain. Give them a read if you wish.

    Thanks again,

    Jesse Baruffi

    1. Jesse-
      I actually have those in my kindle app as well. I just haven't had a chance to read them....*hangs head shamefully* Someday soon though!