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

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,054 Ratings  ·  100 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
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
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
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
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
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 loathes love triangles
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-finished
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.
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
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-uf-pnr
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 :)
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 ci
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
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....
Jan 27, 2014 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
VampireRomanceBooks ThatsErotica
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
Rebekah Hayes-champagne
Jan 09, 2016 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
Casey Dawn
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-die-for
I'm pretty sure I have a BRH. A Binge Reading Hangover. I slid through these books like a slip n slide covered with baby oil. I tried, oh lord I tried, to slow my reading speed down but if you've ever tried to slow down or stop on a slip n slide baby oiled, then you know it's impossible. Ugh. Up until here recently I was so lost and looking for a new book series and I have managed to hit a few good ones so far, and this one is definitely one of my favs. My head is killing me from reading so much ...more
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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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