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Hellbent (Cheshire Red Reports, Book 2) Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Praise for Cherie Priest’s Bloodshot
“Witty, fast-paced, and fabulous . . . a vastly entertaining read!”—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author
“Catapults the kick-ass urban fantasy heroine into the realm of the truly bad-ass.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest's Legacy
“Refreshing and addictive.”—Kirkus Reviews
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And i say "romp" with the highest praise; it's a great type of book to read, and it looks like a very hard style to write well.
The protagonist here has a voice more similar to Priest's blog entries than most of her other novels, which I quite enjoyed.
I am also enjoying the way she is embracing what is often a problem with on-going series: the way the protagonist tends to accumulate extra people in her/his sphere at a rate of 1-2/book. Priest is handling this beautifully and successfully; I can completely see how "Hellbent"'s acquisitions will probably be really important in the next book or 2 in the series; it's not accidental here. (The thing that makes this annoying is that in many cases it does seem accidental, and then subsequent novels are not so much about the plot as they are about ensuring that everyone's favorite peripheral character gets a look-in.)
I liked this even better than "Bloodshot", which I loved. The snarkiness at times was a bit much... but the more action there was, the more that was in-context, and Priest writes GREAT action.
I am very much looking forward to a hoped-for #3! While this didn't end on a cliff-hanger, Priest was careful to include several hooks for future volumes, which I will pounce on.
There is no sense of drippy morality about the horror of being a monster, or about heroic, self sacrificing, world saving efforts. Its endearing quality is the fact that Raylene is out to save her friends and make money. She has no ethical qualms about what she has to do to achieve it. She doesn't apologize for being a vampire and she doesn't have any hint of moral rectitude. No where does she try to explain away her actions either. Its who she is. For all of that, she is a decent person, doing her level best to protect her own. And you love her for it.
I can't really list more details, because it would give too much away. I just really enjoyed the story, the further insight into everyone's world, and how it all ended up. Another reviewer complained of the lack of follow through from the first book into tracking down the evil person who made Ian blind, and but since I knew that wasn't happening in this book, it didn't bother me, and it's obvious that it allows for future stories in the series.
The story itself is interesting, enjoyable, and more than a little bit fun. Raylene is an engaging character and manages to remain so even when indulging in gratuitous descriptions and explanations (as is her wont). I'm not a big fan of recapping previous books and Cherie Priest does a great job of alluding to previous events without repeating them. I think you could easily enjoy this book without having read the first.
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