Tuesday 15 November 2011

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott **Review**

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott
Series: Lilith Straight #1
Pages: 179
Publisher: Published by author
Release date: September 8th 2011
Buy eBook: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Smashwords

Goodreads synopsis:
The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

When I started reading Straight to Hell, I was instantly gripped by the narrative. The books I tend to enjoy reading the most, are those that immediately reach out to the reader and speak to them as though they're having a conversation with a friend - and Michelle has certainly achieved that here! I was instantly drawn into Lilith's hectic life, and it took very little time for me to sympathise with her character. It also took very little time for the story to get going properly. I find with a lot of books, the author spends a little too much time at the beginning of the book, introducing readers to the setting and describing the characters' appearances and backgrounds etc, and not enough time introducing the main plot, which is after all, what the reader is going to be gripped by - Straight to Hell throws the reader straight in and holds them there.

Lil's character was also absolutely fantastic. Obviously, only being 20 myself, I can't yet sympathise with all of her problems, but I found her a very easy character to like, despite all of the awful things she's forced to do by the evil antagonist, Miss Spry (who was, by the way, quite an entertaining character, despite being evil).
Lilith's character is definitely a complex one, which I think is why I found her so believable - she found excitements and thrills in some of the things her Succubus allowed her to do, but at the same time she fought with her conscience, as any normal human being would do. In the end, even though she has to do some terrible things, she has an ultimately good motive for doing so.

There were so many twists in the plot that I didn't see coming, that the novel definitely kept me on my toes, and it kept moving at such a pace that there wasn't a single point in the book where I was bored in the slightest.
I'm also a bit of a sucker for some romance in the books that I read, and this certainly delivered. I'm really intrigued to see what happens in Lilith's relationship with a certain beautiful man in the second book in the series - I won't tell you who because I really don't want to spoil anything for you. Although I do like romantic elements in a novel, I also liked that the romance did not overpower the rest of the story, but rather just accompanied it well.

I would definitely recommend this novel to any fan of the fantasy or 'dark fantasy' genres. But I would also recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of an adventure!


Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures said...

It sounds great! In fact, it goes straight to my wishlist :) I'm looking forward to your interview with Michelle!

Dani Cotton said...

I'm glad it made your wishlist! Look out for the interview tomorrow, you can enter the giveaway to win an eBook copy (which will be from smashwords, so it's international and fits any device :) )

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Unknown said...

I have this book and will be a part of the Lilith Straight Tour. I am really looking forward to reading both Straight to Hell and Straight to Heaven. It sounds like a really good read from your review!

Michelle Chew said...

I have read this book too. I'm glad you've enjoyed it. Definitely a complex character but that made the story pretty interesting to read. :) Thanks for sharing!

June M. said...

I have been wanting to read this book. It looks like it would be a fun and interesting read. Thanks so much for the review.

Jaime Lester said...

I have seen this series on several blogs, but I have never really paid much attention to it. Seems like I should start, huh? It really does sound great, and after reading your review, I think I need to read it so I can write my own!

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