Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review #130 - Hell's Game by Teresa Lo

Hell's Game

On Halloween night in Deer Creek, Kansas, Jake Victor, Ashley and Ashton Gemini, and Kristin Grace convince Ronnie Smalls to meet them at the town cemetery, which local folklore has always rumored to be the Gateway to Hell. Their intention was only to scare him, but soon the wicked prank becomes actual horror as the group learns the Gateway is all too real. After demons snatch Ronnie and drag him to Hell, the terrified foursome vow to keep what they had seen a secret.

Two years later, the group receives a mysterious letter, an invite to play a high-stakes game in Hell. If they win, they release Ronnie’s soul as well as their own from eternal damnation. If they lose, they are stuck in Hell forever. Choosing to play, they face nightmare after nightmare as each level escalates in intensity and forces them to face the seven deadly sins.

Inspired by the legends of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas, Hell’s Game explores the cruelty that teenagers can inflict upon each other as well as the horrors that exist amongst mankind. It is a dark, action-packed young adult novel that will both scare its readers and make them question the true meaning of evil.

My Rating: 4/5

I was given this book for review from the author. The author's goodreads page is here.

I found this book to be really fast paced. The plot takes off immediately and you feel like you already know the characters from the first page.

The best way I would describe this book would be the Hunger Games crossed with a video game with a Percy Jackson style adventure thrown in.

I liked how the characters backgrounds were incorporated into the challenges they faced in hell.

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