Saturday, 10 March 2012

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis)
Lilith Straight had it all, a husband with a massive salary, a beautiful daughter, and a big house, but now everything has just gone to pot.

Recently divorced from said highly paid, orthodontist husband (who was having an affair), living in a town house because the ex-husbands niece burned down the big house, and struggling for money, Lilith’s life in no joke. So far she’s got one young daughter, one step-niece (yes the same one that burned down the house), and one stepsister and her latest crush all living in her house, and now the washing machine is broken as well.

Lilith doesn’t think that things can get much worse, when it turns out that they can, and she winds up dead. What’s worse though is that it turns out that a distant ancestor signed a contract with the devil – she gets her life back, but only if she becomes a succubus. As it turns out this deal was for all of the woman’s female ancestors too, and now, if Lilith wants to return to earth and continue to raise her daughter, she must now become the succubus in the family, as her mother has just died.

Struggling to adjust to her new demon, whilst in the midst of all the other craziness that is her life, Lilith must come to terms with what being a succubus means, and fast.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a light, fun read, and I’d probably describe it as chick-lit with a touch of the paranormal thrown in.

Lilith is just so normal! She really does come across as the sort of person you would be friends with in real life, and you can’t help but feel for her when she’s constantly being bombarded with such bad luck and problems. She also has amazing spirit to keep going when everything is going wrong!

I also liked the fact that while there was a religious angle to the book, choosing to go down the ‘God’ path was not an easy option. It required sacrifices just the same as anything else, which to me seems like a much more realistic view of things than expecting God to just rescue you from your life when it is going wrong. The fact that Lilith also had to do things that she didn’t want to do even when she became a demon was also refreshing, and just gave the book that extra something to make it seem realistic.

Overall I am intrigued as to what will happen next!
7.5 out of 10.
(Book length: 3684 Kindle locations.)

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