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03 June 2021

Release Day Review: Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce *AD gifted

UCLan Publishing sent me a free copy of Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce ahead of the blog tour.

I had a feeling that I would like this book - I loved Savage Island and I've seen the author speak before at an event and they have a wickedly disturbing outlook. And I was right - Raising Hell was awesome.

Do check out a recent guest post by Bryony Pearce, Why I Wrote Raising Hell.

Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce book cover

Meet Ivy Elizabeth Mann:

"I know what you're thinking, but I'm not half faery, or demon, or angel or anything like that. Mum's a Body Shop consultant living in a bungalow in Birmingham and Dad enters crossword competitions."

Once upon a time, Ivy and her friends did a very stupid thing and now there's a rift letting dark matter into the world. Dark matter that manifests as black magic which actually works. Now every teenager with access to the Internet is raising hell. Literally.

Ivy's doing her best to stem the tide, but her new job working school security barely pays the bills and there's only so much one girl with a machete (and a cat possessed by her own dead grandmother) can do against the forces of evil.

Now she's facing a teenaged goth with an attitude, a dark cabal with a terrifying agenda and a potential zombie apocalypse.

Ivy losing her job might be the best thing to happen to the world!

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Source: Blog Tour, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Danger, responsibility, magic, snark, family.


Content warnings: Death, blood, religion, violence.

I didn't know that I needed this in my life quite so badly. Raising Hell is a wild ride, fast paced and exhilarating. I read it in a single sitting, ran out of page tabs, and wanted to start it again as soon as I had finished.

Ivy is an excellent character - she's messy and complicated and wracked with guilt. She's a little bit broken, but she's determined to absolve herself. I loved her snark, her distrust, her anger. She's as driven by her anger as she is her guilt, and the result is a little intoxicating. I want her to be my friend (and protector) but also I'm a bit afraid of her if I'm being honest. Her life is extraordinary and yet Ivy is deeply relatable, and when we first met Nicholas Ortega I was bristling alongside her.

Can my favourite character be the cat? I loved Gran. She gives no shits, she's full of snark. I just want to feed her some salmon and give her scritches under her chin. Her scenes had me laughing.

More than anything, Raising Hell is fun. It's a romp. It's like Buffy, with a dash of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but very British all at once. I almost felt nostalgic at times while I was reading it. As dark as the story was at times, it was also comforting, and it was fun. The action is breath-taking in its intensity, and it made me read even faster.

This is the kind of book that I want to read fanfiction of. I want to read about others doing Ivy's job, the chaos of hormones and magic clashing in teens. As short as this book is the scope of the world is enormous.

I already want to read Raising Hell again. I have tabbed so many passages, so expect a favourite quotes post soon. It was an amazing read.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds amazing! I love how much you enjoyed it - great review xx

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  2. I loved this one! Gran is definitely my favourite character too.

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  3. This book sounds so good, glad you enjoyed it!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  4. This book sounds like a RIDE. I love it! I'm definitely going to look out for this one. I love the cover too x

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  5. I love the sound of this book - the cover looks amazing, one I would definitely pick up x

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