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Monday, November 3, 2014


Book Trailer: Hellhole by Gina Damico

Happy November everyone! On this fantabulous Tuesday afternoon, I'm helping out Gina Damico reveal the book trailer to her next YA novel, HELLHOLE.

(Though if you're currently not on a Tuesday afternoon, obviously you don't live in Central Time. But good morning or evening or even better, HAPPY MIDWEEK.)

Gina Damico is also the author behind the CROAK trilogy, to which the book club at my school read not too long ago. I never got the chance to actually read it (I could have, but thank you Mr. Fast Reader, for offering to read it and then not replying to my email. What are the chances said person will forget to pick me up on Chess Tournament day?), but according to those who did, it's FANTASTIC.

Which means... I have expectations. High ones. And I do love me a "funny" (I'm quoting Lupe. Then again, she seems to find lots of things funny.) horror book.

Title: Hellhole
Author: Gina Damico - Website
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Publication Date: January 5, 2015

Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?


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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.