Released: September 8th 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Series: Yes #1 in the Lilith Straight series
Source: From Author for review purposes.
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Author Website: Michelle Scott
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.
Imagine one day you have a normal hectic life of a thirty something, and then the next day you are involved in an accident and wake up in Hell. Well this is what happens to Lilith Straight. Upon her arrival in Hell Lilith finds out she is bound by a past generations bargain with the devil. This bargain is that it makes all female descendants a succubus. They have to use their charm and inner demon to do tasks. . There is only one descendant at a time who has to become a succubus, so when Lilith’s mother Carrie passes away the role is then passed on to Lilith. Lilith is taken to the office of Miss Spry, who is the evil antagonist. Miss Spry is very much like the office boss with a demonic kick.
This is a fun and light read, I also really liked the feel and tempo of this book. It’s very much tongue in cheek and at times can be quite humorous. There is a bit of romance in the book but not too much to make it all mushy and gooey. Some really good characters, I really liked Lilith, Miss Spry and Mr Clarke, they really were good. I hope I see more of them in book two.
The main character Lilith is very likeable. There are many things I could relate to her with. Her life is very complex and she is certainly a walking disaster. But nevertheless you can really sympathise with the poor lady, at times most normal people would have been ripping their hair out. You can see that she really adores her daughter Grace. It’s not easy working on behalf of the devil and keeping a family going.
The main reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star rating was the fact that I could put it down, I know when a book is 5 star as I can’t eat or sleep for wanting to read it. This was missing for me. All the correct components were there, but it just missed out on a top rating.
Would I read more books by this author, yes I would! Her writing style is very relaxed and easy going.
Story Rating: 4/5 - Just missed out on a five star rating.
Cover Rating: 3/5 - I do like the cover, but it does need a little improvement.
About The Author:
Michelle Scott is a writer of urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Her work has appeared in such places as Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Afterburn SF, and Electric Velocipede. Her novel, The Dragons of Hazlett, was nominated for a 2009 Eppie Award.
Michelle has been a fiction junkie all of her life, but she didn’t start writing until junior high. Over the next decade, she wrote many (really awful) poems, short stories, and limericks.
A native Michigander, she attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, earning her BA in psychology and meeting the guy of her dreams. After marrying said guy and spending two years doing nothing of great importance, she went on to earn an MFA at Wayne State University in Detroit. Fortunately, her writing improved considerably, and since that time she has published nearly a dozen short stories in a variety of magazines. The Dragons of Hazlett is her first novel.
Currently, she teaches English at a community college in southeastern Michigan and lives with her husband and three terrific children, all of whom are addicted to fiction as much as she.