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A Cat's Chance in Hell

(Hellcat #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,183 ratings  ·  102 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 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 25, 2013 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
Nov 26, 2013 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
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
May 04, 2012 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
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 was actually a little weary of reading it
keikii Eats Books
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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85 points/100 (4 ½ stars/5)

Gabrielle Bradford is a hunter, part of an organization that hunts bad little demons, vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals, but she is also dhampir. One night, she is ambushed by the terribly sexy master vampire, Julius, who is looking for their help. He has another master looking to take over the city, which normally shouldn't be their problem. This new master, however, isn't looking t
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

LOVED my introduction to Gabis’ world. At first I thought she was going to be a bit too cantankerous for me but then she showed heart. Eager to start book 2!
Bex 'n' Books
Jun 01, 2012 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,
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 25, 2014 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
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
Lyndi W.
Jan 09, 2016 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
Nov 14, 2013 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
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.
Mar 11, 2013 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.
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.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I have read 'A Cat's Chance in Hell' and I can happy say, it was just as good the second time round.

Gabi, Kyle and Julius are brilliantly written characters, with both strengths and flaws. At no point is Gabi treated like a typical YA female character, even when she needs rescuing. She is a strong kickass character, to the point a male character suggests getting her to beat up the abusive boyfriend of his sister.

The plot is engaging to the point you will not want to put i
Belle's Book Emporium
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to give this book 3 stars but I just can’t do it. I’ll explain. I actually really liked the story and came to like the characters as well, but I simply can’t overlook the atrocious editing throughout. Spelling errors and weird sentences that don’t make sense on every single page. It ruined my whole experience.
The book is part of a series but can be read separately. I won’t be reading the next installment though.
Our heroine’s love interest is for once not a dominating douchebag,
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zread-1-uf
For an urban fantasy indie it really wasn't too bad. Nothing really groundbreaking but the world did pull me in. What the author lacked in dialogue/banter, she made up for with the action scenes and characters you wanted to get to know. I'm hoping the series gets better as it goes.
Tomasz Kieniewicz
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best I've ever read. I'm surprised it has so little acknowledgment and below 2k rates, but I guess noone should rate the book by it's number of ratings :)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
i rather enjoyed this book, it did start out slow and made me think I wouldn't get through it but I am glad I continued to read it
Nov 29, 2013 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 c
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
I really enjoyed the storyline/premise of this book. There were a few major problems with this book though.

1. The editing. There were SO many mistakes. It started to really bug me because a lot of the sentences weren't grammatically clear/correct. There were lots of times where sentences included parts of other sentences... for example- He looked at on the side her and saw that she was happy... This happened a lot. Not that specific example, just that sort of thing.

2. All of the pointless, poin
Dianne Hunt
May 07, 2013 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
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The main couple have zero chemistry....
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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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