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A Cat's Chance in Hell (Hellcat #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,637 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
If the Demon Master gets his way
the City is about to become Hell on Earth.

Gabi has some extraordinary talents. Some might call them supernatural, but for her they’re just part of everyday life. What she knows about the supernatural would give most humans nightmares forever. Ridding the streets of bad-ass creatures of the night is Gabi’s other job. Taking up the mantle of
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Sharon Hannaford
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May 26, 2013 Lannister rated it it was ok
This is a classic UF story with a tough-as-nails heroine who likes to fight.

Certain parts of the book were very good. I liked the plot and the world-building and the characters were OK (though Gabi isn't as likeable as some UF heroines), but I had issues with the author's writing style.

There is a huge amount of info-dumping early on. Now, if an author has a big info-dump and moves on, and the story is good elsewhere, I can live with that just fine. But Sharon Hannaford is very guilty of 'telling
Aug 30, 2013 Wyrdness rated it it was ok
Despite demon attacks, uneasy alliances and a potential romance on the cards I'm spending a great deal of time being very bored with this book. The story has potential to be a generic kick-arse heroine UF entry, but I think it needs the help of a good professional editor and some reworking to make it shine.

A lot of my problems came down to being told and not shown what was happening as well as massive and often inappropriately placed info-dumps. I found this very disappointing because it limite
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

This story begins when Gabi ends up getting ambushed by a group of vampires who wish for her to see their master. Things get a little bit more weird then that when the vampire master doesn't actually want to hurt her, no he wants to use her for something else. Now, Gabi and her friends must help keep the city from being taken over by a crazy vampire, and some demons. But it's all in a days work for Gabi..

This book was not at all what I was expecting. I
A Cat's Chance In Hell will give you everything you expect from a book with vampires, werewolves, and various magical people fighting bad paranormals. Most of the usual character traits are there as well as many common plot points. Our heroine, Gabi, is somewhat of a special snowflake, but I guess that is why this is her book and not someone else's.

Here are a few elements that raise this book above the basic premise and writing style.
1- Gabi is dominant and stays that way. She leads groups of s
Nov 27, 2013 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adult Urban Fantasy Lovers
Recommended to Marsha by: TIffany
It has been a while since I've found a new Urban Fantasy series that I feel is truly interesting enough to be considered a new favorite. Yet, that is exactly what I've found with "A Cat's Chance in Hell." It is has a strong female herione, a unique plot, plenty of action, mystery, intrigue and hot romance.

Gabrielle is part human and vampire due to an accident prior to her birth. Her pregnant mother was attacked by a vampire but before she could be killed another vampire intervened killing the as
May 05, 2012 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2 1\2 stars Self-pubb

This novel has a good story line and enough world-building to make me appreciate it. It's nothing new, but rather a "melting pot" of things deja read. Still its pace makes it easy to read.

The best part of it: the cat Razor, 20 kgs of fur and folly. Can I have him, pretty please? You can keep the vamps :D

The real weak point: info-dumping. If you download the sample (as I did) you'll notice that at the beginning of the story the good guys are ready for a mission. When they get
Jan 10, 2016 Lyndi rated it really liked it
I feel like maybe a few authors have all used the same writing prompt: a woman with special powers and an attitude problem has a law enforcement job and falls in love with the leader of vampires while trying to save humanity from something worse than vampires"... And I don't know which came first, but I read Guild Hunter first so I've been comparing them all to that. Not the worst thing in the world.

Anyhow, this book was quite enjoyable. There were some continuity issues that didn't really matt
2 1/2 stars. This turned out to be just another run of the mill UF. Gabi was hard to like. She was supposed to be tough but in reality was a bitch. I couldn't figure out why her friends put up with her crap. The other characters were okay but not memorable.

There was an over abundance of info dumping. So much that it distracted from the storyline at times. Some of it wasn't even necessary info. The story didn't flow well.

For the first book in the series, too much was explained. There aren't any o
Feb 14, 2015 Jeanny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-series
This ebook had decent reviews and kept coming up on my Amazon recommended list. All the stars warranted a try and so I down loaded the sample... and sat on it. I finally grew desperate enough after weeks of seeing it on my home page to give it a go. After a boring start I was debating giving up on this book. I was now past a fight scene and over 17% in. Yet, I was not connecting to any of the characters or plot. That's not to say the 2 main characters h/Gabrielle or BFF Kyle the wolf were unlike ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it
Pretty good first book for a series. While the MC has a temper, the main focus is on the action and the story, with very litte melodrama, angst, and inner turmoil. Quite a relief after all the overwrought angsty UF protagonists out there. World building is geographically limited; while the world holds together and is internally consistent, it focuses on a single city, and hand waves the rest of the planet outside Gotham City / Metropolis. In book 3 you even learn indirectly that this city is in ...more
Gabrielle is a hunter for the Malus Venatori killing rogue vampires and werewolves as well as dealing with any demons that enter the city. She is so good at what she does that she is known as Angeli Morte – the angel of death – by the creatures that she hunts, but her friends just call her hellcat. After being kidnapped by the city’s master vampire, Gabi learns that she and the rest of the SMV only have 4 days to save the city from a demon attack and their only chance of survival lies in an alli ...more
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Jun 01, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it really liked it
A Cat’s Chance in Hell (The Hellcat Series – Book 1) by Sharon Hannaford
Love ‘old skool’ Anita Blake, the sassy Chloe Neill’s Merit and bad-ass Riley Jenson? Then I have no doubt that you’ll think Gabi is a pretty awesome and equally ruthless heroine and Demon Hunter.
In book one of The Hellcat Series, we are thrown into Gabi’s world of danger and constant action. There’s certainly no rest for a Hellcat! Gabi, the protagonist, is not only a pretty amazing Demon Hunter, but she’s an unusual supe,
Jun 04, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
Rated 2.5 stars

I had totally forgotten that I had read this book when I was checking what reviews I needed to write up. That's not a good indication that I liked it is it? Well that's good because I didn't enjoy it all that much. I won't go into what the book is about as the rather long and detailed blurb does an excellent job of that.

The blurb sounded really good, definitely something I would read but I was mainly seduced into reading this book by the mention of sexy master vampires. I can nev
Nov 19, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
this is a real good UF book with a strong heroine and real interesting characters. I loved the story because it was engaging and full of action. the plot was well drafted and the characters developement was really interesting

the only flaw - and the reason why it is only 4 stars and not inimum 4,5 stars is the POV: normally I prefer for such a story the first person view - but to have different POVs can be enjoyable. but here it was a bit incomprehensible when which POV would take over. I think t
Rebekah Hayes-champagne
Jan 11, 2016 Rebekah Hayes-champagne rated it it was amazing
Must read!

I am in the middle of book 4 of this series but had to come back to review this book, because I almost missed out on this series due to some of the reviews. I have no idea what they were reviewing but it couldn't have been this book. The herione while sharing some very similar traits to others is a set above the rest. She is snarky and broken like all my favorite ones are. What sets her apart is the fact that she doesn't let that lead her into in ridiculous decisions, or fickle behavio
I really enjoyed this book. I consider this a "good find" I came across this book on goodreads and it was a great book. The main character Gabi,is human with special abilites, as well as her best friend kyle. They are part of a group that polices the city against anything supernatural that is a threat to humans and the city. This book has everything you want sexy vanpires (loved julius) weres, mages, demons and a 200 pound housecat named razor. I am really looking forward to the next book.
Jul 12, 2013 Donny rated it liked it
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I stopped reading this book at one stage. The intro chapters introducing the characters and world didn't sit well with me.
I came back to it a month later and thankfully things improved. I enjoyed the book and will probably (maybe) read more.
Jul 16, 2016 Lily rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Gabi, the main character, is half vampire and her best friend/partner in crime Kyle is half werewolf. They're part of an organization that polices supernaturals in their city and in this book, they team up with the local vampires to fight a bigger threat.

The characters are likable and the writing is good. I love Gabi and Kyle's friendship and her relationship with animals. The problem is that the story felt disjointed and it became boring with all the info dumping. The romance had no chemistry
Aug 11, 2015 Keira rated it it was amazing
Hi BookLuvrs,

Let’s fall into the world of Gabi (Hellcat). I really enjoy when the first book in a series is exciting, funny, kick-ass, sexy and more! Sharon gives us all the above in this installment. I truly really enjoyed the heroine Gabi in this installment. She is very sassy with a kick-ass attitude to go with it and back it up. She is very smart and takes no crap from anyone. And to go with that kick-ass attitude she has these amazing talents.
She is considered a hunter for the Malus Venato
Aug 03, 2015 Jacqui rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book-it has all the elements that I require from a good sitting. Personally this type of writing is what I enjoy-enough info without making it tedious to slog through. Gabi makes for a well created female lead without overshadowing any other characters who still have stories to tell. Add in the pets, interesting storyline and well choreographed fight scenes and you have the making of a great series where each book can be read as a stand alone but still lead into each ot ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Xiupin rated it it was ok
I like the story plot. With a kickass heroine and various paranormal creatures. However, I struggled a lot through the beginnings. There is just too much boring info and I have to put the book aside and continue reading the next day. Not much exciting happening in the later part of the book too. The big bad vampire that was supposed to be the strongest and afraid by many got killed easily within one or two pages.

Not much anticipation for me. But I will give it a chance and see how book 2 goes.
May 07, 2013 Dianne rated it really liked it
What a great story. I have to say that my favorite female lead character right now is Gabi. I love her fearless attitude and her fearless loyalty to those she loves. She's like any other woman who's sensitive but doesn't let anyone push her around or take advantage of her.

I love it when I read a supernatural story that has a different take on the supernatural. I'm sure there are other books out there similar to this one but this is the first I've read of its kind and I'm happy about that. Gabi i
Although this is not the most original parnormal novel out there, it's very good.

The fantasy aspect was mostly in the range of creatures as opposed to or in addition to worldbuilding. At first, I thought I had read it before because it felt so familar. I was well into the third chapter when the characters took center stage and I knew I hadn't encountered them before. It's urban fantasy with a healthy dose of romance. I like the blend. This is not YA although if one were to skip the one sex scene
Dec 05, 2013 Shelby rated it it was amazing
** I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **

Two words...Epically Awesome!!

A Cat's Chance in Hell was one of those books so rich in detail and experience that you would swear you spent the last day in a movie rather than reading a book. Sharon Hannaford makes it so effortlessly easy for her readers to join her world.

This book centers around Gabi. Gabrielle Bradford. Angeli Morte. The Angel of Death. Also known as Hellcat to those in her inner ci
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A Cat’s Chance in Hell is book one in the Hellcat series and does not disappoint. Reading it in just two sittings, it is page after page of pure delight. The heroine Gabi is smart, sexy, and funny. She doesn’t back down from anything or anyone set in her path, including the incredibly gorgeous and powerful Master Vampire, Julius.

When Julius brings Gabi unwillingly into his world nothing could have prepared her. Bracing for a fight she is surprised to say the least when she realizes that he has t
Aug 17, 2012 Nicki rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read. If you like Cat from the Night Huntress series, you'll like Gabi. The characters are similar, but the circumstances regarding their heritage are slightly different. I liked the dynamics of the different relationships in this book.It's nice to see a male/female friendship without it being overly complicated by sex or unrequited feelings.

The storytelling changes narrating perspectives. We see the story unfold not just through Gabi's eyes, but Kyle and Julius as well. I re
InD'tale Magazine
It’s always difficult to begin a new Urban Fantasy series, but Sharon Hannaford has coped with it admirably.

Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Antoinette Lewis
Jan 02, 2016 Antoinette Lewis rated it really liked it
Its a riveting and jaw dropping book. I am intrigue with a human not being a human and wolf not being a wolf. Julius task was a task we all would not want to do ourselves but facing the lost of the woman you love dying on a table after being tortured, what would you do?
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“to contain. At that thought, he wondered if any feeders had been brought to the Estate tonight, he‘d have to get Alexander to check.  They had two or three resident feeders; people who lived on the Estate and worked there or studied during the day and were available to Julius and his staff for feeding when necessary.  Julius encouraged his staff to go off the Estate and find donors in the clubs and bars of the City.  He enforced a strict code of conduct when it came to feeding; donors had to be willing, there was to be no violence in the act and the donor’s memories had to be cleared of anything to do with being bitten and fed on.  But occasionally someone needed blood urgently or didn’t have time to go ‘hunting’, and this was what the feeders were for.  He only allowed the feeders to stay for a few months at the most; they usually left with some memory about undertaking a medical experiment and a decent bank account, so it worked for all parties concerned.  Julius wasn’t sure what Gabi would make of that, but they did have to feed somehow, he was trying to do it in the most humane way he could.” 0 likes
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