These Hellish Happenings by Jennifer Rainey – Book Review

These Hellish HappeningsThese Hellish Happenings by Jennifer Rainey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before I even read this book I knew I was going to like it., and I was right. The cover is engaging and suits the tone of the novel perfectly, and the synopsis was tight and piqued my intrest right away. The novel was all I’d expected and then some. Concise, evocative writing made this novel read like a movie- I could picture it in my mind, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t made into a movie at some point. The Hellish Happenings is a mostly one of Dark Humor, mixed with a little light paranormal, a smidgen of suspense with a dash of romance– and all of these are perfectly balanced into a stellar first novel.

Jack, a quirky vampire with an extensive music collection, made a deal with the devil exactly 300 years ago. Still, 300 years is a long time and Jack had almost forgotten about the agreement, that is, until the Devil’s second in command shows up to inform him that a desk job awaits him in Hell, and Jack will soon be escorted to the place where he will live and work for the rest of eternity. From there, Jack is ushered to his new life and given a crash course in the rules, expectations and even the fiery politics of Hell.

Rainey does a terrific job creating her own detailed, original version of Hell, complete with adminitrative offices, hierarchy and company picnics. And like the armed forces, Hell even has their own verson of Recrutiers. The cast of characters is rich and so well “humanized” that I felt as if I really knew each and every one of them. I read this novel quickly, devouring it . I do hope that the author turns this one book into a series, because I will gladly buy the next novel too!

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