A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
H.D. Smith is a new to me author and I’m glad I was introduced to her latest release, Dark Hope through a blog tour. The synopsis alone caught my attention and the fact it’s Urban Fantasy is why I wanted to read it.
This book is like no other story I’ve read before and I love when authors can create something that takes me on a wild ride I’ve never been before. Here we have the main character, Claire who is the Devil’s assistant. She has his mark due to her taking her mother’s debt to the Demon King.
Claire gets caught in the crossfire of her Boss’s oldest son, Junior who ends up dead in his office. She becomes determined to find out killed him and may be in the process she finds away to get out of her binding with the demon king. Here is when the story really gets interesting, but of course I’m not going to spoil it for anyone and give away the best parts. H.D. Smith will throw Claire into several obstacles to find out the truth on why certain people want to have her as their pet and why she truly is settling a debt with the Demon King. There’s the devil himself (Claire’s Boss) otherwise known as the Demon King, the Pagan Queen (who is ruthless as anything…I hated her in the story), and the Druid King (who should be Claire’s protector…but yeah..he didn’t seem to be). These three all want to either protect, kill, torture, confuse, or stress out Claire in some kind of way in the book. I felt terrible for the girl. That’s not all she had to deal with though throughout the book.
Then there’s the four hellspawn who are sadistic, crazy, and completely off their chain in their own kind of way that want to hurt Claire. (They play a major role in the story and sometimes I got confused in certain parts of the book with these four. They were weird though at times. Really weird…but psychotic too.) Mace for one is a freaking crazy psychotic demon who is either secretly in love with Claire or just wants to torture her for fun. I literally wanted to punch him at times in his face or kick him where it counted for Claire. I was scared for her when she ended up with him. He literally gave me goosebumps not in the best of ways when reading his parts in the story. (Right now I’m getting freaked out about him)
H.D. Smith does not make it easy for Claire to find out answers in this book, but she held her own throughout the book. Claire is one tough chick and she definitely made the book interesting. I felt sympathetic towards her throughout the book because when the truth came out, she didn’t know who to really trust. The poor girl just wanted to be happy and normal. I wanted her to be happy and normal. Poor chick literally went through purgatory, hell, and several other places that she never wanted to go through in the book.
If you looking for a book that has lots of dark twists and turns, and intense action-packed scenes with drama…then this is the book for you.
I look forward to the next book, especially how H.D. Smith left me hanging at the end. (Yup…warning there is a cliffhanger.)
I give this book 4 full moons and recommend it to urban fantasy readers out there. This is a book that has demons, druids, and pagans that you definitely don’t want to piss off.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.