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[REVIEW] The Road to Hell – Jackie Kessler

Jackie Kessler
The Road to Hell (Hell on Earth, Book 2)
Kensington Zebra (US: 3rd November 2009); Hachette Piatkus (UK: 3rd February 2011)
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Jezebel’s BFF is being terribly tortured, and the only way she’ll be released is by Jez returning to Hell. But she was betrayed, so the ex-succubus refuses. The game steps up when the Queen of the Succubi steals the innocent soul of Jezebel’s human lover, and now Jez needs her incubus lover to kill her – and return her to the very place from where Jez has been running.

Jackie Kessler’s character-driven romp has more depth than the surface reveals. Megaera is so psychologically screwed-up, but never stops trying to put Jezebel first. Angel has been forced into a new life the polar opposite of the one she’s been used to, and the way Jezebel warms up to her and mentors her is oddly charming. The plot is kind of minor, but the characters, their decisions and their interactions provide plenty of food for thought, and hopefully Meg and Angel will return for future episodes in this spunky series.

P.S. Yes, I totally had audio thoughts of Peter Griffin whenever Jezebel said, “Shut up, Meg.” πŸ˜‰

[COVER ART] Eric Garcia’s REPO MEN & Jackie Kessler UK News

US re-release cover for Eric Garcia’s Repo Men. The novel was originally published last year as The Repossession Mambo, but has been retitled to match the upcoming film based on the book.

The Repossession Mambo Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Repo Men Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)

In other news, many congratulations to Jackie Kessler. Piatkus has bought the UK rights (and likely Oz rights, too) to the first three novels in the Hell on Earth series. Look for them in the UK in 2011.

Hell’s Belles Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
The Road to Hell Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

November 2009 Releases

Done with October 2009 Releases? Time for November 2009 Releases. And to see further into the future, check the freshly updated Reading Wishlist.

The following US/UK/CA/AU books will be released in November 2009. Release dates are subject to change, so it’s not my fault if I’m wrong πŸ˜‰ Also, not EVERY November book is listed – just the ones I’ve both heard of AND are interested in. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Mead in Melbourne

I think I should’ve been posing on the other side of the table. Oops. Thanks to Penguin staff member Felicity for photographing – you’re a gem πŸ™‚ Yes, kids, I am wearing hobo gloves, but these are from Germany, which makes me Euro hobo-chic πŸ˜‰ Even covered in lint balls and cat fur. Please excuse my lack of make-up, and lack of product in my hair – my ‘do looks much better today.

Monday 14th September 2009: Knox Civic Centre hosted Richelle Mead’s first official Australian readers event, and I proved why I am not fit for public consumption πŸ˜‰ I offered my copy of Eternal Lover up for signing – the same book that I’d won in a contest and was already personalised by the lovely Jackie Kessler. (Richelle contributed to that anthology, so she didn’t just sign another author’s book. That would be weird. Even by my standards πŸ˜‰ )

I’m not good at small talk (I’m good at rambling blog posts, but that’s the power of gobshite passed down to me via Irish ancestors), and I think I mentioned that Jackie is awesome. And that I’m looking forward to reading Hunger (to be published under the name Jackie Morse Kessler). And the thank-you note I left was written on a Jackie Kessler sticky-note. Written with a Jackie Kessler pen.

So I probably came across as a mega-weird Jackie Kessler fangirl. Let’s clear things up: Jackie is indeed awesome. Awesome enough to allow internationals like me to enter her contests to win books and post them out here. Along with the finest author swag I’ve come across. Seriously, this The Road to Hell pen is fabulous. And the sticky-notes came in handy at ARRC09, because I thought it would be decent etiquette to pass out thank-you notes to some authors for attending. Thus why I also gave Richelle a thank-you note.

And I’ve only read one of Jackie’s novels, plus a novella that was in an anthology (A Red Hot Valentine’s Day – I haven’t read Eternal Lover yet). While they are good reads, and Jackie is a darl, I wouldn’t say I’m a fangirl. It’s not nice to weird-out internationals πŸ˜‰

For the record, of Richelle’s books I’ve read Succubus Blues and Vampire Academy, with the others waiting on my shelf to be read. Why I didn’t bring them to be signed? Authors can’t be expected to remember all their readers, so I figured no one else had a copy of Eternal Lover already signed by one of the contributors.

lolcatz photographed Richelle and I whilst Felicity did, so that photo may emerge on the Internets. I don’t think he photographed every reader. Anyway, as I was packing up to go I asked him if this was his first visit to Australia. It was. I said “have a good one”, whilst giving a thumbs-up. Don’t ask me why. I’m not one to draw attention to my fingers. And I’m not usually one to talk to strangers, either.

Thanks to Richelle, Felicity and lolcatz for being polite creatures, and tolerating dear Tezzy.

As far as I know, the next author event I plan to attend is WorldCon 2010, which will take place in Melbourne. Have heard that Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and Laura Anne Gilman will be attending, and my copy of Staying Dead needs signing and personalising… πŸ˜‰

P.S. Woke up this morning to hear Richelle on Nova 100, chatting with Hughesy, Kate & Ed. The whole interview is available in audio, if you look below the “From the Show” heading. And there’s a 1-minute video excerpt. The caption refers to female vampires “flowering” every 28 days, but I really think Kate’s question referred to vampires ingesting menstrual blood, as well as regular blood from people’s necks. I don’t think vampires themselves actually menstruate. But maybe I misunderstood. Australians generally aren’t good at subtlety (we’re straight-talking, like Family Guy‘s Ollie the weatherman), so when we try it, things get weird…even weirder than our straight-talking πŸ˜‰ Bless Kate and her chutzpah for asking! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday, Jackie Kessler

It’s December 8th, and Jackie Kessler’s birthday. Hell’s Belles was one of the first books I read in 2008. The Road to Hell is waiting patiently on my shelf to be read.

Give the gift of royalties by purchasing Hell’s Belles, The Road to Hell.