By: Gina Damico
I'm on page 268 of this, which makes me roughly 73% finished.
So what I'm Reading Right Now! is Hellhole by Gina Damico. I say this while browsing my library's new book shelf and knew I had to give it a try. I had heard of Gina Damico before regarding her Croak series, still haven't read that but I do plan to. This story is about a boy named Max Kilgore, who is a nerdy, high school boy taking care of his sick mother. He is very interested in dinosaurs and paleontology, so he spends some of his free time digging for fossils up on Ugly Hill. On one such night of digging, he accidentally digs a hole to the Underworld and unleashes the devil, or rather a devil. Max learns that there are 666 satan's that run things in the Underworld, and his satan, a sloppy bearded one named Burg, is one of the lower devils in the department of human vice. Burg tempts people into consuming all types of unhealthy, but delicious junk food. Burg is now living in Max's basement and won't leave until Max procures him a house with a hot tub. This is not good for Max. Not only is Burg a terrible houseguest, but he's also threatening to hurt Max's mother if Max doesn't give him want he wants. Max needs the help of a specialist, so he's referred to Lore, a former goth girl who's dealings into the satanic rituals have been greatly exaggerated. Max and Lore team up to try and get rid of Burg for good, while keeping everyone they love safe.
I am really enjoying this book. It is full of awesome humor that actually makes me chuckle. It is so hard to find really good funny books. Most books I read try humor and don't necessarily succeed in it. So any humor book that actually makes me laugh is awesome! I'm definitely planning on reading more of Gina Damico's stuff in the future. I like all the characters too. And while this is super funny, there's also some darkness and danger in it too, granted it's more subtle. Burg at first glance seems like a happy-go-lucky Satan, who doesn't necessarily seem evil, but there's that inkling that if he doesn't get his way, then he could get very dangerous. So yeah, I'm really liking this book.
So that's it for what I'm Reading Right Now! Tell me what you're reading in the comments below. I always love discussing books with people. If you've read Hellhole, tell me what you thought of it.