Hellhole by Gina Damico
Published on January 6th, 2015
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A devil is a bad influence . . .
There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.
With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! I loved it because it’s so different from everything else out there. I mean, a book about a geeky kid who unearths a devil? I mean, that synopsis just screams: “SHENANIGANS!”
And oh, there were plenty of those.
I’ll just cut to the chase, I absolutely adored these characters. The premise drew me in, but the characters and the dialogue is what kept me hooked. I laughed out loud almost the whole time, and the story was extremely entertaining to read.
One of the funniest moments in the book that I enjoyed reading was the moment when Max is introduced to Burg, the devil he unearths:
“Oh. I’m Satan. … Well I’m a Satan. There are six hundred and sixty-six of us, not that anyone’s counting. … The name is Burgundy Cluttermuck, devil-at-large. I do bachelorette parties and retirement galas, but NO MORE children’s birthdays.”
As if that ^ wasn’t funny enough, then this:
“Please call me Burg,” he said with a smile, his beard widening. It wasn’t a well-trimmed beard, but rather the feral, unkempt kind that resulted from a weeklong bender, with Cheetos debris sprinkled throughout. His forehead was tall, his brow cavemanlike. His hair probably had things living in it. And his horns, while white and polished and slightly iridescent, ended in ragged, cracked tips.
In short, he didn’t look like the devil. He looked like the kind of early forties, thrice-divorced alcoholic who owned a grungy car wash and had to become a sperm donor to pay rent.
This book kinda had a dark comedy element to it, which I also loved. Bottom line: Hellhole was a delightful and humorous read, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for playful plot, with compelling characters. This was a refreshing change from some of the mundane, and overused YA plot-lines that I’ve seen floating around.
Hellhole is also available in Audio!
Guys. The audiobook for Hellhole is narrated by one of our FAVORITE narrators: MacLeod Andrews! I am on cloud 9 over this! He has THE perfect voice for this book, and I HIGHLY recommend any and every book he performs in. Don’t just take my word for it, take a listen to a clip:
In my opinion, ALL audiobooks should feature MacLeod’s voice.
*Adds to Audible Library*
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We were so excited to have a chance to interview the author of Hellhole, Gina Damico! Check out her bio, (hilarious) interview, and special Giveaway below!
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?
The last line. I generally have a good idea where I want to start with a book, but the ending is usually a little more up in the air. I had no idea HELLHOLE would end the way it did, so there was no way I could see that last line coming!
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
I’d like to stay that the story comes first—and it does. But title brainstorming comes immediately after. Not sure why that is. I think there’s always been a little bit of a marketing/advertising tycoon deep down in me, so I always have an eye toward how a book might be potentially marketed. As if writing the damned thing wasn’t hard enough.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
I pull names from everywhere – geographic locations, symbolism, puns, the way they sound. For HELLHOLE, I picked Max Kilgore because of how badass it sounds, which is exactly the opposite of how Max is in daily life. And Burgundy Cluttermuck fit perfectly with the ridiculousness that is this particular devil. (And Burgundy = a shade of red. See what I did there?)
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Caffeine is definitely one of them. Scratch paper and a pen. Sometimes an outline, though more often than not that goes right out the window. My beloved gigantic dry erase board. And this is the one that’s going to make everyone think I’m crazy: big industrial noise-cancelling earmuffs, like the kind that runway controllers wear at the airport. I tend to be very distracted by annoying noises (leaf blowers, lawn mowers, the kids next door, my cat, my dog, my husband, the wind) so one day I kind of cracked and ordered them online. They’re great! They’re a little tight, though. Maybe that’s why my writing is so weird–my brain is being squeezed.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Made of paper.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Deep fried cookie dough. The rest of my life probably wouldn’t be very long.
What is something you never leave home without?
Blistex. My lips are a disaster.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, and Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
I knit and crochet more than most grandmas.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I can recite all of the presidents in less than twenty seconds. I know, I’m seriously the most exciting person ever.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. People are awake to see the sun rise?
Coffee or Tea? Both taste like death to me. But coffee, because it packs more of a punch.
PC or Mac? PC, to my dying, PC-cursing day.
By Land, or by sea?
By land – water is great, but there’s a lot more to see on land, like Goats on the Roof.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
I only read printed books, because I like the weight and pages and font and design and everything that goes along with holding a physical book in your hand. But I’m also quite thankful for the existence of e-books, since I know a lot of people who weren’t all that into reading before they got their gadgets and now they read all the time. Whatever turns more people into bookworms, I’m all for!
Giveaway by Author:
Hey there book fans!
I’m running a Follow Frenzy giveaway over the course of this blog tour, and the prize is pretty neato: a signed copy of HELLHOLE wherein each chapter will have a little bit of trivia and/or a doodle handwritten by yours truly. (Gina) (Damico)
To enter, all you have to do is follow me on one or more of my various social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube), then fill out this adorable little form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MbfSsZCiALw_I_C7WpI0d71hPNe0b94Ot89sxFesUzM/viewform . That’s it! The more things you follow, the more chances you will earn to win. Good luck!
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