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Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce | Book Review

Raising Hell
Author: Bryony Pearce
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Uclan Publishing
Release Date: June 3rd 2021

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Happy publication day to Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce! This is a fantastic YA urban fantasy that I really couldn’t put down. If you want to know more about the book check out my author post where Bryony has listed five things to know about Raising Hell. Now onto my review!

Thank you to Uclan publishing and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour. All opinions are my own!

Goodreads Synopsis

Meet Ivy Elizabeth Mann:

“I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not half faery, or demon, or angel or anything like that. Mum’s a Body Shop consultant living in a bungalow in Birmingham and Dad enters crossword competitions.”

Once upon a time, Ivy and her friends did a very stupid thing and now there’s a rift letting dark matter into the world. Dark matter that manifests as black magic which actually works. Now every teenager with access to the Internet is raising hell. Literally.

Ivy’s doing her best to stem the tide, but her new job working school security barely pays the bills and there’s only so much one girl with a machete (and a cat possessed by her own dead grandmother) can do against the forces of evil.

Now she’s facing a teenaged goth with an attitude, a dark cabal with a terrifying agenda and a potential zombie apocalypse.

Ivy losing her job might be the best thing to happen to the world!

What I Loved

This book has everything I could want from a dark YA urban fantasy. Magic, hell hounds, a bit of romance, humour and of course, zombies. It was incredibly fun to read as we follow Ivy through this dangerous and magical mess of a world she and her friends have gotten into.

The Story

Ivy, our nearly 20-year-old main character, risks her life every day working as a ‘security guard’ for the local high school. She so desperately wants to protect the kids from the horrors she had to endure a few years earlier. Ever since the ritual Ivy, Daniel and Elena did to try and bring back their best friend Violet, there has been an opening in the paranormal rift. Dark magic is now the new norm and with more and more teens practising this magic with spells, hell really is rising and Ivy feels like it’s her duty to stop it.

It really is an incredibly fast-paced story with plenty of action and an addicting plot. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Ivy’s dark adventure and I loved how she never went anywhere without her machete, Mathilda. If I was ever in an end of the world situation and I needed a weapon, I alwats thought I would choose a machete.

I was fascinated by this apocalyptic but not end of the world setting. It was very interesting to see how everyone adapted to this new way of living. As well as fighting the dead, there is also some slight romance which I am an absolute sucker for. It didn’t take away from the main storyline at all but I loved that it was there!

The Characters

Ivy is strong, sassy and really doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in her way. Especially a wounded leg that she definitely should have gone to the hospital for or an arrogant attractive male. Despite these terrible circumstances she has to live with, she still tries to stay positive and fight to make the world normal again without zombies going around and eating people.

Gran is a weird one and probably not who you think she is. Her soul is actually trapped in a tabby cat and she’s catty, sarcastic and just overall hilarious. There are quite a few other characters that I really liked as well because they always brought something new to the story. They all made it very fun yet thrilling!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, Raising Hell is a fun, fast-paced YA fantasy full of magic and mayhem! I loved every moment of this book and found it incredibly hard to put down. It’s very well written so that it’s easy to follow and imagine the world that contains all of this dark magic. If you are a fan of urban fantasies, magic and a fun unique story, I highly recommend this book!

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Make sure to check out everyone’s reviews on the blog tour!

About the Author

Bryony Pearce is a multi-award-winning novelist working in both the YA and Adult markets. In the YA genre, she has produced a mixture of dark thrillers, paranormal adventures and horror and currently has nine published novels: Angel’s Fury, The Weight of Souls, Phoenix Rising, Phoenix Burning, Wavefunction, Windrunner’s Daughter, Savage Island, Cruel Castle (2021) and Raising Hell (2021).

She also writes adult thrillers, and her first domestic noir, The Girl on the Platform is out with Avon (Harper Collins) in Spring, the next to follow in 2022.

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Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.


3 June 2021 at 1:46 pm

Oh, that sounds good! I always enjoy a good YA adventure

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