Friday, November 24, 2017

Fashionably Dead Down Under by Robyn Peterman ~ Review

Title: Fashionably Dead Down Under (Hot Damned #2)
Author: Robyn Peterman
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Comedy
Length: 334 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Welcome to Hell.
The Hell where the Prince of Darkness is hotter than Hades, Hell Hounds smell like brownies and the Seven Deadly Sins are addicted to Facebook... Not to mention the soundtrack in the Underworld is Journey. For real.

I should have known no good could come from offing my parents in the space of twenty minutes no matter how psychotic and evil they were…

Now I find out my family tree includes almost every deity and mythological being alive while Ethan, the one and only love of my undead life has a limited time down under before he turns to dust. In the land of Sin, you’d think I’d get some nookie time with my man, but no. Baby Demons, cousins and grandparents put the kibosh on that. Blue balls are the new normal. What the hell does a half-Vampyre Half-Demon have to do to catch a break?

Apparently find a freakin’ sword, calm Mother Nature’s unmedicated mood swings and make sure Mister Rogers keeps his sticky fingers to himself during weekly poker with the Devil.

And I have three days to do it.

By all that’s unholy, I thought Ethan’s Vampyre family was crazy…Trust me, they have nothing on the Demons.

And so we are going to Hell, meeting the Prince of Darkness, find out more about Astrid's family, save the world, and lots of other crazy stuff. Robyn Peterman is the Queen of crazy stuff and making it funny. There are laughs on every page of the story.

But it was too much. Somewhere about halfway through we went from amazing and funny to over the top in a not so good way. When Astrid is given a mission from the Devil and begins to meet her extended family tree, it just all sort of fell of apart in my mind. So many things didn't seem to really progess the story forward, but just fill gaps on the pages.

Eventually we get back on track and the ending was a pleasant surprise. Astrid will have to come face to face with her harsh past and find out if she can rise to the challenge to really overcome it. I found it surprisingly deep for a book that I had picked up for laughs and giggles, and it was really a great redeeming element that will keep me going in the series.

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