Author: Bryony Pearce
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: Uclan Publishing
Publication date: 3/06/21
My rating: ★★★★
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is a spoiler free review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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!
Raising Hell is the brilliant new book from Bryony Pearce, full of magic, hell hounds and zombies! What’s not to love? As soon as I saw the email about this, I knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed. I’m a sucker for anything involving these elements, not to mention a badass protagonist. I knew I was going to love Ivy from the start, there’s so much more to her beyond the ‘take no crap’ attitude she has working at the school. I don’t want to spoil things, she’s brilliant and I loved reading from her perspective.
I love the whole premise of the book and how it was executed. Raising He’ll really is the book I didn’t know I needed. There’s just the right amount of blood and gore for a book in the genre without it being too much for those who aren’t a fan of that element. The zombies I found intriguing, as I haven’t seen or read anything where they were created in that way, or woven into a plot with magic. It’s something that probably shouldn’t work, but totally does! Honestly, it’s just brilliant! Who would have thought combing the two would be so much fun? I couldn’t stop reading once I had started. I’m doing a terrible job selling this, trust me, it’s worth the read. I’ve been in a huge reading slump the last couple of months and this definitely helped get me out of it. I can’t wait to find out what Pearce comes up with next!
Raising Hell is everything I thought it would be and definitely one I would recommend people read, especially if you’re new to the genre.