Review: Hellbent by Cherie Priest

Posted October 10, 2011 by Felicia S in 2011 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Hellbent by Cherie PriestSource: NetGalley EBook Review

Format: eARC

Hellbent by Cherie Priest

Date Read: October 2011

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

BAD TO THE BONE Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way. But Raylene’s biggest problem is that the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths.  Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a psychotic sorceress. But at least she won’t be alone. A girl could do a lot worse for a partner than an ass-kicking drag queen—right?

More Information:
Publisher: Spectra
Series: Cheshire Red Reports #2


Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 4.25

NOTE: I read this out of order but will be going back to pick up Bloodshot. Cherie Priest did an excellent job of making me feel like I had not missed a thing but I loved her writing so I must pick up the first one!

What I Loved: Quips, Action, Smart Leading Ladies, and a Motley Crew of misfits—this books was right up my alley! Seriously I was between giggling and cheering most of Hellbent. Plus the whole “P*nis Bones” side caper was just the right balance of action/lightness.

What I Liked: The main story of tracking Adrian’s sister and getting Ian out trouble was pretty good. I think this is probably where not reading the books in order probably had me a little disconnected. However, it was really well balanced and I was happy with how it all turned out.

Complaints: None

Why I gave it a 4: I was really surprised at how much I really liked Hellbent. I will be continuing this series and can’t wait to pick up book 1 to catch up!


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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
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14 responses to “Review: Hellbent by Cherie Priest

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    This looks right up my alley!I hate when I a book isn't clearly marked as a series and I read them out of order. I almost never go back and read the first book.

  2. Kristina

    I loved both Bloodshot and Hellbent, they are awesome. They are so much fun and I am really hoping that she might do another 1. Only 2 were planned for the series, but if demand is there she could right another book. Yes she is the author of the Boneshaker series.

  3. Melissa (Books and T

    ROFL!!!!Can you believe I passed on this one! The ONLY reason is that I didn't read the first!!!! Oh I am such a good (heh) influence on all of you!! LOLOf course now I am hitting myself because I didn't just pick it up!!

  4. Natalie (Mindful Mus

    Ass-kicking drag queen? I have to admit that caught my attention. Hmm…is this the same Cherie Priest that wrote the YA steampunk novel Boneshaker? Because I've heard lots of great things about that one as well. Either way, I think I'll have to give this series a shot, but I'll make sure to start at the beginning (thanks to you)!

  5. Missie

    Yay! Thanks for this review. I'm glad to know this series exists, because really, who could resist a vampire thief or blind vampire? And I must find out what this 'Penis Bones' thing is! hehe