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The Book of Bart

(The Book of Bart #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  68 reviews

Working for the man upstairs stinks, but working with Samantha, an angel in training? Offensive!

Only one thing is so powerful, so dangerous that Heaven and Hell must work together to find it: the Shard of Gabriel.

With a mysterious Black Cloud of Death hot on the shard’s trail, a desperate Heaven enlists the help of Bartholomew, a demon who knows more about the shard than
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published May 20th 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves snark
I think I'm in love with a demon.

Bartholomew is a demon. He got caught trying to upstage Lucifer and has been spending some time in the seventh level of hell. He gets rescued out of it by a wanna be archangel named Samantha.
Bart so would be played by this guy if I ruled the world. Oh right, I do rule the world *in my head* so here goes.

Samantha and Bart get help from a Templar's son named Josh. Who wants nothing more than to kill Bart to avenge his dad's death. Bart could care less.

They need
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

This was a load of silly fun to read, and I loved it!
The Book of Bart isn't exactly filled with High Humor, so if you don't think fart jokes are funny, this may not be for you. Also, it's highly irreverent and has the potential to offend multitudes of religious readers.
But, seriously?
I wouldn't think fans of 700 Club are going to look at this, and think this is their next Must-Read anyway.
Although, the guy on the cover bears a striking resemblance to Pat Rober
Ash Wednesday
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who are on Dante Walker withdrawals
”What greater hope for humanity than an angel and a demon teaming up to save the world. That’s Lifetime movie of the week stuff right there.”

“You shut your filthy mouth with that kind of talk!”

Well it was entertaining, there’s that.

Stories centred on a wisecracking, arrogant, douchebag of a character is quite hard to pull because it takes a very particular and balanced measure of wit, timing and chemistry with the supporting cast to actually sell the whole thing. This succeeded in some,
Melody Winter
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Demons, angels, golems, succubus, even pimpubus!

Bartholomew is one wickedly entertaining demon. He has an amazing, sarcastic, devilish sense of humour and I often found myself laughing out loud at his internal thoughts. I'm sure Sam brought out the worst (or perhaps I should say - best!) in him, and I'm looking forward to reading about these two characters in the next book.

I read the book in a day, I couldn't put it down. The action flowed on every page, and the mystery built
Emma Adams
The Book of Bart is absolutely hilarious. Narrated by a snarky demon, it's a fun, entertaining read! The narrative voice is fantastic and the plot kept me turning the pages. This gets a thumbs-up from me!
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first, I got this book from publishers as an ARC for review, so thank you Curiosity Quills Press for this opportunity.

The two genres that this book represents which are Paranormal and Young Adult are the genres I try to avoid most of the times, cause in my opinion they are filled with clones of famous series' and mediocrity. So I was a bit skeptical in picking this book up, but the blurb somehow caught my eyes & I decided to check it out. And boy was I surprised. This book did f
Sharon Bayliss
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Bartholomew is an an ancient demon who loves to wear suits, smoke cigarettes, and deflower virgins. He hates to be called Bart. So, I'll call him Bart for the rest of this review just to antagonize him.

The Devil sends Bart on a very annoying task. He is supposed to work with a sickeningly sweet angel-in-training on a mission from Heaven to recover the Shard of Gabriel before it's taken by the Black Cloud of Death. If he fails, he'll be sent to the 9th Circle of Hell to hang out with Hitler, who
Sheena Baker
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an unbiased review.

The first thing I have to say is Where has this author been and why has it taken me so long to discover him? The writing is humorous, action packed, and fast paced. There is a never a dull moment and I found my attention held the entire time. Some books I have read I have found myself skimming over a few sentences (or paragraphs, I'll be honest) here and there. Not so with Mr. Hill's work; I was
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hilarious. I don't think I have ever read a book where so many random things happen so often and so suddenly that its mind boggling, yet you will not feel disconnected. Everything connects and flows to well... Ok wait, let me take a breath! Wow! What did just happen?? ;) In short its amazing.

An archangel and a demon teamed up to find someone who has been after that Shard of Gabrielle. The only trouble is that no one has a clue about this mysterious person. Who will stop at nothing t
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be FUN. Not fun like going swimming on a hot summer day, fun like boys shooting a cat with a BB gun, fun. Bart is a mischievous, self-centered demon who loves nothing more than causing trouble and enticing innocent souls to take a walk on the dark side. But he's not as bad as he sounds. Bart is snarky and clever, and at times even - dare I say - loveable. (But don't tell him I said that or mass nun-punching will ensue.) This book had me r ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given the opportunity to read this book by NetGalley and Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.

This book continues my streak (4 books long!) of really enjoying the things Curiosity Quills publishes. I am a sucker for sassy protagonists, and Bart...well, he's the sassiest. The story was fun and I mostly liked the characters and how they were written. I would have been happier if so much of the story didn't take place in a high school, it seemed like the young adult thing was ki
Carrie Nelson
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud fun!!

Really enjoyed this book - couldn't stop laughing at Bart and all of his snarkiness!! I really hope there will be another book with Bart, Sam and Josh!!!
Jacob Devlin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, original, and a Hell of a good time! Fair warning: when I say “hilarious”, it’s Deadpool humor and I know a lot of people who will cringe. I loved every second of it.
J.D. Brown
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So glad I decided to grab The Book of Bart. It's my first time reading anything by Ryan Hill and it was awesome!

Bartholomew (do not call him Bart!) is a demon who's practical jokes and smart mouthing even Satan is tired of dealing with. He's been given a second chance to redeem himself by an angel-in-training, Samantha, who needs help dealing with the grittier side of protecting the Shard of Gabriel. Normally Bartholomew wouldn't give a rat's ass about a Holy mission, but Samantha brokered a dea
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was going to read this book anyway, but when the tour came about, I jumped at the chance to read it ahead of the other books on my TBR. I loved the synopsis for this book and I just had to read it. Also, my friend Joood of Platypire Reviews bossed me into reading it and I'm really glad that she did. I enjoyed this story immensely and I laughed and hooted and said "oh my gosh!" a lot. I actually have some quotes that I highlighte
Melinda Landry
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to books about snarky demons who get kicked from hell for bad behavior, but ends up on a do-gooder team with a wannabe archangel and loverboy templar in a mission to save the world, I can be a little picky. Not just any book will do, as I do try to keep high standards.

Happy to report that The Book of Bart was built to satisfy.

If there's one thing that author Ryan Hill is particularly gifted at, it's rolling narrative that keeps you attentive and snickering all the while. I cared a
Krystal Wade
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Bart is a light-hearted, action-packed tale of demons, angels, and adventure that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and genuinely have a grand time.

Bartholomew is a demon with a grudge, raised from Hell, and sent on a mission from God. Paired off with an innocent, goody angel and an annoying Knights Templar, Bart must learn who's after the last Shard of the mirror of Gabriel. While trapped in the body of a teenager. With millennia's worth of knowledge. And sexual tension. And fri
Pop Bop
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Cheerful, Breezy Lark

This is a cheerful and engaging, if fairly predictable, buddy/caper sort of tale. Bad boy demon and good girl angel-in-training try to locate a magical MacGuffin. It's the ultimate "meet cute" story, and there is a lot of opportunity for clever dialogue, plot complications, action, surprises, and creative demon building.

It's hard to establish and maintain the right tone in books like this and the author does a nice job of keeping the plot going and the action moving in a f
Karen Bynum
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wicked hilarity at its best.

The BOOK of BART was a wild ride that kept the action and surprises coming. A demon story unlike any other, Bart is hilarious—in a crude kind of way. He finds himself no longer in Hell, which he is very upset about, and back on Earth with a crazy mission from…not Satan, but God. To make matters worse he’s stuck accomplishing his goals with a goody-two-shoes angel. Nothing is what it seems. Everyone wants him dead. And the only way to succeed is for Hell and Heaven to
The Book of Bart is funny, poignant and striking. The idea of heaven and hell working together is a great one. The best part is that both sides bring each a little closer to the middle. Bart, the demon who hates being called Bart preferring Bartholomew, teams up with archangel to be Sam to save the Shard from someone….they just don’t know who. Along the way they end up going up against more than they originally anticipated. And the real threats are not at all what they expected.
Well written and
Ellen Christian
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Bart is the most fun I’ve had in quite a while. Bart is funny in a sarcastic, bad boy kind of way and even though he’s a demon, I found myself really liking him. Watching the sparks fly between him and Samantha was a definite plus. Even though Samantha is an angel in training, she can definitely hold her own. Technically, I believe this is a young adult book although there are some parts I wouldn’t think are suitable for younger readers. If you are looking for a fun, summer read, I r ...more
PJ Lea
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bart rocks!

Once I started this I couldn't put it down. Bart is awesome and the idea of a demon being forced to work with an angel-in-training was inspired.
It was very exciting, the story flowed well and kept up a good pace throughout.
Lori Garside
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Having trouble getting your teenager to read? Buy him or her this book for a fun summer read. What can be better than a demon who is forced to work with an apprentice angel in order to save his own soul from the worst part of Hell! Saucy, sassy, and funny as hell, Ryan Hill has crafted a novel that will titillate the imaginations of all lovers of paranormal fiction!
Melissa ownsbey
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very good book
lots of fun to read
one part i liked most was
when bart got burned with holy water how it descibbled his skin melting off
it was great
looking forward to reading more from u in the futrue
Adam Haen
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popcorn, but fun

A quick read, but a fun one. The characters could have used a little more development, but it was an enjoyable read.
Tere Fredericks
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bart Is a Hoot (I Will Call Him Bart!)

This seems to be another in my love of fun and funny "devil comes to earth for some reason books" I am reading. I seem to get into one genre and stay there a while.

Surely any potential reader has read the blurb to understand what the book is about. It is what the blurb says, and so much more. This is truly a funny book. I love, especially, the little details that make Bart er, come to life. Quite clever.

Lots of information to be had on how and where demons
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun to read. It had a good pace that kept the story and action going. The premise was good and Bart, the main character, was funny in that male stereotypical way. A perfect read if you are in the mood for a paranormal/urban fantasy story that is funny and entertaining without a huge set up of an alternative world. The characters in general were a little flat and I felt that if little more time had been spent on describing the setting I would have felt like I was really alo ...more
alan l jarbeau
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bart rule's

I am positively thrilled with the enlightened view of author's recently taking in to consideration that the Devil and his minions may have not been totally evil. This series of books gives me something to look forward to in the same vein as Sandman slim novels. The interaction between bart,and sam the two main characters was great. Loved the sarcasm,and witty quips. I look forward to reading the next book,and recommend that everyone should read this book.
Stephen Balch
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny take on things

Reminded me a great deal of the writings of Christopher Moore, both of which do a great job with the flow is the story, the plot points and mixing in the absurd. Truly a fun read, a nice break from the every day, excited to read verse 2 and other works b Ryan Hill ( living only an hour and a half from Raleigh it was fun to know the places in the story as well).
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