If the Demon Master gets his way the City is about to become Hell on Earth.
Gabi has some extraordinary talents. Some might call them supernatural, but for her they’re just part of everyday life. What she knows about the supernatural would give most humans nightmares forever. Ridding the streets of bad-ass creatures of the night is Gabi’s other job. Taking up the mantle of her father’s legacy, she is a Hunter for the Societas Malus Venatori. The first female ever bestowed the title. Her day job is a little less dangerous. Most of the time.
Being ambushed and kidnapped by the sinfully sexy Master Vampire of the City should have been just another night on the job, except for the fact that Julius has other plans for her. When he reveals that his nemesis wants control of the City and has plans to fill it with Demons from the Etherworld, creating an army of Ghouls and turning humans into nothing more than cattle to feed his Clan, Gabi must choose her path. She must decide whether to join with Julius in a stand against the Demon Master or flee the City with her friends and family, leaving the Vampires to wage their own war and the rest of the residents to their fate.
But it’s not in Gabi’s nature to back down from a fight, no matter how impossible the odds. As the Malus Venatori prepare for war, Gabi finds herself pulled deeper into Julius’s world and she makes some disturbing discoveries about her unusual supernatural abilities. Her existence might just be the answer to a mystery as old as the Vampire race. Even more unsettling than that is her undeniable attraction to Julius and the taste of his blood. But before she can come to terms with her conflicting desires they must all survive the Demon onslaught and find a way to safeguard the truth of her heritage.
While the supernatural bad guys know her as Angeli Morte, her friends call her Hellcat!
“Firstly, I’m not your anything. Secondly, I am anything but lovely, and lastly what makes you think I am so human?” she demanded testily.
This book is hilarious, but unintentionally. For whatever reason, this book just kind of got me. I enjoyed the hell out of myself reading it. I was amused at first, but by the end I was deeply entrenched in the story. I am so anxiously looking forward to finishing writing this review so I can go and read the next one (I don’t like finishing the first book in the series and starting the next without getting the review done for the first).
Here’s the thing though.
This was not written well by any means.
Just..hear me out.
I have read a lot of books I would consider bad recently. I thought I was completely at my limit with them and the next one I picked up I was going to DNF because I just couldn’t take another one. I should probably rate this lower than I have, because the ending was so rough, but I can’t bring myself to because I loved it. Yet somehow, this transcended bad and I was incredibly entertained by it. Like, everything amused me about it. It wasn’t well put together, by any means. At first I couldn’t even keep straight who was who or what was even going on. Yet somehow, even though everything about it was bad, it somehow was entertaining.
In the beginning of the book, the writing itself is actually really not up to par. We’re dumped in the middle of one scene for the first chapter of the book without any explanation, and somehow that scene ends and we move into the middle of another scene that starts and still nothing explained. Then, just as we’re about to go into a battle, we’re dumped into the middle of a flashback section before unceremoniously dumped back out to the beginning of a battle. We seem to jump perspectives and between modes of time. One moment it seems to be talking about the present, one moment it seems to be talking about the past. We switch between being inside a single person’s head and talking about group actions. All of this between one sentence and the next.
That is just the first 10% of the book – honestly and truly I thought I was going to have to quit this book before it ever even started.
Despite it being perhaps one of the worst starts I’ve seen in quite some times, I was amused by it. I wasn’t angry or frustrated or bored with it. I was just pleasantly amused.
The main character, Gabi, is a traditional urban fantasy main character. Angry, hyperactive, young. She likes to kill things that need killing. She is also super dooper special. She is a dhampir, and there is no one else like her.
The love interest, Julius, is hilarious at first, then he grows on me. When this “super sexy” vampire who wants to talk to her kidnaps her I was like “oh, looks like we’ve found our love interest”. It is super predictable. Yet, he grew on me by the end. I like him bunches. It is almost an instant love connection, but not quite. It is almost a bonded romance, but not quite. He literally stands over her while she is passed out after he kidnapped her though, going “oh she looks so young” followed almost immediately by an “oh but I want her”. It is unbelievably hilarious. Yet at the end, he is kind, caring, and supportive while being who Gabi needs.
The worldbuild is one of the places this book really falls flat and it doesn’t have an amusing counterpart to it. In fact, it even tries to infodump on us – yet there is no actual information in the infodumps. It is skipped over and told to the character, but not to the reader. I was left scratching my head over this one. The biggest issue I had was I had no idea by the end of the book if the supernatural community was a secret, out in the open, or an open secret. Honestly and truly, I could not figure it out. The way it was worded throughout the book it could have gone any of the three ways.
Lastly, the plot. It isn’t overly special. I didn’t even know what the book was going to be about for the first quarter of the book. I’ve seen this sort of story play out a hundred times before. Yet, by the end of the book, Hannaford managed to actually pull it all together. She made it emotional. She made it sound good. I enjoyed it by the end. I’m still not certain where that switch even occurred.
A Cat’s Chance in Hell feels like such a contradiction to me. On the one hand it is halfway to being unreadable. On the other hand, I really enjoyed reading it. I can’t wait to read the next one. I think if you aren’t hating it, you should give it a chance. The end truly isn’t as bad as the beginning.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Hellcat series page!