Title: Straight to Hell (Lilith Straight #1)
Author: Michelle Scott
Publication date: September 9, 2011
Length: 179 pages
Genre: Paranormal / Urban fantasy
Age group: Adult
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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.
I first saw this book on Dani’s blog, Pen to Paper – and I have to say, I got hooked right away. I loved the synopsis and the fact that Dani rated it so high and seemed to enjoy it made me even more interested. Even though I don’t normally read indie books, Straight to Hell was an exception – and I’m so glad I did pick this up! It was a very pleasant surprise and I have to agree with Dani – it is a page turner.
The narration is just spot-on: it is Lilith who tells the story and boy, she’s a great character. She has a great sense of humour and she’s a bit sarcastic as well. (I always mention this but yes, I love sarcastic characters!) I loved Lilith from the very beginning – there’s something about her that draws you in and even though Michelle Scott did a great job with all the other characters, Lilith will still remain my favourite. I love the fact that even though the plot is a bit, well.., far-fetched (and I don’t mean this in a bad way) and definitely not something that would happen to any of us, she’s still a down-to-earth, everyday character, just like us. She’s worried about getting her daughter to school, paying bills, finding a job and all these everyday problems while she works for Miss Spry (i.e. a Devil-like creature who works in Hell) as a succubus. I loved how one minute she’s on a mission in Hell and she’s back to her apartment with her odd family and unpaid bills the next. The difference between these two worlds and the fact that Lilith is involved in both at the same time is incredible and for me, it made the book even funnier.
The only negative thing I can mention in connection with this book is punctuation. I don’t know whether it was my edition only or if it was edited since I downloaded my copy but the lack of question marks at the end of certain sentences was a little bit distracting. I’m terrible when it comes to grammatical mistakes or punctuation, I know, but it does annoy me. Dani -who read and reviewed this book earlier than me- said she doesn’t remember any mistakes so it might have been my copy only, I don’t know.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Straight to Hell to anyone who’s looking for a relatively quick read – something fast paced, something funny with a bit of a twist and some paranormal elements. Lilith and her family will no doubt leave a lasting impression on you and you’ll look forward to Straight to Heaven, the second instalment of the Lilith Straight series, just like me.