Inside the Book:
In this thrilling sequel to Black Dog—the first volume of award-winning Caitlin Kittredge’s dark urban fantasy series, Hellhound Chronicles—a soul catcher must stop demonic monsters from her past from infecting the world.
After winning her freedom from a reaper and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. Her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death: He’s returned as the Grim Reaper—the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava’s dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her . . . and the entire world.
A breed of monsters as smart as vampires—but who behave like zombies—has been sighted in Kansas. Ava can’t believe these “zompires” are back. She thought she’d kicked their asses for good when she first battled them in a Nazi death camp. Now, they’re spreading their infection across America’s heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named Cain.
Free at last after being locked up in Hell for millennia, Cain has some scores to settle. To stop him, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes . . . a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past—and Leo’s future.
Another smashing hit in The Hellhound Chronicles, Grim Tidings had more suspense, more conflict and more depth which makes it a strong sequel to Black Dog.
Ava and Leo are as usual busting heads and getting their butts kicked. They never seem to quite have all the cards before going off half-cocked, chasing shadows. But that’s what I love about them. They may be the bad-ass Grim Reaper and his Hound but they are far rem omnipotent. They bleed, they love and they hurt like anyone else.
In Grim Tidings, I felt more connected to Ava, after delving into her past and understanding her journey. Her inner conflicts are interesting and her motivations sometimes unclear but I am slowly growing to love her character.
The plot is complex and full of twists and turns which even the characters never see coming and I love that. It was sometimes a bit confusing because of their being so many things going on behind the scenes. There is no lack of action and conflict given the breathtaking pace and the bad guys and good guys are not easily discerned.
I was happy to see that the relationship between Ava and Leo was still going strong because I like their connection and hope they become more of a couple.
All in all, Grim Tidings was a satisfying and intriguing action-packed sequels to Black Dog and an awesome addition to the Urban Fantasy genre.
Meet the Author:
Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime.
Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin’s.
Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones.
Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.