ARC Review: Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

Posted December 9, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog
by Caitlin Kittredge

3.5 Stars


Released: October 28th 2014
Series: Hellhound Chronicles #1
Published by Harper Voyager
Pages: 368
Format: eARC

“This was an action packed, fast paced ride…” ~ Under the Covers

Ava has spent the last one hundred years as an indentured servant to a reaper…as his hellhound. Her job is to find all the souls that try and skip out of the deal they’ve made and bring them back, kicking and screaming, and deliver their souls to her reaper. When she is convinced to steal her reapers scythe and kill him, she never expects it to actually work… and she never expected to earn the personal attention of her bosses boss, the demon Lillith. Lillith has a new soul for her to track down and the consequences of her failure are distinctly hellish.

Black Dog is the start of Caitlin Kittredge’s new Hellhound Chronicles, I have been a fan of hers for a while, I love her writing and her worlds which are dark and twisted; you get caught up and tangled in them before you know it. Black Dog I found was no different, it had her distinctive edge and I enjoyed every page of it.

If you want a dark urban fantasy book than this is definitely one that will capture your interest, it deals with heaven and hell, angels and demons all of whom are ruthless and brutal. This all blends into the world that Kittredge has created and has started to build up in this book. Like her Black London series, the world seems to be a dark underbelly of the mundane world where any normal good person would be chewed up and spat out, bloody and broken, if they made it out at all. And Ava the heroine of Black Dog is one of the creatures hunting in the dark.

Ava is the kind of heroine I like, tough with a smart mouth and a born survivor and although she is fully capable of unleashing savage violence, she has a twist of compassion in her that makes her likable. This book isn’t devoid of romance either, as long as you like your romance slightly complicated and with a guy with no compunction with torture and death, and luckily I do.

This was an action packed, fast paced ride and I can’t wait to read more. Caitlin Kittredge has created a world and characters dark and rich and I can’t wait for her to develop it further.

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About Caitlin Kittredge

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.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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New one to me. I’ll have to check it out.


I haven’t read the black london series in a while… different but good