[REVIEW] Jackie Kessler’s HELL’S BELLES

A few months ago I read the first three chapters of Jackie Kessler’s Hell’s Belles, but had to put it aside when I got caught up in library books and their due dates. My sieve of a memory left me doubtful of how well I could remember these opening stages when I picked the book up again the other day.

I needn’t have worried. I’m the first to admit that I’m very skeptical. Just because something’s a best seller, or comes with gushy fangirlies, that doesn’t mean that it’ll automatically appeal to everyone. But I’m happy to report that this novel did appeal to me. It’s hard to find a fresh voice, but Jezebel’s seems truly original, and flows in a way that seems as though Ms Kessler was wearing her inner demon on the outside when she wrote this πŸ˜‰ Jez’s mindset is reminiscent of “rolling out the red carpet”: when she’s not lusting, she’s emotional, and Hell knows we can all relate to that.

But what really made me enjoy this book was Hell. It’s fire and brimstone, and the demons are categorized. I still don’t know what Avarice means (I have a simple vocabulary), but instead of romanticizing demons, Ms Kessler shows them for what they are – red creatures with hooves, and pelt covering their lower halves. And some even have horns.

I don’t know what The Road to Hell has in store for me, but if you’re listening, Ms Kessler – Tezebel wants more Hell πŸ˜‰

Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

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9 comments on “[REVIEW] Jackie Kessler’s HELL’S BELLES

  1. I know there’s a simpler term for it, but I can’t remember what that simpler term is. If you’re done smirking at my unintelligence, will you enlighten me, please? πŸ˜‰

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you, Stacia.

    See, I knew it had a simpler term: greed. SO WHY ISN’T IT JUST FRICKING CALLED THAT? Because not every reader is as dim as me πŸ˜‰

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  3. Hee.

    Actually, Tez, there **is** a reason why the Sin is called “Covet” and not “Greed” or “Avarice.” But that doesn’t get explained until the third book, HOTTER THAN HELL.

  4. It’s greed specifically for money and material wealth. Them medieval churchmen were as bad as librarians for classifying things: a name for every sin and every sin properly named!

    (and I wasn’t smirking; I was giving you the benefit of the doubt ;-P)

  5. You mean there’s a valid reason why I was an idiot in that respect? Thanks, Jackie – now I know it’s not my fault πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

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