Review & Giveaway: Straight to Hell – Michelle Scott

Title: Straight to Hell (Lilith Straight #1)
Author: Michelle Scott
Publication date: September 9, 2011
Format: Ebook
ASIN: B005M3MQ84
Length: 179 pages
Genre: Paranormal / Urban fantasy
Age group: Adult
Source: Author
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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.

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22 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Straight to Hell – Michelle Scott”

  1. Celine says:

    Fancy giveaway Vicky! I’m glad you liked this book, it looks really good! (:

    I listen to alternative music, like Billy Talent, Biffy Clyro, Marilyn Manson, Emilie Autumn… I can go on and on about this, music is my second love after books :D
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  2. reading mind says:

    I love My chemical romance, three days grace, taylor swift, linkin park, kelly clarkson…it kinda depends on my mood

  3. Awesome giveaway! I have Straight To Hell on my kindle and would love to win Straight To Heaven and of course an ipod would be awesome. I’m probably one of the few people that doesn’t have one. I love to listen to Lada Gaga, Katy Perry, and lots of different alternative and rap. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Pauliina Oksanen says:

    I love reggae music :)

  5. Katrin W says:

    I listen to different kinds of music, but mostly love classical and pop and a cross-over of that, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Michael Bublé,…

    Straight to Hell sounds like a fun read – and I have been descovering many great Indie Authors over the past weeks, so maybe we all should start reading Indie Books more?

  6. Diane W says:

    Great Giveaway and thanks for the review of Straight to Hell…..looks and sounds like a great, quick read! As for music, depends on my mood and who is around me! Like country, but can’t listen when hubby is around…he HATES it! When my kids are around, we listen (and dance to) top 40 kinda stuff! When its chill time, I may break out some Toni Braxton or something like that!

  7. Lynn K says:

    I love all kinds of music! Lately I’ve been favoring songs with husky female voices. :)

  8. I have such an eclectic taste these days. Love Indie, rock, a bit of pop. Just trying to think what my last album that I downloaded was! I think it was Florence and the Machine.

  9. “What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?” I like a lot of different types of music. I love anything for pop to rock. My fave bands though are Greenday, My chemical romance, Joan Jett and The Blackhwarts and my guilty pleasure music is One direction. Lol. See I like a lot of differnt types. Lol.
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  10. Very nice giveaway! Since I got a new Sony player for my music, I won’t enter your giveaway, but I still want to thank you. It’s very kind of you to offer something like that! :)

    And this book sounds quite funny to read. The cover isn’t really my thing and the synopsis don’t make me fall in love with it, but your review holds my interest. I think I’m going to write this title down to remember :)
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  11. It depends on my mood… sometimes i feel like listening to rock sometimes pop… but i do prefer women, if it is a band or a singer, that doesn’t really matter, but I like female voices better. And I have a thing for german music especially LaFee, Christina Sturmer and Silbermond :)

  12. Melissa says:

    This sounds like such a great read! Hilariously sarcastic characters can be so much fun! (not an entry)
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  13. Megan @ Books-andTeacups says:

    This book sounds great – I saw Dani’s review too and it’s definitely on my “to-read” list!!

    My current favourite music to listen to is actually the soundtrack to Battlestar Galactica (the newer one). It makes me so happy, haha :)

  14. JennyC says:

    My favorite kind of music is anything by Taylor Swift lol:)

  15. Ning says:

    I love the narration in this one. Like you said, Lilith is very down-to-earth and has very real worries even if her life is going down the drain lol. the blurb also got my instant attention when I read it and I was like “omg this sounds super fun!” and it was!
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  16. Christy @ Captivated Reading says:

    I love Christian music, country, music from the 90s (reminds me of my teenage years), rock, and seriously SOOOOO much more! There really isn’t a lot that I won’t listen to.
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  17. Britt says:

    Great giveaway! I like so many different genres of music it’s easier to answer what kind of music I don’t like. I don’t really like country (although a few songs are ok), gangster rap or opera.
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  18. Alex :) says:

    I love Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, The Offspring, Good Charlotte, Sum 41 :) anythinh like that :) x
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  19. dian aesha says:

    i love a music from the 80 ~ 90s..maybe iam oldies music,,but i love..and enrique iglesias i love it, shayna ward, celine dion..

    thanks for the giveaway..

  20. Dennysse says:

    I am a total fan of trance music! :)

  21. I love this type of fun chick lit type but with a paranormal genre.
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  22. Karin says:

    I listen to almost every kind of music. I grew up in a house where my dad listened to Jazz. He played the gitarre and the mandoline (still does) and I love those memories of us sitting on our balcony singing along to classics like Puff the magic dragon or When I’m 64. Still know all the lyrics. :)
    My taste is anything between musical songs to recent chart songs, from Robbie Williams to the Dixie Chicks, from the Baseballs or Dick Brave to Sheryl Crow and Colbie Callait.
    I love music and I love the effect it has on me. When I am feeling down or when students annoyed me incredibly a bit of music always picks me up again.
    Well music and a good book :)
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