Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review ~ Hellhole by Gina Damico

Genre: YA paranormal
Pages: 352
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Description: 
A devil is a bad influence . . . 

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. 

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hellhole was a fun, delightful, and quirky read. And so, so deliciously weird. I loved it!


Max was an oddball. An incredibly awkward guy with so many cringe-worthy moments of humiliation. He was a fun character! It was nice seeing a nerdy, paranoid guy with the pasty white skin and obsession with dinosaurs as the hero of this story.

Lore was also a great character. She wasn't quite as awkward. I really liked her role in the story. She helped Max, but didn't end up doing everything for him. Her presence was nice and I loved their awkward relationship.

The devil concept was so cool! In this book's version of hell, there were 666 Satan. Burgundy Cluttermuck (Burg) was just one of them. He was a very . . . interesting character. Hilarious, too! He acted childish in one moment and evil in another. He made all sorts of weird and inappropriate jokes that got on the other characters' nerves, but made me laugh out loud. I liked how he was evil, but still had a tiny bit of a soft side. It did shine through in some moments!

The story itself was nice. the boy brought a devil up from hell and had to find a way to keep him happy and cure his mother, all the while trying not to get sent to jail. It was a fun scenario.

Overall, Hellhole was a delight to read. It definitely left an impression with its weird humor, odd hero, and strange Satan. I highly recommend this if you're up for a fun and quirky read!


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