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Thursday, February 9, 2017

REVIEW: HellHole by Gina Damico

“I'm not scared of anything. But cats...' He blew out a puff of air and shook his head. "Those soulless eyes. That depraved indifference. Cats are evil, dude.” 

Max Kilgore is a squeaky clean, boring geek dedicated to helping his ailing mother and just surviving being a teenager.  He wouldn't dare consider doing nefarious deeds until he accidentally unearths a devil, ensuring that his actions are no longer his own. The big, red guy is an offensive couch potato with a hankering for junk food.  Max has no choice but to do his bidding before he teams us with Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side.  They have to act quickly before all Hell breaks loose!

HellHole is hilarious--like I gobbled it up in one audiobook sitting, hilarious! The humor is biting, snarky and dark--characteristic of Damico.  This is definitely for fans of Reaper, Lucifer and Dead Like Me.

Burg really steals the show but there is good character growth with Max and Lore is awesome.  The narrative touches on some heavy themes too with regard to Max's anxiety for his mother's illness and whether she'll live long enough to get help.

I can't recommend the audiobook read by Macleod Andrews highly enough. Great performance of voices that brought the humor to the forefront for a fun experience.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars