Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce – REVIEW

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!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from UCLAN Publishing.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Only a fool dealt with goths without being fully armed.”

Raising Hell was so much fun and felt like an episode of Buffy x The Craft. Nineteen-year-old Ivy accidentally opened a rift with her two friends trying to resurrect their other friend who died in a hit and run. Unfortunately, dark magic seeps through the rift and can be harnessed by teenagers to cast spells, wreaking havoc on the UK.

“It’s all fun and games till somebody gets eaten.”

Ivy now works school security attempting to control the dangerous effects of magic and as penance for her mistake. The reader is introduced to Ivy when she has to exorcise two hell-hounds with bell, book and candle. Armed with her trusty machete, Bible and holy water, the catastrophic effects of black magic are quickly brought home to the reader. 

“A teenage girl and a spell book; that’s a more terrifying combination than Vlad III and a hot spike.”

Soon Ivy is embroiled in fighting a mysterious puppet master who is manipulating teenagers into casting devastating spells. Reluctantly teaming up with the handsome yet arrogant Nicky, Ivy soon realises she might have signed up for more than she bargained for. There are some truly gruesome scenes and a few that felt like outright horror thanks to the presence of zombies. This is balanced with humour and warmth and an ending that promises more to come in this world. Raising Hell is perfect for fans of Mina and the Undead and I’d definitely recommend reading a copy if you’re looking for a quick and fun escapist read. 

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1 Comment

  1. chelsea @ your bookish friend

    4 June 2021 at 3:32 AM

    great review! i haven’t heard of this book before but it sounds really good. i’m glad you enjoyed this one.

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