So here we are down in Hell and our heroine begins to meet all her relatives.
And quite a collection she has. Starting with Gigi her grandmother – who is somewhat psychotic, to her sisters the 7 deadly sins and lots of other beings who she might have thought were mythical – until she meets them that is.
And then her father has a new consort - one who claims to be carrying a boy - his first! And this would be really something special after 8 girls.
And then she collects some babies from her ceiling. Well they are baby demons – demons take a long time to grow up it seems – and they have a wicked sense of humour and fun along the way. These are so small she can put them in her pocket, but they have an appetite like nothing that Astrid has ever seen before!
Astrid begins to come into her powers for real and sparkly black is not want you want to see her turn into – that is when her power is at its most strong and fearsome. Yes, she has dark magic – but she tries to do good – in a rather bad way – with it.
Once again Robyn Peterman astonishes us with her ability to create a world that you begin to invest in and that seems almost real, along with its crazy characters. You laugh out loud at some scenes and giggle at others and amaze yourself with the words that are created and said by the characters.
A book series based in Hell. But not a Hell as you and I might have thought it – at least mostly not, and then devils or demons are not quite what you thought either.
This series really had me hooked right from the beginning, although it did get better as it went on a most series do.
One of the best things about the series is that everything is not quite as you thought and usually turned on its head, so much so that you end up liking the Devil and find his brother – ie God in this scenario – rather straight laced and even boring. And as for their mother! Yes, they have a mother and she visits them occasionally and when she does chaos rules. And if there is a mother, then there must be a father, and so there is, and yes, he is still alive and is half Sprite. Sprites are loveable creatures and you just want to hug the they are so cute.. and so he gets hugged a lot by his grand-daughters.
Yes, the Devil has children – all girls as it happens.
The first seven girls are the Seven Deadly Sins – well that makes some sense - and they do what their names say they do. And they are mostly very jealous of each other and thus some rather nasty ‘accidents’ happen but with no bad outcome except for some punishment by Daddy.
The 8th girl is different and is this 8th girl that the books are centered around.
Astrid didn’t know when the story begins just who was her father – or her real mother for that matter. But she did know that she liked fashionable clothes. And this is where the titles come from, because everyone in Hell likes fashionable clothes – preferably Prada or similar and likes to look very well turned out at all times – including the Devil. Hence the phrase:
‘Knife in thigh? Fine. Lying asshole Prince? Whatever. Torn Prada? Unforgiveable.’
Astrid has a best friend named Gemma, who proves to be rather important as the books continue.
For me, the books are giggle aloud worthy and I just loved all the funny language that Robyn Peterman makes up and uses. Her curse phrases are really good and the things she can add to the word ‘ass’ are brilliant.
So some examples of her words are:
She creatively combines words into a phrase you never would have thought of and thus creates some really fun sentences.
So Astrid finds out she is not who she thought she was and finds out that she has a great deal of magic and also finds herself a really hot husband who is actually dead and life is never the same again.
I am giving all the books 5 stars but will tell you about each of them separately as I really want people to read the series in order as I don’t want to give out too many spoilers!