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Hellbent (Cheshire Red Reports #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,378 ratings  ·  252 reviews
Vampire and thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex–Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy ...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
Hellbent was not what I thought it would be. After the mediocre first installment, I’d hoped that the second book would show some improvement plotwise and character-wise. However, Hellbent was, in my opinion, inferior to Bloodshot in every way.

The events of Bloodshot proved to be life-changing for vampire Raylene Pendle. (And yes, I still find that name to be very inappropriate for a kickass vampire thief.) Raylene was never much of a team player: she found a way to leave her vampire H
From the beginning, I felt that this sequel missed the verve, the fun, of the first installment. I read on, hoping that things would pick up once Priest got through filling in new readers on "in last week's episode." Instead the story seemed more and more haphazard. Things happen out of the blue, characters behave in ways that don't make any sense. How could a vampire survive acting as stupid as Raylene does here? Letting a dangerous wizard who is mentally unstable spend the day in your room whi ...more
Penis bones.

That's how this book starts. With Penis Bones and Antiques Roadshow.

You'd think with something that funny this book would be as good as Bloodshot, which was a fun romp, whose humor more than made up for the flaws.

Sadly, this book is a disappointment.

What humor there is simply recycled from the first volume. Adrian, who seemed so alive in the first book, seems totally a cipher here. Raylene seems to have taken stupid pills.

And for the record, just because someone rescues a kitten does
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Book: B+
Narration: A-

So the other night Raylene Pendle was telling me this story... What's that? That was an audiobook? Someone named Natalie Ross narrated it? Nope. Sorry. You’ve got it all wrong. I don't know where you’re getting your information but that was Raylene telling me the story of her adventures. I don't know who this Ross person is. So as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted....

Raylene and I are friends, you see. She confides all the sordid details of her life to me and I

I really enjoyed Bloodshot by Cherie Priest published earlier this year, first of the Cheshire Red Reports . It was fun, fast moving, and some good action. Was excited to learn a sequel was due out months later, one that I read recently. Hellbent continues the story ofRaylene Pendle, an OCD vampire and master thief.

After the events of Bloodshot , we see Raylene in a more domestic setting living what can be construed as a family life. She gets contracte
This book was a total riot. On Raylene Pendle's second outing, the vampire thief gets contracted to steal a collection of supernatural penis bones. And in case you are cringing at the idea of a completely unironic penis bone search, I assure you that this quest is completely milked for all the jokes you can think of and then some. The wonderfully batshit crazy tone sets this series completely apart from all the other paranormal fantasy series out there.

When I read the first book in the series (
"I'm a vampire. In the words of the immortal Bauhaus ... 'undead undead undead.'" *

This is a lively and almost light-hearted caper story featuring vampires and other supernatural phenomena. There are some, let's call them questions, that I have that make me strongly inclined to pick up the first book in the story and update this review after I read it. (Actually, I enjoyed this one enough that I might just do that anyway.)

1) With a title like Hellbent, I was expecting something grim. Or possibly
A Hell of a Good Time!

Say it ain’t so!! So I find a series that I genuinely enjoy. No mopey heroine (okay, maybe she’s a little obnoxious, but at least she’s fun about it), no emo vampires, just lots of action and fun. While it wasn’t a cliffhanger, I finished this book thinking there would be more in store. Well unfortunately Cherie Priest was only contracted for two books, meaning this may be the last we see of Raylene and friends unless the books sell more. So I guess I’m doing my part and
Kat Richardson
Mwahahaha! How can you not like a book whose first chapter is just one long dick joke? And it's a true urban fantasy that is not a mis-labeled paranormal romance--there's no sex here, just a lot of hilarity about penis bones and how to steal them.

Thief and vampire Raylene Pendle is hired to retrieve some "bacula" (go ahead and make the joke--you know you want to and it doesn't stop Priest either) that have magical powers. (Yeah, yeah... every guy thinks their "wand" is magic, but these really ar
Fun and satisfying. I love Raylene Pendle, and hope we get to see more of her. One of the best things about Priest's novels is they get a wrap up, so even if they are in series with an underlying continuing storyline, they're not cliffhangers. Maybe I shouldn't say "one of the best things," because there's a lot to like about Hellbent. Raylene is quirky and tough and soft. She's flawed but not a wimp. Also, she bites people, but they were all bad. No sparkles in this book... well, maybe on Siste ...more
I really love this series. The dry sarcasm, the world building and characters, the long arc that is evolving, the relationships...It really does have it all.

Absolute auto buy.
Ranting Dragon

Cherie Priest is back with another installment in the tale of Raylene Pendle, vampire thief extraordinaire. Picking up largely where the previous novel, Bloodshot, left off, we find that Raylene, Ian, Adrian, and the two kids have settled into a comfortable pace of life together. However, largely due to the vampiric nature of two of the occupants of Raylene’s building—Raylene herself included—this status quo does not last. For, even as Raylene takes on a j
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4 stars
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Hellbent is the second novel in the Cheshire Red Reports series by Cherie Priest. Our protagonist is Raylene Pendle who is a thief and a vampire who drinks blood but can’t fly nor can she be exposed to the sunlight. She is often mistaken for a man since international intelligence officials who have been hunted her for years; find it hard to believe that a woman could actually be such an accomplished thief, or as she
Hellbent is an awful lot of fun. The pace picks up rather during the last half, which left me wanting more, really, and I hope to god there will be more. Soon.

Basically, what I want is for Raylene to get up to more hijinks with the help and connivance of (view spoiler), (view spoiler), Adrian, Ian, Domino, Pepper, (view spoiler) and possibly Horace. I'm not sure I want her to succeed in the goal of avenging/fixing Ian et al:
This book put me in the awkward and new position of kind of wishing someone would make *fewer* dick jokes.

It's fun, it's fast, it's action-y, it's totally worth the time. If you need a distraction, this is a good one. That said, I didn't like it as well as the first one. The pacing is a little uneven - it feels like a middle book, and I hope it is. I would absolutely spend more time in this world, and there's still plenty of mystery to be solved and ass to be kicked.

The overall tone is lighter
Fantasy Literature
Cherie Priest gets Big Imagination points for the potent magical artifacts she conjures up in Hellbent, the second Cheshire Red Reports novel. I’m not going to spoil the fun for you by telling you what they are; you’ll know by the end of the first chapter.

Priest introduced vampire thief Raylene Pendle in Bloodshot, along with Raylene’s charges, two street kids who were squatting in one of her warehouses; and Ian, a vampire who has been mysteriously blinded and can control the weather. We also me
Jeremy Preacher
I am not going to try to claim that this is a Serious Novel, but for urban fantasy it's just fantastic.

I have a serious weakness for brilliant, neurotic women, and Cheshire Red fits that description perfectly. The writing style is extremely chatty - it may as well be a series of Cherie Priest's blog posts. (I love Cherie Priest's blog possibly more than her books, so that works perfectly for me.) Direct asides to the reader, fashion digressions, defensive explanations of Red's OCD, etc - I love
Carolyn F.
Better than the first, a little bit of humor, but two areas I didn't like are:

Raylene is trying to find a witch who has stolen some penis bones that Horace wants. The first time they meet Elizabeth the witch throws her from the roof of a mission. So when she finds out where Elizabeth is going to next she wear a vintage Chanel that she bought herself in the 1930s. The preceding sentence should be screeched. For a smackdown, everyone knows you wear something you could care less about because there
What fun! This was a beautifully plotted and excellently-written romp.

And i say "romp" with the highest praise; it's a great type of book to read, and it looks like a very hard style to write well.

The protagonist here has a voice more similar to Priest's blog entries than most of her other novels, which I quite enjoyed.

I am also enjoying the way she is embracing what is often a problem with on-going series: the way the protagonist tends to accumulate extra people in her/his sphere at a rate of 1
Michelle Cummings
I really enjoyed this one. This is straightforward Urban Fantasy, no romantic subplots, and a really good story. There were some pretty hysterical moments, concerning the main story (penis bones), which Raylene is on a mission to steal for her "agent" Horace. During the course of trying to retrieve them, she is able to help Adrian (former Navy Seal and current Drag Queen) search for his sister. There is also a tangent where Raylene tries to help Ian (blind vampire that now lives in her building) ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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After her last adventure,our favorite OCD cat burglar and vamp,Raylene Pendle,is settling into domestic bliss (yeah right),with Ian Stott,the blind vampire that she’d like to be more than friends with,and her two pet humans,Domino and Pepper,street kids,and brother and sister that she’s taken under her wing. Raylene’s longtime contact,Horace Bishop,has a job for her,and just when she thinks she’s gotten away from the “weir
Nancy O'Toole
Hellbent is the second book in Cherie Priest's Cheshire Red Reports. Following the events of Bloodshot, master vampire thief Raylene Pendle finds herself not quite the loner she once was. But her fledgling family is threatened when Ian is called back to his old vampire house, an action that may cost him his life.

I read Bloodshot about a year ago, and while I wouldn't list it as one of my top titles of the year, I must admit that I found it to be a fun, yet enjoyable read that's not afraid to pl
This book was a pleasure to listen to. Natalie Ross does a superb job of capturing Raylene's attitude and sense of humor (and this book has a lot of them both). The only voice I wasn't thrilled with was Ian's but every other voice was excellent. The book itself was hilarious (especially for an urban fantasy). Raylene was working two cases throughout the book and they were nicely balanced. One served as the humor in the story while the other was more serious, though never too serious as Raylene's ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This was terrible. Who told Priest she could write?
So, again, read this one first even though it's the second and omg someone brought up penis bones as magical objects! That is so freaking cool!

I like the main character's idiosyncrasies. I like the drag queen's love of fashion, quiet (mostly) competence and ability to accept the main character's competence (as she does likewise). I like the blind vamp's quiet competence. I even like the homeless kids a little and the crazy lady even more (yet another character I'd really look forward to reading
harlequin {Stephanie}
I had rented both these books from my library, so I hoped maybe this would start on a more promising note. The first felt as though it were a second or third book in a series rather than a beginning.

This on the other hand is just plain bad. I would prefer to drop it in the toilet where it belongs rather than return it to a literary institute.

*eyes offending book* <\i> not mine so ya lucked out... this time.
Exiting and fun crime drama, with a wry sense of humor. Not a memorable piece of literature, perhaps, but a diverting romp to be sure. It is frankly refreshing to read a vampire novel that is more action than, ahem, action. Not that I don't appreciate a little undead smut, but kittens and ass-kicking are great, too.
Erin M
I enjoyed this quick read, it was good sequel to the first. Vampire novels are not my go to, but once I started Bloodshot I really enjoyed Raylene. Seriously, how can you not enjoy a smart, paranoid, undead, professional thief.

Im not sure about the authors continuation of this series, but she ended this novel on a note that left me feeling complete with all the story arcs and the potential for more (if time and creativity allows).

This is only my third book of Cherie's, the other being her newes
Please, please, PLEASE tell me that this isn't the last book in the Raylene Pendle series! I've greatly enjoyed all of the author's works that I've read to date, from steampunk to gothic horror...but I have a special place in my heart for sassy vamp thief Raylene and her merry band of misfit friends...and there were so many possibilities left open at the end of this book that I just gotta hear more of the story!

This is one of the few paranormal series I really enjoy because while it's sexy and s
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Cheshire Red Reports (2 books)
  • Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, #1)
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2) Clementine (The Clockwork Century, #1.1) Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3) Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, #1)

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"I don't know exactly what's wrong with you, but I bet it's hard to pronounce when you're drunk." 3 likes
“Raylene- Actually... I have an idea.
Adrian- Oh no.
R- No, it's a *good* idea.
A- I don't believe you.”
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