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A devil is a bad influence . . .

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

With the help of Lore, a former g
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Hellhole is a modern Faustian tale about Max Kilgore, his deathly ill mother and the devil.

Though written for a young adult audience, readers need to be aware that there are some bad words in the dialogue and innuendo in some situations. All kids are different, but I'd lean towards 15 and up for Hellhole.

Our hero is just a regular guy: "Seventeen-year-old Max Kilgore suffered from the unfortunate curse of having a name that was far cooler than the person it was attached to." pg 8, ebook.

Max atte
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Melanie
Celine and I discussioned (that's a word) this on the blog and we both gave Hellhole 4 stars! Come and check out the awesomeness (and for a giveaway or two) here.

Things we discussioned:
- How this was hella funny but also dark. And totally Gina Damico style
- How hilarious Burg the devil was
- And we agreed that he totally stole the spotlight here
- We admire Damico's ability to create some great character growth
- And talk deep stuff like being good and evil
- We also discuss Max's mum (aka the de
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
25Jan15
All these devils make me want to reread Horns.

Ahem. I can't remember the last time I buzzed through a book so fast that wasn't a Harry Potter book. Yet another fantastic novel from Gina Damico! The whole concept of devils showing up because of our actions actually kind of terrified me -- I've never stolen from anyone, but I was a compulsive liar as a kid and... yeah. That would *not* have been fun. I really liked Max and his fascination with dinosaurs, he makes me want to watch Land Befor
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Gina Damico, author of the Croak trilogy, is known first and foremost for her fabulous sense of humor. Her books are always hilarious, which more than makes up for the occasionally weak plots. On the surface, Hellhole is a pretty weak story about a boy who accidentally ends up taking care of the devil (one of 666 of them, apparently) and makes all sorts of ill-advised bargains with him along the way. But there are many other things underneath, and it’s precisely those things that make t
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.

4.5 stars.

So, funny thing with me and Gina Damico books. The first two books in her Croak trilogy failed to wow me, but the third one tore my fucking heart out and sacrificed it to Satan as I cried the best bookish cry in ages. Did I want to read Hellhole? HELL YEAH. (You’re going to be seeing a lot of that pun this time around. Get used to it.) Anyone who loved her Croak books or liked the humor in its more quota
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Brigid
Jun 30, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-urban-fantasy
Dear Netgalley,

Please except my request. If not I will throw flaming hot cheetos on you.

Sincerely,

a snarky reviewer


Lia
3.5 stars

I didn't give this book four stars because that's something I save for books I know for sure I would read again, and Hellhole is not one of them, but it's still a good book. I recently read Croak, also by Gina Damico, but I think I actually liked Hellhole more.
The characters are great (I bet I'm not the only one who fell in love with Lore, because she was just that amazing) and the whole concept is original and interesting. I think the book was a little slow sometimes, but I liked that
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Inge
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I want you to know that it really, really hurts me to rate this two stars.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 12/17/15: 3.5 stars, not quite 4
I grabbed the audio verison of this book because it was narrated by MacLeod Andrews who is one of my favorite audiobook narrators! I wasn't totally sure what to expect but I was guessing more of a dark comedy than something series and that turned out to be mostly true!
HELLHOLE is the story of Max who accidentally summons a devil (one of the many who reside in hell) and has to do the devil's bidding in order to protect the ones he loves. Max wa
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

For those who are not aware, Gina Damico writes some of the funniest and darkest YA novels today. If you have not read the Croak trilogy, you need to consider your priorities, because those books are so fucking amazing. My expectations for Hellhole were sky high, because the Croak books are among my top favorites ever. A bit sadly, Hellhole won’t be joining them on my eternal favorites list, but it’s
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Katherine
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ták jo.
Dávejte pozor.
Jediný a nejvíc nejlepší důvod, proč byste si měli přečíst tuto knihu, se jmenuje BURG.

Seznamte se.
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(Podobizna je SKORO přesná. Vlastně spíš nepřesná.)
Žhavý jako peklo samo, já vím.

Budete ho zbožňovat. Jako já. Protože je vtipný jako smrt, nesnáší nošení gatí, miluje alkohol a stěžuje si na měkkost lidí (a na další milion věcí). A je podlý. A ovládá čáry-máry.

“All my friends are gone.”
“Your . . . friends?”
“Captain Morgan, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels. Who’s the guy
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Tanja Voosen
Buchgestaltung

Beide Aufmachungen des Buches gefallen mir wirklich gut, wobei man sagen muss, dass sich der deutsche Verlag mit seiner Klappenbroschur deutlich mehr Mühe gemacht hat. Sieht man auf dem Cover nur die Rücken von Max und Burk, so befindet sich hinter der Klappenbroschur die Vorderseite des Motivs – ziemlich coole Sache. Das englische Titel ist eher auf Humor getrimmt, aber ganz niedlich. Der Titel des Buches wurde ja grundlegend übernommen und passt so weit auch.

Meinung

Auf Gina Dami
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Tabitha
Hellhole was silly somewhat slapstick dark fun

Hell if someone ended up with a personal demon every time they told a lie or five finger discounted some silly kitsch crap just imagine how many junk food eating, belching farting lazy currs would be filling the basements of people everywhere! Max Kilgore stole one little bobble head cat from his convenience store job after an entire life of always doing the right thing and he ends up with a devil squatting in his basement, maybe not necessarily beca
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PJforaDay
May 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: want-now
YES!This sounds awesome now where can I find it?
I pay in cupcakes people so do not with hold info or I'll sic my kitty on you.

ETA- 2015?A whole year from now?

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Michelle
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mix of seriousness and humour. A darkly adventurous story. Burg was unpredictable and uncertain. I questioned his motives and wondered if he was deeply good or bad like he was made out to be from the very beginning.

I think my personal rating for this would be three and a half stars but I rounded it up to four because I felt that just three stars wasn't enough but it also wasn't quite a five star book for me. Some parts really made me laugh though and I like some stories with a goo
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Mouthful Of Books
Bewertung: 3,5 Sterne

Ich bin seit Schulzeiten ein großer Fan von Goethes Faust. Mir gefällt die Idee, dass der Teufel einen Pakt abschließt, den der Mensch einfach nur verlieren kann.

Inhalt: In Hellhole lernen wir Max, süße 17 Jahre alt, kennen, der ab und zu Kleinigkeiten stiehlt. Dies führt dazu, dass Burke, einer der vielen Teufel in der Hölle, bei ihm aufkreuzt und sich einnistet. Max muss schnell eine Bleibe für Burke finden, um ihn loszuwerden und vielleicht das Leben seiner Mutter zu rett
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Rayne
Can you hear that? That's the sound of my heart breaking into a million, tiny pieces because... ugh, I can barely stand to type it... I, Rayne, really, really, really didn't like this book. This book in particular, Hellhole. A Gina Damico book. The author who wrote one of my favorite series, Croak. I was pretty damn near to hate with this one. That's right. I almost completely hated a Gina Damico book.

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I honestly expected to love this one, but this one fell so short from every single one of my
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harlequin {Stephanie}
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Started out enjoying this. The writing was too juvenile for my taste, but it was mildy entertaining. Plus, the mother and son relationship was very moving.

Something, somewhere went terrible awry. Enjoyment turned to annoyance and downhill and so on.

The turning point was why the devil appears. Max, our mc, stole a bobblehead cat for his mother. Apparently, devils just pop out of hell to haunt you if you pull dumbass crimes. This might be plausible except only 666 exist. With all the godawful cr
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Latasha
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun and witty. I loved the reader-MacLeod Andrews. he was fabulous!! if you like Christopher Moore, you will like this.
Heidi
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A hilarious and snarky tale about making a deal with a devil.

Max wipes the sweat from his palms and glances nervously at the security camera. It's now or never. Quickly, Max swipes the glittery cat statue and shoves it in his shirt. Later, he presents the cat to his sick mother as a gift. His mom looks paler and sicker than she did this morning, but the gaudy cat seems to please her. Little does Max know, this petty crime will soon land him in more trouble than he can ever imagine. I
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Kristin
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Max has a rough life right now. His mom is in desperate need of a heart transplant and thus, Max is the one running the house. It's just him and his mom so there aren't a lot of things to deal with except for juggling high school and his job, as well as trying (unsuccessfully) to pay the bills. He's in over his head, but he will never admit that to his bed-ridden mother. Which is how he ends up with Satan in his house. Max sees this hideous glitter cat figurine at his work and steals it knowing ...more
Kaitlin
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hellhole was a fun, delightful, and quirky read. And so, so deliciously weird. I loved it!

Max was an oddball. An incredibly awkward guy with so many cringe-worthy moments of humiliation. He was a fun character! It was nice seeing a nerdy, paranoid guy with the pasty white skin and obsession with dinosaurs as the hero of this story.

Lore was also a great character. She wasn't quite as awkward. I really liked her role in the story. Sh
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Praiz Sophyronja
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was trying to keep my cool by not bursting out in giggles while in public. Absolutely hilarious!
Julie Rimpula
For more reviews, visit Books and Insomnia .
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Hellhole follows seventeen-year-old Max Kilgore, (who's not as cool as his name sounds) crossword puzzle geek and typically awkward teenager. Max's daily routine consists of working shifts at the Gas Bag, playing video games with his best friend Audie, beating his own crossword puzzle record, digging for dinosaur fossils and taking care of his sick mother. It doesn't usually involve stealing hideous bobble heads. It certainly doesn't involve unearth
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Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog: No BS Book Reviews

Check out the post, along with a hilarious author interview here

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! I loved it because it's so different from everything else out there. I mean, a book about a geeky kid who unearths a devil? I mean, that synopsis just screams: "SHENANIGANS!"

And oh, there were plenty of those.

I'll just cut to the chase, I absolutely adored these characters. The premise drew me in, but the characters and the di
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Katie
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
When I first read the summary, I thought this was the book for me. However, it ended up being a big disappointment. I didn't find it particularly funny or clever. There are a lot of jokes and humor, but it came across to me more like a sitcom. A sitcom I don't like. That's okay, though. There are lots of sitcoms I don't like that other people love. To each their own.

Still, I didn't feel there was much depth to the story. Or the characters. The story drags on too long because, ultimately, not mu
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Nina O'Daniels
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal, audio
You kind of get what you expect from a book titled Hellhole, written by the hilarious Gina Damico. Funny, slightly irreverent, dark, morally and ethically challenging, but full of heart. Nerdy but lovable Max is a good kid- he goes to work to help pay the bills, gets decent grades at school, and takes care of his mom who is slowly dying of congenital heart failure. What he never does is sneak around, lie, put people in danger, steal, accidentally (kind of) commit murder, or skip out on work- tha ...more
Sheyenne
WARNING:MAYBE SPOILERS!!!!

So I'm going to try not to spoil anything since this is an advanced copy ... but knowing me I might. You've been warned.

Summary: Max Kilgore is that socially awkward kid who would rather stay in and play cross word puzzles than go out and embarrass himself. He always does his work, takes care of his mom, and is scared to death of doing anything bad ... but things get bad when he meets Burg aka the devil!

Characters/Story: Max kind of reminds me of myself (just a little
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Kitty
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
So I was talking with my boss about all these galleys I was taking, when she said "Hey! They're all over THIS one as The Next Big Thing"! And I looked at it and said "hmmm" in my best non committal tone, before trying to walk away. As I scootched in the opposite direction her tone of voice radically altered - dropping several octaves and loosing any pretense of sociability "Please. Take. This".

So I took it.

And I ran.

My review of Hellhole is as follows :

I thought it went on for too long. It wa
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Heather Brown
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not amusing enough to counter its poor message. Boy makes poor choices, things get out of hand and he makes worse choices, boys wishes come true AND boy gets girl - both because of his bad ideas and choices. No thanks. Yes, the demon is a jerk and yes, the boy knows he did bad stuff that he didn't want or mean to do. His salvation from the demon is more of a deus ex machina than anything to do with the boy's character development.
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