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Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black's exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiance Nathaniel i...more
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Published February 1st 2012 by Ace Books
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Booknut
There was a time when I believed I couldn't possible be torn into microscopic pieces by a book.

That I was immune to the death of well-loved characters.


Needless to say I was indescribably, horribly, wrong.

I have cried my eyes out so much (no joke!) that they are red-rimmed and puffy like Cocoa Puffs. I've got a case of the sniffles and a pile of discarded, scrunched up tissues beside me. Hell - I feel like I'm the one who lost someone they loved!! And maybe I did. The grief the characters experie...more
Amy
Madeline Black is the most annoying, stubborn, and obnoxious character I've ever read about. For the series to be in her point of view was like pouring salt to a festering wound. I didn't love the first book but thought 'first of a series are always a bit raw' and I was right because the second book was much better. Madeline's whining and sheer stubbornness was tolerated due to the interesting world Ms. Henry built and the plot was pretty good. I finished book2 satisfied and eager to find out w...more
Natasha
If I had to choose one word to describe this instalment, I think I'd choose, wow. I can't tell you how happy and sad I am after reading 'Black Howl.' Since I picked up 'Black Wings', I've been sucked into this world of Demons, Angels, Gargoyals, Fairies and everything else. I couldn't stop thinking of what was happening and what was going to happen next. It's safe to say this is a new favorite series of mine, but I did have a broken heart after reading this.

(view spoiler)...more
SephiriaL
Christina Henry - Black Howl (Madeline Black series #3) Review



As a fan of the series, I wa really looking forward to reading the latest instalment and seeing what fresh hell of unfulfilled lust the author had imagined for the reader. While the book was full of new developments and remained a quick read, I was, unfortunately, disappointed at the end. Why, you ask? For a few significant readings, not least of which was that TERRIBLE, OUT OF NOWHERE, and quite frankly RAGE-INDUCING ending.



First of...more
Ghadeer A
This series is truly a one woman show..usually that is something I like ..IF the heroine is lovable and smart which in this case she was most defenitly not..

She was like a kid who just keeps eating sweets and jumping into danger with only her stupidity and a team of men who are only there to look good and follow her with no good reason even though they are supposedly powerful and the youngest one is a few hundred years old!!..yeah that is SO believable and sweet...NOT

And Gabriel is just....how d...more
Jessica
I received this book from the publisher, Ace Books, for review

I was so glad to return to Chicago! I have my vampires (Neill) and my angels (Henry), and Christina writes an amazing book this time around! Black Howl went far beyond any expectations that I had!

Maddy is just starting to think that things are going to be a little normal for awhile, despite having to have Gabriel as her thrall. She tries her best, tries to make him not feel like a slave, but his attitude is ever changing and it really...more
Sara
Plot: 5 Stars
This series just keeps getting better and better. The storyline that involved the wandering ghosts was very unique, and of course, Maddy ended up in the middle of it without even trying. The plot was an emotional rollercoaster with all of its twists and turns, and was heartbreaking at times. I really enjoyed how the different plotlines twisted together more and more as the story progressed. I wouldn't describe the ending as a cliffhanger, but there was definitely a detail that has l...more
Sarah A.
"I shoved Beezle back inside my jacket. “Why can we not do anything without a running commentary?”"


OMG THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

I fuckin hate Beezle! I never hated a mythical creature or thought they were deadly annoying as much as I did this wretched Beezle!

I mean, I’m not sure if the author wanted us to hate her story or what, but if she was aware that she was creating a morbidly irritating character, why was she doing it? Did she honestly think he was cute, or even remotely funny?
I also got tired of...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*Review*

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Madeline Black, Agent of Death who escorts souls to the afterlife. Maddy just happens to be the daughter of a fallen angel named Azazel who still wants her to marry Nathaniel and is Lucifer’s second in command. Her mother was also an Agent of Death before she died; a position which Maddy now holds.

Maddy is also the granddaughter of the Morningstar himself Lucifer, and carries his sword as well as a henna tattoo of a...more
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars


Madeline black, daughter of Azazel, distant granddaughter to Lucifer and agent of death has chaos wherever she goes. It’s not that she asks for it, it just seems to find her.

With all the power she wields, and the allies she keeps, there are several forces that demand her death. So you can only imagine what hell comes knocking on her door.

Well this book is no different, Maddy and her team of friends and allies must find the local wolf pack and their alpha and find out who's behind the un...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A cautionary be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale. And undeniable proof that luck does eventually run out.

Opening Sentence: “Legs in the air, heels toward the ceiling. Crunch, quick!”

The Review:

The phrase “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” is good advice. This book, the third in the Madeline Black urban fantasy series, embodies this old adage well. It’s full of intentional and unintentional consequences for our heroine...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
In BLACK NIGHT Maddy’s band of stalwart hunks seemed like little more than a gloomy flock of crows, predicting doom and gloom while Maddy kicks butt. The chemistry in BLACK HOWL was infinitely more satisfying, as the machismo and banter added slap-stick spice to the action. And oh what action, as Maddy takes on the world of stuffy, entitled Grigori and continues to grow into her own.

Even better than chemistry on the battlefield, BLACK HOWL provided forward momentum for Maddy’s love life as well...more
E.
“Black Howl” by Christina Henry is a ‘Black Wings’ novel which continues the complicated tale of Madeline (Maddy) Black, as she continues to juggle her job as an Agent of Death and the complications of her heritage. An uncomfortable relationship with the Angel/Nephilim Gabriel, who, like his half-brother, is resented by the denizens of the various courts, awkwardness with her boss J.B., conflict with J.B.’s mother Amarantha (Queen of the Faerie court), an unwanted fiance who refuses to believe t...more
Cathy
I'm going to try not to go on and on about this one. It's just not as good as it should be, again. It has a lot of the right elements, but it's still not coming together. Maddy is still a big know-it-all for an extremely inexperienced woman. For men who are thousands of years old to look to her as a strategic leader, and a battle leader, is just silly. And she's bullheaded and stupidly impulsive. Plus she almost dies and get healed by one fallen angel or another over and over again, it could be...more
Merve  Özcan
Bu seriye ne oluyor bilmiyorum!

Konuya karakterlere bayılıyorum ama şöyle bir sorun var ki her kitap bir öncekiden daha zayıf, daha güçsüz bir kurgu ile karşıma çıkıyor. Genede okumaya devam edeceğim. Öncelikle sürekli bir aksiyon var, Melanie'nin aynı gücü defalarca kullanması sıkıcı hale geliyor, olayların aniden olup bitmesi kitabın değerini düşürüyor. Özellikle Gabriel ile Madeline'nin 5 dakika içinde evlenemsi ve kitabın sonunda, o büyük aşkın tadına varamadan Gabrielin ölmesi ile sonuçlanma...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

BLACK HOWL is the third book in the Madeline Black series by Christina Henry. Madeline is an Agent of death. This means that she gets a list of names, dates and times as foreseen by the Agency prophets. It’s her job to be there when the person dies to take their soul to the Door.

This book starts off with Madeline working out in the gym with her trainer. She plans on losing 30 lbs. So while she is complaining about the number of repetitions her trainer is making her do,...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
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First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please don't let it be the end! you know of which I speak of. (view spoiler).

I can't wait for the next book. I have a feeling that Maddy is going to be harder.

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Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
Madeline is an Agent of death. She gets a list of names, times and places and the names are souls whose deaths have been foreseen by Agency prophets. Her job is to be at the right place at the right time to take the soul to the Door. The soul has a choice of where they want to go beyond that Door.

Gabriel used to be Madeline’s bodyguard, at the behest of her father, but after having won him in a magical contest she was not supposed to survive, he is now...more
Jeanne
I wasn't as thrilled with this one as the first two in the series although it was still a decent book. I found that the Maddy was starting to get TSTL and was making decisions in anger and/or haste without any thought for hte consequences and wasn't listening to those around her who were trying to both protect and ehlp her. While I get the part of Maddy's character that feels like she is not only being underestimated by everyone and feels like the protectiveness of her friends (all male and all...more
Erin
The one thing that I've really come to love about this series is Maddy's unerring ability to be in the midst of all the action. And action there is. This was a very fast paced, edge of your seat book. I love this series especially because the more that Maddy learns about the world of Lucifer and her powers, the more is taken away.

Maddy has her Scooby Gang with Gabriel, Samiel, Beezle and J.B. They are trying to figure out the mechanizations of Lucifer and the mystery of what/who was creating st...more
Kathy
Best Book in the Series!

I strongly recommend you read this series in order (Black Wings and Black Night) prior to reading this installment.

What a spectacular read! The intensity of the storyline was so fierce, it kept me glued to every page. This fast paced story moved quickly from one tragedy to the next. Contrary to the tragedy, the story also had lots of humor and fun.

Lucifer is definitely my favorite character. His twisted grandfatherly interaction with Maddy was a welcomed treat. The more...more
Vahleryy ☪
During Gabriel's little speech about his undying feelings for Madeline, I melted into a puddle of "where can I buy the nearest Gabriel and keep him." But then, when the unspeakable (I'm so destroyed that I cannot even say it) happened to him, I evaporated up into the cloud named "why is the world still spinning, it should have stopped when the unspeakable happened to Gabriel." Needless to say, I was hit quite hard by the fate of Gabriel, despite already knowing that would happen. It pretty much...more
Amanda
I have to give myself a break before/if continuing with this series, as Maddy has become really childish and is a bit unlikable.

She's like a ill-tempered child, not a 33 year old; destructive, ignores others, antagonizes powerful enemies etc. She rarely thinks before behaving rashly, and since she's always dragging others into her messes and endangering them by association, these negative traits are now impossible to ignore.


My main gripe with this book is that(view spoiler)...more
Cassandra (An Angel with Byte)
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Darcy
I think that I am done with this series. I thought that the first couple were just meh. At this point I am tired of Gabriel and his sulkiness, JB and his sulkiness, and Maddie being the center of everyone's desires, I don't see it. I love Beezle, but I can't justify to keep reading this series for one interesting secondary character.
Michelle
When are we ever going to be able to give 1/2 stars? Cause this one was a three and a half stars book.

This is not a standalone book. You need to read the previous two books to understand some of the problems that the ever-stubborn Maddy faces. You need the first two books to help get a clear understanding of Madeline's world. I'm still not sure I completely understand the politics that are in play, but trust me when I say that you'll learn what NOT to do by just watching Maddy.

I would definite...more
Cogito_ergo_sum
I really liked the plot, but the writing could be improved. Also, the dialogue feels unnatural. What annoyed me was instead of showing the action, we're explained the reason for the action that took place. For example, "(quote will come later)". By stopping to explain it, the story was stopped as well. This is what I mean by the writing not flowing. I feel I am building momentum, the action just starts, and BAM, everything stops in order for the reason to be explained. This jerky movement happen...more
Jacque
By this book, I found myself wishing that the author had explored earlier themes. There was promise in her being one of the death collectors, working through and with her boss, and the mythology there. Instead, it feels as though the series has gone off the rails...the protangonist becomes a Mary Sue who kicks everything's ass (thousand year old demon lords aren't an issue), screams and yells when she doesn't get her way, and is someone I cannot stand.

Maybe that was the intent? I could almost s...more
Melliane
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I admit that I wanted this book for a while. There are always so many events in the Madeline’s life and I was eager to find out what was going to happen now. I must say she doesn’t have a lot of friends, but if it was not already complicated, some persons would be more than happy to see her dead.

The tension between Maddy and Gabriel is omnipresent throughout the book, as she tries to make him express his feelings while he merely withdraws into himself, someth...more
Marsha
Mar 01, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
"Black Howl" is another great edition to the Madeline Black series. All of my favorite characters are back, Maddy, her quirky gargoyle companion beezle, Gabriel, his brother Simiel, and J.B.

This time lost souls are wandering the streets in what seems to be some bizarre pschotic break from reality. What's unusual is that none of these souls were on anyone's radar for pick up. Maddy and J.B. and trying to figure out what is wrong. To make matters worse, the relationship between Gabriel and Maddy i...more
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Christina Henry is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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“Well, that was a beautiful wedding," Beezle said. "The bride has spider goo in her hair and the groom smells like sulfur. the parking-lot-in-front-of-the-burning warehouse location leaves something to be desired, and there was a distinct lack of refreshments, but otherwise, just lovely.” 9 likes
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