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Grim Tidings: Hellhound Chronicles Paperback – April 19, 2016
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“Caitlin Kittredge at her ferocious best.
Black Dog sinks its teeth and claws into you and doesn’t let go. And you won’t want it to.”—New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey on Black Dog
After winning her freedom from Gary, a heartless reaper, and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. And her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death: He’s returned as the Grim Reaper—the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava’s dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her . . . and the entire world.
A breed of monsters as smart as vampires—but who behave likezombies—has been sighted in Kansas. This isn’t the first time Ava’s come across these “zompires,” and now they’re spreading their infection across America’s heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named the Walking Man. Ava thought she’d kicked his ass for good when she first battled him in a Nazi death camp, and that mistake just might cost her life.
To stop the Walking Man, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes and new friends . . . a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past—and Leo’s future.
“[M]ake this one a series to watch.”—Booklist
About the Author
Caitlin Kittredge has written sixteen novels for adults and teens, including Black Dog, the award-winning Iron Codex trilogy, and Coffin Hill, published by Vertigo. Caitlin spends her time in Massachusetts fixing up her 1881 Victorian house that she shares with several spoiled cats and a vast collection of geeky ephemera.
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I feel like this kind of writing is lazy at best and potentially destructive at worse. I'm not saying Ava wouldn't still get hurt. I am saying it would have been a much better message for any girls/women reading this series to know that being small doesn't mean "I can't f@$& someone up".
After a century of life, Ava should know how to actually FIGHT. That's the message. Not just mouth off to her tormentors while getting knocked around.
Yes she stood up to The Walking Man, Lilith and Gary. I applaud that. But making her a little more Kate Daniels-esque would have made me love this series.
Also, why the hell couldn't they break into a Walmart or something and steal a few guns????
This book isn't a failure but if I had a daughter I don't think I would let her read this series. If she did read it I would go over it with a highlighter and point out all of the "victim" scenarios I saw.
That would be one seriously marked up book.
Finally, she has NO money at all? Really? A supernatural being, a century old and she's always broke AND getting her body broken.
My psych degree is literally screaming right now. Ugh.
I haven’t read the first book, so it was a bit confusing in the beginning. As I got further into the book the author filled me in on past events. She did it without slowing down the story and I was soon swept into the book.
You’ll be taken back and forth from Ava’s past to current time as she battles The Walking Man once again. She thought she’d sent him to Hell but he’s back and making more Zompires.
Zompires are a nasty piece of work. They’re vampires that act like zombies, and if Ava doesn’t stop The Walking Man, they’ll spread like a plague.
In the previous book, Ava was chained to a nasty reaper. After breaking free of him, she’s now masterless, kind of. Uriel is now pulling her strings.
Uriel is an angel. For those who think angels are cute little cupids, you couldn’t be more wrong. As he so eloquently puts it, “Angels aren’t nice. Haven’t you even read a single page of the Bible? We are judgemental, and avenging and occasionally we destroy the earth with floods, but we’re not nice.”
After the slow start while I got caught up on previous events, I flew threw this book. I really liked Ava. She was tough, got a raw deal, yet she never became whiny, felt sorry for herself. She did what she had to do, yet she had a conscience and a strong loyalty to the few friends she had.
For those of you who enjoy your urban fantasy on the darker side, this would be a good one for ya. I plan to go back and read the first book now. Got me curious how it all began. And you can bet I’ll be reading the next one if the author continues this series.
I received this book for my honest review.
Dark, gritty, and original, GRIM TIDINGS is a strong follow-up to Kittredge's BLACK DOG. With less of the elements that I don't like and more suspense and drama, GRIM TIDINGS is an excellent second book in the Hellhound Chronicles.
A lot happens in GRIM TIDINGS. Between flashbacks to World War II and the Midwest in the late 1940s, we get a pretty significant chunk of Ava's history, and as a result, we find out what is driving her actions for the majority of the book. Frequently in Urban Fantasy, with characters that live such long lives, we don't always get the glimpses of them in the past, only who they are in the present. But this picture of Ava as beaten down from the horrors of the war, and the short peeks into what her life was like after is an interesting companion to the present day events of GRIM TIDINGS.
Similar to BLACK DOG, GRIM TIDINGS left me reading long into the night. Fast paced and action filled, Kittredge knows how to throw emotional punches, while still leaving moments for levity (I'm looking at you, Uriel). Kittredge pulls in mythology from all over - Biblical and elsewhere - which gives the book a creative, new feel to it.
All in all, I strongly recommend GRIM TIDINGS. A fast-paced read with some references to BLACK DOG, GRIM TIDINGS could probably be picked up without reading the first in the series. My memory of BLACK DOG was fairly sketchy, and I still greatly enjoyed GRIM TIDINGS. Well worth the read for the scenes between Ava and Leo alone, I would give GRIM TIDINGS to any reader who is looking for some dark Urban Fantasy with creative twists.