Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: 4/19/2016
In this thrilling sequel to Black Dog—award-winning Caitlin Kittredge’s dark urban fantasy series, Hellhound Chronicles—a soul catcher must stop demonic monsters from her past from infecting the world
After winning her freedom from a reaper and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. Her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death himself: He’s returned as the Grim Reaper—the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava’s dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her . . . and the entire world.
A breed of monsters as smart as vampires—but who behave like zombies—have been sighted in Kansas. Ava can’t believe these “zompires” are back. She thought she’d kicked their asses for good when she first battled them in a Nazi death camp. Now, they’re spreading their infection across America’s heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named Cain.
Free at last after being locked up in Hell for millennia, Cain has some scores to settle. To stop him, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes . . . a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past—and Leo’s future.
Ok, this right here sums up my current emotional state....
Grim Tidings was absolutely, by far, my favorite book of 2016! It grabbed my shirt and took me for one Hell of a ride!
Even though I haven't read the first book in the Hellhound Chronicles, I was able to easily follow the entire storyline with ease. The author was able to mix in just enough back story that I didn't feel lost, but she never created a narrative that rambled on for days. It was a fantastic transition from chapter to chapter.
Right away Ava and Leo are in danger. Bleeding, broken and being stalked by shadows Ava knows something is up....pushing those feelings aside she knows her mission right now is Leo, and trying to figure out he really is. The Grim Reaper, or just your average every day soul taker? With their course leading them to Minnesota things start to get tricky, a old player is back in town and everyone feels Ava is the key to unlocking the mystery surrounding it.
Aside from having a strong & intriguing plot, Ava and Leo's relationship really had my heart going. Knowing that everyone feels a Hellhound and a Reaper can't be together really makes them bond together more. Leo doesn't treat her like a servant, and Ava doesn't act any differently towards him either. Their feelings are forbidden almost, it actually makes me root for them even more.
Like I initially said, Grim Tidings is by far my favorite read so far in 2016. As I'm waiting on pins & needles to see where their journey takes them in the rest of the series, I highly recommend picking up the first book in this series just as I will be. I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed!
About the Author
Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime.
Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin’s.
Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones.
Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.
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